Bird Brains III

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  • #361137

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Its been a year since the last one and a few new members, so what new photos of our feathered freinds do you have to share.
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    Ive posted posted this before and am doing it again only for reference for the next photo.
    Male Red Winged Black Bird
    Such a Poser
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    It took me a while to identify this bird but got a clue when I saw one leave the nest a male was tending. The female Red Winged Black Bird insn't black at all, though when she gets older she may devlope mottled red patches on her wings but will always remain this color. Ive been around these birds all my life fishing, and trapping the wet lands and never knew that until now.

    Immature Female Redwinged Blackbird.

  • #361191

    Tobie
    Moderator

    He's a real beauty Robert!

    I usually share my favorite shots here so I'm not sure what to add. Perhaps my last shot of our new hatchling in the Verreaux's Eagles nest at our local botanical gardens. It was way too far for my kit (D600 + Tamron 150-600mm) but I guess there's enough to see that he's growing well (about chicken size here):

    eaglet

  • #361193

    Tobie
    Moderator

    “Oh, have you heard about Trump's tweet about South African land grabs?”

    A few Bronze Waxbills chilling out in the early morning sun.

    waxbills

     

    • #361246

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      All good one Tobie but this is my favorite.

      • #361281

        Tobie
        Moderator

        Glad you like it Robert! 🙂

  • #361196

    Tobie
    Moderator

    A Cape Bunting as curious as the photographer

    bunting

    • #366163

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Nice shot! I love the background bokeh; really makes the little guy pop.

  • #361215

    Kylee K.
    Participant

    Shared this photo in the shark tank earlier. Thanks to Robert, I now know it's an Eastern Kingbird.

    • #361247

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Very nice Kylee , liked it in the tank as well.

    • #361282

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Nice one!

    • #390118

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      Love the bokeh here as well as the color contrast (green vs black)! Great job 🙂

    • #397576

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      Great composition!

  • #361244

    Kylee K.
    Participant

    I also have this photo of a Broad-winged hawk. I wish it were a sharper image. Unfortunately it was pretty far away.

    • #361248

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      He is a beauty.

    • #361283

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Enough there to see that it's a real beauty Kylee!

  • #361349

    Kylee K.
    Participant

    Thanks! Also, I was taking photos yesterday and spotted this mourning dove on a fence.

    • #361763

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Doves are kind of my nemesis Kylee, we have literally thousands of the in Buffalo and they have become a pest around here in the way pigeons are in some cities.
      Your photo makes me think maybe I should be photographing them since they are in such abundance. Make some lemonade.

      • #397581

        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        yeah, they are always around here like pigeons too. But I still take their pics. Common birds need love too! lol I used PS to give him a tropical vibe, lol…i made LIMEade with my lemon.

  • #363264

    bucweeet
    Participant

    I'm guessing this fits the occasion almost perfectly…

    • #364855

      Tobie
      Moderator

      These guys always make cute shots, LOL! Love it!

      @paul-3

    • #366162

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Bears a strange resemblance to what I see in the mirror every morning…

  • #363266

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Perfectly Paul.

     

  • #363287

    Tom M
    Participant

    A bird from the Nashville Zoo. Not especially sharp. Don't know what it is. Tobie?

    • #363386

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Looks like a South American bird , probably a Blue-Crowned Motmot

    • #364856

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Sorry I only saw this now Tom. I'm not familiar with too many non-South African birds but this appears to be an Amazonion or otherwise Blue-crowned motmot.

  • #364816

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    “Are you talkin' to me?”

  • #364858

    Tobie
    Moderator

    And check out (compared to my image of him higher up) how this handsome guy has grown in 2 weeks (image captured on 8 Sept)! We expect him to take his first flight any day now…

    eagle

  • #364952

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Meet Walter…

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  • #364954

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Landing gear check, flaps down…

    • #364964

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Beautiful!

  • #366156

    Bruce Gordon
    Participant

    Common Crackle

    Common Crackle, Cherry Creek State Park, Centennial, CO

  • #366159

    Bruce Gordon
    Participant

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron, Cherry Creek State Park, Centennial, CO

  • #367691

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Landing Pad
    Landing Pad

    • #367719

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      That's an excellent shot! Aerodynamically, you caught him at maximum flare for the landing. I think he's getting all the lift possible with such a low airspeed. Look at the shape of his wings; amazing!

    • #389993

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Love these guys, Robert. Also, Canada's national bird 🙂
      We have had them try to lift stuff off our BBQ, though. And it is fun to get them to land in your hand to get food.

  • #368188

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Thanks Gordon, we had four of these Grey Jays hanging around the camp the whole weekend we were there, for those that don't know that is this Alpine Birds M.O. ,thus their common nickname Camp Robbers, one even got so bold as to fly into the trailer and steal some dog food, the dog wasn't impressed.

  • #389995

    LeanneC
    Participant

    A bit of a different bird image…Every year at this time we get large flocks of Bohemian waxwings. They target our Mountain Ash trees and the junipers (they like berries). It is quite spectacular to see them swoop in and they even create a wind as they fly over. I am not sure what possessed me to point my camera up, but the lens survived, unscathed!

    The Flock

    • #389998

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Cool shot Leanne. With their body/wing shape, they almost looks like a squadron of spitfires passing overhead 🙂

    • #390020

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Great Shot Leanne

    • #390162

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      I don't use protective filters on my lenses but in this case….. 🙂

      • #390235

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Haha! Yes. Makes a strong case for protective filter use.

  • #390156

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Dark-eyed Junco.

    • #390208

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      A picture perfect pose. Love the BG bokeh.

      • #390319

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Sometimes our feathered friends cooperate. Not often but sometimes. 🙂

    • #390234

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Great catch! Very nice details. These are one of my winter favourites. More often than not, the ring-necked doves chase them away though 🙁

      • #390320

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne. “My” birds here get harassed by the starlings.

  • #390161

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Good One Dave

  • #393587

    Wedge-tailed Eagle. Australia's largest raptor.

    P3030764

     

  • #393588

    Barking Owl also known as the winking owl

    P3030494

    • #393592

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      I see the tethers on Him, is he a trained hunter, great photo.

  • #393638

    Thanks Robert – yes he is part of a Raptors show at a local wildlife sanctuary.

  • #394029

    White bellied sea eagle.

    P3030219

    • #394270

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Great set David, very regal birds.

  • #395169

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Southern Lapwing – Costa Rica

    Southern Lapwing

     

  • #395179

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Cool bird Rob, would love to see one with its wings spread from those hints of colors.

  • #395303

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Bare-Throated Tiger Heron

    Bare-throated Tiger Heron - male

    • #395764

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      agreed, beautiful Rob!

    • #397583

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      where do you live, interesting birds! great pics!

  • #395309

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Beautiful Rob

  • #395598

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Bohemian Waxwings

    Waxwing Feast III

    • #395677

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Such cool looking birds. The two on the outside facing opposite directions with heads down and the middle Waxwing looking up makes for a great composition. It's also nice that the exposed ground and berries are similar in color to the birds themselves. Nice shot Leanne.

      My book of regional bird species lists the Cedar Waxwing but I've not been lucky enough to see any.

      • #395981

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks Dave! I was almost standing in the flock when I shot this, so I was very fortunate to catch it. The Bohemian's seem to congregate wherever there are berries leftover. We happen to have 2 Mountain Ash and a bunch of Junipers in our yard that they just love. I would guess the Cedar Waxwings would display similar preferences. Hope you get to see them someday!

    • #395707

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Lovely LeAnne , they are just starting to show up here, and it looks like some spring weather is too.

      • #395982

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Yay! This winter feels like a long one. Happy for spring to arrive.

    • #395765

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Really, really nice shot Leanne!

    • #397584

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      I had 5 of these little butt heads flying around my yard at the speed of light today, and no one would stop for a pic. I have in focus, in flight, but they are boring…just look like bullets! LOL wings all tucked, apparently, they glide a lot

  • #395631

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    You have several good images of these Cedar Waxwings on Flickr Leanne, but this trio is my favourite. We don't see them back here in southern Ontario until May when they feed on our Juniper. I'm surprised to see them finding berries buried in the snow.

    • #395985

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Hey Rob. Thanks. Yes, they love our Junipers too! I was surprised that they were on the ground getting berries too. Some were actually digging in the snow to bring them up. They had been by a couple of weeks early and emptied the tree of berries. One of our vehicles was covered in berry “juice” They are not tidy eaters!

  • #395682

    John Thompson
    Moderator

    WOW!  So very well done to everyone posting pics here.  I am so jealous.  We have few birds in the desert and I do not have a lens I could capture them with anyway.  All the birds pics are so enjoyable to view.

  • #395711

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Male Brewers Blackbird.

     

    • #395771

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Nice one Dave. I find black difficult to get right and this one has good detail.

      • #395784

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Rob. I agree. Blacks can be tricky. I'll give at least partial credit to Pentax's latest “entry level” camera the K-70. Paired with the 55-300mm PLM. In this case maxed out to 300mm. They work well together.

    • #395986

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I agree with above comment – great job getting the colour to show. As cheeky and pushy as these birds are, they are quite beautiful too.

      • #396032

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne. I agree. In the right light these common blackbirds show off their iridescent colors beautifully. Wish I could have filled the frame more to show off the colors better but they spooked easily. Could not get as close as I needed.

    • #397589

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      great shot, hard subject!

  • #395858

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    That's Nice Dave

    • #395965

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Thanks Robert. He's kind of a colorful black bird. 🙂

      • #396396

        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        I learned from a bird expert they are really black and the colors come from the sun refracting as well as the environment reflecting in the oils in their feathers.

  • #395988

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Yellow Headed Caracara

    Yellow Headed Caracara

  • #396166

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Masked Tityra (male)

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    • #396398

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Both great shots Rob , the variety of birds in the world never ceases to amaze.

  • #396589

    Black Kite

    P3181349

     

    • #397599

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Nice Shot David

    • #398624

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Lovely shot David, we have a lot of Red Kites around here.

  • #397577

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    wow guys, they are ALL GREAT!!!!

    cardinal

  • #397580

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    here's the original bc i find it interesting how many people think it's a bad pic after they see the original, lol. shooting for meter readings of zero doesn't take into account getting your subject in focus and properly exposed on a high uv day. this was +2 so the cardinal would be visible even though backlit, and wb is set for bird rather than the sky. btw, i've enlarged this original 4×4 to 36×36 using topaz gigapixel and it worked great!

     

     

     

  • #397585

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    ring-billed gull

  • #397586

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    golden finch. not the best image of the bird, but i liked the composition and i waited for someone to land.  I only got this one pic in the hour I waited….ugh, birds! they don't cooperate well.

     

  • #397587

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    panning ring billed gull again

     

  • #397588

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    ring billed gull in flight

  • #397600

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Wonderful series of shots ebby.

  • #398101

    Ed
    Participant

    Just today, in the parking lot while the better half ran in for appetizers and dessert for the rare extended-family dinner….

    Domesticated Tom

     

    Yes, totally tame (with a handler who wished not to be photographed)

    and, from the archives, this captive wing-clipped egret at Sea World, who seemed to be posing for me so I obliged and shot an entire roll of film.

     

    captive white egret

     

     

     

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Ed.
    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Ed.
    • #398205

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      The turkey is great Ed we litterly have hundreds of wild ones the wander around town here but I never seem to be in the right place when they are strutting, it is just starting so maybe I will catch one this year.

  • #398184

    Vicki
    Participant

    Mine, Mine! This was taken in the spring when the lake was thawing.  Seagulls are a pain but I couldn't resist this as I thought a fight was brewing.  Just as I snapped this picture passersby scared them all and they flew away.  When they noticed I was shooting they apologized.  Oh well, it is what it is.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Vicki. Reason: Forgot to add pic
    • #398207

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Yeah it looks like they are getting pissy with each other.

  • #398197

    beth
    Participant

    dinnertime

    • #398208

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Im always amazed how a fish that big fits down their throat.

    • #398623

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful shot beth, the colours work really well.

  • #398485

    Ed
    Participant

    @robert Apple:  You and everyone else should be clear on the fact that this tom was domesticated, docile, and in the supermarket parking lot.  It took no skill for me to grab this shot.  I parked the car, got the camera out, and stepped away one cars' length.

    Tom's Handler

    But you are right about the voracious appetties of some birds.  We have a koi pond and it did not take long for the herons roosting in the wetlands that stretch throughout the valley to discover our luncheonette. The neighbor, who also owns koi and who is an armed agent of the Federal government, got out his BB gun, his pellet gun and his paintball gun to try to scare the bird.  My wife thought to buy a decoy to fool the fellow into thinking his territory had already been claimed.

    predator decoy

    The heron landed and pecked the decoy on the head.

    koi predator

    I managed this shot when we succeeded in scaring him away.

     

     

  • #400460

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    Got several today, but only edited one… The house Finch. Also got cedar wax wings, a hawk, and a bluebird.

     

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