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For you bird lovers.....

This is a discussion on For you bird lovers..... within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer This is an awesome thread, Paul! Thanks! I took some photos ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    This is an awesome thread, Paul! Thanks! I took some photos of Murphy, my blue and gold macaw, that I will post when I get my camera to upload again. Cool photos all. Thanks.

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    Default Blue birds

    We have many blue bird boxes on our property with good success. Usually blue birds and swallows fight over the real estate with 50/50 result at the end. In the last few years the blue birds have been staying through the winter, which I thought was weird. Sorry about the blurriness of the pictures--taken through the glass door. The fire in the picture is a reflection of our fireplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ania View Post
    The fire in the picture is a reflection of our fireplace.
    Wondered why there was a "forest fire" in your backyard

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    We have many blue bird boxes on our property with good success. Usually blue birds and swallows fight over the real estate with 50/50 result at the end.
    House sparrows, aka 'English sparrows" (Passer domesticus), are a highly invasive species in the US. They are known to go into bluebird boxes, kill the inhabitants (bluebirds and other small songbirds) -- both adults and chicks. They'll even make their nest right on top the bodies. There are sites that go into measures that can be taken to deter or eliminate the sparrows and thereby protect our native birds.

    On a less depressing note, a few last pics from my time up at the folk's place. In order (sorry the last 2 are a bit washed out, the snow plays heck with the white balance):
    male cardinal in a cedar
    hairy woodpecker (fat lil devil)
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    Paul, I have a woodpecker that looks somewhat similar to the one you have pictured but the head has a larger red area on the top of its head...the body coloring is very similar. Any ideas????? Also, are you using a long lens ~ 300mm or a long zoom of some sort? Or are you playing Mr Snowman and waiting close by til the pic presents itself??????

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    The pictures of the cardinal, esp. the first in the evergreen tree are fabulous!! I love the red green contrast and the way it's mask shows up in that picture. Nice job getting those shots! I usually get them to look the other way just as I snap them in profile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerdoc5968 View Post
    Paul, I have a woodpecker that looks somewhat similar to the one you have pictured but the head has a larger red area on the top of its head...the body coloring is very similar. Any ideas?????
    Sorry Howard. We'll have to wait for our resident birders. My guess would be perhaps a male vs female but .............

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    Also, are you using a long lens ~ 300mm or a long zoom of some sort?
    Oh don't I wish! While I do have an old (100% manual) Canon SLR that still takes excellant pics -- both with and without its zoom lens -- I rarely break it out as I do not have a scanner with which to scan any pics I might take with it. One of these days, I REALLY want to get a decent to good digital/SLR. Then I could likely snap some truely high quality pics. However, in the meantime, I am just using my inexpensive5 megapixel Pentax Optio 555 which has a 5X optical zoom set at highest quality and highest resolution/pixel count.

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    Howard, Do you have a red-bellied woodpecker? Males have a red swath from the beak, over the head to the bottom of the neck. The female has red swath from the top of the head to the neck. They don't have the black mask around the eyes.

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    This guy (Great White Heron) came knocking on our door the other day, he is quite fearless. On Christmas day we walked through one of the nearby preserves and saw the White Pelicans, they are so big compared to the brown ones. The gather in flocks and soar in the thermals it is beautiful when the sky is clear blue.
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    Okay, Pavel!

    I saw a pileated on Tuesday when I was up in NH visiting my illustrator/friend. Actually, I went up early and had a great hour sipping coffee with AlpJulie! (Julie, aka Alplily) That was fun, and then the pileated sighting really added to a great day.

    He was initially back in the woods and hard to spot, except he was so darned big! But then, tree by tree, he flew quite close to the house for a minute or so before he flew into the woods across the street.

    Pileateds, like the ivory bill, have massive beaks that pierce below the bark of large forest trees looking for grubs - that's what they feed on. So they need large tracts of developed forest. Only a small percent of trees in a forest are diseased or dying sufficiently to attract the insects to lay their eggs under the bark. So the pileated ranges over many acres. That's why with over logging of large, mature trees, they lose habitat. That's what's lead to the near extinction of the ivory bill.

    I hadn't seen a pileated in the wild since college and that was very many years ago, so it was exciting to see this guy close up.

    McJulie

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    Great pics! Cin, I think your egret and gargoyle are friends sharing a joke.
    Some of our local birds:
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