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osprey and friends

This is a discussion on osprey and friends within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Great Shot Qing !!!! I am really really Jealous Cin...

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    Great Shot Qing !!!! I am really really Jealous
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    ...here's another Florida birdy... I found him in the Fakahatchee Strand yesterday on Janes Memorial Scenic Road. When looking at some Tillandsia fasciculata, he came screaming to me. He perched on a nearby branch and was watching me for minutes. He wasn't afraid of me at all. I think it is a Red Tailed Hawk...



    Here he is on a low Cypress branch in the middle of the swamp I was in...


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    Pat, you bird pics are wonderful. Please tell us more about your trip to Fakahatchee!

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    I'm guessing someone had nestlings nearby...

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    Definitely, because that is a female!

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    Wow it's good to see some positive bird pictures (although I thought that this was an orchid forum.....)

    I am having bad bird experiences at the moment. The one drawback of cats is the things they catch, and at the moment I am depressed to say that the fat slow cat has discovered young birds. I did manage to get one away from here in the kitchen two days ago, I wasn't sure if it was a fledgling or a baby from the nest (with a thick bird brained mother who built her nest in an easy to reach place) It was quite large, and looked like a sparrow, so was crossing fingers that it was a fledgling and that Bibi just got lucky, so the baby got put in a flower pot back up in a tree near where I hear the racket of birds saying "hungry feed me!" It was gone the next day, so I am hoping and crossing my fingers that this little one lived to cheap another day... I didn't really know what else to do.

    Anyway, sorry to go off on a tangent from pictures. Here's a friendly chap I saw at Wisley.

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    Meant to check what type of finch it is, but am off to mother in law's for dinner, and Tom is trying to drag my away from the laptop......

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    I'm not too good with birds of the British Isles, is it a Chaffinch?

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    10 points to Diane! Who says she is no good with birds from the UK?

    Indeed it is a male chaffinch. Love the fact that boy birds are so much outrageously dressed than their more sensible wives.

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    Hey, no fair! I'm a hundred posts behind again, and super busy. I knew the answer...here's a bit from the next to last chapter of my book:

    . . . . .The pinewood, in these first days of spring, had a magic all its own. Kelly walked over a carpet of needles, bracken, and woodmoss, dodging the occasional patch of stubborn snow. She kept an eye out for the tell-tale foliage of creeping lady’s tresses—one of the few orchids native to the Highlands. Ina had described the rosettes of roundish leaves and the creeping stems that formed green mats along the forest floor. It would be a thrill to take the news of a discovery back to Ina. They’d both surely return to witness the tall spikes of white flowers in late summer.
    . . . . .Atop one of the taller pines, a crested tit proclaimed its territory with a macho seeh-burrurrlt, seeh-burrurrlt! Gregarious chaffinches frolicked in the branches of nearby trees showing off their coloratura song, which ended with a choo-ee-o flourish. Kelly could hear the muffled scampering of a small mammal—most likely a dog fox or red squirrel—but it was careful not to show itself. The woodland creatures knew spring was upon them, and they reveled in that knowledge.


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    Blatant hijacking of the thread - although I can see the sneaky way that you justified the excerpt from your book with a mention not only of the Chaffinch, but also the native orchid!

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