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Daily bird pix #424

PERTH, Australia

Some remarkable photos on the previous thread. Congratulations to all those who got lifers. If anyone wants to go and check them out, here's the link. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1232219/

I have no recent shots of anything other than Ospreys, so have randomly plunged into the archives. To Start, a Pink and Grey Galah, common around here and very sociable. this one is a male, identifiable by its dark eye.



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PERTH, Australia


A Purple Swamphen

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PERTH, Australia

I meant it when I said I was digging into the archives. This is a shot I took about 35 years ago of a Purple Swamphen.

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Norman, OK

Great shots, Margaret! That 35-year old shot still holds up.

A pretty little first-winter Harris's Sparrow. ID'd with the help of Resin. I've never seen one with so much color.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Recent rarity here - Desert Wheatear, from central Asia.

It had obviously never seen humans before, it flew up and started feeding on the beach less than a metre away from the crowd of birders - too close for most cameras to focus! This was taken with my little point'n'shoot.

Resin

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Norman, OK

Handsome little bird. Glad you got to enjoy it up so close.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Thank you Margaret for the new thread. Love, love that Galah. Nice Wheatear Resin. Red, your Harris' Sparrow is one good looking one. I've a lifer with Resin's help. A Sharp-Shinned Hawk.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Sorry the quality doesn't even compare to Margaret's 35 year's pic. But it's my latest lifer. I liked your swamphen too, Margaret.

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PERTH, Australia


Hey, Kim, congratulations on the lifer. Beautifully spread tail.

Lovely Sparrow, red.

That's a beautiful bird, Resin. What are its chances of survival?

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Altamira Oriole, a Mexican species found only in the very southern tip of Texas, in the USA. Photographed, at Salineo, Texas, on the north bank of the Rio Grand River.

I am currently vacationing on the Texas Gulf Coast / Lower Rio Grand Valley, and adding a lot of species to my life list. I have posted a few more pictures on my facebook page. If anyone would like to see more, the following link will take you to them.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.332396013442185.101309.100000153670275&type=3&saved#!/media/set/?set=a.332396013442185.101309.100000153670275&type=1

I do not have regular internet access.

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PERTH, Australia

Superb looking bird, Gary.

I went to the local lake this afternoon. There's still a fair amount of water in it due to our wetter than usual spring and a good amount of rain a week ago.

Pink-eared Ducklings.

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PERTH, Australia

Temporarily on their own whilst Mum chased off a Grey Teal.

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PERTH, Australia

Flapping its little wings.

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PERTH, Australia

Not a clear shot, but I love the way the ducklings are lined up.

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PERTH, Australia

Grey Teal (not the one which was being chased).

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PERTH, Australia

Little Corellas clowning around in flight.

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PERTH, Australia

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PERTH, Australia

Eurasian Coot feeding its advanced chicks.

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PERTH, Australia

Mmmmmm, yummy weed.

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PERTH, Australia

I don't know why, but bird tongues always make me laugh.

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Stafford County, VA

Me too! Good morning Margaret! (I even a collection of pictures of birds with their tongues showing)

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PERTH, Australia

Ha, I'm glad I'm not alone. Good evening Dave. What a beautiful image.

I won't monopolise the thread and will finish for now with a Purple Swamphen. This bird was such a good subject.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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That's a beautiful bird, Resin. What are its chances of survival?


Fairly good; it's been there a week now. There's plenty of sandflies in the heaps of seaweed washed up on the beach, so it is feeding well. But no doubt it'll move on before long.

Resin

Mount Pleasant Mills, PA(Zone 5a)

Wow, this thread rocks with wonderful pictures. I am enjoying all of them.

Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Thanks for the new start Margaret. Love the photos, even that oldie but goodie! Love the adorable ducklings. Love the tongue!

Red, your little sparrow is so pretty.

Resin, congrats on the rarity. You sure got a great photo of the bird. I hope it survives.

Lily, congrats on your new hawk. Mine is still here and I'm amazed the other birds don't seem worried about it anymore.

Red, love the oriole. That link was down but I'll try again later.

Dave, your bb is so pretty.

I've been having fun just watching the tiny Bushtits in my yard.




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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

The cold temps sure make them little furballs.

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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Here's a pair of Mourning Doves.

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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

I almost got the tongue clear in this one-too bad the Bewick's Wren had to move slightly.

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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Here's another Bewick's Wren.

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Stafford County, VA

One of my favorite "tongue" shots. She comes for meal worms every morning.

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Tonasket, WA(Zone 5a)

ducbucin, glad you were able to send pictures of the Bushtits, I've never seen them.

It is very cold and foggy outside this morning. I was going to go to Wal Mart earlier but decided I had better wait and hope the sun breaks thru and disperses the fog. I am afraid the hwy. would be a little slippery from freezing fog. I fed the birds but that is about all I did outside. Still have to be pretty careful when walking, not using walker or cane.

Donna

I will try to send a picture of a few (probably30 or more of English sparrows sitting on top of wood fence.

Norman, OK

Lots of unusual and interesting birds with the downunder shots! A first for our pond, a Greater Scaup.

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Norman, OK

A Great Blue Heron on the pond. I was driving by and missed a great action shot. He had just swallowed a large fish. Had some difficulty getting it down.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Nice shots everyone, Sharp Shinned Hawk revisit. My yard birds have vacated the open area in the backyard due to his recurrent visit (?). They have moved to the front yard feeder.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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Nice shots everyone, Sharp Shinned Hawk revisit. My yard birds have vacated the open area in the backyard due to his recurrent visit (?). They have moved to the front yard feeder.


That one's a Red-shouldered Hawk!

Resin

Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

We had a Cooper's Hawk yesterday. With the cold weather I am seeing it pretty regular around the neighborhood.

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Gladstone, MO(Zone 5b)

I had my most amazing trip ever to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge today. This was our first of many birds that begged us to take there photo. I believe it to be a red tailed hawk. Please let me know if you think different.

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Gladstone, MO(Zone 5b)

The same bird says "that's enough photo's, time for me to leave".

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Gladstone, MO(Zone 5b)

With a lot of the marsh being frozen there wasn't near as many ducks as normal at Squaw Creek today, but the 3 or 4 times we drove by this place we always seen this same little group hanging out together. I know most are mallards, but any ideas what the little black ones are?

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Gladstone, MO(Zone 5b)

And here's the A#1 reason I've been going to Squaw Creek for so many years. How about 10 bald eagles in one picture :)

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