This board is blessed with excellent participation from its viewers, so it doesn't take long to zip through a thread. My pleasure to start a new one.
I spent yesterday impersonating a computer nerd. After a problem where I thought I'd lost 17,000 photos, my two laptops spent all day and into the night transferring them to one hard drive which will be backed up on Carbonite today. No more external hard drives.
I'll start this thread off with a pic of a little thug. This Sharp-shinned hawk makes daily passes over my feeders. One day he took a junco out of the air not ten feet from me. The other day I sneaked up over one of the pond dams to shoot some Ring-necked Ducks, knowing they'd flush as soon as my head popped over the dam. This sharpshin came out of nowhere repeatedly hitting one of the ducks in the air until he drove it to the ground. But, a duck is too big for him, it escaped. I haven't seen the ringers back on the pond, though.
In this shot the sharpshin has just dive-bombed Mama on the mealworm feeder and came back to it to sit. Common behavior for these guys to hang around where they have made an unsuccessful attack, hoping for the prey to return.
Some Green-winged teal have been spending some time on one of our three neighborhood ponds. Very wild, they won't let me approach and normally stay on a pond that is hidden from view by the road and must be approached by foot. This day they were on the lower pond and were busy preening in the morning sun. I just parked the car and shot out the passenger window.
Not a bird in this pic, but there are plenty of birds around here. A pic of a winter sunset on the waterfalls from one of the upper ponds to the big pond. The sky was on fire. Taken from my study porch with a 400 mm lens.
I envy those berries in duc's yard. What a background for bird pics. That's a fancy feeder, burn. This is an old pic I took in Feb. of this year. Just ran across it and posted to my Flickr phototstream 'reddirtpics'. If you're on Flickr, or even if your not, stop by and take a look. Flickr is a great way to share pics with friends and relatives. These little House Finches were seeking shelter from a cold blowing snow on my study porch.
This is the only time of year that I can find my Anna's Hummingbirds actually sharing the feeder ports on the feeder. I just have two feeders out and one male will not let any other hummer drink from it. That leaves over a dozen birds to drink from the other one.
Great creeper Nanny!
Great shots everyone.
Red, eye-popping start. Had no idea that Sharp-shins behaved like that even with big birds.
Burd, forgot to congratulate you on the last thread for getting published. That's awesome.
Burn, can hardly look at those snowy pics. It just makes me cold. I'm amazed that you can take such good pics in that light.
reddirtretiree wrote:Some Green-winged teal have been spending some time on one of our three neighborhood ponds. Very wild, they won't let me approach and normally stay on a pond that is hidden from view by the road and must be approached by foot. This day they were on the lower pond and were busy preening in the morning sun. I just parked the car and shot out the passenger window.
Yesterday, went to the Viera Wetlands, the waste water treatment facility for Melbourne FL. Heavily overcast, but still got some great shots. Vehicles are no longer allowed on the dikes, which has improved the photo opportunities. The birds are a lot calmer now, and are hanging closer to the shoreline. This Limpkin was a first time photo for me.
Wonderful pictures, you all. How I miss my Mourning Doves! Ducubucln I am glad to see one still exists. :) This was the first year in Iowa they were allowed to be hunted. Before I say anything unkind, I will stop here on that subject...
We just got back from our first time participating in the Christmas Bird Count. I am glad we went, but my legs and back are hurting something fierce. I've never jumped over creeks or waded through tall grasses like that before. We didn't often stay on the nice mowed trails. :) We only took a couple pictures and if anything they belong on the Dreadful picture thread. We did gain one life bird, a Long eared Owl.
Here is our Peanut on a hay bale. She was being feisty on a FeederWatch count day.
Tried to post a couple of times yesterday and the posts never appeared. I gave up thinking at some point in time, I'd see multiple posts???
Enjoyed the waterfowl pics, sharf. Resin, thanks for calling the mid-ID to my attention. Not my first, nor last. :-)
Haven't been taking any bird pics the past few days. I'll post one from this last May I ran across and venture out to call it a Swainson's Thrush even though I don't think they should be in southern Missouri in May. Taken near Branson.
Its very strange here, I have feed out and water and I have not seen ANY birds for a couple of days, not even sparrows! Granted, I don't go out looking like I did before, but have been kinda busy, but like I said, no sparrows, that is most unusual for here, what do you think is going on?
Congrats on the scaup, duc. We've had one on the big pond for a couple of weeks. Raining today and tomorrow so no light and no birds in the yard. An earlier pic of a robin. We have a flock of several hundred thousand that winter in Norman. I see waves of them going over my house when they leave the roost in the morning to feed in rural areas and again in the evening when they return to roost.
Thats what I figured, this winter has been so crazy that the poor birds don't know what to do. It has been so warm and no snow that we are really going to pay for this nice weather. I have pine cones that I am going to put peanut butter on but I am not going to bother right now when they have plenty of natural food left. But the cones will wait until the first heavy snow falls and actually sticks for a while. Love everybodys pictures, but when no birds no pictures. Have a Merry Christmas, I know that it is not politically correct to say that this year but I am.
Great shot of your robin Red. The most I've seen here this week is only 150, but I'm sure more will arrive soon.
Teddy, you also may have a hawk nearby.
My birds have been harassed by this same Sharp-shinned hawk every day for what seems like weeks. This morning I found him hiding under a tree and decided enough was enough. He was low to the ground so I went out the gate and walked right up to him-he stood his ground! Then three of our young deer herd walked up next to me and got to within 5 feet of him before he finally took off. I thanked my fur friends with a carrot.lol
Great start to the new thread with the thug, red. Spectacular sunset as well. Looks like a really nice place.
Duc, the shot of all those Hummingbirds sharing ports at a feeder is a real treat for someone who doesn't ever get to enjoy the little jewels in person. Also love the birdbath full of Bushtits. I wonder if your hawk is one that was raised by humans and released. It's uncommonly unafraid, isn't it?
The Pine Warbler is indeed a real beauty, Elphaba.
Nanny, I love the Pileated. Do you think if I put out a suet feeder I'd get one here?
Bsharf, they are amazing shots you've taken. Love the Green Heron.
Chillybean, when I first saw your photo, I thought the bird was perched on the back of a very dilapidated sofa.
Looks a bit chilly there, Burn. Your little Warbler is so sweet and I love your Bleu Jay.
Politically correct or not, Merry Christmas, teddy.
A flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos in the distance yesterday. There are numerous flocks around at present. I know they are in the more southern suburbs, but this is the first time I've ever seen them around our area. No doubt forced here by habitat destruction thanks to an uncaring government.
Great photos everyone ! Glad to see the robins are happy. They sure don't have any berries left here in Ohio. The little round bushtits are such a pretty color ! The tufted titmouse made an appearance this morning. Odd angle, but it was the best I could do through the patio door windows.
My hubby got a couple of suet cakes to entice the woodpeckers back, is it possible for seed in a tube feeder like mine to spoil? My neighbor said the same thing about the natural food left. Like I said before we are going to pay for this good weather, especially in December. I enjoy all your pictures and hopefully I can find the time to get some pictures soon, I am going to miss sitting in front of the door trying to get a good picture of our babies. But unfortunately bills keep coming and need food and a roof over our heads. So sometimes we can't do what we want to do. But will try to get some pictures, my hubby did say he saw a hawk over by the gas station and he was a pretty good size so that might be one of the reasons.
Beautiful pics Duc. Those bushtits crack me up too. Safety in numbers I guess.
Great shots everyone!
Cloudy here and even a little rain. We need every drop. Went birding yesterday anyway and took some horrible pics but must share anyway! The cloudy sky really messed up this pic but I love the subject -- a Vermillion Flycatcher.
Elphaba, what wonderful birds you have in Texas! I am enjoying all the other birds, too.
We went on a tour of a raptor recovery place last week. I didn't take a lot of pictures, but got to see plenty of birds. I enjoyed the Barn Owls trying to put on a mean show, but they were just so cute about it.
This female Bald Eagle cannot see very well, so could not be released back into the wild.
One for Mrs Ed. Nankeen Night Heron. I had slowly made my way towards it through very long grass, hoping the noise I was making would scare any tiger snakes off. The Heron wasn't perturbed by my approach, but flew off when a man with a dog came to the edge of the embankment. This is probably the bird that's been hanging around our pond.
lol GG. Tiger Snake? What's one look like? Great pix everyone. I have been enjoying everyone pix via my wireless phone, but unable to post during my vacation in Maryland. I came home yesterday, and just now catching up.
I saw this small group of Hooded Mergansers getting along just fine with Canadian Geese in a small lake called Elkhorn lake.
I found out what has my birds scared off and if I can I will get a picture of him, it is a hawk and he is not a teeny weenie one, he was on the wire across from the gas station and I heard him when we got home, don't know what kind he is but he is sizable.
Margaret, great shots of the Cocatoos! Ref. my daily visit by this hawk-that might be one explanation, but I think he just knows that I won't hurt him. I caught him sitting in a tree today with 2 hummingbirds and a black phoebe just above him. I'll download the photo tomorrow, but I'm guessing he'd already filled up for the day. Great photo of the crake and grebe. Do the grebe chicks climb on the backs of the parents like our grebes do? That heron looks like its feathers are so fine and smooth.
Countrymom, cute photo of your little titmouse. Looks like a great variety of food you have there.
Elphaba, love that vermillion-it's gorgeous!! Such a wonderful variety of birds, they're all great photos.
Chillybean, thank goodness for rescue homes-that poor eagle wouldn't have lasted long in the wild.
Red, beautiful bb catch!
Lily, welcome home. Cute pictures of your ducks.
Hubbie and I got a rare sighting alert email and went in search of a Falcated Duck that found it's way to the Colusa Wildlife Refuge which isn't far from our home. This duck normally lives in Asia and has been at the refuge for almost two weeks. Needless to say, the visitor/photographers count is way up from a.m. to p.m. I was lucky because the duck was pretty active all morning, but some visitors are saying it slept all day. Actually, I was just glad to get a few photos.
Nice shots, Lily_love. The tiger snakes are generally black and yellow striped and mean. At Lake Herdsman, which is about 10km from here, I wouldn't for one second contemplate going anywhere near long grass as you'd be almost guaranteed of a not too pleasant encounter. They are highly venomous.
Wow, due, what a treat to see the Falcated Duck. A real stunner. Yes, our Grebe chicks do climb up onto the parent's back.
We just got home from the club and papa rb wp was on the suet cake feeder, my hubby got a apple one and he was just going to town on it. I am glad he is back, I thought maybe he was gone for good because the feeder had been empty for so long. Saw some sparrows today too, was even glad to see them.
MargaretK wrote:One for Mrs Ed. Nankeen Night Heron. I had slowly made my way towards it through very long grass, hoping the noise I was making would scare any tiger snakes off. The Heron wasn't perturbed by my approach, but flew off when a man with a dog came to the edge of the embankment. This is probably the bird that's been hanging around our pond.
Yesterday, we spent a good part of the day driving around in search of the Snowy Owl seen in the area. We never saw it, but saw other birds, including a Bald Eagle in a field. And hundreds upon hundreds of crows. We've never seen those kind of numbers but for Starlings and Blackbirds. That was amazing.
I did want to ask if anyone who knows photo editing would be willing to take a stab at the full-sized version I have of this bird. I've tried adjusting color, but it ends up looking weird. I am glad for the Undo option. :) We were driving into a big city and saw this. I couldn't get the picture quick enough and ended up getting the shot through the blue part of the windshield. My husband could not slow down being there was traffic behind us. It's a Red-tailed Hawk, an Intermediate Morph. I learned this is somewhat rare here in Iowa.
From last week...This Cooper's Hawk kept going all around and into these shrubs looking for a meal. It was rather amusing to watch! It ended up leaving empty handed as it were. Later occurred to me I should have put the camera on video! lol
Nice pix everyone. Margaret, it's so nice to see birds that are in their breeding season from down under. Nan, the Brown creeper is in my wish list. Hope all my friends here all have had a wonderful Christmas.
Chilly, it sounds like you had a good time seeing all the birds anyway. I tried taking photos through our car windows too and ended up dumping all of them. Sorry, but at least you can still see the hawk for identification.
Margaret, outstanding photo of the beautiful honeyeaters. Love that corella too.
Nanny, glad the hawk didn't find any birds. Cute photo of the creeper.
Lily, cute photo of your cardinals too.
We've had two Bald Eagles here every day for a while now but the sun is always so bright on them. Guess I shouldn't complain though.
What a yard bird, ducbucln. Bald Eagles. We've seen them two miles from here, so there's hope...
Always enjoy the Brown Creepers, Nanny. Pretty picture, Teddy.
Thank you for your responses about the "blue" bird. I was sure it would have been a challenge. Here's another picture from that day. I was soo tempted to put it in the Appallingly bad pictures, because we got distracted by this hawk and later learned that behind us was a Snowy Owl. It was way in the field, but there nonetheless.
Chillybean wrote:I did want to ask if anyone who knows photo editing would be willing to take a stab at the full-sized version I have of this bird. I've tried adjusting color, but it ends up looking weird. I am glad for the Undo option. :) We were driving into a big city and saw this. I couldn't get the picture quick enough and ended up getting the shot through the blue part of the windshield. My husband could not slow down being there was traffic behind us. It's a Red-tailed Hawk, an Intermediate Morph. I learned this is somewhat rare here in Iowa.
Had a try, here's my best effort. Don't think it is really rescuable, though.
Yes Chillybean I got #100-Rough legged Hawk and I also got 2 more Cackling Goose and American Black Duck (which I had seen before, but never photographed). All I wanted was 100 before the year ended. But I am at 102! :)