Bad, but clear pix of the partial pic. of the Juvenile Nankeen Hight Heron. Margaret. lol
Although these pics. are so blurry. But they pleased me for it's the first time ever, I get to see the 'Ruby' on the Ruby-crowned Kinglets. lol
Next is my female Red-bellied Woodpecker. I'm so glad to see the gal, for all winter long I saw only the males. Today, was the first time I saw her out and about.
I knew I was not going to get any nice picture through the rain, but this was the sweetest thing. We were in the middle of a storm and two male House Finches perched under the hopper feeder for awhile trying to stay dry. None of the females were around, so I suspect they were on their nests.
This one about makes me cry. And I'm not to blame. I handed the camera to my husband for something a little earlier. One of the birders in our group spotted the Peregrine Falcon in this far off tree. I'm trying to get my husband's attention when he was focused on a water bird. By the time he gets the camera on the falcon, it's just taking off.
It was not a good day for photo taking, but I am bound and determined to get pictures of any life birds we see, foggy or not. I always hope for a better opportunity at a later time.
A little one told Papa there was a Junco in the yard. He didn't believe him. So the little one screams at the top of his lungs, "JUNCO IN THE YARD!!" The rest of us run from every which way. We've got to see this. All our faces are looking out the window, I have the camera. Just as I push the button... LOL Little one's head is right there, but you still can see the Junco over him.
Hey, where's all your bad pictures?! I'm not the only one with any, am I? :O
We were hanging laundry, when we hear Killdeer noise at the gravel road. There were three of them, all full grown and walking about. Maybe they were discussing future nesting locations. ?? I take my camera everywhere, especially when the lighting is just right, so yes, I had it with me while hanging laundry.
I get several nice (to me) pictures, but then... OOOH! I so wish this was the whole bird because I have been trying for so long to get a decent Killdeer in flight. This bird was in the top right of the shot and I cropped off the excess.
I wanted to put these in the Daily pictures thread, but a couple do not belong there. I think the first and last of this set are fine, but the middles are pretty poor.
A little background... We had Barn Swallows nesting on our front porch. They gave us a fine view with their chosen location. We could look up from inside the house. There were five babies. When they started moving around, I was getting concerned they would fall out, so put a couple pillows under the nest. Well, a couple Thursdays ago, two fell out of the nest. I get them back in. Next day, starting in the late morning, one kept falling out. I lost count how many times the dear fell. It's fall did seem to be softened by the pillows.
Well, what to do? My husband, being a smart fellow, put together a platform he was going to clamp to the ladder, but felt the distance was still too far, so he put it on a post and it had a good sized base to hopefully withstand any winds. He took the pillows away.
Not too long after this, that one fell onto the platform. We are just assuming it was the same one over and over. One of the parents came by and it looked like it fed it; we could not see for sure. Before we went to bed, the little one was one the porch floor. !!! Papa put it into the platform, but said it didn't look very well. I wanted to call someone right away, but he thought it best to wait until morning. It died in that time. That was so hard after all we did to try and keep it safe and healthy. Four did leave the nest on day 18, but they didn't hang around. We assume they went to where ever other Barn Swallows are hanging out.
Oh, I didn't mean to go into a long story, but I wanted to explain the contraption this little one was on. S/he was sitting inside and while I was taking pictures, it decided it wanted to perch on the ledge. I about had a heart-attack thinking it was going to fall over. As you see in the last picture, the bird was fine. This one seemed to enjoy the platform. The others preferred the nest and the parents fed this one as often as the others.
So sorry about the little Barn Swallow baby.
You and your husband did everything you could to protect it. Some of them won't survive no matter what you do as sad as it is...I know...I used to do a little wildlife rehab (mostly birds) many years ago.
My husband and I also had ducks, geese and chickens at one time and even their babies can run into problems. Sometimes they may be unhealthy when they're first born which is what causes the problem in the first place. At least it felt safe when it died and that in itself was a great help to it.
Swallows tend to be very sociable and generally will go to where other Swallows are. You guys gave them a nice safe place to grow up which gave them a great start to their new lives!
By-the-way, your pics are cute. There's nothing appallingly bad about them!
You got it! It was silly to even try, but I just never know when we may come across these birds again. If I had known one was going to land in my good friend's yard while we were visiting, I would never have taken this. That was amazing. My husband judged the tree to be about 50 feet tall and we were right below that. Children were busy being children but yet the Eagle was never bothered.
They are really turning up everywhere now! I went to the Mississippi River the other day, where there will be lots of these soon, but on the way, I saw one sitting in the top of a tree on a farm, probably about 2 miles from the river. Still very close, but was surprised since I didn't see any at the river.
Rose, the little one has lost its balance, it's. Here are more of mine that didn't make their way to other threads.
1. Great Blue Heron caught him a big breakfast in foggy morning.
2. Reb-belled Woodpecker was waiting its turn to the seeds buffet.
Lily, what really did it for your last two pics is the lovely, overexposed suet block. :D
1. Finally get to see a hummingbird at the flowers and we have a wingless wonder.
2. A possible Krider's Red-tailed Hawk, but it wouldn't sit still long enough to get any really good identifying shots. To keep Red-taileds from getting boring, since we see so many, we've been trying to identify the sub-species and color morphs.
Saw a bird that I couldn't ID with the naked eye. Got the brilliant idea to photograph it with my new upgraded camera & ID it at my leisure. Blur in upper right corner may have been a Wilson's Warbler. Next time Binoculars first - I can focus them faster.
I'm glad we kept this thread on-going for lately most of my shots qualify to be on this post. Here's one.
Our Redheaded Woodpecker. Chillybean's child did a better photo of the bird as seen above. lol. Anyhooo, I'm so glad to have found this particular RHW this morning in my neighborhood's wooded area. That gives me hope that in early spring, the adult birds may find my suet feeders and bring their offsprings to feed.
I often lurk around this forum, and especially this posting because it makes me chuckle. I now have reason to add to the mirth.
My wife and I had the extraordinary opportunity to travel in Queensland, Australia last month. Didn't know the plants; didn't know the birds; never have driven on the left; never snorkeled. All are now checked off the list - well, at least learned some plants and took pictures of the birds.
Here's a set we captured while enjoying some very nice pastries for breakfast at a wayside pulloff up in the Blackall Range outside Montville. Still don't know the bird's identity...
I rarely try to take close up pictures through the front window because of the bird tape, but was super excited about the hummingbird taking to the new feeder in the new location. It was a windy day to add to the fun.
The second one is another gem. I think it is a Bluebird, BUT I could be wrong. :)
Chillybean RE kids
Your kid probably got a picture of what they wanted. I remember when my kids were younger, they didn't want to see a bird/animal shaped thing. They wanted to see details like feathers, fur, toes, claws, teeth.
And I remember my husbands surprise when a hummingbird perched near the dining room window and he said "It has got little tiny feet!! I didn't know they had feet!"
Actually, he was rather miffed at himself for the chopped-off head. Both of us have been trying to get nice photos of Jays landing or taking off because of the beautifully flared tail. We have plenty of perched Jays, so were up for a bit of a challenge. Except for the lack of head, this has been one of our better attempts. That's why I told him he shouldn't be zoomed in so much. :) I've learned when I try to get photos of birds in motion, you cannot be so closed in on the bird. You'll end up cutting something off and can crop as needed later.
That is funny about your husband. I get a kick out of hummingbird feet; they are such dainty things.
Re: zooming in too much.
I believe that to be an issue all amateur photographers face at times (me included) and while irritating when you miss that really good shot you've been trying to get nigh on FOREVER, it happens. Nowadays with digital cameras though, at least you don't have to wait and then pay to have the film developed just to see if you got the shot.
Been there... done that... on a fairly consistent basis... so don't feel bad. Just go try again and eventually, you'll get the exact shot you're looking for.
ps: between yesterday's and today's bird outings, I've taken well over 2000 images, fully half of which will go in the delete/recycle bin without a second look and probably half of those remaining will be saved but will be unusable for all but the most casual purposes. To that end, you can't make a few great images without messing up a whole lot of other ones.
Seems we just had a conversation about proper framing of an image. Did that also include any tips about allowing the lens to FOCUS before pressing the shutter button all the way down?
This was a Turkey Buzzard that I was thrilled to see because I don't have a single decent image of a Turkey Buzzard that is more than a dot in an otherwise cloudless sky.. Apparently, I still don't.
Ummmmmm... the Goober on this end of the keyboard just posted to the last thread and not the new thread.
Sorry bout that.