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Bird Watching: Appallingly bad pix volume 21

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2012
3:45 PM

Post #8997099

We came from here:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1218564/




Isn't this the most gorgeous male Common Goldeneye you have ever seen?

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 7, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #8997662

LOL Mrs. Ed!! Yes, gorgeous shot but not as gorgeous as this Coopers Hawk!!

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #8999825

This gorgeous Flicker has ya both beat! LOL


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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #8999847

This one is so bad I cannot even tell what it is!! Looks like something evil! LOL

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 9, 2012
3:38 AM

Post #9000025

[quote="GrannyGrunt"]This one is so bad I cannot even tell what it is!! Looks like something evil! LOL[/quote]

Dark-eyed Junco

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2012
4:41 AM

Post #9000054

hah, that's Cooper is something else Rose. GG, the Dark-eyed Junco you took in the snow, has its "special" effect. lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #9000101

nice catch on the yellow tail there GG.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

February 9, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9000134

Thanks Mrs. Ed. I just posted the rest of it on the Forum. LOL
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

February 11, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #9003268

Awful shots, everyone. Here's my contribution.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9003327

eeek beheaded

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9003341

[quote="Mrs_Ed"]eeek beheaded
[/quote]

LOL, Eeeeek, it's hung I think. Double eeeeeek!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 11, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9003346

Ok, ok, here is mine eeeeeek! Focus on the wisteria branch instead, lol.

I was glad to see these two species of ducks co-exist peacefully-- that's until the breeding season. Then they are adversaries! eeeek.

Error correction: the weeping branches are those of Weeping Willow instead of wisteria. Please pardon.


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

February 19, 2012
4:20 AM

Post #9011732

Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron - trust me.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

February 19, 2012
6:26 AM

Post #9011848

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.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

February 19, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9012318

All good bad one. ;)
Bad Starling in every sense of the word.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 10, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9076727

Ewww, Burn, that starling looks like something from, hmm, somewhere.

Nankeen Kestrel.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9076894

I haven't posted pictures on this site in awhile, but I always enjoy this thread. Great bad pictures everyone. It's hard to say which is the worst. :)

The lighting was just perfect for a shot like this. Our favorite migrating sparrow, the Harris's.

Edited to say: Why is it I do not recognize poor grammar or bad spelling until the moment I hit the send button... sigh.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9085328

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.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9085723

Hah, Chillybean. That last one should have a caption saying "I wished the rain would stop, I've hungry mouths to feed at home" the other one would reply "Yeah, me too this rain isn't for the birds!" ^_^

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9086035

Haha, Lily. That is funny. :)

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #9087603

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.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2012
7:07 AM

Post #9089981

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.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9090641

^_^
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 20, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9090853

Funny story. Really bad pic.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

April 20, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #9091045

Hee, hee ,hee, well at least you got proof of one, being in the yard.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2012
12:52 PM

Post #9163783

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.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #9164769

[quote] ... where's all your bad pictures?! I'm not the only one with any, am I? :O [/quote] LOL, not so fast, I've some of those aweful shots too. lol

Eastern Towhee, these guys/gals are quite fast on their feet. Eventhoug they don't fly off, they constantly hopping about while on the ground.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #9164986

Ugh, just awful, Lily!

What happened to the head on this one?

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9166196

Got a couple here...I could actually fill up threads and threads!! lol

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9166641

LOL, Nanny... Fill them up. I am guessing the yellow blurs are Orioles??

I was talking to my camera yesterday.
"Focus... focus.. NO! NOT ON THE SCREEN. THE BIRD!"

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9166642

I should add: after that episode, my husband went outside and removed the screen.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9166872

Chilly, that's "ART"

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #9167586

yes...the yellow blurs are orioles...sorry!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2012
9:00 PM

Post #9197314

Horrible pics, everyone. . .Love it!!

How do you like my Downy Woodpecker?

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 7, 2012
9:21 PM

Post #9197326

Just terrible.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 8, 2012
6:22 AM

Post #9197547

Thanks, Margaret!

Here's Mrs. Cardinal striking her (awfully) best pose.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9200704

oh dear!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9200717

Bad, bad pictures!

Trying to photograph parent Robin feeding a juvenile was not a good idea.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9200762

Funny shot, Chillybean! I guess the juvie wasn't hungry anymore.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 16, 2012
6:30 AM

Post #9206921

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.

I don't think I posted a link here to my Barn Swallow album, but this shows much of their time here.
https://picasaweb.google.com/108468547679021572625/BarnSwallowFamily2012

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 17, 2012
2:05 PM

Post #9209161

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!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9224991

So where are all the horrible bird pics?

Here's a couple:

1) This male Cardinal ignored my requests to pose.

2) Shy Duck

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 31, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9225234

OK, here's my contribution. Osprey believe it or not.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9225298

Oh, Margaret, awful, just awful...but the water is very pretty!!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 31, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9225350

Ha ha. I thought so too. Nicely in focus. The osprey was carrying a fish.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2012
6:25 PM

Post #9225436

:)

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 1, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #9225796

nutsaboutnature, Those silly Cardinals do the same thing to me. And ducks are nuts when we try to take photos for identification, they're sleeping, preeening, or their backends are in the air.

Oh Margaret, that is terrible... just terrible. :)

One of the children took this. I wouldn't say this Red-headed photo is bad, it looks nice as far as focus and such, but... This was our first day setting out bananas. Ruined a perfectly good photo. :)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 7, 2012
1:03 PM

Post #9233238

Stilt Sandpiper - Northumberland's first ever. Pity it was too far away for decent pics.

Resin

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9234029

Resin - Congrats on the Sandpiper!! Oh, well...sorry you couldn't get closer. The closest I've ever been to one is looking at a picture in a book.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 8, 2012
9:07 PM

Post #9235124

Oh bad disappointment on that Stilt pic, Resin.
You have all done an awful job, on some bad shots.
I won't toot my horn cause, I'm no better than anybody else.
I'm not lying, this is a YB Sapsucker.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9235514

Whoa, burn, that's awful! Nice tree, though.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 25, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9342208

Hey, this thread needs a good bumping...

"He has legs!", exclaims one of the children. Seriously... he said this. Makes a bad picture funny.



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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #9342251

He sure does have some LEGS!!! LOL, thanks for bumping this thread up Chillybean. I'll have some to share pretty soon. Toot, toot, lol.

Oh wait, wait, got one!

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 29, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9345340

Lovely ducks... not! :)

1. I think I was zoomed in a little too much.
2. It's not a great shot, but not really bad either. It was a bad day for the bird though. He has poop on his head!

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Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2012
9:48 AM

Post #9354676

Can you even tell what they are?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2012
1:14 PM

Post #9354845

[quote="Chillybean"]Can you even tell what they are? [/quote]

Bald Eagles in fog!

Resin

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9354952

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.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2012
3:40 PM

Post #9354980

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.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 14, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9358302

It would have been a good shot if the head would have been there. ;)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 14, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9358320

Bet, I know which bird that's! LOL, one of the Doves, but which?
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 14, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9358328

Right on Kim, lol Mourning Dove.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2012
4:52 PM

Post #9358400

LOLOL I love the dove. Or what's left of it. :D

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9358408

Owl. Or Decoy. Or Beehive.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 14, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9358438

Could also be a raccoon ,or porcupine lol.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9358439

OOOOO! Porcupine. I like that.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 14, 2012
6:01 PM

Post #9358444

Tehehehehehe

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 14, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9358446

Or... I sure don't know. Funny.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9446248

I was centered on a Redpoll. I was... really.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2013
7:55 AM

Post #9643798

BUMP




nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9643802

I thought this BEAUTIFUL shot of a Hummer in flight was worthy of bumping. Now, I'm suuuuure many of you could compete with that. So come on...let's see whatcha got!




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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9643812

Hah, let's have a contest. lol Here is one. The GBH take flight when my JB (my gardener helper) showed who's the boss.

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2013
8:11 AM

Post #9643820

Okay, here is JB in action. The GBH by this time has returned to tease the boss LOL

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 28, 2013
8:13 AM

Post #9643822

Ooops, I meant to upload this one picture.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2013
8:20 AM

Post #9643828

Oh yes...those are very nice!!





MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

August 28, 2013
6:34 PM

Post #9644310

Dreadful, nuts.

Kim, no matter how hard you try to post a terrible picture, as long as you live where you do, it'll never happen. It's too beautiful.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2013
8:40 PM

Post #9644389

Thanks Margaret!!



Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2013
5:45 AM

Post #9644540

Margaret, it's very kind of you to say...thank you. Let's me try again. This is at the park. :)

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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 1, 2013
4:42 PM

Post #9647951

I have a lot more pictures that I could post on here than the other threads...

My little hummingbird looks like he's lost his balance!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 1, 2013
6:16 PM

Post #9648014

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2013
7:56 PM

Post #9649159

Kim, I agree with Margaret. It's hard to make that gorgeous lake look awful.

Cute pic, Rose...Awful, but still cute. (actually it looks like 95% of mine. They could name this thread after me)




Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2013
9:15 AM

Post #9649549

I cannot believe I could not focus on this dumpster diving crow. It sat there for the longest time, giving me ample opportunity, yet, this is all I got. :(

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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
10:09 AM

Post #9651424

This one made me chuckle... It looks like somebody just launched him from a sling shot! Guess I should adjust my shutter speed, huh?

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
10:39 AM

Post #9651442

LOLOL Rose... We call those "bird bombs" and get a lot of those on our cameras.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 5, 2013
12:46 PM

Post #9651553

Bird Bombs! LOL
Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2013
2:27 PM

Post #9651664

I took 25 pictures today and almost all of them should be posted here!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 5, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9651760

Can yours beat these? Bad pictures, bad timing, but all and all. Still one of my fav. birds in the garden.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
10:36 AM

Post #9652452

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.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2013
10:54 AM

Post #9652467

1 Little Grebe, doing what Little Grebes do.

2 Spotted Redshank, doing what Spotted Redshanks do.

Resin

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9652468

Awful pics you guys...oh yes, I feel right at home here.

We must have had an earthquake when I took this shot. I didn't feel it, but apparently this little hummer did.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
11:00 AM

Post #9652474

Aaw, Resin, that Little Grebe is so sweet. :)

Yup, We have those earthquakes too in the middle of Iowa, Nuts. Just terrible.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
12:26 PM

Post #9652552

Hmm...hard to tell if this is a hummer or a giant caterpillar. I'm leaning towards the caterpillar, though.

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Rose1656
Oquawka, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
1:19 PM

Post #9652574

Earthquakes in Illinois? That's a really good story! Mind if I borrow it?

Rose
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
2:42 PM

Post #9652646

Be my guest, Rose! Chillybean even has them in Iowa. :o)





MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 6, 2013
5:04 PM

Post #9652766

[quote="Resin"]1 Little Grebe, doing what Little Grebes do.


Resin
[/quote]

Add it to the bird files.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2013
6:48 PM

Post #9652836

ha. margaret you dag.

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

September 20, 2013
6:00 PM

Post #9665541

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.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2013
8:24 AM

Post #9665990

Nice flowers, pollengarden. Warbler? Pretty awful (like most of mine).



MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 21, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9666612

Dreadful shot, pollen.

1. Osprey
2. Rainbow Lorikeet

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2013
5:32 PM

Post #9667407

pollengarden, Ow, that hurts! :)

Margaret, lovely wing and tail feathers.

Here's a strange one, almost a bomb. This was taken in July, but found it again going through the folders today.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9669042

Hmm, Margaret...must be shy birds.

Chilly, pretty color, though.

nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2013
9:04 AM

Post #9673204

I thought you might all appreciate my beautiful Mallard shot.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2013
7:00 AM

Post #9689435

[quote="nutsaboutnature"]I thought you might all appreciate my beautiful Mallard shot.

[/quote]

LOL, N.A.N. I do, I do. Especially when comes to Mallard in general. But I love 'em all.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9689438

[quote] Here's a strange one, almost a bomb... [/quote] Chillybean, that it does. lol

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2013
7:10 AM

Post #9689443

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.

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2013
12:48 PM

Post #9696042

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...

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 27, 2013
1:34 PM

Post #9696062

Hey, Viburnum Valley, those shots aren't too bad, especially considering the distraction of those scrumptious pastries. The bird is a Rainbow Lorikeet.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2013
4:28 PM

Post #9696209

Well, MargaretK, you are kind.

What about this one?

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

October 27, 2013
6:05 PM

Post #9696312

Yummmm, much better focus on those creamy pastries. But what a nice bird to get even if it's blurry.
I think your last one is a Mooner, but I'll let Margaret correct me, if I'm wrong. ;)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2013
6:06 PM

Post #9696314

I thought it was a mooner too.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 27, 2013
8:11 PM

Post #9696411

Ha ha. Yes, that's the elusive Queensland Moonbird.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 28, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9696890

Australian White Ibis

Resin
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 28, 2013
5:42 PM

Post #9697128

Resin, just what sort of reference book are you using; one that shows and alternative view of each bird?

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9699849

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. :)

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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 16, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9710382

Tree branches, Kingfisher barely in frame
Reduced to photographing Starlings
Starlings in our first flurry of snow

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 16, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9710490

Focussed on the grass not the bird . . . :-(

Resin

PS Chillybean - yes, a Bluebird

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TXSkeeter
Mesquite, TX

November 17, 2013
12:37 PM

Post #9711119

It's so nice to see that I'm not the only one with a full Recycle Bin on my computer. ;o)

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2013
1:35 PM

Post #9713142

Taken by one of the children. He doesn't believe me when I tell him he is zoomed in too close.

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TXSkeeter
Mesquite, TX

November 20, 2013
4:21 PM

Post #9713255

The highly sought after and rare "Headless Egret", a quiet and shy bird that cannot stand so much as a glance in its direction before fleeing.

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pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

November 20, 2013
5:12 PM

Post #9713282

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!"

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2013
11:58 AM

Post #9713737

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.
TXSkeeter
Mesquite, TX

November 21, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9713764

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.
Steve

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.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 21, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9713870

Magpie, wrong position, starting to fly away, and blurred . . . everything that could go wrong, did!

Resin

PS this thread's getting very long, a volunteer with a dreadful pic to start Volume 22 of rubbish, please!

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2013
4:01 PM

Post #9713901

Here is the new thread:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1342227/

Come and see my headless Junco and add your amazing wonders to the new collection. :)
TXSkeeter
Mesquite, TX

November 21, 2013
4:44 PM

Post #9713919

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.
Steve

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2013
5:16 PM

Post #9713937

LOL That's ok Steve, a fine finish it is!

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