Daily piccies vol 448 and Welcome to 2013

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Happy New Year everyone!

We've come from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1287841/

Here's a Slavonian Grebe (a.k.a. Eared Horned Grebe) to get going

Resin


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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

Thanks for the new thread Resin!

Clinton, MD(Zone 7a)

Happy New Year everyone. I have not posted in awhile, but I do pop in and check on things every then and again. That Grebe looks familiar to those in the States, but different name.

One thing I've decided this year is that I will leave more of the environment in my bird images to give the viewer a bit more detail of the goings on (i.e. no really tight crops).

Here' s an Eastern Towhee





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Linthicum Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

Happy New Year to Everyone !!! Glad to see you stopping by, Methodical. Nice Eastern Towhee. I haven't been out for awhile with the weather and the holidays. You mentioned Resin's Eared Grebe. Eared Grebe's are in the Western U.S but I get some of the similar species mixed up, i.e. the Horned Grebe and the Red-necked Grebe.

As you might expect, I've spend most of my photography time at the Conowingo Dam over the past 2-3 months taking 1,000's of Bald Eagle photos. I enjoy the fraternizing almost as much as taking photos. This was the mildest time frame that I have experienced over the past 6 years. It would be nice to get a few more "closer" fishing shots that don't have the tail-end facing the camera but you get what you get ...... I haven't been to Patuxent since September. They are seeing some Crossbills fairly regular over the last two weeks.

The following shots were taken on my last trip to Blackwater.

1. Tundra Swans - 3 juveniles, 2 adults
2. Northern Harrier
3. Bald Eagle - sitting on the Osprey nest
4. American Coot
5. Great Blue Heron

Note: Methodical, if you visit Blackwater, be very careful of the speed camera on Egypt Road (it's new). My last trip was a little expensive !!!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quote from linthicum :
You mentioned Resin's Eared Grebe. Eared Grebe's are in the Western U.S but I get some of the similar species mixed up, i.e. the Horned Grebe and the Red-necked Grebe.


Ooops! Got a bit mixed up myself with the different names - my bird is a Slavonian Greve a.k.a. Horned Grebe. Not Eared, which is Black-necked Grebe. Red-necked has the same name both sides of the Atlantic. I'll edit my earlier post ;-)

Resin

Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

In the last thread,
Nanny, you did a great job with the photos. You have a good variety of birds. I tried the monopod which is nice and easy to move around, but I still shook too much. Now I'm using a cheap tripod and getting clearer pics. Next on my wish list is a sturdier tripod.

Kim, the purples may still return for your seeds, keep watching. Cute dee in flight.lol

Resin, thanks for the new start. Nice shot of the greve-I'm always confusing the grebes here since we have several species.

Met, glad to see you. That towhee sure is pretty.

Linth, your photos are always so clear and good.

Happy New Year Everyone
The buffleheads have arrived on our lake. I'm still trying to figure out how to get a decent photo of them in the sun.
Not sure, but I think this is a Ring-billed Gull.
A great blue heron just enjoying the sun.
And, a common merganser.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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Not sure, but I think this is a Ring-billed Gull.


Yep!

Resin

Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Thanks Resin!

Clinton, MD(Zone 7a)

Quote from linthicum :
Happy New Year to Everyone !!! Glad to see you stopping by, Methodical. Nice Eastern Towhee. I haven't been out for awhile with the weather and the holidays. You mentioned Resin's Eared Grebe. Eared Grebe's are in the Western U.S but I get some of the similar species mixed up, i.e. the Horned Grebe and the Red-necked Grebe.

As you might expect, I've spend most of my photography time at the Conowingo Dam over the past 2-3 months taking 1,000's of Bald Eagle photos. I enjoy the fraternizing almost as much as taking photos. This was the mildest time frame that I have experienced over the past 6 years. It would be nice to get a few more "closer" fishing shots that don't have the tail-end facing the camera but you get what you get ...... I haven't been to Patuxent since September. They are seeing some Crossbills fairly regular over the last two weeks.

The following shots were taken on my last trip to Blackwater.

1. Tundra Swans - 3 juveniles, 2 adults
2. Northern Harrier
3. Bald Eagle - sitting on the Osprey nest
4. American Coot
5. Great Blue Heron

Note: Methodical, if you visit Blackwater, be very careful of the speed camera on Egypt Road (it's new). My last trip was a little expensive !!!


Thanks for the tip Linth about the speed camera. I'm going to have to get me another radar detector. I haven't been out in awhile myself. As a matter of fact, I just went to Conowingo on the 12/29, very bad day weather wise, but I just had to get out and shoot. I was at Patuxent on 12/22, another bad day, looking for the Crossbill, but no luck. As you know, Saturdays are not good since they are hunting, but again, I needed to get out and wanted to hit a spot that I had not visited in awhile - 0/2 haha.

Have you been to Oakley St.? I'm thinking about going that ways while I'm off of work.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Happy New Year everyone, thanks Resin for the new thread. Great Blue Heron on a cloudy day.

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Linthicum Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

Methodical, I stopped by Oakley Street on 12/13/12. Zero ducks ! The best time should be the end of January and the first 2-3 weeks in February. My final trip to Conowingo was 12/11. I won't go back until next Fall. My next travel will probably be Bombay Hook. But, you have to check their hunting schedule, also.

Duc, it's not easy to get a good shot in bright sunlight especially mid-day. Do you shoot RAW format or JPEG ? A bright overcast day probably provides the best lighting next to the early morning hours.

Nice photo of the Great Blue Heron, Lily.

Here are a few photos of Bald Eagles taken at the Conowingo Dam this Fall.


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Marlton, NJ

Beautiful shots guys!

Mount Pleasant Mills, PA(Zone 5a)

Fantastic shots folks.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Happy New Year to the "peeps" of DG.

From the CBC last week, a couple of Lifers.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Rough-legge Hawk light and dark.

and a Snow Bunting

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Bella Vista, AR(Zone 6b)

The finches enjoy the cooler weather, I think.

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Lakeview, OH

The first one of course is our little Wren, he comes around more often but still skittish, the second id the Junco, they have been bigger than usual and been getting closer to the house, it is great to see all my winter birds back again, had a Blue Jay land on the seed feeder but alas no camera. Well, maybe next time.

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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Kim, glad that heron was there to brighten your cloudy day.

Linth, I shoot jpeg because I take so many photos-I may try the raw. Super shots of the eagles, especially that last one.

Mrs Ed, love your birds, especially that bunting.

Julie, cute house finches.

Emptyeyes, nice photos of your wren and junco too.

I'm still trying to get this belted kingfisher to come closer-no luck yet.
One of many white-crowned sparrows.
And dark-eyed juncos are everywhere in my garden.


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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

Great photos!!

I started a thread on the forum about an Eagle nest cam that is in southwest Florida. They hatched to eaglets last week and this cam also has night vision!

South Hamilton, MA

cams are interesting.

Bella Vista, AR(Zone 6b)

The first picture is the birds waiting for fresh seed....mostly finches. Second picture is a free-for-all. haha

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Linthicum Heights, MD(Zone 7a)

Duc, the only reason I asked if you shoot RAW is that RAW allows you more flexibility in difficult lighting situations. However, it's not necessarily a panacea to all problems.

Here is one of my favorite shots.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Wow, Linth. Such great shot!!! Julie, quite a variety.

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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Julie, your little birds are so cute. Glad you're seeing the pine siskins.

Linth, that photo should be on your wall. Well done, I can see why it's your favorite.

Kim, love your finches too. That suet sure is popular.

The hawks are chasing off my birds again and making my days very long. Thank goodness the hummers aren't afraid of them. Here's an Anna's.
I'm finally seeing the red head on my ruby-crowned kinglet more. Now if it would only come closer.
Here's one of many California quail.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Love that Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the red marking on its head is so distinctive. Duc. your photos and many other friends on this forum are one of the many reasons I thrive to learn more about photography.

Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

Amazing shot showing the "ruby crown"!!

Bella Vista, AR(Zone 6b)

Fun day at the Wheeler refuge - Decatur, Alabama.
Wintering sandhill cranes were counted today at 9700!
Also fun to see a handful of whooping cranes (not pictured)

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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

Awesome shots of the Sandhill Cranes!! I see them flying over during migrations but have never seen one on the ground. That would be awesome!

Saw the Red-shouldered Hawk land on a tree branch yesterday with a squirrel about 3 feet away on the same branch. The squirrel slowly backed up .....sat still for a minute and the leaped to the branch below!! lol

South Hamilton, MA

More difficult for a hawk to manuver on a tree branch?

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Or maybe the hawk wasn't hungry, just heading that way anyway.

Resin

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Adorable Pied-billed Grebe and Lesser Scaup

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Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Julie, what an exciting day for you. So many cranes, great photos.

Nanny, glad that hawk wasn't hungry! I'm sure the squirrel felt pretty lucky.

Mrs Ed, beautiful photos of the grebe, mallard and scaup!

According to our Christmas Bird Count totals, we counted 8170 Ruddy Ducks on our lake. That's good news since several years ago we were busy picking up over 10,000 dead ruddys due to avian disease.

Resin identified the next two as barnyard geese, I think they are so beautiful.

Look closely at the last photo-I was taking photos of the gull and when I turned the lens toward the coot, the gull came over and bit the coot! Think it was jealousy?





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Bella Vista, AR(Zone 6b)

This mockingbird came to get some berries off of our table.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Love the ducks, geese and the rest of the water fowls duc, Mrs. Ed. Great pix of the Mocker JulieQ. Thanks for sharing the info. on the refuge info. in Decatur. Our family needs to make a trip up there some day soon.

I've a very pretty male Blue Bird checking out the new nest box off and on since late Fall. Other time several of the BBs will browse this nest box as well as the old one. I offer them mealworms starting today. Hope to see the nesting season begin soon.

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Melbourne, FL

I really have not seen that many birds so far this winter. I see Robins flying over, and of course do have some Painted and Indigo Buntings at my feeder. I was outside a while this morning and was pleased to see this immature Bald Eagle pass over.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Beautiful juvie Bald Eagle gp. I'd love to see some of those Painted and Indigo Buntings around my feeders.

Kelseyville, CA(Zone 8b)

Julie, that mocker is cute. That's a great idea putting the berries out.

Kim, it looks like the bbs are keeping track of the nest boxes. He's sure a pretty guy.

GP, you're so lucky to see the buntings. An excellent photo of the eagle.

Here's a great egret, one of my anna's hummers, a phainopepla that we found at a local marsh and a belted kingfisher.

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South Hamilton, MA

I have seen a couple robins around town, just not in our yard.

Melbourne, FL

Amazing detail on that Hummingbird. What a beauty.

Bella Vista, AR(Zone 6b)

This poor girl hit the window and sat here in the rain recovering. She is propping herself with her tail. Thankfully, all was well and after a few minutes she flew away.

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Putnam County, IN(Zone 5b)

Love mockingbirds....so entertaining!

Lily...hope a BB picks your box soon!

GP....nice catch of the juvie eagle. I have been watching in hopes of spotting one here.

duc...beautiful shot as always...love the kingfisher!

The cost of seed keeps going up so with the addition of 3 people to our household and only one income...which is less than last year with the payroll tax hike!!......I will use up the seed I have and then will have to stop feeding the birds. I do hope I can keep putting out suet at least for awhile, but will have to see how things go. I will start buying jelly now and stocking up for orioles so we can enjoy them thru the summer.

The Pileated Woodpeckers have not been coming to the suet until just the last couple of weeks...and so far have just seen this small one.

Dark -eyed Junco...like his black spot!!

Carolina Wren and the Red-breasted Nuthatch

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