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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2008
7:28 PM

Post #5409660

Here's your chance to share that "almost" shot, the one you keep looking at hoping that it will magically come into focus or grow a head! I started to post this on the hummingbird forum b/c there have to be tons of disappointing shots there but then I remembered my most disappointing shot from yesterday, an oriole I think, so I'll share that too!

Here's my best blur of the day...

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #5409667

And as promised that 'darn-it' shot from yesterday...

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

August 13, 2008
8:10 PM

Post #5409822

Great idea for a thread Elphaba! This is probably my most disappointing recent shot...I didn't realize this Indigo had turned it's head until I saw it on the computer! Grrrrrr...!!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #5410277

He still looks beautiful! It's amazing what turns up when you see it full size! Somehow, my pictures always look better in miniature!
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 13, 2008
10:21 PM

Post #5410378

My most recent disappointment was this picture of the Origma or Rock Warbler Origma solitaria. The Origma has a very limited distribution in rocky gullies in New South Wales. I was lucky enough to see one for the first time in March while visiting the Blue Mountains. It was very active and the light was poor . I managed to get three pictures, but 2 were so out of focus that I discarded them and the only sharp picture I got was this one that shows the back of the bird and shows no feature that would confirm what it is.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 14, 2008
1:06 AM

Post #5410948

I know that back-of-the-bird syndrome so well! Congrats on the spotting one! That's a great almost shot!
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 14, 2008
1:39 AM

Post #5411120

Here's mine. I saw this hawk as I was on my way to shoot a wedding reception last Saturday, so I only had a 28-70mm zoom and an 85mm with me. (I normally carry my 300mm f/2.8 everywhere I go). Anyway, I ran to the car and grabbed the first camera I saw and shot about 500 shots of this guy in the next 15 minutes. I was hoping he would fly before I had to leave, but he never did. This one was shot with the 40D and a 28-70mm zoom at 65mm. I can only imagine the shots I could have gotten with one of the big lenses.

Dave

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 14, 2008
1:43 AM

Post #5411144

Actually, this is the shot I would love to have shot with the big lens. There's something about birds' tongues.

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kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 14, 2008
1:59 AM

Post #5411234

They are pretty good shots nevertheless. Your shot that shows the birds tongue brings back memories for me. In your photo, you can just see that a hawk's tongue is like an arrowhead, it has two backward pointing lobes (barbs) like an arrowhead.

I used to hold a bird-banding licence and some 30 years back, I was mist-netting birds near my home which was then in Tasmania. I went to check the nets and found a Brown Falcon - Falco berigora at the base of one of the nets. Raptors are not often caught by mist nets, although they well sometimes attack small birds that are caught in the net. This bird was not in the net, but caught by its tongue. The tongue had gone through one mesh of the net and the barbs prevented it from withdrawing. The bird had twisted round many, perhaps twenty times, in its attempts to free itself. It was not an easy task to untangle the bird, having to hold the bird, avoiding talons and beak, and twist it round and round before it was possible to ease the net off its tongue. As far as I could tell its tongue was not badly damaged and the bird flew away strongly when it was finally released. Here is the bird just before it was released:

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

August 14, 2008
2:21 AM

Post #5411332

Great story, kennedyh. That picture is 30 years old? Wow!!

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 14, 2008
11:23 AM

Post #5412328

Great thread!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2008
7:01 PM

Post #5414251

Well, I could fill the thread! LOL...but recently of course my Barred Owl...If I just would have taken the pic instead of standing there with my mouth hangin' open.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2008
7:04 PM

Post #5414266

This Baltimore Oriole just popped in out of the blue...camera was not set ..but I shot it anyway. I was just soo surprised to see it. Must have been migrating from up north.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 14, 2008
8:33 PM

Post #5414543

Your Barred Owl shot is indeed almost perfect! A+ for the attempt! I just wish I could see a Barred Owl! I saw a screech owl the other morning just as a bit of sun was edging up the horizon. He flew away when he saw me looking at him.

Love the hawk shots and stories. I don't think that I've ever seen a hawk tongue before!

The tongue shot reminded me of this one. It's a month or so old. This night heron caught a crawfish right beside me and then ran into the road in front of me where he proceeded to crush it with his beak before swallowing. I took several photos, some with flash, some without, some using a lot of zoom and some less and a video. None of them turned out.

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kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 14, 2008
9:11 PM

Post #5414692

nanny_56,
I envy you seeing the Barred Owl. I wanted a better look at your picture, so I tried a bit of enhancement. Here is your picture again, lightened up so that you can see the owl somewhat clearer

Kennedy

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2008
11:07 PM

Post #5415083

One was hooting away in the woods right across from the house last night. Kept waiting to see if it would come out where I could see it! Never did! We have lots of them around here!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2008
3:17 PM

Post #5422362

I didn't post this one yesterday because I was waiting for Resin to ID the yellow bird. So here is my not quite in focus picture of a Prairie Warbler and a Downy woodpecker. Downy's face is covered by a stick so that adds to the disappointment! Oh well, it was fun to see.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2008
3:20 PM

Post #5422379

I already know this is my disappointment for today! I was out with the tree butchers from the power company when I heard this hawk. It was perched at the top of my neighbor's Loblolly pine. I have some perch shots but the sun was coming up behind him (silhouette effect), so I'm still playing with them. Here's the shot when he was flying away. I don't really have the expertise or the equipment to get this shot but boy I wish I did! Check out those feet!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2008
5:38 PM

Post #5422835

That is a neat "could have been great" shot!!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2008
7:37 PM

Post #5423206

Thanks nanny. You know what it needs -- that software they have on the CSI shows where they take a totally fuzzy picture and miraculously develop it into an identifiable face! When is that going to start coming with our digital cameras?
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #5423346

I would love to have some of that CSI software!!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #5423893

Oh yes, I need that bad!!! Here is mine for today...a hummer shot.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #5423928

Nanny, a male! Wow that is so almost gorgeous!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2008
1:57 AM

Post #5424684

LOL!

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2008
11:19 AM

Post #5430108

I almost hate to post, as most of your "dissapointing" pictures are ones I would think were great! LOL

I guess here is mine for the day, yesterday. This is the best of the several picture attempts through the spotting scope.

This couple sits in the tree across the lake for hours looking at the ducks and other snacks in the marsh. We see them almost every day. They do not always sit this close together though. This is only the second time I have seen them both so close together. Distance about 1/2 mile.

Ah, the pictures I could take if I had a good camera and some know-how. Ha.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 18, 2008
2:19 PM

Post #5430401

OMG! I would just freak out if I saw two bald eagles sitting together like that! I'm so glad that I started this thread just so you would share that one!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #5430766

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ME TOO!!!!!! I would keep it anyways...just for proof!

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2008
9:24 PM

Post #5432314

Thanks, I am glad you can enjoy the bad picture. it is a shame. I live in this great area for bird watching and can't take a decent picture.
I take many memory pictures though.

These two sat in that tree from 12 pm till sunset. Every once in a while the larger eagle would make a pass over the water, get everybody riled up and then land back into the tree. Because it was Sunday, we were able to sit on the deck all afternoon and watch the show out front. (didn't get anything done, oh well!)
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2008
9:29 PM

Post #5432337

Cparts...I would love to just SEE that let alone get a shot like this! For sure...this is a keeper!!

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2008
9:42 PM

Post #5432399

Thanks again, but wouldn't it have been a GREAT picture?? Sigh...
gotta enjoy the birds now. Sept 1st is the start of (you know what) and the eagles, herons, egrets and other favorites will take off to safer areas. Its nearly the end of bird watching season for us.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2008
10:09 PM

Post #5432522

I got this one saturdayand condisering the distance and the subject(humminbird) it reall is pretty good! lol

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2008
11:06 PM

Post #5432764

what a fun thread. I too could fill it.

So, this was my disappointing photo from Sunday. Just not enough lens power.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 18, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #5432807

Nanny, your hummer looks like Pinocchio! I totally get how hard it is to get a picture of them when they are far away. For one thing, my camera doesn't want to focus on them because they're too small. That's so annoying. So, good shot!

Mrs. Ed, that is almost great. The colors are just beautiful. Can you see his face if you lighten the exposure? Of course, that will bleach out the colors. Darn! Still very pretty!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 18, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #5432848

Mrs-Ed know the feeling. how I wish I could at least see one.
Nanny most of the shot of the hummingbirds I got yesterday ended up like yours, ended up deleting them.
Oh Cpart, don't you just hate it when that happens, Very rare to see 2 sitting side by side.
this is my fowled up pic of the American Kestrel, I was to much in a hurry to get the pic, and didn't wait for the camera to focus.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #5432886

That little girl had that tongue going!!

Such a almost nice Indigo Bunting pic Mrs. Ed!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #5433013

No, you can't see his face. I have this one where his head is turned too! Ha!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #5433363

Marna...they are still pretty pictures!

Burn..I had a Kestrel land right outside my window last winter and I was able to sneak up on it and take several pictures from about 10 feet away. It was so overcast and I was so clueless that they all turned out very bad!

I think the head would have been in focus in this one...grrrr!

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Shan71
Danvers, MA

August 19, 2008
1:33 AM

Post #5433427

lol Great thread!
Dave, That tongue shot belongs on the captions thread!

We were sitting at the wildlife sanctuary relaxing in our chairs like we owned the place and a Chickadee landed on BF's foot looking for the seed that we usually bring but didn't this time. Of course BF wasn't quick enough and Dee realized we didn't have food.

He'll kill me if he knows I put this on here.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2008
1:38 AM

Post #5433437

LOL!!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2008
2:05 AM

Post #5433587

Oh how funny Shan!

oops, i posted the wrong one the second time.

I will say that I at least like how the green and blue play.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

August 19, 2008
2:20 PM

Post #5435555

Well the days long from being over but this is my disappointment of a mature male Rubythroated Hummingbird.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #5435827

Boy, I would be tickled pink with that shot! lol


Mine from yesterday...a hummer of course! I spotted this little female while on my walk. Although several didn't turn out great, at least they had been flight shots. In this one she is perched and and low too!

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #5436350

Wow Pelle, that really shows how fast those wings are going.
Shan LOL love those toes, that's a good miss.
Rose, frustrating isn't it?
Marna oh bummer. but do like the contrast. Here's one of an overcast day and a blurred Osprey in the nest.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2008
10:40 PM

Post #5438285

The toes! LOL!!!
Burn, cool Osprey and so almost perfect!
Pelle, I agree with Nanny. I'd be really happy with that pic.
Nanny, she's so cute anyway!

I wasn't going to take any pics today b/c it's dark and rainy, but then a Giant Swallowtail just posed for me and while I was taking pictures of it, this hummer buzzed up. How could resist.

Here's my demon hummer. I hope when they send us that CSI software, they send a cure for demon eyes.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
8:42 PM

Post #5466607

I saw one Roseate Spoonbill yesterday and it was too far away for a decent picture. Darn it. Here's the best I could do. Imagine a really cool bird where you see that tiny pink spot.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 25, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #5466623

I think I see it Elphaba!!

Here is mine from yesterday...just not quite fast enough.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
8:53 PM

Post #5466650

So close! It kind of makes for an artsy shot though! I like it!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
9:44 PM

Post #5466847

Here's a pic I took a while back . . . anyone want to try and identify it???

Resin

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
9:47 PM

Post #5466867

It's a bird; it's a plane ... it's a???? I would guess turkey vulture but I bet you were taking a photo of something more exciting so how about some kind of eagle?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #5466877

Much smaller than that!

But yes, it was a mega-rarity over here.

Resin

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2008
10:09 PM

Post #5466937

Could it be a raven or a hawk?

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #5466965

How about a hen harrier?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2008
10:25 PM

Post #5467008

Panda Bird!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
10:45 PM

Post #5467140

Lot smaller!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
10:57 PM

Post #5467212

A bee eater! I'm just guessing that one because I think they look really cool!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 25, 2008
11:06 PM

Post #5467243

I'm guessing again! A Roseate Tern?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2008
1:49 AM

Post #5468021

Some kind of water fowl????
leeflea51
Golden, MS
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2008
4:13 AM

Post #5468625

What is the opinion of the posters on brown-headed cow birds? Leeflea51

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2008
9:46 AM

Post #5468935

Quoting:A bee eater! ... A Roseate Tern? ... Some kind of water fowl????

Nope! Smaller still!
Quoting:What is the opinion of the posters on brown-headed cow birds?

What do you want to know about them?

Resin
leeflea51
Golden, MS
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2008
9:57 AM

Post #5468949

Resin, the cow birds have been the bane of my being for years. They parasatize the nests of other birds and have practically wiped out our red-eyed vireos. They are terrible gluttons at the feeders, running off the other birds. I contacted a birding group and was told to take up the mixed seed when the cowbirds arrived and replace them with oil sunflower seed in Fall and striped ones in Spring. I've done so since and they soon leave at which time I can put back up the mixed seeds. Of course, they never bothered the niger because of the small slits in the feeders. I know they have a place in the animal world but I so dislike them. Leeflea51

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2008
6:26 PM

Post #5470668

Resin, how about a Marsh Sandpiper? -- should be white underneath though huh? Back to the drawing board! Something small, rare, and dark with long wings -- most perplexing!

Leeflea, Cowbirds...but what are you going to do? If you see one's egg in a nest, you could remove it. I don't have the heart for it personally even though I know they'll push out the others. It's a bad business.

Here's another disappointing shot from last weekend. The boat bobbed at just the wrong time, so I ended up with 1 1/2 pelicans.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2008
6:36 PM

Post #5470706

It just occurred to me that Lea probably is guessing Cowbird???

Of course, I posted my clever answer somewhere in the butterfly forum!!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #5471524

Quoting:Resin, how about a Marsh Sandpiper?

Nope! Smaller still . . . clue: you've all probably seen plenty of them!

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2008
1:45 AM

Post #5472338

Hummer??

kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 27, 2008
5:51 AM

Post #5473135

How about a House Sparrow!
rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
6:36 AM

Post #5473165

elphaba, were you at bay area park when you saw the spoonbill??? If so I need to get over there ASAP!!! I live right down the street.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
9:15 AM

Post #5473241

Quoting:Hummer??

Not quite that small! But that's the closest yet! It's a Chimney Swift, first ever record for my county, 2 Nov 2005. Here's someone else's vastly better pic of the same bird (has got a much better camera than me!!).

Resin

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
12:59 PM

Post #5473673

rntx22, I don't know where we were. We were going in and out of bayous off of Clear Lake. My friend says that he sees them all the time. It was only the second time that I've seen one. The first time I saw one it flew over my car when I was on Beltway 8.

Resin, first ever eh? I guess your photo was pretty disappointing, but like Nanny said about the eagle photo, at least it's proof!

This was my most disappointing photo of the year. It's not a bird. Am I going to get kicked off the forum for that? I was at the Houston Arboretum which is at the corner of Woodway and 610 (Houstonians would say "inside the loop" meaning downtown). I read on their website that there were coyotes in the park but that they were so rare that even the staff rarely saw them. I went out on a pier over the bayou and when I came back this one was only 10 feet from me. In fact, I had the zoom out on my camera and couldn't focus on him until I withdrew it some. Auto-focused on the tree instead of the coyote, but it was proof!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

August 27, 2008
7:11 PM

Post #5475044

Okay heres mine for today. I think you'll all agree with me on this one.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2008
7:41 PM

Post #5475164

Weeeeelllll... but what is there looks nice!! LOL

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
7:42 PM

Post #5475170

Quoting:Resin, first ever eh? I guess your photo was pretty disappointing, but like Nanny said about the eagle photo, at least it's proof!

Yep! Well, not my pic, can't prove anything from that! As well as the county first, only the 15th ever in Britain. So a very good find!

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
7:43 PM

Post #5475172

The dreaded Headless Hummer, eh?!

Too right!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
8:37 PM

Post #5475344

But what pretty tucked up feet you have!
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



August 27, 2008
9:13 PM

Post #5475451

Elphaba,

I thought your coyote picture could be enhanced a little, so here it is showing the coyote rather more clearly. Quite a nice shot even if it is a bit out of focus,

Kennedy

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2008
9:26 PM

Post #5475491

Thanks Kennedy. If only there were a way to change the focus after it's been taken! Still it's a record of one of those magical nature moments.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 28, 2008
3:21 AM

Post #5476882

Well Nanny we must have the same camera, Mine take pictures just like yours do. :) except mine has a purple eye.
Pelle I cut part of the wing off, instead of the head. Yours is definitely much clearer.

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rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2008
4:05 AM

Post #5477047

A lot of hummer bummers on here... heehee

cpartschick

cpartschick
Gladwin, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2008
11:01 AM

Post #5477571

I am not sure how you guys even take pictures of the humming birds. The other night on the deck, two males were fighting and buzzing around me and DH in our chairs. It was like being in the middle of a star wars battle with light sabors...zooooom, zooooom.
I cannot even fathom how to take a picture of that. We both just sat there and enjoyed the show.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2008
11:57 AM

Post #5477676

You wait until they slow down!! LOL

I think your right burn!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

August 28, 2008
1:52 PM

Post #5478073

Hi cparts, I had about the same fight right in front of me the other day. They each had their own feeder but that wasn't good enough. They came down together under the latice roof of the deck where I was sitting and started fighting furiously. Just a foot in front of me and 2 feet higher the sound of their bills clacking together was amazing!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2008
3:16 PM

Post #5478439

Oh, I just found this one from monday... I was so bummed out that this one was a blopper!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #5480418

That's so almost perfect! That hummer is being so nice. She looks like she's waiting her turn instead of chasing the TS off.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #5480931

headless cardinals now...oh my!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2008
3:46 AM

Post #5489482

This one took off as the photo was being taken just like that headless cardinal! I still got him in the photo, but he's blurry. It was the only picture that I got of him, so now I'll never figure out what he was -- some cute little yellow thing.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

August 31, 2008
5:12 AM

Post #5489690

I added a new bird to my lifelist today, the White-winged Crossbill. They were feeding in the tops of old growth Spruce trees, and I could never see them in the sun light. When ever I spotted one it was in the heavy shade.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

August 31, 2008
5:17 AM

Post #5489706

These are the two best shots, out of 4 dozen +, after enhancing.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2008
10:57 AM

Post #5489901

Quoting:This one took off as the photo was being taken just like that headless cardinal! I still got him in the photo, but he's blurry. It was the only picture that I got of him, so now I'll never figure out what he was -- some cute little yellow thing.

Yellow Warbler.

Quoting:in the tops of old growth Spruce trees

First one looks like Lutz Spruce (Sitka White Spruce hybrid), second is Mountain Hemlock.

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2008
12:05 PM

Post #5489980

Grasmussen, cool new lifelist bird! Those photos are fun to look at, and they're proof of what you saw, and they're so almost perfect!

Resin, I forgot to thank you for the ID. I should have known that you could figure it out from that lousy photo!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2008
3:09 PM

Post #5490412

Well, I got several bad shots the other day. I saw movement in the trees just abit in the woods show just started shooting hoping something might turn out!!

#1

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2008
3:10 PM

Post #5490417

#2 I think this maybe a Rose-beasted Grosbeak

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #5490423

and this one which I did put on the ID forum. Resin could not be 100% positive on it.

But it might be a Blue-headed Vireo...MAYBE

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

August 31, 2008
6:09 PM

Post #5490986

Quoting:First one looks like Lutz Spruce (Sitka White Spruce hybrid), second is Mountain Hemlock.


Resin, much of the area near where I live is in the transitional zone between the coastal Sitka Spruce and the White Spruce of the interior. In this area we have more than simple hybrids, there is a complete gradation of hybrid characteristics. Like mongrel dogs, almost any combination of characteristics can and do occur. Between my house and the house next door, there are 5 Spruce Trees, and each one is a little different from the next.

Yes, it is a Mountain Hemlock in the second picture. The Mountain Hemlock are extremely slow growing trees. I planted a 4 foot tall tree in my yard over 20 years ago, today it is only 8 feet tall. At about the same time a similarly sized Spruce was planted near by, the Spruce is over 30 feet tall now.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 31, 2008
7:35 PM

Post #5491256

Quoting:#1

Looks to be a Gray Catbird.
Quoting:#2 I think this maybe a Rose-beasted Grosbeak

Eastern Towhee.


Quoting:much of the area near where I live is in the transitional zone between the coastal Sitka Spruce and the White Spruce of the interior ...

Thanks! Yep, that's more or less what I meant; a 'hybrid swarm' like that is still usually designated with a hybrid name like that.

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #5491356

ahhhh...towhee hiding out...

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #5491358

ahhhh...towhee hiding out...i see the rufus color now!!

I figured the one to be a catbird probably

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2008
8:13 AM

Post #5493210

After seeing Resin's Chimney Swift picture, I dug into my very old pictures and came up with these two shots of a Chimney Swift, circa mid 1960,s. I didn't own a decent camera way back then. This is a juvenile Chimney Swift, nearly ready to fledge. I removed it from a nest inside our toolshed chimney to photograph, though a clean-out port, in the attic.

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2008
8:26 AM

Post #5493216

A pair of Swifts nested in the tool-shed chimney every year. As a teenager, I made numerous trips the the shed roof, to look down the chimney, and check on the nest's eggs and chicks. The Chimney Swifts were always one of my favorites. The property is still in the family, and I have fantasized about going back too Michigan during nesting season to photograph the Swifts, and several other favorites.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2008
5:16 PM

Post #5494418

That's pretty good, Grasmussen, for an old camera. I took pictures of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that were only about 15 feet away from me with my first digital camera and they looked like dark blurry specs on the tree trunk. I kept telling people that they were the size of chickens and they looked at me like I was crazy.

Nanny, I thought of you this morning when I took about a dozen hopeful tree shots trying to get this tiny little gray bird! Didn't get it. Had white spots on its tail like a mockingbird. BTW, cool almost shots of the catbird, towhee and blue-headed vireo.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2008
5:35 PM

Post #5494500

Thanks Elphaba!! lol

I saw the towhee again this morning but missed him. I am thinking it may be a migrating one. I haven't heard or seen any of my regulars for 2-3 weeks now. I would have love to add the Blue-headed to my bird list!

This cardinal was very entertaining the other day!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2008
5:39 PM

Post #5494511

And I don't know how long I watched this Gold Finch eating on this thistle plant before he saw me...

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2008
6:39 PM

Post #5494751

Nice shot of the Gold Finch on the thistle, nanny.

I was working in the yard a few minutes ago, when I became aware, of a lot of motion, a few feet behind me. My blue feathered friend was trying to get my attention. I went into the house for a handful of peanuts, while Jay waited near the door. I returned and fed him in the Golden Sedum again.

Oops, I meant to post this in birds & flowers.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 1, 2008
6:42 PM

Post #5494760

OMG! Nanny and Grasmussen, you're forgetting where you are. Those photos aren't disappointing. They're wonderful! Go post them on daily pics!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2008
7:04 PM

Post #5494833

Well...bite me again!!! LOL... d*** CRS!

NOT FUNNY ELPHABA!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 3, 2008
6:53 PM

Post #5503613

Got several a few of this bird...but I couldn't get it right in any of them!!

I am guessing some sort of Flycatcher.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2008
11:05 PM

Post #5504624

Oooh, too bad. He's such a cutie!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2008
11:31 PM

Post #5504702

Cute Chickadee, but a bit overexposed.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #5504728

Mrs. Ed, couldn't you fix that one by darkening the exposure in photo software? That's soooo almost perfect that I don't even think you need the CSI stuff.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5504759

Yah, I adjusted as much as I could because the white feathers are just too blown out. It's also a bit out of focus as I adjust to this new lens.

What is "CSI stuff?"

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 3, 2008
11:48 PM

Post #5504771

Oh, I dream of CSI photo software where I can make any blurry image come into focus. You know, how on TV at least, they take a reflection of someone's face barely visible on a window or in a rearview mirror and miraculously make it whole and clearly identifiable. I want that.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2008
11:55 PM

Post #5504801

ha. yah. the improbable! I have a full version of photoshop and only so much can be done!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 4, 2008
1:37 AM

Post #5505392

Blooper!!!
Chickadee

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2008
2:01 AM

Post #5505509

Okay ya'll I just came in from Owl tracking so take a gander at this shot of my Barred Owll! What a hoot!! oh.. aaahhhaahahahaha...I ijust kill myself! LOL

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 4, 2008
2:41 AM

Post #5505682

Nanny, that's the best one yet! I heard owls last night but I never saw them, so you're pretty good!

Burn, what an almost gorgeous shot! That foliage is just lovely.

Mrs. Ed, I just watched the season premiere of Bones. I totally love that show. They used a photo from a tabloid, found a reflection in the subject's eye and recovered it to show that the fatal shot came from the house. I know it's fiction but I still want that software!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2008
3:16 AM

Post #5505808

OH PULEEZZZE, as IF a tabloid photo could be that good.

haha. miracle software!

OMG, I was just looking at some old bird pictures and look what I found!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 4, 2008
3:44 AM

Post #5505921

OMG!!! You're so hilarious! I just laughed so hard my throat hurts. Heck, I think I woke the neighbors!

Now, with my CSI hat on, I say the blow-up of the pupil clearly reveals that the shot came from a mountain! No?
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 4, 2008
3:58 AM

Post #5505950

Nanny, I just love your shot of the Greater Blurred Owl.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2008
11:24 AM

Post #5506453

Hee. No, it's a roofline. Should be a bluejay in there somewhere, that's what he was looking at.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 4, 2008
12:05 PM

Post #5506575

I see the Blue Jay on the left hand side. Cool shot Mrs Ed!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2008
12:17 PM

Post #5506613

Aaahahahaha...that is good Mrs.Ed!

A pair of Barred Owls seem to be roosting right across the road from the house. They hoot & carry on for a couple minutes every night around 7 or so. So I will keep trying! It just amazes me that when they fly they mak absolutely no noiise! That thing flew right over me!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 5, 2008
11:17 PM

Post #5513343

LOL Mrs-Ed, very good one.
Nanny, Now that's how a real blooper should look like, ;))

wrong setting on my camera. Had it on flower and I was photographing birds.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2008
12:56 AM

Post #5513746

I can give you all lessons on how to do bad right! LOL

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2008
6:12 PM

Post #5516614

I actually was trying to get a pic of it on the ground ...but it took off just as I pressed the shutter button!

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BirdieBlue
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #5517717

the one of the ground , that was the last on the roll er chip until I cleared some others

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2008
4:36 PM

Post #5520415

Burn, almost great red, white and blue bird shot!
Nanny, you just think you can outdo me in the bad department! At least you have a lot of great photos! Love the blue blur!

Here's the red shadow bird.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 7, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #5520840

Okay this latest mature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird is really giving me fits!

This is an awful photo of him. He just won't come around while I'm out there.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2008
6:48 PM

Post #5520934

Oooh, he's a beauty! I like that photo. You clearly have high standards for yourself. I have a male hummer that only comes really early in the morning when it's still gray outside. I wish I could get him too.

Yesterday, I had two hummer disappointments. One was a hummer taking a bath on a leaf under the sprinkler about 6 feet away from me -- didn't have my camera. The other was a hummer drinking from my banana also about 6 feet maybe less. I had the camera but I thought it was turned off and I'd scare her if I turned it on, but no it was on the whole time! I guess those wouldn't be classified as 'disappointing photos' but as 'idiot photographer.'

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2008
6:59 PM

Post #5520966

when will they invent the "camera in my brain"

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2008
7:31 PM

Post #5521078

That is up there with the CSI software!! LOL

That cardinal would have been so beautiful Elphaba!
Pelle, it would be easier if they would just do what we ask, huh!

Well, here is mine for today juvie Gold Finch..and there are 2 shots.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2008
7:32 PM

Post #5521083

they were so close...but my batteries were goin' on me...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2008
7:34 PM

Post #5521094

Oh well, migh as well add this juvie RBW too...all my shots today are bad!!!! lol

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 7, 2008
9:39 PM

Post #5521476

Good ones nanny! ;-) Yes those hummers all seem to have different personalitys.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #5526427

Nanny, good tries. That one finch has such an interesting mustard color.

Boy do I have some rotten photos to share today! I had a bad day, so I went to the arboretum. The bird watching was amazing! Saw a pair of pileated woodpeckers but didn't get a photo. Cool to see though, and then there was this one -- Great Crested Flycatcher, I think. I have another photo that isn't blurry but there's a stick across the face. This would have been the good shot if only it were a good shot!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2008
11:33 PM

Post #5526444

Then there is this one which I think may also be a flycatcher. He was in the deep dark woods that even the flash couldn't penetrate. I tried enhancing the photo or just increasing the exposure, but it comes out weird.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5526452

Awww he is so cute...I think the flycatchers are all such cute birds!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2008
12:08 AM

Post #5526601

here's your flycatcher with some level adjustments.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 9, 2008
1:45 AM

Post #5527133

He's cute Mrs Ed!

Here's one from yesterday.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #5527231

It's dancing for ya pelle! lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #5527328

Oh, that's not mine, that's Elphaba's picture lightened up.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 9, 2008
11:04 AM

Post #5528378

Oops sorry about that.

This threads geting a bit long; I'll start a new one.

Here's the new thread.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/901341/

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