- August 22, 2018 at 11:11 pm #361137
Its been a year since the last one and a few new members, so what new photos of our feathered freinds do you have to share.
Ive posted posted this before and am doing it again only for reference for the next photo.
Male Red Winged Black Bird
It took me a while to identify this bird but got a clue when I saw one leave the nest a male was tending. The female Red Winged Black Bird insn’t black at all, though when she gets older she may devlope mottled red patches on her wings but will always remain this color. Ive been around these birds all my life fishing, and trapping the wet lands and never knew that until now.
- August 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm #361191
He’s a real beauty Robert!
I usually share my favorite shots here so I’m not sure what to add. Perhaps my last shot of our new hatchling in the Verreaux’s Eagles nest at our local botanical gardens. It was way too far for my kit (D600 + Tamron 150-600mm) but I guess there’s enough to see that he’s growing well (about chicken size here):
- August 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm #361193
“Oh, have you heard about Trump’s tweet about South African land grabs?”
A few Bronze Waxbills chilling out in the early morning sun.
- August 23, 2018 at 1:05 pm #361196
A Cape Bunting as curious as the photographer
- September 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm #366163
Nice shot! I love the background bokeh; really makes the little guy pop.
- August 23, 2018 at 5:28 pm #361215
Shared this photo in the shark tank earlier. Thanks to Robert, I now know it’s an Eastern Kingbird.
- August 23, 2018 at 11:30 pm #361247
Very nice Kylee , liked it in the tank as well.
- August 24, 2018 at 2:24 am #361282
- February 12, 2019 at 6:47 am #390118JasenkaGKeymaster
Love the bokeh here as well as the color contrast (green vs black)! Great job 🙂
- March 26, 2019 at 8:33 pm #397576
- August 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm #361244
I also have this photo of a Broad-winged hawk. I wish it were a sharper image. Unfortunately it was pretty far away.
- August 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm #361349
Thanks! Also, I was taking photos yesterday and spotted this mourning dove on a fence.
- August 27, 2018 at 10:48 am #361763
Doves are kind of my nemesis Kylee, we have literally thousands of the in Buffalo and they have become a pest around here in the way pigeons are in some cities.
Your photo makes me think maybe I should be photographing them since they are in such abundance. Make some lemonade.
- March 26, 2019 at 9:01 pm #397581
yeah, they are always around here like pigeons too. But I still take their pics. Common birds need love too! lol I used PS to give him a tropical vibe, lol…i made LIMEade with my lemon.
- September 5, 2018 at 10:23 pm #363264bucweeetParticipant
I’m guessing this fits the occasion almost perfectly…
- September 5, 2018 at 10:26 pm #363266
- September 6, 2018 at 12:29 am #363287Tom MParticipant
A bird from the Nashville Zoo. Not especially sharp. Don’t know what it is. Tobie?
- September 15, 2018 at 7:44 am #364816
“Are you talkin’ to me?”
- September 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm #364858
And check out (compared to my image of him higher up) how this handsome guy has grown in 2 weeks (image captured on 8 Sept)! We expect him to take his first flight any day now…
- September 16, 2018 at 12:26 am #364952
- June 8, 2019 at 5:16 pm #409965
Looks a real character , nice shot mate.
- September 16, 2018 at 12:30 am #364954
Landing gear check, flaps down…
- September 16, 2018 at 1:29 am #364964
- September 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm #366156
Common Crackle, Cherry Creek State Park, Centennial, CO
- September 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm #366159
Great Blue Heron, Cherry Creek State Park, Centennial, CO
- October 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm #367691
- October 2, 2018 at 1:24 am #367719
That’s an excellent shot! Aerodynamically, you caught him at maximum flare for the landing. I think he’s getting all the lift possible with such a low airspeed. Look at the shape of his wings; amazing!
- February 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm #389993
Love these guys, Robert. Also, Canada’s national bird 🙂
We have had them try to lift stuff off our BBQ, though. And it is fun to get them to land in your hand to get food.
- October 4, 2018 at 11:57 am #368188
Thanks Gordon, we had four of these Grey Jays hanging around the camp the whole weekend we were there, for those that don’t know that is this Alpine Birds M.O. ,thus their common nickname Camp Robbers, one even got so bold as to fly into the trailer and steal some dog food, the dog wasn’t impressed.
- February 11, 2019 at 8:54 pm #389995
A bit of a different bird image…Every year at this time we get large flocks of Bohemian waxwings. They target our Mountain Ash trees and the junipers (they like berries). It is quite spectacular to see them swoop in and they even create a wind as they fly over. I am not sure what possessed me to point my camera up, but the lens survived, unscathed!
- February 11, 2019 at 9:02 pm #389998
Cool shot Leanne. With their body/wing shape, they almost looks like a squadron of spitfires passing overhead 🙂
- February 11, 2019 at 10:50 pm #390020
Great Shot Leanne
- February 12, 2019 at 11:30 am #390162
I don’t use protective filters on my lenses but in this case….. 🙂
- February 13, 2019 at 1:07 am #390235
Haha! Yes. Makes a strong case for protective filter use.
- February 12, 2019 at 10:15 am #390156
- February 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm #390208
A picture perfect pose. Love the BG bokeh.
- February 13, 2019 at 9:59 am #390319
Sometimes our feathered friends cooperate. Not often but sometimes. 🙂
- February 13, 2019 at 1:07 am #390234
Great catch! Very nice details. These are one of my winter favourites. More often than not, the ring-necked doves chase them away though 🙁
- February 13, 2019 at 10:01 am #390320
Thanks Leanne. “My” birds here get harassed by the starlings.
- February 12, 2019 at 11:29 am #390161
Good One Dave
- February 12, 2019 at 6:24 pm #390196
- March 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm #393587
- March 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm #393588
- March 4, 2019 at 5:54 pm #393592
I see the tethers on Him, is he a trained hunter, great photo.
- March 5, 2019 at 3:07 am #393638
Thanks Robert – yes he is part of a Raptors show at a local wildlife sanctuary.
- March 6, 2019 at 4:47 pm #394029
- March 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm #394270
Great set David, very regal birds.
- March 12, 2019 at 3:56 pm #395169
- March 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm #395179
Cool bird Rob, would love to see one with its wings spread from those hints of colors.
- March 13, 2019 at 9:49 am #395303
- March 13, 2019 at 10:53 am #395309
- March 15, 2019 at 1:28 am #395598
- March 15, 2019 at 9:59 am #395677
Such cool looking birds. The two on the outside facing opposite directions with heads down and the middle Waxwing looking up makes for a great composition. It’s also nice that the exposed ground and berries are similar in color to the birds themselves. Nice shot Leanne.
My book of regional bird species lists the Cedar Waxwing but I’ve not been lucky enough to see any.
- March 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm #395981
Thanks Dave! I was almost standing in the flock when I shot this, so I was very fortunate to catch it. The Bohemian’s seem to congregate wherever there are berries leftover. We happen to have 2 Mountain Ash and a bunch of Junipers in our yard that they just love. I would guess the Cedar Waxwings would display similar preferences. Hope you get to see them someday!
- March 15, 2019 at 1:09 pm #395707
Lovely LeAnne , they are just starting to show up here, and it looks like some spring weather is too.
- March 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm #395982
Yay! This winter feels like a long one. Happy for spring to arrive.
- March 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm #395765
Really, really nice shot Leanne!
- March 16, 2019 at 1:10 pm #395984
- March 26, 2019 at 9:11 pm #397584
I had 5 of these little butt heads flying around my yard at the speed of light today, and no one would stop for a pic. I have in focus, in flight, but they are boring…just look like bullets! LOL wings all tucked, apparently, they glide a lot
- March 15, 2019 at 8:19 am #395631
You have several good images of these Cedar Waxwings on Flickr Leanne, but this trio is my favourite. We don’t see them back here in southern Ontario until May when they feed on our Juniper. I’m surprised to see them finding berries buried in the snow.
- March 16, 2019 at 1:12 pm #395985
Hey Rob. Thanks. Yes, they love our Junipers too! I was surprised that they were on the ground getting berries too. Some were actually digging in the snow to bring them up. They had been by a couple of weeks early and emptied the tree of berries. One of our vehicles was covered in berry “juice” They are not tidy eaters!
- March 15, 2019 at 11:21 am #395682John ThompsonModerator
WOW! So very well done to everyone posting pics here. I am so jealous. We have few birds in the desert and I do not have a lens I could capture them with anyway. All the birds pics are so enjoyable to view.
- March 15, 2019 at 1:45 pm #395711
Male Brewers Blackbird.
- March 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm #395771
Nice one Dave. I find black difficult to get right and this one has good detail.
- March 15, 2019 at 9:19 pm #395784
Thanks Rob. I agree. Blacks can be tricky. I’ll give at least partial credit to Pentax’s latest “entry level” camera the K-70. Paired with the 55-300mm PLM. In this case maxed out to 300mm. They work well together.
- March 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm #395986
I agree with above comment – great job getting the colour to show. As cheeky and pushy as these birds are, they are quite beautiful too.
- March 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm #396032
Thanks Leanne. I agree. In the right light these common blackbirds show off their iridescent colors beautifully. Wish I could have filled the frame more to show off the colors better but they spooked easily. Could not get as close as I needed.
- March 26, 2019 at 9:32 pm #397589
great shot, hard subject!
- March 15, 2019 at 10:58 pm #395858
That’s Nice Dave
- March 16, 2019 at 1:36 pm #395988
- March 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm #396033
Very regal looking.
- March 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm #396166
- March 18, 2019 at 9:21 pm #396398
Both great shots Rob , the variety of birds in the world never ceases to amaze.
- March 20, 2019 at 12:22 am #396589
- March 26, 2019 at 8:43 pm #397577
wow guys, they are ALL GREAT!!!!
- March 27, 2019 at 10:10 am #397650
Turned out great. Nice work Ebby.
- March 26, 2019 at 8:54 pm #397580
here’s the original bc i find it interesting how many people think it’s a bad pic after they see the original, lol. shooting for meter readings of zero doesn’t take into account getting your subject in focus and properly exposed on a high uv day. this was +2 so the cardinal would be visible even though backlit, and wb is set for bird rather than the sky. btw, i’ve enlarged this original 4×4 to 36×36 using topaz gigapixel and it worked great!
- March 26, 2019 at 9:15 pm #397585
- March 26, 2019 at 9:20 pm #397586
golden finch. not the best image of the bird, but i liked the composition and i waited for someone to land. I only got this one pic in the hour I waited….ugh, birds! they don’t cooperate well.
- March 26, 2019 at 9:30 pm #397587
panning ring billed gull again
- March 26, 2019 at 9:31 pm #397588
ring billed gull in flight
- March 26, 2019 at 10:24 pm #397600
Wonderful series of shots ebby.
- March 26, 2019 at 11:19 pm #397609
- March 30, 2019 at 8:28 pm #398101EdParticipant
Just today, in the parking lot while the better half ran in for appetizers and dessert for the rare extended-family dinner….
Yes, totally tame (with a handler who wished not to be photographed)
and, from the archives, this captive wing-clipped egret at Sea World, who seemed to be posing for me so I obliged and shot an entire roll of film.
- March 31, 2019 at 10:27 pm #398205
The turkey is great Ed we litterly have hundreds of wild ones the wander around town here but I never seem to be in the right place when they are strutting, it is just starting so maybe I will catch one this year.
- March 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm #398184VickiParticipant
This was taken in the spring when the lake was thawing. Seagulls are a pain but I couldn’t resist this as I thought a fight was brewing. Just as I snapped this picture passersby scared them all and they flew away. When they noticed I was shooting they apologized. Oh well, it is what it is.
- March 31, 2019 at 10:28 pm #398207
Yeah it looks like they are getting pissy with each other.
- March 31, 2019 at 9:51 pm #398197
- April 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm #398485EdParticipant
@Robert Apple: You and everyone else should be clear on the fact that this tom was domesticated, docile, and in the supermarket parking lot. It took no skill for me to grab this shot. I parked the car, got the camera out, and stepped away one cars’ length.
But you are right about the voracious appetties of some birds. We have a koi pond and it did not take long for the herons roosting in the wetlands that stretch throughout the valley to discover our luncheonette. The neighbor, who also owns koi and who is an armed agent of the Federal government, got out his BB gun, his pellet gun and his paintball gun to try to scare the bird. My wife thought to buy a decoy to fool the fellow into thinking his territory had already been claimed.
The heron landed and pecked the decoy on the head.
I managed this shot when we succeeded in scaring him away.
- April 14, 2019 at 11:12 pm #400460
Got several today, but only edited one… The house Finch. Also got cedar wax wings, a hawk, and a bluebird.
- June 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm #409963
- June 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm #409966
Love these birds , i waited for a good 20 mins a few days ago trying to get a photo and it would not sit still at all something had caught it’s eye and was busy at work hopping from branch to branch.
Fantastic photo’s everyone.
- June 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm #409971
- June 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm #409977Anonymous
- June 9, 2019 at 7:11 am #410035
Love the detail in each feather of this Crested Barbet, no matter how small they are.
- June 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm #410137
A real nice looker , the colours are a work of Art.
Nice one Tobie.
- June 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm #410152
OMG – there is no competing with these beautiful, fanciful, funny, majestic birds! so here are some cardinals i came across yesterday. even found a huge dragonfly which i shot and posted to the dragonfly throw down.
- June 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm #410155
This really made me smile Dorothy , so thank you for that nice post 😉
- June 9, 2019 at 8:41 pm #410154
Ok, here is one i took a number of years ago but i found it really interesting that this mother killdeer decided to lay her eggs in the rocks of a light island in a parking lot where i worked. learned that they did it every year because the eggs (as you can see) really blended in. she was fanning her tail at me, really didn’t want me bringing attention to the eggs.
- June 9, 2019 at 8:47 pm #410156
Lovely markings on both bird and the eggs.
- June 9, 2019 at 11:18 pm #410188
More great shots guys and gals. Love these posts.
- June 10, 2019 at 10:25 am #410286
Lunch time at the dam. An Osprey keeping a close eye on the spillway below.
- June 10, 2019 at 11:42 pm #410403
- June 11, 2019 at 10:05 am #410463
- June 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm #410477
- June 11, 2019 at 3:40 pm #410499
Stunning colours Rob, great shot!
- June 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm #410500
- June 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm #411760
- June 21, 2019 at 11:47 pm #411783
Looks like Diane has some new residents in her garden, nice shots.
- July 4, 2019 at 8:29 am #413319
Pileated Woodpecker Female – fairly large bird…about the size of a crow
- July 7, 2019 at 10:17 pm #413728
Nice one Rob, I believe this was the variety Woody was based on.
- July 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm #413361
Lovely shot , my eyes fell right on the red it looks like a little hat ;).
Nice photo Rob.
- July 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm #415391
- August 23, 2019 at 7:43 am #417555
Nice! I never let close-ups go, no matter what bird it is! 🙂
- July 30, 2019 at 12:37 am #415421
Great close ups Diane
- August 22, 2019 at 12:01 am #417474
So a seagull walks onto a sandbar one day…
- August 23, 2019 at 10:55 am #417564
Gulls always have this appearance of such attitude.
- August 22, 2019 at 11:59 am #417510
Snapped this Lesser Double-collared Sunbird on a trip to Namaqualand last week.
This pic is actually larger than its real size (weighing 7.7g / 0.27 ounces, length: 12cm or less than 3″).
- August 22, 2019 at 11:22 pm #417537
Posted this pic of a New Holland Honeyeater in another forum a little while ago. I’d forgotten that we have a challenge just for birds so thought I’d add it to the collection here.
- August 23, 2019 at 7:45 am #417556
- August 23, 2019 at 11:08 am #417568
The color mix does fit well Tobie.
- August 28, 2019 at 12:08 am #418030
Don’t Look At Me!
- August 28, 2019 at 11:44 am #418078
Not the ideal background color-wise for this Malachite Sunbird but that’s all it offered me. I took the offer as I’ve never snapped this species before.
- September 2, 2019 at 7:25 pm #418510
A Lovely Bird Tobie
- November 2, 2019 at 10:47 am #423821
A western scrub jay checking out the competition at the feeder below.
- November 7, 2019 at 10:59 am #424224
Good catch Dave.
- November 7, 2019 at 9:04 am #424211BradParticipant
- November 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm #424339
- November 9, 2019 at 2:07 am #424360
One of the most beautiful birds that is common in Kruger National Park. Lilac Breasted Roller.
- November 10, 2019 at 11:42 am #424531
- November 9, 2019 at 2:08 am #424361
A frequent visitor at our camps in both Kgalagadi and Kruger and full of character. Meet Mr Hornbill.
- November 9, 2019 at 2:11 am #424362
My alarm clock in both Mountain Zebra National Park and in the Kgalagadi, the white-browed sparrow weaver.
- November 9, 2019 at 2:12 am #424363
I just love the reflections and lighting in this photo.
- December 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm #426881
Male Dark-eyed Junco enjoying a snack at the feeder. Not an ice crystal in sight. 🙂
- December 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm #427748
Nice Dave , and green to boot, a nice reminder of summer days.
- December 21, 2019 at 1:07 pm #427727
- December 21, 2019 at 1:07 pm #427728
- December 21, 2019 at 1:09 pm #427729
- December 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm #427749
Nice set Patrick, well done on the panning on that last one.
- December 25, 2019 at 6:42 am #427904
Thanks very much mate ,
- December 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm #427917
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