Bird Brains III

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    • #361137
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      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.
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      Ive posted posted this before and am doing it again only for reference for the next photo.
      Male Red Winged Black Bird
      Such a Poser
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      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.

      Immature Female Redwinged Blackbird.

    • #361191
      Tobie
      Moderator

      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):

      eaglet

    • #361193
      Tobie
      Moderator

      “Oh, have you heard about Trump’s tweet about South African land grabs?”

      A few Bronze Waxbills chilling out in the early morning sun.

      waxbills

       

      • #361246
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        All good one Tobie but this is my favorite.

        • #361281
          Tobie
          Moderator

          Glad you like it Robert! 🙂

    • #361196
      Tobie
      Moderator

      A Cape Bunting as curious as the photographer

      bunting

      • #366163
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Nice shot! I love the background bokeh; really makes the little guy pop.

    • #361215
      Kylee K.
      Participant

      Shared this photo in the shark tank earlier. Thanks to Robert, I now know it’s an Eastern Kingbird.

      • #361247
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Very nice Kylee , liked it in the tank as well.

      • #361282
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Nice one!

      • #390118
        JasenkaG
        Keymaster

        Love the bokeh here as well as the color contrast (green vs black)! Great job 🙂

      • #397576
        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        Great composition!

    • #361244
      Kylee K.
      Participant

      I also have this photo of a Broad-winged hawk. I wish it were a sharper image. Unfortunately it was pretty far away.

      • #361248
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        He is a beauty.

      • #361283
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Enough there to see that it’s a real beauty Kylee!

    • #361349
      Kylee K.
      Participant

      Thanks! Also, I was taking photos yesterday and spotted this mourning dove on a fence.

      • #361763
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        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.

        • #397581
          Lynne Guenther
          Participant

          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.

    • #363264
      bucweeet
      Participant

      I’m guessing this fits the occasion almost perfectly…

      • #364855
        Tobie
        Moderator

        These guys always make cute shots, LOL! Love it!

        @paul-3

      • #366162
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        Bears a strange resemblance to what I see in the mirror every morning…

    • #363266
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Perfectly Paul.

       

    • #363287
      Tom M
      Participant

      A bird from the Nashville Zoo. Not especially sharp. Don’t know what it is. Tobie?

      • #363386
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Looks like a South American bird , probably a Blue-Crowned Motmot

      • #364856
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Sorry I only saw this now Tom. I’m not familiar with too many non-South African birds but this appears to be an Amazonion or otherwise Blue-crowned motmot.

    • #364816
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      “Are you talkin’ to me?”

    • #364858
      Tobie
      Moderator

      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…

      eagle

    • #364952
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Meet Walter…

      • #409965
        P71
        Participant

        Looks a real character , nice shot mate.

         

    • #364954
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Landing gear check, flaps down…

      • #364964
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Beautiful!

    • #366156
      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Common Crackle

      Common Crackle, Cherry Creek State Park, Centennial, CO

    • #366159
      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Great Blue Heron

      Great Blue Heron, Cherry Creek State Park, Centennial, CO

    • #367691
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Landing Pad
      Landing Pad

      • #367719
        Bruce Gordon
        Participant

        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!

      • #389993
        LeanneC
        Participant

        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.

    • #368188
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      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.

    • #389995
      LeanneC
      Participant

      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!

      The Flock

      • #389998
        Graham Hart
        Participant

        Cool shot Leanne. With their body/wing shape, they almost looks like a squadron of spitfires passing overhead 🙂

      • #390020
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Great Shot Leanne

      • #390162
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I don’t use protective filters on my lenses but in this case….. 🙂

        • #390235
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Haha! Yes. Makes a strong case for protective filter use.

    • #390156
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Dark-eyed Junco.

      • #390208
        Graham Hart
        Participant

        A picture perfect pose. Love the BG bokeh.

        • #390319
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Sometimes our feathered friends cooperate. Not often but sometimes. 🙂

      • #390234
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Great catch! Very nice details. These are one of my winter favourites. More often than not, the ring-necked doves chase them away though 🙁

        • #390320
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Leanne. “My” birds here get harassed by the starlings.

    • #390161
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Good One Dave

    • #393587

      Wedge-tailed Eagle. Australia’s largest raptor.

      P3030764

       

    • #393588

      Barking Owl also known as the winking owl

      P3030494

      • #393592
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        I see the tethers on Him, is he a trained hunter, great photo.

    • #393638

      Thanks Robert – yes he is part of a Raptors show at a local wildlife sanctuary.

    • #394029

      White bellied sea eagle.

      P3030219

      • #394270
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Great set David, very regal birds.

    • #395169
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Southern Lapwing – Costa Rica

      Southern Lapwing

       

    • #395179
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Cool bird Rob, would love to see one with its wings spread from those hints of colors.

    • #395303
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Bare-Throated Tiger Heron

      Bare-throated Tiger Heron - male

      • #395764
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        agreed, beautiful Rob!

      • #397583
        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        where do you live, interesting birds! great pics!

    • #395309
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Beautiful Rob

    • #395598
      LeanneC
      Participant

      Bohemian Waxwings

      Waxwing Feast III

      • #395677
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        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.

        • #395981
          LeanneC
          Participant

          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!

      • #395707
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Lovely LeAnne , they are just starting to show up here, and it looks like some spring weather is too.

        • #395982
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Yay! This winter feels like a long one. Happy for spring to arrive.

      • #395765
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Really, really nice shot Leanne!

      • #397584
        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        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

    • #395631
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      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.

      • #395985
        LeanneC
        Participant

        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!

    • #395682
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      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.

    • #395711
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Male Brewers Blackbird.

       

      • #395771
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Nice one Dave. I find black difficult to get right and this one has good detail.

        • #395784
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          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.

      • #395986
        LeanneC
        Participant

        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.

        • #396032
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          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.

      • #397589
        Lynne Guenther
        Participant

        great shot, hard subject!

    • #395858
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      That’s Nice Dave

      • #395965
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Robert. He’s kind of a colorful black bird. 🙂

        • #396396
          Robert Apple
          Moderator

          I learned from a bird expert they are really black and the colors come from the sun refracting as well as the environment reflecting in the oils in their feathers.

    • #395988
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Yellow Headed Caracara

      Yellow Headed Caracara

    • #396166
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Masked Tityra (male)

      _V4A2164.jpg

      • #396398
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Both great shots Rob , the variety of birds in the world never ceases to amaze.

    • #396589

      Black Kite

      P3181349

       

      • #397599
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Nice Shot David

      • #398624
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely shot David, we have a lot of Red Kites around here.

    • #397577
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      wow guys, they are ALL GREAT!!!!

      cardinal

    • #397580
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      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!

       

       

       

    • #397585
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      ring-billed gull

    • #397586
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      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.

       

    • #397587
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      panning ring billed gull again

       

    • #397588
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      ring billed gull in flight

    • #397600
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Wonderful series of shots ebby.

    • #398101
      Ed
      Participant

      Just today, in the parking lot while the better half ran in for appetizers and dessert for the rare extended-family dinner….

      Domesticated Tom

       

      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.

       

      captive white egret

       

       

       

      • #398205
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        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.

    • #398184
      Vicki
      Participant

      Mine, Mine! 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.

      • #398207
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Yeah it looks like they are getting pissy with each other.

    • #398197
      beth
      Participant

      dinnertime

      • #398208
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Im always amazed how a fish that big fits down their throat.

      • #398623
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Beautiful shot beth, the colours work really well.

    • #398485
      Ed
      Participant

      @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.

      Tom's Handler

      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.

      predator decoy

      The heron landed and pecked the decoy on the head.

      koi predator

      I managed this shot when we succeeded in scaring him away.

       

       

    • #400460
      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      Got several today, but only edited one… The house Finch. Also got cedar wax wings, a hawk, and a bluebird.

       

    • #409963
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Rainy day jay …

      rainy day jay

      rainy day jay

    • #409966
      P71
      Participant

      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.

    • #409971
      P71
      Participant

      I don’t have many wildlife photos yet , this was maybe my favorite i came across a pair feeding young so recorded them for a little bit then left them in peace.

      https://youtu.be/wr5lZHUuZHk

    • #409977
      Anonymous

      Not Tweety

      • #410034
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Lovely detail Craig!

        • #410133
          Anonymous

          Thank you for the compliment Tobie ;))

    • #410035
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Love the detail in each feather of this Crested Barbet, no matter how small they are.

      barbet

    • #410137
      P71
      Participant

      A real nice looker , the colours are a work of Art.

      Nice one Tobie.

    • #410152
      Dorothy
      Participant

      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.  cardinals squirrel and bees

      • #410155
        P71
        Participant

        This really made me smile Dorothy , so thank you for that nice post 😉

    • #410154
      Dorothy
      Participant

      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.killdeer with her eggs

    • #410156
      P71
      Participant

      Lovely markings on both bird and the eggs.

    • #410188
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      More great shots guys and gals. Love these posts.

    • #410286
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Lunch time at the dam. An Osprey keeping a close eye on the spillway below.

      • #410368
        Dorothy
        Participant

        David: Wow! Just hanging out with a little barbed wire.  Beautiful Osprey, love his markings.

        • #410456
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Dorothy. The part of the dam directly above the spillway is fenced off pretty good. But makes for a nice perch.

    • #410403
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Nice Dave.

    • #410477
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Scarlet Macaw

      Scarlet Macaw

      • #410499
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Stunning colours Rob, great shot!

    • #410500
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Feeding the chick …

      feeding the chick

      • #410512
        P71
        Participant

        Excellent shot , Great seeing mother nature at work.

      • #417509
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Lovely shot!

    • #411760
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      woodpecker chick in the honeysuckle ….

      chick in the honeysuckle

    • #411783
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Looks like Diane has some new residents in her garden, nice shots.

    • #413319
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Pileated Woodpecker Female – fairly large bird…about the size of a crow

      • #413728
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Nice one Rob, I believe this was the variety Woody was based on.

    • #413361
      P71
      Participant

      Lovely shot , my eyes fell right on the red it looks like a little hat ;).

      Nice photo Rob.

    • #415391
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      juvenile blackbird in my garden, they are so used to us, they don’t fly away!

      juvenile blackbird

      juvenile blackbird 02

      • #417555
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Nice! I never let close-ups go, no matter what bird it is! 🙂

    • #415421
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Great close ups Diane

    • #417474
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      So a seagull walks onto a sandbar one day…

      • #417564
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Gulls always have this appearance of such attitude.

    • #417510
      Tobie
      Moderator

      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″).

      sunbird

      • #417536
        Graham Hart
        Participant

        Damn! The bar just got raised into near-earth orbit again. Welcome back Tobie! Amazing colours on this little fella. Great pic mate.

        • #417553
          Tobie
          Moderator

          Thanks Graham! More often than not these iridescent colors are so damn difficult to get right on-screen! But I’ve tried! 😉

          @diripics

           

      • #417566
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Nice Tobie, beautiful bird,

    • #417537
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      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.

      • #417554
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Perfect match to the perch below it! Luvit!

      • #417567
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Nice addition Graham.

    • #417556
      Tobie
      Moderator

      I loved the background color mix for this red bishop, courtesy of our Namaqualand’s natural flower garden.

      bishop

      • This reply was modified 3 months ago by Tobie.
    • #417568
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      The color mix does fit well Tobie.

    • #418030
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Don’t Look At Me!

      • #418077
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Wow! Luvit Graham! I like the close-up and detail!

      • #418509
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Nice Graham

    • #418078
      Tobie
      Moderator

      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.

      malachite

    • #423821
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      A western scrub jay checking out the competition at the feeder below.

    • #424211
      Brad
      Participant

      Crested Caracara

      • #424225
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        Nice Shot, I remember watching one of these catching and eating baby turtles in Florida.

        • #424343
          Brad
          Participant

          I was struck by the bird’s beauty. The image of eating baby turtles isn’t quite as beautiful.

    • #424339
      P71
      Participant

      Heads down

    • #424360
      Charmaine Joubert
      Participant

      One of the most beautiful birds that is common in Kruger National Park. Lilac Breasted Roller.

      • #424531
        P71
        Participant

        Gorgeous markings.

    • #424361
      Charmaine Joubert
      Participant

      A frequent visitor at our camps in both Kgalagadi and Kruger and full of character. Meet Mr Hornbill.

    • #424362
      Charmaine Joubert
      Participant

      My alarm clock in both Mountain Zebra National Park and in the Kgalagadi, the white-browed sparrow weaver.

    • #424363
      Charmaine Joubert
      Participant

      I just love the reflections and lighting in this photo. 

      • #424587
        Robert Apple
        Moderator

        All nicely done Charmaine, love the hornbill.

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