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    • #441453
      Tobie
      Moderator

      I thought of taking the liberty and resume the Elin’s Yardbirds in a 2nd thread. The 1st one is getting a bit fat with images and takes quite a while to load.

      I’ll kick off with these two African Grey Hornbills – a dad and juvenile. I was fortunate to have seen this juvenile leave its (man-made) nest 2 weeks ago via a video which the owner shared with me. This shot was literally taken from inside my family room this morning, as the youngster was still investigating its brand new world.

      ghb juvenile

       

    • #441454
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Dad was closeby, keeping a close watch on the youngster’s curious discoveries.

      ghb adult

      • #441551
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Nothing like that around here. πŸ™‚ Dad definitely has that prehistoric look. Great looking beak and tail too.

      • #441565
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Solid shots as always Tobie!

        • #441589
          Tobie
          Moderator

          Thanks @ryers!

      • #441684
        ElinL
        Participant

        Great idea to turf the throwdown over to an new thread Tobie.

        Super images, majestic birds.

      • #441703
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Super shot of an amazing bird. Prehistoric looking is right, Dave! I love how someone else’s yardbirds can look like exotic creatures.

      • #441742

        Wonderful images Tobie!

         

      • #441992
        Beaky
        Participant

        Nice shots mate! Savage looking beasts!!

         

      • #442480
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        These are so unusual Tobie, great images!

    • #441455
      Dahlia Ambrose
      Keymaster

      Beautiful birds and photos Tobie. Love the hornbills πŸ™‚

      • #441459
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Dahlia. Yes, they’re quite unique aren’t they? They have a kind of prehistoric look – not unlike their screetching calls.

        • #446191
          Dahlia Ambrose
          Keymaster

          So true Tobie. I have seen the great hornbill and the oriental pied hornbill. They are amazing birds and very unique πŸ™‚

    • #441494
      Patrick
      Participant

      Both top notch captures Tobie , such a strange looking bill , prehistoric not far off there mate , the pattern is very simular to a female mallard wing feathers , nice share as always πŸ˜‰

      • #441590
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Patrick!

    • #441507
      Patrick
      Participant

      Deleted , was not really on topic shot πŸ˜‰

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    • #441583
      Jim Collins
      Participant

      Exceptional photos, Tobie. The hornbill is certainly a unique-looking bird. Junior doesn’t seem to have a horn yet or is that the beginnin of one on the top of his bill?

      Thank you for sharing them.

      • #441591
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Jim. Yes, the ‘horn’ still needs to develop and only then we will know whether it’s a male or female. The female’s ‘horn’ is very different from the male’s (more like a bridge) and is yellow in colour.

    • #441631
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      American Goldfinch.

      • #441695
        Tobie
        Moderator

        What a beauty! It seems that one can’t go wrong with any type of finch!

      • #441704
        LeanneC
        Participant

        We are seeing so many of these guys this spring! Great catch.

        • #441739
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          We’re seeing just two or three at a time right now. But they’re here every day. πŸ™‚

      • #441823
        Patrick
        Participant

        Just WOW Dave , super shot mate.

      • #442481
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Stunning colour Dave, beautiful little finch!

        • #442923
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Diane. These little guys do have a wonderful vibrant yellow color.

    • #441632
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      My last shot posted to Elin’s thread. Black-headed Grosbeak.

       

      • #441696
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Love it! Nice eye contact!

        • #441740
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Tobie. For some reason this guy was content to sit still and just look around for some time giving me plenty of opportunity to pick and choose my shots.

      • #441824
        Patrick
        Participant

        Brilliant capture πŸ˜‰

      • #442173
        LeanneC
        Participant

        I love these birds. One of my favorites at the feeder. We get the Evening Grosbeak. My daughter calls them giant goldfinches. Super capture!

        • #442925
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          I think your daughter is correct. I think Grosbeaks are in the finch family. I think. πŸ™‚

      • #442482
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely colours, lovely shot Dave!

        • #442927
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Diane. It took a while but some colorful birds finally showed up in the yard.

    • #441666

      The Currawongs were not happy with my garden visitor this morning! Beautiful young adult Brisbane carpet python on my leopard tree!

      P5080076

       

      • #441700
        Tobie
        Moderator

        I wouldn’t be too happy either if it invades my space! πŸ˜€

      • #441705
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Yikes! No thanks.

      • #441825
        Patrick
        Participant

        WOW , i would be calling the snake man or women out , some capture David πŸ˜‰

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      • #442259
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Wow, amazing shot David!

    • #441683
      ElinL
      Participant

      deleted

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    • #441706
      LeanneC
      Participant

      I am always fighting the light, where our feeders are hanging…never get a decent exposure. Last night I stopped fighting and rolled with it!

      Nightcap

      • #441741
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Love it. I’m a sucker for silhouettes and this ones a beauty.

      • #441792
        Anne Hornsby
        Participant

        Wow, Leanne.Β  I love the combo of near-silhouette at the top of the feeder with complete silhouette below.

        • #442171
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thanks so much Anne!

      • #441826
        Patrick
        Participant

        Class work , love it πŸ˜‰

        • #442170
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thank you, Patrick.

      • #442023
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Lovely capture Leanne. Print it and hang it!

        • #442169
          LeanneC
          Participant

          πŸ™‚ Thanks Rob!

    • #441813
      Jim Collins
      Participant

      Great job of rolling with it, Leanne. Beautiful shot.

      • #442168
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks so much Jim!

    • #441869
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Evening Grosbeak. My new favorite yard bird to visit our feeders.Β  Taken in harsh midday sun. Tried but just couldn’t fix those blown out highlights.

      • #441993
        Beaky
        Participant

        Now there is a stunning little fella, nice shot Dave.

         

        • #442038
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Beaky. They do have some great coloration. πŸ™‚

      • #442045
        Patrick
        Participant

        Don’t know how i missed this , lovely capture Dave .. have you not got a lawn to cut lol.

        • #442162
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          πŸ™‚ As I wait for a bird to get in a proper position for a photo I remind myself that the lawn needs mowed. It’s a start. πŸ™‚

      • #442174
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Beautiful!

      • #442483
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Wow, another great coloured bird!

      • #442928
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne and Diane. πŸ™‚

    • #441871

      Currawong

      P5080070

       

      • #442046
        Patrick
        Participant

        Amazing eyes on these mate and a cool name , nice shot.

      • #442175
        LeanneC
        Participant

        I feel like you are from another planet (or I am) when you share images like these David! What a neat looking bird.

      • #446288
        Dahlia Ambrose
        Keymaster

        Wow! Interesting bird. Never heard of this David πŸ™‚

    • #441872

      Superb Fairy wren (male & female)

      DSC07020

       

      • #442176
        LeanneC
        Participant

        Amazing shot, David. Love it.

    • #441890
      Patrick
      Participant

      My other Yard πŸ˜‰

      https://youtu.be/atUhGWYlt-E

      • #441927
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        And I thought MY lawn needed mowing. πŸ™‚

        • #441960
          Patrick
          Participant

          Haha it don’t look to bad from a disstance πŸ˜‰

    • #442163
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      “Splish splash I was taking a bath…”

      • #442205
        Patrick
        Participant

        Nice shot , liking the eye a lot on this little one.

      • #442261
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Love it!

      • #442929
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks to you both. These Brewers blackbirds have pretty cool looking yellow eyes.

    • #442260
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Blackbird and worm

      blackbird and worm

      • #442930
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Wow! That’s quite a meal. Probably wolfed it down in no time at all. πŸ™‚

      • #443988
        Anne Hornsby
        Participant

        Also Wow Diane!,Β  I’ve tried “getting the worm” shots with no luck.Β  This worm is so plumb and the bird looks so plumb, it’s a really happy image

    • #442315
      Beaky
      Participant

      A male Splendid Fairy-wren in full colours, sometimes known as a Blue Wren.

      Male Splendid Fairy Wren

      • #442931
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Beautiful shade of blue. Would love to see one up close.

    • #442399
      Patrick
      Participant

      Black bird has some meal to contend with there , they are masters at this job thoughΒ  .. Nice shot Tersha

      • #442484
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Patrick, they are busy all day pulling these out of the lawn!

    • #442400
      Patrick
      Participant

      Beautiful shot Beaky , love the colours on these little birds nice work.

    • #442447
      Jim Collins
      Participant

      Great shot Tersha. That should keep it full… for maybe 5 minutes.

      • #442485
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Jim, he collects beakfulls all day!

    • #442448
      Jim Collins
      Participant

      Wow. Love the colors of this bird, Beaky. Great photo!

    • #442486
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Jay on my spade… I think it may be a juvenile ..

      jay on spade

      • #442932
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I like this one a lot. Besides being a beautiful bird the spade handle makes a perfect perch. Gives the image a very “cottage garden” look to it.

    • #442563
      Patrick
      Participant

      Nice one Tersha , it certainly does look like a youngster i love how they go about searching the trees near my house , i find them hard to capture they don’t sit long enough πŸ˜‰

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    • #443065
      Beaky
      Participant

      Thanks Dave, they are amazing little birds. When they are in flocks bouncing around the ground feeding, they will actually move right under your feet.

    • #443066
      Beaky
      Participant

      Thanks Patrick.

       

    • #443067
      Beaky
      Participant

      Thanks Jim.

       

    • #443729
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      I can’t resist bird bath shots ..

      splish splash

      head under water

      • #445007
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Me either. πŸ™‚ Has been raining a lot here the last week so ours hasn’t seen much use lately.

    • #443807
      Jim Collins
      Participant

      He does seem to be enjoying himself. Very nice shots, Tersha!

    • #443808
      Jim Collins
      Participant

      Something new finally showed up to partake of the food I offer. Another common bird but that’s OK. House sparrows, male and female.

      male house sparrow

      female house sparrow

      • #445107
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Sparrows are good Jim, we used to get crowds of them, but strangely only one or two now. Yours make good monotone shots!

        • This reply was modified 1wk, 6d ago by Tersha.
        • #445821
          Jim Collins
          Participant

          Thank you, Tersha. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing.

          Forest for the trees. I did not even notice the monotone look till you mentioned it. Thank you.

    • #443991
      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      I love this, David – the birds against a completely abstract background,Β  You’ve taken “bokeh” to the extreme.

       

      I’n having trouble with the new programming.Β  I clicked reply to David, and my comments doesn’t appear under David’s photo,

       

      • #445104
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Anne, until it gets sorted …. try clicking on ‘Reply’, then when it opens at the bottom, go back and click on ‘Reply’ again. let me know if it works! πŸ™‚

    • #443992
      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      I love this, David – the birds against a completely abstract background,Β  You’ve taken β€œbokeh” to the extreme.

    • #445012
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Bar buddies. πŸ™‚

      • #445106
        Patrick
        Participant

        Very nice Dave , nice pair πŸ˜‰

      • #445109
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely Dave, they look very inquisitive!

      • #445527
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Thanks Patrick and Diane. I love the look of these Evening Grosbeaks.

    • #445915
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Female Rufous Hummingbird.

      • #446222
        Patrick
        Participant

        Awesome shot mate really good capture πŸ˜‰

        • #446282
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Patrick. We don’t have many visiting yet but the ones that are don’t seem too camera shy.

      • #446391
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely shot Dave, I’m jealous now, we don’t get them over here!

        • #446634
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          πŸ™‚ They’re fun to watch. πŸ™‚

    • #446199
      Jay Ward
      Participant

      A family of Blue Jays has moved into our backyard. Here’s Mom and Dfeeding baby birdad feeding Junior.

      • #446204
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Nice one Jay. You captured a tender moment in the bird world.

      • #446223
        Patrick
        Participant

        Lovely capture Jay , gorgeous colours πŸ˜‰

    • #446240
      Patrick
      Participant

      And a screen shot from the nest i have been watching

      • #446281
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Nice ones Patrick. πŸ™‚ The bird in song shot borders on minimalism. Screen shot of Peregrine falcon(?) has humor.

        • #446322
          Patrick
          Participant

          Thank you dave , the screen shot was hard to pass up on πŸ˜‰

      • #446392
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Love the robin, I can hear him singing! Lovely shot on the nest, he’s looking right at the camera!

    • #446306
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Very uncommon to see a green heron in our yard. It was dusk so this was pushed quite a lot.

      • #446323
        Patrick
        Participant

        Lovely bird mate , good shooting in low light πŸ™‚

      • #446393
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        I’ve never seen one of these Rob, it’s quite a dramatic looking bird, nice shit!

    • #446351
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Nice one Dave! Sometimes our cameras simply can’t match the full dynamic range of our subjects – specially if it contains blacks & whites. Then we simply take what we can get and we’re grateful for it. πŸ™‚

      (Referring to your Grosbeak – not sure why my reply gets slapped onto the bottom of all posts @pentaxfan)

      • #446359
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Yeah it was one of those situations where the sun did a great job at showing off the beautiful color of the grosbeak but was a bit much for the white feathers. And as fast as they hop around from one branch to another, from sun to shade and back again, not much time for exposure bracketing. πŸ™‚

    • #446352
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Lovely shot Dave (Referring to your hummingbird) @pentaxfan

    • #446353
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Beautiful colours @ozride (the wren)!

    • #446354
      Tobie
      Moderator

      A Thick-billed weaver (sub-adult female) demonstrating the reason for its name.

      weaver

      • #446360
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        A fitting name indeed. She posed for you nicely. πŸ™‚

      • #446394
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Wow, stunning bird! It’s difficult to gauge the size of it,Toby, it appears quite big?

      • #446404
        Patrick
        Participant

        Really nice looking bird , lovely capture mate.

    • #446361
      Tobie
      Moderator

      White-bellied Sunbird (female).

      Most female sunbirds look almost identical and the only sure way to ID them is to see them in the company of a male.

      sunbird

      • #446395
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely shot Tobie!

      • #446405
        Patrick
        Participant

        Tremendous photo , such a lovely looking bird with those brown and cream colours.

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    • #446396
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Songthrush …
      he sings at the top of the tree outside for hours at a time!

      singing song thrush

      • #446407
        Patrick
        Participant

        Nice capture , fine looking bird these tersha.

    • #446464
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Thanks @tersha, Patrick, Dave.

      It’s the size of a sparrow @tersha.

      • #446481
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Tobie, it looked so much bigger! Stunning shot!

    • #446465
      Tobie
      Moderator

      @tersha your nice shots reminded me of this starling taking a bath.

      starling

      • #446482
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely shot Tobie, great action shot, and stunning metallic colour! @tobiepsg

    • #446484
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker …

      juvenile male  Great Spotted Woodpecker

      • #446628
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Hangin’ in there. That little splash of red makes a difference. Nicely done.

    • #446629
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      We’ve been thinking about getting a “thistle sock” for about a month. Glad we got one. The little finches love it. πŸ™‚

      • #446648
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Looks good Dave, I’m assuming you don’t have squirrels? If we put one of these up the squirrels would rip it open!

    • #446636
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Purple Finch.

      • #446649
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely shot, nice red against the green.

    • #446683
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Beautiful Dave! Lovely colour mix!

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