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KD Talbot
01-21-2009, 08:37 PM
Since I'm totally jealous of all the great loon pictures in the other thread, I thought I'd start my own. I hung around the house this weekend and caught these two visiting my feeders.

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/bluejay.jpg

Bluejay Cyanocitta cristata

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/cardinal.jpg

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

KDT

Tim&Val
01-21-2009, 09:11 PM
Beautiful pictures Kevin!!!

I love how puffed up the Blue Jays get when it's really cold outside!

V

mtruman
01-21-2009, 10:13 PM
Nice shots Kevin. Great having these guys outside the window on a cold winter day. That's the fluffiest Bluejay I've ever seen...

forestgnome
01-22-2009, 05:56 AM
Kevin, don't you have an image of a silouetted bird high in the air with clouds colored by a summer sunset? The image is in my memory but I forget where I saw it. I think it's yours.

Steve M
01-22-2009, 07:27 AM
Great shots again. How close were these birds to you and did you use your Nikon?

mtruman
01-22-2009, 08:27 AM
I know I have posted these on another thread but they are on topic for this one. Love having these little guys around in the winter.

Looking forward to seeing more great bird shots here.

Hairy Woodpecker
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SP4OoeylfXI/AAAAAAAAGf8/GiMEs1XJbfk/s800/080315-224836.jpg

White Breasted Nuthatch
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SP4OpG-uHgI/AAAAAAAAGgI/Xh_VCRz9yAQ/s800/080315-224844.jpg

Northern Flicker
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SWKp7-mcvbI/AAAAAAAAHkE/P4UA1jBu7RY/s800/090101-144734-1.jpg

Tim&Val
01-22-2009, 10:29 AM
http://www.barkeater.ws/ForumPics/birds/bluejay2.jpg
Blue Jay - puffed!

http://www.barkeater.ws/ForumPics/birds/owl.jpg
Barred Owl

http://www.barkeater.ws/ForumPics/birds/evengrosbeaksnow.jpg
Evening Grosbeak

http://www.barkeater.ws/ForumPics/birds/redpollmale.jpg
Common Redpoll

More soon!
V

CHRIS
01-22-2009, 10:37 AM
All beautiful pictures. Of course I never have my camera ready when my wife fills the bird feeder. We do get some beautiful red Cardinals. Of couse we get about 3 times the amount of squrrels.I really like the owl picture great shot.

Brad
01-22-2009, 10:48 AM
One of my favorite bird pictures. matter of fact, it is about my only bird picture.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1396/photos/8/8235/6969556/CRW_1614g-vi.jpg

And a set of Mergansers on the ice last year.

http://images44.fotki.com/v1419/photos/8/8235/6969566/CRW_6323g-vi.jpg

mtruman
01-22-2009, 05:15 PM
More awesome pics here. I love the one from Tim (or is it Val) of the Grossbeak. Used to get these all the time in CT but I've never seen one since we've been in RI. Never see a Redpoll either - very cool.

What's the bird in your first shot Brad? Beautiful picture whatever he is.

krummholz
01-22-2009, 06:24 PM
The redpoll seems to be saying, "I'm in charge here, and don't anyone dare question my authority!"

The bird feeder in winter is an endless source of fascination. I always smile when I see the cardinals, who at first present a very dignified appearance, but then you catch them dribbling their seeds.

KD Talbot
01-22-2009, 06:49 PM
Beautiful, sharp shots, all! Very nice! Keep em' comin'! Wish mine were sharper, workin' on that!
Is this the one you mean, Patrick?

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/42aheron.jpg

KDT

Brad
01-22-2009, 08:34 PM
Mark, I do not recall the name of that bird. I took it at the Jacksonville, FL zoo. Does anyone know it?

M_Six
01-22-2009, 09:34 PM
We have a Northern Flicker, too. Lousy pic, though. This guy waits for his food every day and if I'm not out there on his schedule, he hammers on our metal soffit. Incredible racket.

http://bimmermail.com/flicker-sm.JPG

Feasting Cardinal.

http://bimmermail.com/card3-sm.JPG

This little guy plunks himself down in the middle of the seed and gorges.

http://bimmermail.com/feasting1-sm.JPG

Tim&Val
01-22-2009, 09:38 PM
What's the bird in your first shot Brad? Beautiful picture whatever he is.

Is it an Oystercatcher?

Tim&Val
01-22-2009, 09:49 PM
Kevin,

Your Great Blue Heron (?) is a once-in-a-lifetime shot! Beautiful!!

forestgnome
01-23-2009, 05:16 AM
Beautiful, sharp shots, all! Very nice! Keep em' comin'! Wish mine were sharper, workin' on that!
Is this the one you mean, Patrick?

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/42aheron.jpg

KDT

That's it! I have that in my memory. That is just beautiful. It has such a warm and inspiring mood. It captures the world as a wonderful place. Hope that's in a gallery or a magazine somewhere.

forestgnome
01-23-2009, 07:01 AM
a mating pair of mergansers on the Swift River...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/5-07-07-copy2.jpg

hobbes
01-23-2009, 09:51 AM
Although not a great shot (hey, it was a point-and-shoot APS camera:), this was only the 13th sighting of a Western Grebe in Virginia (according to the Virginia Society of Ornithology).

http://zakon.org/robert/album/thoreau/greebe3-sm.jpg

And this was about the zillionth sighting of my 5am alarm clock from the same lake years ago:

http://zakon.org/robert/album/thoreau/goose-sm.jpg

Brad
01-23-2009, 01:33 PM
Here is a swan for you.

http://images24.fotki.com/v798/photos/8/8235/4998641/IMG_3232_a-vi.jpg

Brad
01-23-2009, 01:34 PM
Is it an Oystercatcher?
No, that does not fit.

Brad
01-23-2009, 02:45 PM
One of my favorite bird pictures. matter of fact, it is about my only bird picture.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1396/photos/8/8235/6969556/CRW_1614g-vi.jpg

I found out this is an Inca Tern.

Steve M
01-23-2009, 05:14 PM
As opposed to an Aztec Tern?:)

Charlie
01-23-2009, 05:18 PM
Beautiful, sharp shots, all! Very nice! Keep em' comin'! Wish mine were sharper, workin' on that!
Is this the one you mean, Patrick?

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/42aheron.jpg

KDT

what is this bird

CHRIS
01-23-2009, 07:04 PM
I took these pictures a couple of years ago with my digital Canon Rebel. I was about 150 feet away from these two so I did crop it in a little. After these they came really close and I got the heck out of there :eek:.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/B0000025.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/B0000029.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/B0000026.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/B0000027.jpg

faegilr
01-23-2009, 07:09 PM
A swan taken at the farm up the street from my parents:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/97/246872474_c8661e77af.jpg

An oriole that stopped by in East Boston:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2756822327_422a879358.jpg

A great statue in Munich (Marienplatz) that showed angels killing scrounges/plagues:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/183/440098034_2109e190db.jpg

Brad
01-23-2009, 07:12 PM
what is this bird
A Great Blue Heron, I believe.

KD Talbot
01-23-2009, 08:21 PM
A Great Blue Heron. My favorite!

http://www.ghostflowers.com/shawsheen/shawherons/images/05shawheron.jpg

More here:

http://www.ghostflowers.com/shawsheen/shawherons/shawherons.html

KDT

mtruman
01-23-2009, 09:50 PM
That swan looks like she's (or he's?) after you Kevin! Seem's to be saying "stay the heck away from my nest". Not somebody's wrath I want to incur :)

I love the shots of the herons (particularly the one in flight). They are such incredibly graceful birds!

mtruman
01-23-2009, 10:47 PM
Looking back through my archives I found a few more...

Raptors

California Condors over the Grand Canyon
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnoBcbInhI/AAAAAAAAIHI/NX3TKkXp7Lk/s720/070417-190334.jpg

Hawk in Valley of Fire, Las Vegas
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnoB8DKDKI/AAAAAAAAIHY/pOCe3y916s8/s720/070419-004336.jpg

Soaring over Zion
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnoC1UgWJI/AAAAAAAAIHw/uDXP_ONeU74/s720/070421-070916.jpg

Osprey nesting off Five Islands ME
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXqKP-oiCOI/AAAAAAAAIJg/y5UZQJEmT84/s720/060702-144542-1.jpg


Waterfowl

Northern Gull
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnn9UeNgpI/AAAAAAAAIFw/MhMmyZPFsmA/s720/080819-180604.jpg

Gull in flight
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnn9ydcN3I/AAAAAAAAIGA/R2TBphyTuX8/s720/080820-180622.jpg

Cormorant in Providence River
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnn_WAG9dI/AAAAAAAAIGY/EwqlBJOoq8o/s720/070919-230828.jpg

Canadian Goose (perhaps a bit too close)
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnoAV-8gCI/AAAAAAAAIGw/k2uFGxgZwkM/s720/070630-235122.jpg

The kids in spring
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXqKPYVUJRI/AAAAAAAAIJY/QBol_AsMveU/s720/P6150077.JPG

Puffins off the coast of Mt Desert Island ME
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXqKOBgIWZI/AAAAAAAAIJQ/a9dDCu0dL9I/s720/P7260021.JPG

Duck-of-a-sort at Roger Williams Park Zoo
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnoDhx7hlI/AAAAAAAAIIA/-7RsNhmBcuU/s720/070401-000206.jpg

And Flamingos...

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXnoDUwUcBI/AAAAAAAAIH4/wPtngK8mKuI/s576/070401-000122.jpg

M_Six
01-23-2009, 11:06 PM
From our Florida Christmas trip last year.

http://bimmermail.com/FL-Xmas/blueheron.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/FL-Xmas/herons.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/FL-Xmas/pdls3.JPG

CHRIS
01-24-2009, 06:24 PM
I went down to the water front and captured a few pictures. I don't know if these are Baby Loons or what maybe someone could tell me. There was a bunch coming closer and closer but a 5 man row boat came and scared them away:mad:. The first one is a seagull. I have more but figured I would post these.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308021.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308041.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308050.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308053.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308057.jpg

Brad
01-24-2009, 06:39 PM
Chris, my first guess is they are Mergansers.

KD Talbot
01-24-2009, 06:57 PM
They are Buffleheads Bucephala albeola.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Bufflehead.html

Great shots by everyone!

KDT

KathyC
01-24-2009, 07:00 PM
I feel so sad that I don't have any wild life bird pictures to post....:(
So I am posting a pic of my parakeet just to feel in the loop...... I hope that no one minds...:D

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa229/Shmurfone/Morepics052.jpg

forestgnome
01-24-2009, 08:23 PM
nice stuff, everyone, and of corse, a parakeet is fine!

magnolia warbler in Hancock Notch...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/hancocknotch172.jpg


bald eagle at Lake Umbagog

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/umbagog8208081.jpg




bicknell's thrush on Mt. Lafayette

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/skookumchuck-9.jpg



comerant (?) on Saco Lake

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge-5.jpg



cedar waxwings in love at Lily Pond

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/flume-10.jpg




piliated woodpecker

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/crawfordpath60808-9.jpg



phoebe at Province Pond

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/provincepond018.jpg


pine grosbeak near Swift River

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/21608pinegrossbeakb.jpg


three toed woodpecker (?) on Mt. Jackson

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/12608132a.jpg


gray jay on Mt. Pierce

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/12260776x.jpg




It's nice going through photo albums with a nice winter ale and a roaring fire!

CHRIS
01-24-2009, 08:50 PM
Beautiful pictures Patrick. I absolutely love the Bald Eagle they are one of my favorites. That was is a great shot.

Thanks for the Link KDT and letting me know what they were. It was funny watching some of them because every time they would dive under the water and come up a Seagull would take off and land right on it making it dive again.I thought they were a really pretty bird.

Of course we don't mind seeing your Parakeet Kathy. I used to have one just like it and a yellow one. Everyone has great shots.

mtruman
01-24-2009, 09:02 PM
More great shots all.

Your last one looks absolutely prehistoric Mark.

Paticks first one of the Magnolia Warbler has me thinking of Spring now.

The Bufflehead pictures are great Chris! I've never seen one before. Looks like it must have been quite a scene. Where were these taken?

The Parakeet is very welcome Kathy. Nice having a bird around the house. No trouble from the cat?

forestgnome
01-25-2009, 06:42 AM
Mark, excellent shot of the bird by the waterfall. What is it?

CHRIS
01-25-2009, 09:35 AM
Mark, I took these Bufflehead pictures on the Fairhaven bridge. there is some kind of club for boaters and there must have been at least 50-75 of them. I enjoyed watching them until the row boat came. It was funny how one would kinda sit up and flap its wings then they would all copy down the line like a bunch of kids.

KD Talbot
01-25-2009, 12:21 PM
Kathy's parakeet reminds me of one I had when I was a little boy. :)

The bird by the waterfall is an Anhinga:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Anhinga.html

Excellent shot of the Three-toed, Patrick. I saw one on Pierce or Jackson, can't remember. I'd never seen one before, got a shot, not as good as yours. I had to dive into the field guide as soon as I got home to figure out what it was.

KDT

M_Six
01-25-2009, 01:05 PM
Mark, excellent shot of the bird by the waterfall. What is it?

Thanks, KD. Now I know what it is, too. ;)

M_Six
01-25-2009, 05:16 PM
The Gang today. Check out the pudgy flicker gorging on the seeds.

(Had to shoot from well inside the house to avoid spooking them.)

http://bimmermail.com/birds/the-gang.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/birds/the-gang2.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/birds/flicker1.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/birds/flicker2.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/birds/flicker3.JPG

CHRIS
01-25-2009, 06:44 PM
Wow that is a fat little bird.

forestgnome
01-28-2009, 04:48 AM
nice shots of the birds!

dixiemax
01-28-2009, 01:53 PM
more!!
:)


185

186

187

188

UncleFester
01-28-2009, 03:26 PM
Wild Turkeys I feed in my yard.

http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/989/photoge2.jpg

h2oeco
02-01-2009, 05:11 PM
A couple sandpiper pictures from this morning (don't know the exact species of bird):

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/sp1.jpg

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/sp2.jpg

mtruman
02-01-2009, 06:19 PM
The Sandpiper pictures make it seem like summer! I'm not quite ready for the winter to be over yet but a nice walk on the beach on a warm day with these little guys seems pretty tempting...

KathyC
02-02-2009, 08:30 AM
I always wondered what the name of those little birds were, they look like baby seagulls.

My favorite beach is Wildwood NJ, when I stay I try to catch the sunrise each morning and walk the beach. The sun is beautiful when it starts to peak out of the ocean and all of those tiny birds run so fast with their little feet.

faegilr
02-02-2009, 12:57 PM
Looks like the plovers could be Wilson's Phalarope in winter plumage :) For some silly reason, I have a bird book that I never use.

Here is the only other good "bird" photo I have with one of his best friends :)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/137/326558974_402d964578.jpg

CHRIS
02-10-2009, 09:28 PM
Here are a few pictures I took the other day. I like the shadows on the ice on some of these.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308033.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308057-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308009.jpg


These were taken at sunset when the sun was at my back. All I did was crop them.
The sun did the lighting.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308047.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308048.jpg
I also got this one on the way paste the water.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/080308101.jpg

I have a few more at the link below.
http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Boats%20and%20more/

mtruman
02-10-2009, 09:53 PM
Fantastic shots Chris. I really like the effect in the first shot of the geese. The lighting in the sunset seagull shots is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

MsCntry
02-10-2009, 09:59 PM
Beautiful birds, beautiful pictures Everyone!!!! I will have to go through my albums and see waht I can find for you :)

forestgnome
02-13-2009, 06:56 AM
Nice work, Chris!

The first pic is excellent. Too bad you just barely clipped the wings of the second goose; otherwise it's a pro-level composition. It's a great capture. I like the way one goose's wings are extended forward and the other's is opposite. The shadows on the ice are an excellent compliment to the composition. The open beak and tongue also add a little interest. Nice photo!

happy trails :)

CHRIS
02-13-2009, 07:23 AM
Thanks for the compliments everybody. I have been trying to get out and practice as much as I can. Thank god for digital or I would be broke with film.

MsCntry
02-13-2009, 06:00 PM
Thank god for digital or I would be broke with film.
I think all of us would LOL!! I know when Joe and I go on a hike we usually end up with over 300-500 pictures between us!! I have to admit, before he pipes in LOL, I am the worst. I love photography!! :D

CHRIS
02-15-2009, 11:04 AM
Here are a few pictures of hawks(?) I took this morning. How ever the sun was right behind the nest and it basically ended up more like silohettes.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308022.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308031.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308009.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308027.jpg
These were also there.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308040.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308064.jpg
I took alot of pictures but alot of them were dark because I was basically looking right at the sun @ 7:00 am.
this is the path to an island.Even thou some pics. did not come out to good it was still an incredable morning sitting there watching them fly around there was a total of 6.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308004.jpg

KD Talbot
02-15-2009, 11:48 AM
you would have just shot an eagle! :)

Those "hawks" are bald eagles! The shape of the bird in the nest is definitely bald eagle. Then, the soaring, outstretched wings are those of an immature eagle. The fingers on the end of the wings is the give away. They don't get their bald (white) heads until they're about 5 yo. A parent returning to the nest with it's young is the most likely scenario.

Remember where you took those shots and go back in a month or so, they should be setting up house for another nesting season.

The ducks are Common Mergansers (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Common_Merganser.html) and the close up is a male Hooded Merganser (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Hooded_Merganser.html)

Nice shots!

KDT

CHRIS
02-15-2009, 01:23 PM
Wow I have heard there was eagles where I went and shot those but I honestly thought those were hawks. I will definety be back there. Hopefully when the sun is at my back.

laudizen
02-15-2009, 07:09 PM
What a collection of incredible shots. I have a soft spot in my heart for Cardinals, and I thought that photo was particularly radiant.

CHRIS
02-15-2009, 07:26 PM
I believe these are Wood Peckers. the first one I shot from the top of a fairly dead tree. the second one I zoomed into my neighbors tree. If these are not WoodPeckers does anybody know what they are? It's amazing the way these little birds peck the tree that they don't get a big head ache.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308080.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308073.jpg

KD Talbot
02-16-2009, 04:54 PM
These are Downy Woodpeckers (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Downy_Woodpecker.html). Nice shots!

KDT

CHRIS
02-16-2009, 05:52 PM
Thanks KDT. I have to get to the bookstore and get a book on birds.

Patrad Fischroy
02-17-2009, 09:44 AM
These are Downy Woodpeckers (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Downy_Woodpecker.html). Nice shots!

KDT

Were they both Downy's? the top o\ne looked a little like a Hairy Woodpecker, hard to tell with little info on the size. Either way, they are eitehr well fed or pretty cold and fluffed up.

M_Six
02-17-2009, 10:44 AM
Those guys are wreaking havoc on my house. I've got little holes everywhere from them drilling into the siding. Makes a racket, too. :(

KD Talbot
02-17-2009, 03:48 PM
Were they both Downy's? the top o\ne looked a little like a Hairy Woodpecker, hard to tell with little info on the size. Either way, they are eitehr well fed or pretty cold and fluffed up.

I guess they could be the less abundant Hairy Woodpecker, it's hard to judge their size. The only way I even found out Hairys existed is seeing them simultaneously at the feeder where the size difference is obvious. Otherwise they appear identical to me. Seems more likely they are Downy to me.

KDT

Brad
02-21-2009, 04:49 PM
Well, I went out this morning to take pictures of water fountains in the ponds here in NC. Not a single picture was worth saving. But, these were nice. I snapped several pictures of the heron flying and none were in focus.

http://images47.fotki.com/v1462/photos/8/8235/3356545/CRW_0578a-vi.jpg

http://images16.fotki.com/v278/photos/8/8235/3356545/CRW_0579a-vi.jpg

Steve M
02-21-2009, 09:09 PM
Hey Brad, nice pelicans!:D

UncleFester
02-22-2009, 06:25 AM
This is an old picture I took about 3 years ago, this is the hawk that lives in the court house in New Haven. I've watched it a lot and got lucky this day. I have a bunch of photos from when he was perched on a ledge watching the pigeon to when he swooped down and caught him. This one is the best though.

http://www.flyaddict.com/gallery/data/504/hawk3.jpg

Brad
02-22-2009, 06:50 AM
Hey Brad, nice pelicans!:D
Ignoring Steve, what is the second bird I posted. When I took the shot i thought it was another Heron. But, it looks more like a stork or crane.

h2oeco
02-22-2009, 07:18 AM
Pretty sure that it is a great blue heron. Here's a random gb heron picture to compare yours to:

http://www.lloydspitalnik.com/d/4132-2/great_blue_heron_F5R2088-01.jpg

Ed

KathyC
02-22-2009, 08:09 AM
It looks like he had a rough night...:D

Brad
02-22-2009, 09:54 AM
The first picture is definitely a Great Blue Heron. The other in between the trees is ...?

h2oeco
02-22-2009, 10:10 AM
I was referring to the 2nd picture - pretty sure that it is a great blue heron - their plummage varies quite a bit depending on age, season, geographic location, etc.

CHRIS
02-22-2009, 10:27 AM
Beutiful pictures brad.I have been trying to capture a blue heron that is around here but I never get a good shot. My daughter likes them.

I love that picture of the hawk with its dinner. Great shot Uncle Fester.

Brad
02-22-2009, 12:21 PM
Several years ago here in NC my son got this picture of an Osprey with dinner. I was "driving" the boat to get as close as possible and not scare the bird. Bill was sitting on the wakeboard tower on the boat shooting as fast as the camera would go.

http://images5.fotki.com/v62/photos/7/7299/760145/20040307Osprey2222281h-vi.jpg

Steve M
02-22-2009, 01:48 PM
Ignoring Steve, what is the second bird I posted. When I took the shot i thought it was another Heron. But, it looks more like a stork or crane.

What? Those aren't pelicans? I'm so embarrassed!:o

Steve M
02-22-2009, 01:50 PM
We saw a Bald Eagle yesterday land on the road in front of us then fly with us in the direction of our travel for about 30 seconds. It was a moment I wish I had the camera with me. I need to live with my camera by my side.

KD Talbot
02-22-2009, 01:56 PM
It's definitely a Great Blue Heron. Could be immature. More Great Blue Herons (http://www.ghostflowers.com/shawsheen/shawherons/shawherons.html)here if anyone's interested. Awesome shots of the hawk and the osprey!

KDT

Brad
03-07-2009, 06:01 AM
Someone reminded me of this picture I took last year.

http://images40.fotki.com/v1303/photos/8/8235/5836477/CRW_1797a-vi.jpg

CHRIS
03-07-2009, 10:30 AM
That is a beautiful picture Brad.

CHRIS
03-07-2009, 02:52 PM
I took these pics. at a park near my work.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308016.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308024.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308031-1.jpg

This littlle guy I thought was pretty friendly.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308023.jpg

CHRIS
03-14-2009, 10:47 PM
My daughter and I went to the zoo today and I shot a couple of these deifferent looking I think some kind of duck ? Anybody know what they are?
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308218.jpg

And this to me has an evil eye.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308204.jpg

Here is an Eagle getting ready to eat.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308248.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308250.jpg

This guy here looks like he wants to eat all of them.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308077.jpg

h2oeco
03-14-2009, 10:52 PM
First one is a Wood Duck, second is a Redhead (not joking, actual name)...

CHRIS
03-15-2009, 10:24 AM
Thanks h2oeco I had no idea what they were I still have to get to the book store for a bird book. The Woodduck has some fantastic markings.

mtruman
04-11-2009, 02:18 PM
Usually the suet feeders are slow to empty but I figured they were going down quicker now because the other feeders were empty. Turns out that there is a new kind of bird that apparently likes suet as well...

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SeDahhYApSI/AAAAAAAAK9k/PIoTqDLuTYo/s720/P1020821.JPG

Bill O
04-11-2009, 03:42 PM
Has anybody tried any of the birding apps for the iPhone?

There are several out there now.

forestgnome
04-15-2009, 10:34 PM
Brad, awesome eagle shot!

Chris, lots of excellent stuff! I realy like the swans. The are a million pics of swans, but you've captured something interesting. I also like the crowd of birds.

Brad
04-16-2009, 10:59 AM
We saw 3 eagles flying over the lake yesterday afternoon. But, they were too far away for a picture. It is great to see them come back.

Yes, swans are really beautiful birds!

http://images23.fotki.com/v765/photos/8/8235/4504313/IMG_3222_a-vi.jpg

CHRIS
04-19-2009, 07:06 PM
I went out looking where I know there are some Eagles nesting but I did not see any but I see a couple of Ospreys here are a few shots.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308001.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308008.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308009-1.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308010.jpg
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308012.jpg

Brad
04-19-2009, 07:47 PM
Amazing pictures

Steve M
04-19-2009, 08:40 PM
Awesome pics everyone! I had a rare opportunity to photograph a baby Great Horned Owl in St. Andrews Stat Park yesterday here in North Florida. It had fallen out of it's nest in the camping area. Enjoy!

http://images49.fotki.com/v1457/photos/7/1138397/7452434/DSC_0219-vi.jpg

http://images44.fotki.com/v1470/photos/7/1138397/7452434/DSC_0246-vi.jpg

http://images49.fotki.com/v1459/photos/7/1138397/7452434/DSC_0255-vi.jpg

http://images47.fotki.com/v1478/photos/7/1138397/7452434/DSC_0258-vi.jpg

http://images49.fotki.com/v1459/photos/7/1138397/7452434/DSC_0344-vi.jpg

http://images44.fotki.com/v1467/photos/7/1138397/7452434/DSC_0361-vi.jpg

Brad
04-20-2009, 06:26 AM
Steve - WOW

CHRIS
04-20-2009, 06:37 AM
These are terific pictures Steve. Do you know if it made it back into it's nest?. I would love to get some shots of owls but just cannot find any. But these are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

mtruman
04-20-2009, 07:39 AM
Chris and Steve - the osprey and owl photos are fantastic! Love the ones of the ospreys taking flight. The closeup of the owl staring straight into the lens is just amazing - what an expression!

Steve M
04-20-2009, 09:59 AM
These are terific pictures Steve. Do you know if it made it back into it's nest?. I would love to get some shots of owls but just cannot find any. But these are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

As of the time we left the campsite he had not made it back in the nest. Florida Wildlife Management was trying to help him. He is still too young to fly. I was amazed because he is huge.

Brad
04-20-2009, 04:18 PM
He is still too young to fly. I was amazed because he is huge.
Yes, I am too young to fly also. Am still working on it though.

forestgnome
04-21-2009, 05:19 AM
Chris, nice job with the ospreys. I'm hoping to get some nice osprey pics this year. Not easy.

Steve, awesome pics of the baby owlet. You did very well with a rare opportunity. I love the eyes. I hope they are able to help along until it's strong enough to be on its' own. Great portraits!

happy trails :)

KD Talbot
04-21-2009, 08:02 PM
Great shots Chris and Steve! Lucky ducks! Beautiful!

KDT

Brad
04-23-2009, 05:38 PM
A couple of fun pictures to think up captions for.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1492/photos/5/8235/7464226/CRW_1947-vi.jpg

http://images46.fotki.com/v1493/photos/5/8235/7464226/CRW_2018-vi.jpg

Jimmy Legs and Little d
04-23-2009, 08:19 PM
"Hey, I'm talking to you!!!!!!";)

Brad
04-23-2009, 09:44 PM
"Look, you are married to me! Why are you looking at him?"

"You put your right foot out and shake it all about"

mtruman
04-23-2009, 09:50 PM
Priceless !!! Expressions say it all. Captions not required.

Brad
04-25-2009, 10:22 PM
There were several birds down at the ski school today.

http://images47.fotki.com/v1475/photos/5/8235/7474300/CRW_2189-vi.jpg

M_Six
05-02-2009, 10:56 AM
Caught this shy guy in the backyard this morning. He moved around too quickly to get a decent shot of him. Just bad luck with the leaves in this one. Maybe he'll be back. I seem to be collecting woodpeckers, though.

http://bimmermail.com/birds/redhead-sm.JPG

One of my brood of flickers.

http://www.bimmermail.com/birds/flicker-sm.JPG

Brad
05-03-2009, 01:31 PM
Here is a nice looking, well fed seagull down in Mark's area - Beavertail Light at the southern end of Jamestown, RI.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1492/photos/5/8235/7500630/CRW_2683-vi.jpg

M_Six
05-09-2009, 01:51 PM
Finally caught him up close.

http://bimmermail.com/birds/redhead3-sm.JPG

http://bimmermail.com/birds/redhead2-sm.JPG

Tim&Val
05-09-2009, 09:43 PM
Wow Mark! That is an incredible bird!! We've never seen a red-headed woodpecker! I had to google him to learn his name. Very cool!

Valerie

CHRIS
05-10-2009, 10:00 PM
Our Humming birds are back so just as it was getting dark I took a few shots with the flash as to try to freeze the wings. Let me know what you think. I also captured a little yellow bird the other day.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308079.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308081.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308084.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308088.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308008-1.jpg

Brad
05-11-2009, 06:09 AM
Very, very nice.

M_Six
05-11-2009, 12:50 PM
Sweet pics, Chris. The flash didn't scare him at all?

CHRIS
05-11-2009, 01:31 PM
Thanks Brad and Mark. Nope the flash did not scare them at all in fact I ended up moving my chair about 6 feet away and just stayed still for about 10 minutes and they just kept coming back. It was great.

Brad
05-11-2009, 04:03 PM
Thanks Brad and Mark. Nope the flash did not scare them at all in fact I ended up moving my chair about 6 feet away and just stayed still for about 10 minutes and they just kept coming back. It was great.
Very cool - and you have the camera to do that

mtruman
05-11-2009, 06:05 PM
Great shots Chris! Also amazed that the flash didn't chase him off (and glad it didn't). The one of the goldfinch is great too. They're all getting back to their summer colors now.

CHRIS
05-11-2009, 08:08 PM
Here are a few baby geese pictures I took at the park that I have my lunch at. I took these with my G9.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308014.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308015.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308024-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308031-2.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308026.jpg
This is a picture of one of my furociuos cats. I bet he would have loved to be at that park today.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308011.jpg

Brad
05-11-2009, 08:10 PM
Cool cat! His eyes are great.

Steve M
05-11-2009, 09:17 PM
Great pics Chris, love the cat...great eyes.

KathyC
05-12-2009, 05:11 AM
Baby geese are so cute...

Love the cat!!!

KD Talbot
05-12-2009, 07:50 PM
You've been getting some great shots, Chris! Thanks for sharing! Love the goslings!

KDT

KD Talbot
05-15-2009, 08:11 PM
I got a chance to watch these guys on the Shawsheen River, Andover Massachusetts Wednesday morning:

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/01agoslings51309.jpg

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/02agoslings51309.jpg

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/04agoslings51309.jpg

http://www.ghostflowers.com/forumshots/03agoslings51309.jpg

KDT

mtruman
05-15-2009, 08:46 PM
I got a chance to watch these guys on the Shawsheen River, Andover Massachusetts Wednesday morning:
KDT

The goslings are incredibly cute. The last 2 pictures are really great!

CHRIS
05-15-2009, 09:41 PM
Fantastic shots KDT. It's almost like you want to go and pick them up and pet them. However I think mama would have alot to say about that. I love just watching them while I eat my lunch. I am watching near my house a pair of swans that are waiting for their eggs to hatch. Can't wait to see them and get some shots. (from a distance of course). Keep the pics. coming.

forestgnome
05-17-2009, 11:40 PM
Whoa, I haven't been keeping up with this thread. Kevin, great pics. Love the first one.

Chris, great close-up portrait.


:):):)

Steve M
05-22-2009, 01:35 PM
A few "other" birds.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1506/photos/7/1138397/7565506/DSC_0289-vi.jpg

http://images47.fotki.com/v1497/photos/7/1138397/7565506/DSC_0299-vi.jpg

http://images49.fotki.com/v1508/photos/7/1138397/7565506/DSC_0333-vi.jpg

http://images43.fotki.com/v1505/photos/7/1138397/7565506/DSC_0344-vi.jpg

http://images46.fotki.com/v1506/photos/7/1138397/7565506/DSC_0353-vi.jpg

KD Talbot
05-22-2009, 08:02 PM
Cattle Egret, Tri-colored Heron, not sure about the last one, Yellow-Legs?

Great shots!

KDT

novascroller
05-22-2009, 08:41 PM
here's a hungry visitor to my backyard.

http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/picture.php?albumid=16&pictureid=111

Brad
06-12-2009, 06:06 PM
I was at the dock at noon and spotted a loon coming close. Ran back to the house and grabbed the camera and got these pictures.

http://images34.fotki.com/v1144/photos/5/8235/7520107/CRW_3911-vi.jpg

http://images35.fotki.com/v1167/photos/5/8235/7520107/CRW_3915-vi.jpg

http://images107.fotki.com/v547/photos/5/8235/7520107/CRW_3917-vi.jpg

Orgnoi1
06-15-2009, 06:51 AM
Here are a couple recent shots from our feeder area... =)

http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2009_05_24-R01.jpg

http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2009_05_24-R02.jpg

http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2009_05_24-R03.jpg

http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2009_05_24-R04.jpg

Brad
06-15-2009, 07:21 AM
Ross, as always your pictures are great.

Orgnoi1
06-15-2009, 07:22 AM
Thanks Brad! I appreciate it!

CHRIS
06-15-2009, 07:23 AM
Beautiful pictures both Brad and Ross. Thanks for posting.

Brad
06-15-2009, 07:53 AM
Reviewing a person's photos is an interesting thing to do. The photos, the subjects, the settings speak to what interests the photographer. It shows what s/he sees. Each person's perspective is unique and a wonderful thing to think about.

Thanks to all who post their pictures for us to see and appreciate.

h2oeco
06-17-2009, 07:55 PM
A few pictures of "local" birds...

http://ecomalley.smugmug.com/photos/566834599_mmZW9-M-1.jpg

http://ecomalley.smugmug.com/photos/566834541_PVx4B-M-1.jpg

http://ecomalley.smugmug.com/photos/566834610_ja6Cc-M-1.jpg

http://ecomalley.smugmug.com/photos/566834655_6s6QZ-M-1.jpg

More here... (http://ecomalley.smugmug.com/gallery/8597254_2sBd3/1/566834655_6s6QZ)

Ed

KathyC
06-18-2009, 05:11 AM
Aww, I love the baby geese...:)

Brad
06-18-2009, 08:00 PM
Full disclosure! I did not take this picture - my son did today. He just uploaded it to his Fotki site and gave me permission to post it here.

http://images44.fotki.com/v1471/photos/9/7299/7659718/200906180048324GreatBlueHeron-vi.jpg

EXIF Data

Make: Canon
Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Width: 971 pixels
Height: 1457 pixels
Focal Length: 300.0 mm
F-Number: F/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.0002 sec. 1/5000
Metering Mode: Center-weighted average
ISO Speed: 200

Steve M
06-18-2009, 09:30 PM
Oh nooooo!!!!!!! Thats chippy!!! Wahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Bill O
06-18-2009, 09:38 PM
What did the next picture look like?

Brad
06-19-2009, 05:32 AM
What did the next picture look like?
He took 3 pictures. Here is a link to the first one.

http://public.fotki.com/o2bnme/events/2009/chipmunch/200906180048336grea.html

CHRIS
06-19-2009, 06:54 AM
Oh man what a great shot. However I don't think that Chipmonk is thinking that. Hey wait a minute isn't that ALVIN?
Thanks for sharing Brad.

Bretton Woods Brat
06-21-2009, 06:45 AM
Oh man, my heart just sank! Not a good way to start the day...:(

Bretton Woods Brat
06-21-2009, 07:06 AM
Nothing from the North... just a few from my trip to the Central Park Zoo. Amazing Zoo!
260
Nicobar Pigeon
258
Emerald Starling
257
Victoria Crowed Pigeon
259

CHRIS
06-28-2009, 06:41 PM
I got back home today from a no sunrise on the summit this morning and could not sleep so I went out shooting a few birds so here they are.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308058.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308065.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308068.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308069.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308072.jpg

mtruman
06-28-2009, 08:08 PM
Very nice Chris! I particularly like the ones in flight.

KD Talbot
06-28-2009, 09:19 PM
Brad- incredible shot by your son!

Chris- Great stuff! Very nice!

KDT

KathyC
06-29-2009, 05:01 AM
What kind of bird is the black one with the red on it's shoulders?

I think that I saw a couple down here yesterday while running some errands.

CHRIS
06-29-2009, 06:38 AM
I believe my daughter calls them a Red Wing Black Bird.

Bretton Woods Brat
06-30-2009, 08:01 AM
Very nice Chris, especially the Red Wing.

Brad
08-15-2009, 08:16 PM
On my way to class this morning I stopped by a pond to see what was around.

http://images52.fotki.com/v1551/photos/5/8235/7520107/IMG_1621a-vi.jpg

This was taken with a 500mm lens hand held and then cropped in a bit.

CHRIS
08-15-2009, 09:33 PM
Very nice.

Snow Miser
08-16-2009, 08:36 AM
Yes, very nice! It will make a good desktop background on my PC at work tomorrow. Thanks.

Brad
08-16-2009, 09:44 PM
On the way to class this morning I stopped at Lower & Middle Range Ponds by Poland, Maine again to see if the Heron was there. As I was checking it out, this odd bird came overhead.

http://images50.fotki.com/v1571/photos/5/8235/7520107/IMG_1656p-vi.jpg

Then the Heron was closer to the shore for pictures.

http://images52.fotki.com/v1563/photos/5/8235/7520107/IMG_1658h-vi.jpg

Back at the cabin at the end of the day this beautiful bald eagle was up in a tree just down the lake from our dock.

http://images50.fotki.com/v1570/photos/5/8235/7520107/IMG_1681e-vi.jpg

This is cropped in a bit.

http://images52.fotki.com/v1568/photos/5/8235/7520107/IMG_1681ee-vi.jpg

This is an uncropped image taken with a 500mm zoom lens so you can see how far away the eagle was up near the top of a dead tree.

http://images52.fotki.com/v1564/photos/5/8235/7520107/IMG_1684e-vi.jpg

CHRIS
08-17-2009, 07:02 AM
Very nice I love the eagle shots.

Snow Miser
08-17-2009, 07:51 AM
Great bald eagle shots. It's always nice to catch a glimpse of one.

Brad
08-17-2009, 10:27 AM
I should have kept the 500mm lens on the camera and changed to video mode. that would have been nice.

CHRIS
08-17-2009, 02:28 PM
Here are a few I took on Sunday. The first four were quite a bit off shore. I shot them with my 100-400 hand held so I had to crop in a little.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308033_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308036_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308040-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308052_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308069-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308071.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308076.jpg

KathyC
08-17-2009, 04:40 PM
Chris, those are really great pictures. I especially love the duck with his head down and wings up.

What kind of bird is the one with the red wrinkled face?

Snow Miser
08-17-2009, 07:11 PM
Very nice pictures Chris. I too like the one of the white duck.

CHRIS
08-17-2009, 07:30 PM
Chris, those are really great pictures. I especially love the duck with his head down and wings up.

What kind of bird is the one with the red wrinkled face?

I just looked in my bird book and I think it might be called a Muscovy Duck. If someone else knows for sure please correct me.There used to be another one there that had alot more of the red on its head but it was not there this year. I call it the Elvis Duck because of the way its feathers are combed back.

CHRIS
08-17-2009, 07:31 PM
Oh yea thanks for the comments :D.

Brad
08-17-2009, 08:27 PM
Chris, great shots!

Anna LeBlanc
08-18-2009, 12:57 PM
Chris I believe you are right.I have a friend that has several Muscovy ducks and they look exactly like the one in your picture.Great shots as usual.;)

mtruman
08-21-2009, 08:54 AM
A couple of these guys have been hanging out in our back yard this week. I think that there is one adult and two juveniles (this is one of them). The adult is a bit lighter in color. Last night I walked out onto the deck and the two young ones were sitting either on the deck or the umbrella and flew up into the tree before I could get my camera. This morning this one was sitting on the umbrella when I came out and again flew up to the tree but in a visible spot this time. Hope I can get a shot of the adult as well. We think that they are Least Bitterns (or possibly American Bitterns). They've been sitting in the trees after dark and calling and we've been trying to ID them from the call.

Edit: After looking at more pictures this morning it looks more like a Green Heron than a Bittern. The problem is that the call doesn't sound right.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/So6XbdG2ziI/AAAAAAAAQqQ/uqViYbAbdoo/s800/P1040047.JPG

h2oeco
08-21-2009, 10:08 AM
Are you on/near water? They might also be some sort of night heron.

Ed

mtruman
08-21-2009, 10:42 AM
Are you on/near water? They might also be some sort of night heron.

Ed

A couple of small ponds in the vicinity (but 1/4 to 1/2 mile away). There's a Great Blue Heron that hangs out at one of the ponds all the time but I haven't seen any others.

Here's a picture I found online of a juvenile Green Heron (unless it is incorrectly identified). Looks like he could be the brother of the ones in our yard...

http://www.birdinginstlucia.org/cd%20from%20Jo%20Ann/Jo%20Ann%27s%20BiSL%20Gallery/Green%20Heron/Green%20Heron,%20juvenile4.jpg

CHRIS
08-21-2009, 10:47 AM
These are really cool looking birds. I can check my bird book when I get home.

Brad
08-21-2009, 03:26 PM
Mark, that green heron picture is excellent

Bretton Woods Brat
08-22-2009, 06:31 AM
Didn't realize, how much they look the same, minus the long neck. Saw a Bittern last weekend, on the Connecticut River in Littleton. Brother has some nice shots, I'll get him to post them.

Bretton Woods Brat
08-22-2009, 06:32 AM
Nice pictures, by the way, Mark... :D

CHRIS
08-23-2009, 08:14 PM
Here is an adult green Heron to go with your juvenile one Mark. i took these today.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308009-2.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308017.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/080308003.jpg

KD Talbot
08-23-2009, 08:29 PM
Nicely done, Chris!

KDT

mtruman
08-30-2009, 04:34 PM
Awesome shots Chris! Definitely looks like the adult that was hanging out in our tree. Haven't seen any of them since we got home Friday - hope they haven't left for good.

The morning before we left (last Saturday) one of the "kids" was sitting on the edge of our pool - apparently looking for fish! Kept looking in the water and occasionally dunking his beak. Probably just like mama taught him ;) It was amazingly cute. Sorry we had to leave...

CHRIS
08-31-2009, 08:08 AM
Here are a few I captured this weekend in between the rain.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/6415_1160971716567_1596054584_30426.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/6415_1160971796569_1596054584_30426.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/6415_1160971996574_1596054584_30426.jpg

This one I wish I could have captured a little bit sharper.But I think it still came out pretty good. I have to practice some more. This bird was in the water with the smaller one above and I wanted to get them together but I spooked this one.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/6415_1160971916572_1596054584_30426.jpg

Brad
11-14-2009, 11:43 AM
A friend was taking his boat down to the marina at the end of the lake so I went along. As we pulled into the next pond an eagle was sitting on an old tree stump in the water.

http://images52.fotki.com/v638/photos/5/8235/7915938/IMG_4850a-vi.jpg

Snow Miser
11-14-2009, 11:56 AM
Great shot. They are beautiful birds.

CHRIS
11-15-2009, 05:02 PM
Fantastic shot Brad. I love Eagles.

Anna LeBlanc
11-15-2009, 05:39 PM
Great shot Brad! It almost looks like he could just step off that stump and walk right across the water.

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Anna

Brad
11-15-2009, 05:46 PM
LOL he took off and flew instead. i did not have the shutter speed fast enough and the pictures were took blurry. Still cool to see how much the wings bend under flight.

redthorne
12-18-2009, 08:37 PM
So one day last year I found an abandoned baby bird. Abandoned as in mom was most definitely not coming back, I'll spare the details. Myself, being a more 'let nature take its course' just let it be. After all it was only about 2 or 3 days old. This was in April and the low for the night was going to be mid 20s.

Then I made the mistake of telling my wife. Who loves birds and is quite educated ornithological-ly speaking. Who decided to give birdie a warm place to pass on because rarely can you 'save' a baby bird. Then, upon closer inspection of the little dude we found that he was not a songbird and therefore had a crop, which makes feeding easier.

Little birdie survived quite well and became a big birdie. A mourning dove. Little dude also turned out to be a little dudette, lol. Little dudette is now a year and three quarters old.

We named her "Beaker" after the Muppet because when she was young she would talk to us by going 'meep meeeep meeeeeep.'

Beaker taught herself how to fly. We also played mourning dove coos for her and she taught herself how to coo...although she leaves off the last "ooo"...we don't know why.

Beaker sits with us when we are home, flys around the condo a bit but mainly sticks to walking. Mourning doves are ground birds anyway. She terrorizes our cat, which is hilarious. And she definitely knows we are both her flock, but she prefers me. Given the choice she will always fly to me over my wife. (I can call her with my finger or voice, the wife cannot) And if another male comes into the condo she will fly and land on his head and start pecking away in protest. It's sorta cute.

Beaker also greets each one of us in the morning after she hears us stir from bed with a coo. She also greets us when we come home with a coo. Interestingly she also does her best impression of me saying "hi" to her. I repeatedly would say "hi" in the same tone of voice over and over when she was little and I have figured out that her "honk" is the exact same pitch/tone of my "hi". So I will say "hi" and she will "onnh." "Hi?" "OOnnnh."

The most humorous thing she does is what we call "happy wing." If she's comfortable/nested near you and you get close, say her name, or otherwise address her she will move her wings slightly and quickly in happiness. Even a head scritch-scratch will be allowed if she's in a good mood.

The pic with her wing up is her sunning herself. She also takes nice warm showers with us, and she taught herself how to bathe in the sink too.

http://pics.skinut.net/beaker/beaker.jpg

http://pics.skinut.net/beaker/beaker2.jpg

http://pics.skinut.net/beaker/beaker3.jpg

http://pics.skinut.net/beaker/beaker4.jpg

Anna LeBlanc
12-19-2009, 07:42 AM
She is absolutely beautiful.What great pictures.Morning doves are one of my favorite birds.You are very lucky to have her in your home.


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Anna

KathyC
12-19-2009, 08:32 AM
Wow, what a great story. You are so lucky to have become so close to something most would never experience.

You saved a precious life, I just loved this!!

KD Talbot
12-19-2009, 10:02 AM
Great story and pics! Very difficult to raise a bird successfully. Nice job!

KDT

CHRIS
01-18-2010, 03:06 PM
Here are a few new brids I shot this weekend @ Loyds center in Dartmouth while trying out my new hiking boots.

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/IMG_8700_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/IMG_8708_edited-1.jpg

This one was pecking at the tree I'm assuming trying to get bugs. It was hitting it pretty hard.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/IMG_8712_edited-1.jpg

Going back to get momentum to slam the tree.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/odd%20balls/IMG_8714_edited-1.jpg

KathyC
02-21-2010, 08:08 AM
Looking out of my front window this morning, I noticed something across the street in my neighbors yard. Then I realized it was a hawk it was eating something and it was huge. I took some pictures, of course they are not that clean, but in one you can see he was eating a pigeon.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa229/Shmurfone/stuff007.jpg

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa229/Shmurfone/stuff009.jpg

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa229/Shmurfone/stuff010.jpg

I must have spooked him and then he flew off with the carcus. Poor Pigeon...:(

CHRIS
02-21-2010, 10:32 AM
Very cool to see. However I am sure the Pigeon didn't think so.

CHRIS
02-21-2010, 03:32 PM
A few I took today.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture373_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture419_edited-1.jpg

Patrad Fischroy
02-22-2010, 10:26 AM
Chris,
that shot of the Mallard from the low angle is very cool. Nice way to get a different perspective on things. It gives him a rather imposing appearance:eek:

KD Talbot
02-22-2010, 05:06 PM
Great shots, Chris! Beautiful shot of the heron! I believe the duck is a Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Also: Great shots Kathy! It looks like a Sharpshin Hawk or a Cooper's Hawk to me, but I'm no expert. I once saw a Sharpie take down a pigeon right in front of me. He could barely carry it off!

KDT

Anna LeBlanc
02-26-2010, 09:01 PM
Could one of our very knowledgeable forum members please tell me what kind of ducks these are?

They were at one of our local ponds this weekend swimming with a large group of Mallards.


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4380955434_34838992e1_b.jpg


Thank you in advance for all your help.


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Anna

CHRIS
02-27-2010, 11:14 AM
They look to me like they are Hooded Merganser.The black headed is a male and the other looks like it could be the female.Cool shot.

Anna LeBlanc
02-27-2010, 04:18 PM
Thanks Chris.If I had to guess I would have called the female a "Phyllis Diller Duck" having a bad hair day.:p


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Anna

Anna LeBlanc
02-27-2010, 08:20 PM
Last Sunday Gary,Nigel and I headed over to a Bird Sactuary in Barrington,RI



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4393724804_32d49c40e8.jpg


And saw not one bird!!!


Good thing our Cardinals and Sparrows were out in the backyard:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4380183071_1a51a7110a.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2769/4380195939_b290dd7064.jpg


We found this group of Mallards out for a Sunday swim at a local pond:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2693/4380964680_44a53e22e3_b.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2719/4380971602_62f81b746d_b.jpg


And this beautiful Swan was enjoying the sunshine:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4380259479_b1f0b7d5f1_b.jpg


On my way to work during the week I was lucky enough to get this silhouette shot of a group of Canadian Geese against the sunrise:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4380161937_ecd213c344.jpg


Hope you enjoyed the pictures and may everyone have a good week ahead.


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Anna

CHRIS
02-27-2010, 08:55 PM
I have been having a hard time lately finding some nice birds to shoot. I think maybe its the weather. However as soon as it starts getting warmer I am pretty sure I have found a great place to shoot.

Anna LeBlanc
03-07-2010, 08:22 PM
On the way to doing my weekend errands I stopped by the Swansea Dam in Swansea,MA.It has a beautiful pond behind it that is usually home to a variety of waterfowl.Here's a shot of the dam:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4010/4414134191_6d5744d237.jpg


This Canadian Goose looks like he's walking on water but it was actually a thin layer of ice covering part of the pond:



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4414793372_76d5461cbb.jpg


Where the pond had opened up this Canadian Goose was enjoying a peaceful swim:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4414042835_0bd240764c.jpg


The Mallard families were out and about watching the goings on at the pond:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4414034367_038c876c35.jpg


I couldn't believe how still this Mallard stood for me to take his picture.It was like he was saying,"Look at me,I'm perfect.You should take my picture to show everyone!"


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4414863156_f88b695266.jpg


These birds are very used to the presence of people;you can tell by how close this friendly little guy let me get:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4414873692_711a38f44e.jpg


I've saved this special picture for last:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4414114951_82b306d45c.jpg


The little girl in this picture is a patient at the dental office where I am a hygienist.This past Summer in a terrible accident she lost her foot when it was run over by a lawnmower.Looking at her now you would never know it and her friend the Goose seems to be able to sense what a special little girl she is.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.

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Anna

CHRIS
03-08-2010, 07:26 AM
Wonderful pictures Anna. Especially the last one.

Snow Miser
03-08-2010, 08:02 AM
Very nice photos Anna. That little girl is a real trooper after what she's been through. Thanks for sharing them with us.

KD Talbot
03-09-2010, 09:37 AM
Nice job, Anna!

KDT

Anna LeBlanc
03-09-2010, 01:45 PM
Thank you Chris,Bob and Kevin for all your kind and generous comments.They are greatly appreciated.

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Anna

Moa57
03-14-2010, 07:31 PM
Funny pic of feeding time taken in October at Lilly Pond on the Kanc.

553

Moa57
03-16-2010, 07:12 PM
For all you bird fans, check out the Eagle Cam out of Virginia. It's a great live streaming cam of a pair of bald eagles with three newly hatched chicks.


http://www.wvec.com/marketplace/microsite-content/eagle-cam.html

CHRIS
03-17-2010, 07:55 AM
Thank you so much for that link. Eagles are by far my favorite and this morning I was watching it feed its baby. So cool I will be checking in everyday. Thanks again for the link.

CHRIS
03-23-2010, 07:16 PM
Here is a few I shot this weekend.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/IMG_9742_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/IMG_9746_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/IMG_9751_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/IMG_9744_edited-1.jpg

h2oeco
03-23-2010, 08:09 PM
Nice shots Chris! What lens?

CHRIS
03-24-2010, 06:51 AM
Thanks Ed. I was using my 100-400.

Anna LeBlanc
03-24-2010, 09:38 PM
Thank you for some more beautiful pictures Mr.Birdman of Dartmouth;)



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Anna

Anna LeBlanc
03-31-2010, 08:27 PM
It's been awhile since I've posted any photos.I've gotten very friendly with some Canadian Geese and a pair of Swans who will now eat bread from my hand.

Here a couple of the Geese look like they're saying,"Did you see that?"


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2748/4452041321_e25480914f.jpg


They then went on to practice for the next Summer Olympics.

First water ballet:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4452049499_4b00b451bb.jpg


Then synchronized swimmimg:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2784/4452835130_bd00f5c90b.jpg


The Swans now come right up to me looking for food.I hope this is a breeding pair and soon we'll have cygnets:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4452806984_14347fb2fd.jpg


And for now a couple of up close and personal pictures of my new friends:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4452018377_c96483f8e2.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4031/4452069115_281e028a96.jpg


Hope everyone has a great week and a very Happy Easter!!

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Anna

CHRIS
04-01-2010, 06:52 AM
Great shots Anna. Love the close up on the last one. Happy Easter to you and your family to.

Snow Miser
04-01-2010, 08:12 AM
Great photos Anna! I can't believe how close you got to them. That's amazing. Happy Easter to you, and to all those that celebrate the holiday.

Anna LeBlanc
04-01-2010, 03:47 PM
Thank you very much for your comments Chris and Bob!!:D

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Anna

CHRIS
04-11-2010, 04:19 PM
Here are a few from this weekend.Here you go Anna .
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture047_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture064.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture076_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture085.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture095_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture102.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture305_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture309_edited-1.jpg

You can see more of my bird shots here.
http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/?albumview=slideshow

Snow Miser
04-11-2010, 08:13 PM
Very nice photos Chris. I especially like the one of the egret (?) with a fish in it's beak. Thanks for posting!

KathyC
04-12-2010, 08:20 AM
Chris, You take great bird pictures. Love the one with the fish in it's mouth too.

Anna LeBlanc
04-12-2010, 09:42 PM
Chris,thank you for all those incredible photos.I have to say the one of the egret is my favorite.That's one amazing photograph Mr. Birdman:D


I was out doing alittle birdwatching myself this weekend and grabbed a few shots.

The first one is of Momma swan and I hope her soon to be cygnets:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4516667804_f73b3f5fe1.jpg


Neighbors down the street have a pair of ospreys nesting on their platform in there backyard.Here are some pictures of these beautiful birds.


Bringing in lunch:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4516049467_056ae28bca_b.jpg


Guarding the nest:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/4516692124_7013f970b9_b.jpg


Ready for take-off:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4516063635_4825482339.jpg


Hope everyone has a great week ahead.Thank you.


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Anna

Snow Miser
04-12-2010, 10:49 PM
Beautiful photos Anna! The shots of the ospreys are fantastic. They are truy majestic birds. We have them down here in the Jersey back bays in large numbers. They are always great to see.

CHRIS
04-13-2010, 06:56 AM
Awesome shots Anna. I could not imagine having a nest of Ospreys in my back yard. I would become really good friends with my neighbor. The one with the Swan is really cool exspecially with the egg in it. I am surprised she is not sitting on it. Just don't get to close to the nest. I tried getting a little closer once and they both came after me. YES I ran like the wind....

Anna LeBlanc
04-13-2010, 08:44 PM
I just have to tell you Chris that I checked out your Photobucket site and in my book ,you have become to bird photography on these forums what Patrick is to moose.Bravo on some truly wonderful work Mr.Birdman!!:D

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Anna

CHRIS
04-13-2010, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the compliment Anna. I have been upgrading alot of my lenses and I go out every weekend to try to improve my photography.I have been finding more and more bird sites. However I would love to shoot some Moose like Patrick.

KathyC
04-14-2010, 03:25 PM
Anna, you are quite the picture taker too. All beautful, I love swans...

CHRIS
04-20-2010, 09:21 PM
I went by the Osprey nest today on the way home and low and behold they are starting to nest again this year. I shot these with my new 70-200mm so I had to crop in and tomorrow I am going back with my 100-400mm so hopefully get in a little closer.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture158_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture159_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture164_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture165_edited-1.jpg

Anna LeBlanc
04-21-2010, 07:35 PM
Nice shots Chris,aren't they just beautiful majestic creatures.They almost demand your respect!


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Anna

Snow Miser
04-21-2010, 08:18 PM
Nice shots Chris. I can see why Anna calls you the Birdman of Dartmouth. Thanks for sharing.

CHRIS
04-21-2010, 09:15 PM
Thanks Anna and Snow Miser Yes they are majestic creatures. I stopped by today with my 100-400 lens and both were in the nest. It was very windy where they are and it was hard shooting and I did not have my tripod so alot did not meet my standards. (i am hard on myself)I really need to save for a 800 mm lens ;)(then divorce court:eek:) Please enjoy.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture171_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture172_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture173_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture186_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture176_edited-1.jpg

Anna LeBlanc
04-22-2010, 12:51 PM
Beautiful shots again Chris.I'm going to be nosy.Are we talking over $1000 for that 800mm?If it is and I said I wanted one I would probably be threatened with divorce court too!!:p:D;)

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Anna

CHRIS
04-22-2010, 12:59 PM
Thanks Anna. Oh yes it is over $1000.00 try about $11,000.00. I just got my newest a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 mark II and it is my last lens for a while @ 2500.00 my wife has shut me off :(.But my kit is pretty complete now for what I want to do with it.

Anna LeBlanc
04-23-2010, 01:45 PM
HOLY COW Chris!!! I had no clue they cost that much money:eek:You'll laugh when I tell you what I use for a camera:p.I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-H7 with a 15x Optical Zoom.That's my telephoto and everything else too.I don't have any changeable lens as mine is not a DSLR.

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Anna


Other photos at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/gallery/235378#/gallery

CHRIS
04-23-2010, 07:07 PM
I also have a small Canon G9 point and shoot that I take hiking with me and keep in my lunch box when I am working.You do take some very nice shots with that camera. I am kind of a gear junkie :D.

Anna LeBlanc
04-24-2010, 03:21 PM
I also have a small Canon G9 point and shoot that I take hiking with me and keep in my lunch box when I am working.You do take some very nice shots with that camera. I am kind of a gear junkie :D.

If I ever hit Powerball Chris I'll get both of us whatever camera and lenses we want!!!:D:p:D


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Anna

Brad
04-24-2010, 08:57 PM
If I ever hit Powerball Chris I'll get both of us whatever camera and lenses we want!!!:D:p:D


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Anna
I think Chris has them all now.

CHRIS
04-25-2010, 02:38 PM
Thanks Anna I'll do the same. No Brad there is at least one more I would love for wildlife. either a 600 or 800mm. Or BH Photo has a used 1200 mm lens on sales and only $120,000.00:D

Anna LeBlanc
05-13-2010, 08:52 PM
Had a chance to get over to one of my favorite spots -The Swansea Dam and manage to grab a couple of shots of our fine feathered friends.


First there was this friendly little sparow:


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3368/4605400986_5ae715b56d.jpg


And then something I had never seen there before-A Baltimore Oriole!


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1031/4604778687_1cbfe579c9.jpg


On my way to work this morning I was lucky enough to catch this Great Egret right before he took flight:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4605406332_7273afb815.jpg



And I'm still waiting to see the Swans come by with their little cygnets for a family portrait:


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1160/4605441094_4dce899e74.jpg


Have a great weekend everyone.


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Anna

CHRIS
05-14-2010, 06:46 AM
Great shots Anna. Keep them coming.

Snow Miser
05-14-2010, 07:39 AM
Very nice Anna. Can't wait to see the family portrait.:)

Anna LeBlanc
05-14-2010, 08:06 AM
Thank you Chris and Bob.I'll try to keep them coming for you Chris if you promise to do the same!

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Anna

CHRIS
05-14-2010, 09:28 PM
I will do my best Anna. I just haven't been able to really get out these last few weekends as much as I would like.

Anna LeBlanc
05-18-2010, 09:20 PM
Our local Canadian Geese families have finally brought out their babies for us to see.Here are some pictures of the proud new parents and their little ones:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/4619820205_971cf0a70a_b.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4620443734_5baf5ee344_b.jpg



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4619834509_203be8b166_b.jpg


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3372/4619842627_668d7e1840_b.jpg


Now I'll be waiting to see if the Swans will bring their little cygnets out of hiding for a few photos soon I hope.


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Anna

Snow Miser
05-19-2010, 07:43 AM
Anna, nice photos of the family. I hope you get to see the little cygnets before too long.

CHRIS
05-19-2010, 12:10 PM
Very nice indeed. Love the family shots.

Anna LeBlanc
05-19-2010, 05:32 PM
Thank you Bob and Chris.I went looking for the swans again today and saw only Papa swan so hopefully Mama is either sitting on the nest or keeping the little ones warm somewhere close by.


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Anna

forestgnome
05-20-2010, 11:24 PM
Anna,

Awesome!!! Especially #2...this is an excellent composition...nice feel, nice atmosphere, very soft and warm and thoughtful...;)

KathyC
05-21-2010, 06:10 AM
Anna, I just love them!!

We had a couple nesting at my job by one of back doors. All were respectful of the nest, no one parked near it and the landscapers didn't bother it either. But of course there is always one in the crowd, it bothered one lady there who was complaining it was dirty and not healthy to have to around. She is an animal hater and actually admitted to me she intestinally trys to hit squirrels...:mad:

I made it known that from what I read up, it was illegal to touch the nest and the wild life and game commission would have to be called in.

Anyway the babies hatched on a Saturday, one lucky guy was working near the area and was able to watch it all happen. I wish he had my #, I would have loved to see it too....

Anna LeBlanc
05-21-2010, 09:58 PM
PATRICK- Thank you so much for your comments.I always appreciate any help I can get from you to improve my shots.

KATHY-Great to hear from you back on the forums.Glad you like the little guys.And that woman that says she likes to try to hit squirrels on purpose should have a GIANT MUTANT ACORN dropped on her head!!!;):p:D

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Anna

CHRIS
05-24-2010, 10:16 AM
Went out this weekend and got a few birds.
This one cracks me up.
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture229_edited-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture245.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture259_edited-1-1.jpg

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb96/CRIVERHD12/Hawks%20and%20birds/Picture267_edited-1.jpg

Snow Miser
05-24-2010, 12:39 PM
The first photo is pretty funny. The way you shot it totally hid the wings on the leading duck. It kind of looks like it's flying like a rocket. Thanks for posting them.:)

KD Talbot
05-25-2010, 01:14 PM
Great shots Anna and Chris! Ducks and geese are some of my favorite subjects. You might like this:

http://www.ghostflowers.com/shawsheen/shawgeese/shawgeese.html

KDT

Anna LeBlanc
05-25-2010, 05:00 PM
Love the pictures Chris,If I can stay up long enough tonight I will try to post my most recent ones. Kevin those shots are beautiful,I love geese and ducks and swans too.
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Anna

CHRIS
05-25-2010, 08:49 PM
Great shots Kevin. I will watch for yours Anna. I am heading to N.Y tomorrow for the birth of our second Grandchild Mason on Thursday. Will be doing alot of shooting @ the hospital. Maybe some on the outside while visiting hours are over.:D

Anna LeBlanc
05-25-2010, 08:53 PM
Great shots Kevin. I will watch for yours Anna. I am heading to N.Y tomorrow for the birth of our second Grandchild Mason on Thursday. Will be doing alot of shooting @ the hospital. Maybe some on the outside while visiting hours are over.:D

Congratulations and good luck to you and your family Chris.Bring back some pictures of those New York Waterfowl.:D

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Anna

Anna LeBlanc
05-25-2010, 09:19 PM
These were taken over the past week.

First I believe this is a Glossy Purple Starling.Can someone confirm that?


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/4640051251_c4d5a3f990.jpg

This friendly little Mourning Dove comes to eat in our backyard:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4640689472_1991fc6c00.jpg


It was very foggy down by the river this week as you'll be able to tell from these next two shots:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4640665468_172a5f8636.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4640671902_cef94ffdba.jpg


The lighting in this picture makes this group of Canadian Geese appear to be swimming through a river of diamonds:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4059/4640677168_aaef7cd85e_b.jpg


This Great Blue Heron was hanging around down on the river near our house:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4640076333_9d1ca54a8a_b.jpg


And lastly one of the Canadian Geese I feed down at the dam decided to pose for me:


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4640043867_2d5bdaed32.jpg


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Anna

KD Talbot
05-26-2010, 09:25 AM
Nice pictures, Anna! The "starling" is actually a Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

KDT

Snow Miser
05-26-2010, 08:13 PM
Very nice pictures Anna. I especially like the one with the geese swimming in a river of diamonds. Thanks for sharing.:)