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hazelrunpack August 3rd, 2013 10:39 AM

Awesome! :D

hazelrunpack August 13th, 2013 01:30 PM

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ownedbycats May 20th, 2014 02:35 PM

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Been a while since I visited this thread but I got a couple of good shots.
One of a yellow warbler and one of a mourning dove.

hazelrunpack May 21st, 2014 12:03 AM

I [I][B]love[/B][/I] those, obc!! Especially that warbler action shot!! :highfive: Totally awesome!

ownedbycats July 17th, 2014 04:53 PM

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I have some more to share. The river is only a 10-15 minute walk away, and these are some of my favourite sightings. Starting off, the great blue heron.

ownedbycats July 17th, 2014 04:55 PM

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Next, his smaller relative, the Green Heron. (Thanks for the identification, Hazel!) I love how bright their eyes are.

ownedbycats July 17th, 2014 04:58 PM

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Another wading bird. I'm not sure of the exact species. A family of mallards in front, and a mother wood duck and her baby in the back.

ownedbycats July 17th, 2014 05:01 PM

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The swallows are too fast for me to catch in flight (so far anyway) but will occasionally oblige by perching and sitting still. The speckled bird is, if I'm identifying it right, a female red wing black bird.

hazelrunpack July 17th, 2014 11:16 PM

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Awesome pics, obc!! :highfive:

Your second heron species is a Green heron. I've been trying to catch a photo op with one since we moved here, but they don't seem to be very common in this county. I've only seen one in 10 years and it was too far away to photograph. You got some great shots of yours!

I think your mystery wader is a Solitary sandpiper. :thumbs up

And it looks like your kingbird has been eating mulberries! Or committing serial murders! :eek: :laughing:

I wish I had some pics for you, but my tendons are getting aggravated by the camera again and so far this summer I haven't gotten many shots. Got some hummingbird videos, though:

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And this spring we had some cool visitors:

Scarlet tanagers were coming to the feeders for sunflower hearts (surprised the heck out of me since everyone always told me they were more interested in things like meal worms and grape jelly!):

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We had a new warbler, one more common to the eastern side of the state--a Black-throated blue warbler:

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hazelrunpack July 17th, 2014 11:21 PM

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Oh, and a couple Harris's sparrows!

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ownedbycats July 18th, 2014 08:35 AM

Hazel - The tanager and the warbler are stunning. And that's a good close up of the sparrow.
Do you mostly hand hold your camera? Have you thought about something like a monopod? I'd been hand holding all my shots, until I got this new lens. I can't hand hold it and have to use a monopod. I thought it would be a real pain, and it was at first, but now that I'm getting used to it it's really helpful. The one I've got has tiny little feet at the bottom for extra stability. It folds up fairly short too.

hazelrunpack July 18th, 2014 03:40 PM

Ooooo....how big is your new lens? I [I]looove[/I] new lenses! :D

I do have a couple monopods--one actually detaches from my tripod, but is heavier; the other is just a simple rifle rest from WalMart (I think it was less than $10). I do use them if I intend to go out specifically to shoot video or if I sit in the blind, but most of the time I just bring the camera along when I'm filling and cleaning feeders. The camera sits in the sled that I use to drag out the seed for the day and both hands are busy with the feeders. I tried bringing the monopod along, but I kept losing it--it would roll off the sled or I'd prop it up on the fence and forget about it till I ran across it the next morning! :laughing: Good thing it's plastic cuz it got left out in the rain a few times! :D

I do tend to use the monopods more when my wrists are bothering me and it does help. It's not just the weight of the camera, though--when the tendons are acting up, keyboarding only makes the problem worse. So editing is out. I do have a few shots in the camera from June and July, but since they're in RAW format, I have to edit before I can share...which means lots of computer time. :rolleyes:

Barkingdog July 18th, 2014 05:10 PM

They're all beautiful birds but I really love the Scarlet tanagers ,

ownedbycats July 18th, 2014 05:19 PM

Hazel - I'm sorry to hear that a monopod/tripod isn't the solution. And to not even be able to play with them on the computer :cry: I admit, post-processing isn't my favorite part, I'd rather be out and about. But if it's raining, and the indoor fuzzies refuse to cooperate...
I just got this lens. I've been saving up for a true long lens for a looong time (or at least it feels like it). Tamron just came out, beginning of the year, with a new zoom lens, and then I had to wait for the Nikon version to ship. 150mm-600mm 4.3f-6.3f (first f-stop may be slightly off). It's about half the price of the cheapest Nikon prime, and when you add in extenders to get to 600mm, it's reasonable (If you can call any lens reasonable) It's not very fast, but the cheapest prime I could afford, with extenders to get it to 600mm would be just as slow. It IS heavy. I didn't realize just how much difference the extra weight would make. The autofocus chews up battery power, I think because of that extra weight, but Nikon batteries carry a pretty good charge. it's also quite long. It felt very clumsy at first, but not as much after a few days in a row of taking it out.
All this makes a great excuse to go out taking pictures as practice. Almost all those shots were taken at 600mm. I would never have gotten anywhere near close enough with my old lens.

hazelrunpack July 18th, 2014 11:40 PM

Oh, boy! Definitely lens envy here! :D Would love to have the reach of a [I]500[/I], and a [I]600[/I]. Well, [I][B]that[/B][/I]. Would. Be. [B]Awesome![/B] :highfive: I've heard about the Tamron 600--there were a lot of people waiting impatiently for the shipments to catch up to the orders.

As an afterthought, I picked up an extra battery when I bought my camera. Best move I ever made. :thumbs up That way I always have a fresh battery available. Now if I just had a freshly charged memory at all times so I'd remember to bring that extra battery! :laughing:

hazelrunpack July 18th, 2014 11:43 PM

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[QUOTE=Barkingdog;1067192]They're all beautiful birds but I really love the Scarlet tanagers ,[/QUOTE]

I have to admit that they're a favorite of mine, too, Barkingdog. We see them every year--they breed in the pines along the power line right-of-way--but only rarely do they come to the feeders. This year we hit the jackpot cuz it was so cold--they were coming in for the seed daily for quite a while.

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Barkingdog July 19th, 2014 11:44 AM

[QUOTE=hazelrunpack;1067196]I have to admit that they're a favorite of mine, too, Barkingdog. We see them every year--they breed in the pines along the power line right-of-way--but only rarely do they come to the feeders. This year we hit the jackpot cuz it was so cold--they were coming in for the seed daily for quite a while.

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I have never seen a Scarlet tanager before , we have redwing black birds out here but I do not seen a lot anymore. The animals and birds are losing their habitat out here at an alarming rate and some people do not seem to care. :(

hazelrunpack January 1st, 2015 09:10 PM

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There was a Northern hawk owl in Eau Claire through most of December and I kept hoping to see it when I'd visit town, but no luck. 16th time's the charm, though. :D A friend and I went over to the neighborhood the owl's been hanging around and, with a little help from some other birders, we managed to not only see, but also to photograph this little beauty. Definitely a life bird for me--I've been hoping to see one for, literally, decades. :highfive:

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hazelrunpack August 9th, 2015 06:17 PM

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Just a few summer hummers:

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Barkingdog August 9th, 2015 08:15 PM

They're jewels with wings ! :lovestruck:

hazelrunpack August 10th, 2015 12:53 PM

They are! Always cheerful, too--they're always humming! :D

hazelrunpack July 1st, 2016 11:07 PM

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I finally worked up the courage to take the camera out in the kayak. I'm happy to say that neither I nor the camera ended up in the drink! :D (Wonder of Wonders! LOL)

This year's Bald eagle chick was still near the nest--just a tree away from it and barely visible through the leaves. Thought I'd share... This is Junior:

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Barkingdog July 2nd, 2016 12:47 AM

Jr. is handsome! I saw an eagle when I was going to Maine with my family . It was flying and too far away to take a photo of it was an adult . And was it huge and beautiful .

hazelrunpack July 2nd, 2016 11:46 AM

The time before (about a week ago, I think) I heard Junior doing his scree-ing thing and looked up just in time to see one of the adults bringing in some food. They are so majestic!

Interestingly, there was a mother mallard and her four ducklings not too far in front of the nest tree. That surprised me, since Bald eagles are also known as duck hawks for their practice of killing ducks as prey! But she wasn't at all nervous and the eagles didn't seem interested in her. :shrug: Maybe they just don't like to hunt near the nest so they don't call attention to it (as if Junior's ear-piercing screams weren't :laughing:)

Barkingdog July 2nd, 2016 08:22 PM

Maybe the eagle waiting for the ducks to get bigger and made a better meal and if don't want to kill the mother duck b/c she lay the golden eggs !

hazelrunpack July 2nd, 2016 11:45 PM

Boy, I hope not! :eek: Actually, though, the ducklings were almost full grown already, so they would make a pretty hefty meal. Maybe Ma and Pa Eagle just don't like the taste of Mallard? :D

Barkingdog July 3rd, 2016 12:35 PM

We have ducks at pond in my city and not all the ducklings never made it to grow up , some animal is eating them .

hazelrunpack July 3rd, 2016 06:23 PM

Could be bullfrogs, snapping turtles...fish, if the pond is big enough for big fish... Or it could be cats or avian predators. Ducklings are on a lot of menus... :(

Barkingdog July 3rd, 2016 07:52 PM

[QUOTE=hazelrunpack;1074221]Could be bullfrogs, snapping turtles...fish, if the pond is big enough for big fish... Or it could be cats or avian predators. Ducklings are on a lot of menus... :([/QUOTE]

OH No ! There are snapping turtles in the pond and there is big one too ! :( I never thought of that .

pbpatti July 7th, 2016 07:26 PM

Well hello TJT! It has been a very long time since I have posted on "pets" happy to see some familiar posters.

Wow, it says that I last visited in Oct. 2015 :eek:

I got myself a part-time job this summer that lasts for a couple of months only. I am going door to door doing Canada's Federal Census. Fun job I am forced to walk instead of driving everywhere.

The money that I earn is going towards my 3 month trip to Australia. :whistle

I will check back here again before 1 yr goes by. TaTa

hazelrunpack August 24th, 2017 09:26 PM

August 2017
 
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Managed to get some bird pics this month, and my connection is pretty good tonight, so decided to post a few. Might be able to post more later...will depend on how many people are in town this weekend, sucking up the WiFi at the bars.... :o

A Ruby-throated hummingbird sipping nectar from jewelweed on 19 Aug:
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And Daddy Eastern towhee feeding one of his late brood sons on the 23rd:
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Barkingdog August 25th, 2017 04:26 PM

They're very beautiful photos hazel ,did you use your cell phone to take them?

hazelrunpack August 25th, 2017 09:45 PM

Ha! We get no cell signal out here, so no cell phone. Or at least none with cameras--we have a little no-contract Tracfone that we use while we're on the road, but that's it.

No, these were taken with the Nikon DSLR. :D

Barkingdog August 25th, 2017 10:08 PM

OK thanks ,I asked b/c I keep missing out of getting cool photos of birds in my yard. There is cooper hawk that must have a home close by b/c I keep seeing one in my yard . It has to be hunting for chipmunks b/c we're over run with the buggers ! It sound so peaceful where you live hazel.

hazelrunpack August 26th, 2017 09:47 AM

Less harried than in the city, but lots of drama still goes on in the thickets. Lots of predators and bountiful prey...and the summer tourists at the lake... So not sooooo peaceful. :o

Barkingdog August 26th, 2017 12:47 PM

UGH! We get overrun with summer tourists too ! I just got an email from a city councilor and he called them "nasty tourists " I was surprises he said this in an email . That too bad , I would love to find someplace peaceful to move too .


Thanks goodness for our feathers and furry friends they do made the world a better place to live. I haven't seen the crows around my yard for a few days . I love to watch to watch them , they're so smart and beautiful .

hazelrunpack March 12th, 2021 08:49 AM

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It's been a very long time since this thread has seen any activity, but this Northern goshawk showed up in they yard last month and I just had to share.

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Had the doves and squirrels in a tizzy, but isn't it lovely? :cloud9:


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