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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 23 2011,19:05   

Sometimes you go to the crazy, and sometimes the crazy comes to you;

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Why do they want to kill the essential resources of capitalism and democracy?

It's simple: Capitalism and human progress are the antithesis of radicals' planned enviro-topia because they believe man and all we have achieved is the scourge of earth.

Unfortunately more and more people are being fooled into following the radical enviro-conspirators down this dangerous path. Our crashing stock market, growing unemployment- and Chinese control of essential minerals and economic ascendency are signs of their success.

Don't be fooled – they have a vision for America and it's not one either you or we share.

Let's STOP them now before it's too late.

Take the FIRST STEP right now to STOP the Radical Agenda.

Defend America by standing up and being counted – it'll cost you nothing other than your willingness to join.

Resourceful Earth, a project of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is ready to kick some green and take the fight to them.

Our sole focus is to free the American resources of capitalism available under our feet that have been held hostage by Radical greens and their compliant EPA.

You know what will destroy the Radical Environmentalist Agenda to destroy our nation? They lose when we can produce cheap gas, affordable electricity from coal, and vast domestic supplies of minerals like copper and rare earths.

The radicals know it! That's why they are so strenuously fighting every plan to drill or mine.

Here's what we will do to fight back:

Dominate the public debate to show the public the radicals war on coal, oil, and mining is stalling economic growth.

Expose the corporate cowards, media know-nothings, and Green RINOs. the radicals hide behind. We will call them out by name and judge them by the company they keep.

Uncover and sever the big greens' funding from foundations, radicals, and foreign sources.

Finally we will fight in the trenches and no longer allow them to own the voice of the people in public hearings and the permitting process.

We are prepared to take the fight to them – for you all it takes is for you to join with us as we build this army.

Together we will dismantle the green agenda and restore American prosperity.


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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 23 2011,20:29   

where the hell did that come from?  i get some serious eco tard but i haven't seen that one

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 25 2011,09:41   

Oh, it's just a bit of a chain reaction of some sort, maybe?

  
Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 17 2011,17:01   

Seems to be an unusual number of Sabine's Gulls (Xema sabini) in the lower 48 this week. Here's one of a pair seen near Manhattan KS this morning.


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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 17 2011,19:41   

Sabine's gull, I've only seen one, at the sewage ponds in Burns, Oregon (the closest town to Malheur NWR), one May many, many years ago.

For those of you who think gulls are boring, take a look at this beauty in flight (not my photo, though!):


  
Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 18 2011,12:21   

One of the gulls was still there this morning, along with a lone Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). Some additional pictures here.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 25 2011,11:41   

Finally got a decent pic of a Sabine's Gull in flight. This may be a different individual; the ones I saw last week did not have a tail that was forked at all, and this guy has a pretty deeply forked tail.


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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 01 2011,17:53   

It was a stunning fall day here on the edge of the Great Plains, and I figured that it might be a good day to see if I could get photos of a fall migrant species (Le Conte's Sparrow, Ammodramus leconteii) that has proven difficult to photograph in previous years. These are small birds, prone to skulking in low weedy places.

I got lucky. I only found two of these birds, but one of them was so calm (or so bored with me) that he/she yawned while I was taking this portrait.


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midwifetoad



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 03 2011,14:32   

Those are NatGeo worthy.

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khan



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 03 2011,15:30   

Have been feeding peanuts to blue jays for years.
Yesterday I actually saw a jay opening/eating one.
It landed on a nearby branch facing me.
Was not how I had imagined it.
Was very quick and efficient.

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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 04 2011,07:46   

Was wandering around Zurich, Switzerland during my whirlwind adventure in Europe. Watched a pair of swans doing a courtship dance and got one of those right place/right time kind of shots. Pity I didn't have a better lens:



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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 04 2011,07:48   

A pic of a hummingbird moth, though I don't know the species:

Shot at Castle Miramare in Trieste, Italy.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 04 2011,08:31   

"Great shots, Robin!" he said over his Oktoberfest envy...

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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 06 2011,10:24   

Just 'cuz I think this is an interesting shot:



Tulip-tree Beauty moth (Epimecis hortaria)

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 06 2011,23:52   

Quote (Robin @ Oct. 06 2011,08:24)
Just 'cuz I think this is an interesting shot:

Tulip-tree Beauty moth (Epimecis hortaria)

As I recall, it is called "voluntary cripsis," the ability of an organism to try and match their coloration with their background. This was one the the features that fed the anti-evolution "Icons of Evoution" argument on the peppered moth research by Ketterwell.

Nice photo.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 07 2011,09:25   

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the ability of an organism to try and match their coloration with their background.

Is that by altering their own color, or picking a background that it already matches?

  
Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 07 2011,11:41   

Quote (Henry J @ Oct. 07 2011,07:25)
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the ability of an organism to try and match their coloration with their background.

Is that by altering their own color, or picking a background that it already matches?

Find a matching background.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 07 2011,15:43   

Voluntary crypsis - they don't call 'em ghost crabs for nothing, you know!

And who knew that AiG had a Kiddie's Fun Facts about Animals page, including this one about ghost crabs!

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Doc Bill



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 09 2011,13:07   

It's a miracle, I tell you!

We taped this Monarch chrysalis to the kitchen window and photographed it every day this week.  Green, green, green, green, some brown, a little definition ...
 
... then ...

just after breakfast I looked up and the chrysalis was empty and a Monarch butterfly was fanning his/her wings in the sun.

It's a miracle, I tell you.


  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 09 2011,17:31   

Our backyard now has rain!  Yay...

It's rained more today than in the previous 12 months combined.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 09 2011,18:41   

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just after breakfast I looked up and the chrysalis was empty and a Monarch butterfly was fanning his/her wings in the sun.


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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 09 2011,18:56   

Quote (Erasmus, FCD @ Aug. 23 2011,18:29)
where the hell did that come from?  i get some serious eco tard but i haven't seen that one

Sorry! I missed seeing this entirely.

http://townhall.com/....all.com

They can make Wing Nut Daily seem sane.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 10 2011,03:47   

Quote (OgreMkV @ Oct. 09 2011,17:31)
Our backyard now has rain!  Yay...

It's rained more today than in the previous 12 months combined.

This year more rains in Norway than ever since 1900.
Lots of, much damage to roads, railways ...

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 10 2011,09:06   

It would seem that in my absence the last few weeks, I've missed some really beautiful shots here. Kudos!

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 10 2011,23:44   

Quote (Quack @ Oct. 10 2011,01:47)
Quote (OgreMkV @ Oct. 09 2011,17:31)
Our backyard now has rain!  Yay...

It's rained more today than in the previous 12 months combined.

This year more rains in Norway than ever since 1900.
Lots of, much damage to roads, railways ...

Heh. The only reason we have water use restrictions where I live is because the pipes aren't big enough. :-)

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2011,17:32   

I haven't posted anything in a while, but since my birds are coming back into town and I've survived the latest round of exams and presentations, I thought I'd share some of the birds I've not had time to post here lately.

Oh, and I need a little help at the end.

Great Blue Heron



Anhinga



Muscovy Duck



I think "Devil Bird" would be a much better nickname than "mudhen". (American Coots really are mean!)



If that wasn't enough to convince you, look at those creepy feet!



Now here's where I need a little help. I've been going with Snowy Egret, because that's more likely (and more common), but I really don't see any evidence of yellow on the lores. I really hate to call something unusual like Little Egret based on an extreme long-ball shot in bad light and cropped so much. (The focal distance according to the camera was something like 4,200,000,000,000 meters, which I guess is its way of saying "infinity".)

Thoughts?



Another shot



And here's a direct link to a larger version of that second shot. The iris definitely looks yellow. None of my shots show any evidence of head plumes, but at this time of year the Little Egret wouldn't have them either (the shot was taken September 17th). Legs and feet are really not well visible in any of the shots.

ETA:

Bonus Pied-billed Grebe in non-breeding plumage (I think).



Ain't he cute???



Edited by Lou FCD on Oct. 19 2011,18:36

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 20 2011,10:25   

Juvenile Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), based on the color of the base of the bill and the color of the legs. These guys are all white when young, and in their second year can get splotchy gray and white.

Here's a pic of a bird in that plumage from another site.


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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 20 2011,13:51   

This was at least near my backyard;



9 lb yellowtail. These grow fast to +60lb, so this was small- but tasty.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 20 2011,14:58   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Oct. 20 2011,11:25)
Juvenile Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), based on the color of the base of the bill and the color of the legs. These guys are all white when young, and in their second year can get splotchy gray and white.

Thanks. As always you are the man.

(I have no idea why I didn't look at a white bird and think, "yeah, blue heron..." :angry: There oughtta be a law.)

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 20 2011,20:02   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Oct. 20 2011,13:58)
(I have no idea why I didn't look at a white bird and think, "yeah, blue heron..." :angry: There oughtta be a law.)

Well, just as long as you can look back on it without egrets...

  
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