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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 20 2012,08:41   

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Maybe I'll get back in the groove after all (it's been two years since I've lugged out the 600/4, though the 300/4 IS + 1.4x has gotten some work):

Wilson's Phalarope x 4

I think this is my fav of the bunch, but wow, really really great shots!

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: May 20 2012,12:24   

Thanks, Lou!  Deeply appreciated.

So I went out to the Modoc NWR again yesterday, got a couple of decent things, then off to the Tule Lake NWR (practice your google fu if you're curious) where

1) I ran into an old birder friend I've known since high school, now a biology professor, in the refuge HQ parking lot, who was leading a field trip

2) who invited me to join them a bit later at a particular place on the refuge (hadn't seen him in about 15 years)

3) followed by my muffler falling off the car ...

On a saturday.  Can't get it fixed until Monday.  So much for photo road trip nirvana!  Oh, well, we got to talk for about 15 minutes anyway.  He's still probably wondering why the f*** I didn't show up as promised.

Oh, well, I'll be back on the path to Malheur NWR and another 8-10 days of shooting in a couple of days.

Meanwhile I'll process more photos and maybe subject y'all to a few more if I snagged anything I like ...

  
Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: May 21 2012,07:50   

Nice shots dhogaza!

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2012,00:00   

Raptor food (Belding's ground squirrel flavor) ...


  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 24 2012,20:23   

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Raptor food (Belding's ground squirrel flavor) ...

Wonder if it tastes like chicken?

  
rhmc



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(Permalink) Posted: May 25 2012,07:33   

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Raptor food (Belding's ground squirrel flavor) ...

Wonder if it tastes like chicken?

the raptor or the skwirl?

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: May 25 2012,12:24   

Yes.

  
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2012,08:01   

Prolly tastes like Tasty Wheat.

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(Permalink) Posted: May 26 2012,14:43   

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Raptor food (Belding's ground squirrel flavor) ...

Wonder if it tastes like chicken?

Ground skwirl is easier to make into patties and mix in spaghetti sauce. Filleted skwirl is better for the barbequeueueueue.

With some fava beans and a nice chianti.

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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2012,09:22   

A bird whose image has eluded me for many years, finally got a decent shot this morning. The Deziner clearly used a paint-by-numbers kit for this guy. Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)


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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2012,09:30   

Nailed it in one take!

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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2012,09:59   

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A bird whose image has eluded me for many years, finally got a decent shot this morning. The Deziner clearly used a paint-by-numbers kit for this guy. Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Gaaaaaaaahhhhh!

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rhmc



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(Permalink) Posted: May 28 2012,12:53   

seeing a male painted bunting in bright sun would convince many that it is not real.  until it flies, that is.

  
Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2012,10:29   

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Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Awesome Alby!

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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2012,11:06   

Since X-Files has been off the air for quite a bit, I thought I'd remind folks who are unaware that there are indeed aliens among us:


Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)


Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon)


Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea)

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2012,21:34   

Whoa. Really, really, nicely done, Robin.

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2012,22:57   

Albatrossity - fantastic photo of a fantastic bird.  Wow.  Congrats.

Lou - love the macro work, too.

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2012,23:02   

Ironically, I stumbled upon a decent photo of a nemesis bird of mine today, photographing along Ruh-Red Road along the Malheur refuge.  Water's highest it's been in years, bringing stuff up to the road that's normally somewhat far away.

Including this guy, perched right next to the road:



It's hard to get decent images of black tern because they're black, and hyper-fucking-active.  I got about 5 frames off (about 3 thanks to motor drive or whatever we're supposed to call it, now that there's no motor drive to drive film), then it flew.

Next goal has to be an ultra-sharp full-frame photo of one in flight, I guess!

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: May 30 2012,07:35   

Screw Lou, I meant "Robin - love the macro work, too". :)

  
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: May 30 2012,10:57   

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Including this guy, perched right next to the road:

ooooo 'at's a good'n!

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: May 30 2012,14:11   

I love the way it tern'd its head just so ...

  
Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: May 31 2012,09:48   

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It's hard to get decent images of black tern because they're black, and hyper-fucking-active.  I got about 5 frames off (about 3 thanks to motor drive or whatever we're supposed to call it, now that there's no motor drive to drive film), then it flew.

Next goal has to be an ultra-sharp full-frame photo of one in flight, I guess!

Nice!  That is indeed a tough bird to get to sit still long enough for a portrait!

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(Permalink) Posted: May 31 2012,09:49   

Quote (Robin @ May 29 2012,11:06)
Since X-Files has been off the air for quite a bit, I thought I'd remind folks who are unaware that there are indeed aliens among us:

Gorgeous shots, Robin. I love the head-on look of the first one!

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(Permalink) Posted: May 31 2012,21:49   

Okay - i'm looking for some guidance please.  I'm in the San Jose/Los Gatos area this weekend, with my camera. There's a lot of state parks and hiking trails all around but I don't know much about the wildlife in this area or where best to spend the time I have.  

Can anyone give the clueless Brit a recommendation where to go and what to look out for?  This park is close and looks interesting ...

Castle Rock State Park

p.s. there is no way that Painted Bunting is for real, right?

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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: June 01 2012,08:00   

Quote (Freddie @ May 31 2012,21:49)
Okay - i'm looking for some guidance please.  I'm in the San Jose/Los Gatos area this weekend, with my camera. There's a lot of state parks and hiking trails all around but I don't know much about the wildlife in this area or where best to spend the time I have.  

Can anyone give the clueless Brit a recommendation where to go and what to look out for?  This park is close and looks interesting ...

Castle Rock State Park

p.s. there is no way that Painted Bunting is for real, right?

I must confess that while I lived in San Jose for a bit and went to Castle Rock a couple of times, I don't remember any specific wildlife to keep an eye out for. I know there are Red Squirrels there along with Western Grey Squirrels and I'm sure there are other assorted small mammals. You may see some mule deer this time of the year. Since there aren't a lot flower plants there - mostly a redwood forest park - you likely won't see much in the way of hummingbirds, but you should see a variety of butterflies now. However, if you're into mushrooms - looking at them that is -, they do have an amazing variety throughout the forest there.

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: June 01 2012,16:19   

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Nice!  That is indeed a tough bird to get to sit still long enough for a portrait!


Actually the same damned bird was sitting patiently on the same post waiting for me to arrive last night.

I've never seen the like.  I was totally "WTF?", so went at it again and sat there probably 30 minutes in all as the tern preened all over.

Weird!  The designer in action!  Or Hitchcock ...

I'll post another photo of it in a day or two when I get around to processing my photos, it's been a very productive couple of days on the Ruh-Red Road, I'm a bit overwhelmed.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2012,09:22   

A couple of Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) have some fledglings at a neighbor's house. Here's a couple of shots I managed to get before daddy flicker came by and asked us to leave his kids alone:


Juvenile male


Dad

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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2012,10:53   

Another bird that has to be seen to be believed. Adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.


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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2012,11:06   

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Another bird that has to be seen to be believed. Adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

Sweet!

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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2012,11:08   

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Another bird that has to be seen to be believed. Adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

That's an awesome picture!

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