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The whole truth



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(Permalink) Posted: May 29 2013,16:42   

Yes, those are very nice, dhogaza.

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: June 02 2013,00:15   

Burrowing owl, carrying insect prey ...


  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 04 2013,15:00   

black tern ... file this and the previous under the category "malheur rocks"


  
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: June 04 2013,18:26   

You've been putting up some really nice stuff!

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: June 04 2013,19:24   

Thanks, Lou! †I had a very productive two weeks at Malheur.

(when people roundabout these parts talk about "going to Malheur", that includes Fields, the Alvord Desert, Hart Mountain, Steens Mountain, Catlow Valley, and the flood-irrigated fields around Burns, along with Malheur NWR - easily 3,000 square miles, the refuge alone is 300.)

Black tern reflection ...


  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2013,13:02   

But it's upside down!

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2013,18:00   

And one of my favorites, unusual for the west (but plentiful in the malheur marsh's south end), bobolink ...


  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 05 2013,20:40   

I saw a Coyote kill two ducks yesterday.

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: June 18 2013,23:23   

Gotta bump this thread ... osprey shot yesterday ...

  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 19 2013,21:08   

Anchovy for his pizza?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 19 2013,21:26   

I have an osprey family a block away nesting on a purpose made platform atop a cell tower. I can sit on the back porch and watch them feed the baby.

They,  or someone like them, has been doing this for ten years. In a month or so we can watch them teach junior to hunt.

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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: June 20 2013,10:49   

Carp, not anchovy.

midwifetoad, I'm looking forward to continue shooting this nest as the season progresses and the young fledge.  They're totally acclimated to human presence, and ODF&W conveniently built a mound about 15-20 feet high near the nest which gives a much nicer angle of view than from the ground (it's construction refuse, an unexpected bonus being the better osprey viewing).

so y'all might have to put up with more osprey photos from me as time goes on :)

  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 22 2013,08:44   

http://dvunkannon.blogspot.com/2013....fe.html

A short post with some pics on my blog, from a recent visit to St Croix.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 22 2013,14:34   

I live on the second floor, and I've been watching these Barn Swallows nest for a few weeks, up under the flooring of the second floor decking of the common entrance to my building. As it happens, I walk right over the nest anytime I go in or out of my condo, though there's no way to get any kind of shot between the decking boards.

First two shots from 10 June, nesting but no evidence of little ones yet - no way to tell about eggs, though, without getting up on a ladder and sticking my face right in the nest:


Barn Swallow Nesting by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Barn Swallow Nesting by Lou FCD, on Flickr


On 15 June, I took this of the Barn Swallow Boys Choir:


Barn Swallow Boys Choir by Lou FCD, on Flickr


And this was a few minutes ago. They grow up so fast!


Barn Swallows by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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(Permalink) Posted: June 22 2013,16:41   

My what big mouths those little guys have!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: June 22 2013,21:48   

Not wildlife, but I figure out how to take some shots using my telescope.



If you look carefully, you can see the mountain ranges on the limb.




Some more shots on my blog.

Edited by OgreMkV on June 22 2013,21:50

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(Permalink) Posted: July 02 2013,23:40   

A visit to the beach...







Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, Konica Hexar 200mm f/4 lens.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 03 2013,08:30   

Please note that this anecdote is second hand - I am sure my neighbor is honest in his reporting, but ....

A neighbor told me that a fairly large cat we'd seen roaming the neighborhood was resting on the sidewalk, in the shade of a tree, when a large hawk nailed it and flew off with it.

The puddy-tat was one of those long-haired varieties, so I'm not sure how much of that "large" is fur, and how much cat.  We live in a stereotypical suburban neighborhood, 40-year-old silver maples, rosebushes, juniper hedges, that sort of thing.  My Beloved and Darling Wife is the mad gardening lady of the block.  We're near water, so there are often Great Blue Herons overhead, and I've seen hawks around.

But, preying on a cat?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 04 2013,08:02   

I've seen a Red-tailed take a very fat squirrel from my yard, while my Pop and I were about 5 meters away, standing in plain sight. He dropped it from about 20 meters up though, as he was flying away with his intended lunch.

Sunuvabitch came in low and fast from behind us, brushing my hair (or perhaps close enough that the air felt like it) on his way in for the kill. Scared the shit out of the both of us. I was a little worried about the old man's heart for a moment.

So I wouldn't rule it out, out of hand.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 28 2013,06:03   

Owling last night. Heard one Barred Owl and at least five Eastern Screech-Owls at one point.

Saw two of the Eastern Screech-Owls. The first attempt at pics bagged me an empty branch because I was too slow, but I got shots of the second one we saw.


Eastern Screech-Owl by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Eastern Screech-Owl by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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(Permalink) Posted: July 28 2013,12:31   

Quote (Lou FCD @ July 28 2013,06:03)
Owling last night. Heard one Barred Owl and at least five Eastern Screech-Owls at one point.

Saw two of the Eastern Screech-Owls. The first attempt at pics bagged me an empty branch because I was too slow, but I got shots of the second one we saw.

Very nice!

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(Permalink) Posted: July 28 2013,12:35   

My, what big eyes it has!

Say, does that make it the better mousetrap that the world is looking for?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 29 2013,08:27   

Quote (Lou FCD @ July 28 2013,06:03)
Owling last night. Heard one Barred Owl and at least five Eastern Screech-Owls at one point.

Cool Lou!

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(Permalink) Posted: July 29 2013,09:10   

Thought I should share some pics from a recent KSU Study Abroad trip to Brazil. We visited the Pantanal (southwest Brazil) as well as the Amazon this time.

Here's a Savannah Hawk (Buteogallus meridonalis) from the Pantanal.



And here's a Southern Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus), also from the Pantanal.



A flickr site with lots of other pics, including quite a few taken by some of the students on the trip, can be found here.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2013,08:43   

Thanks ever'body. I love to go owling, but that's the first time I tried to get pics.

And holy moly, Alby, those are some sweet shots!

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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2013,11:46   

That Savannah Hawk is amazingly beautiful, as is your photo of it.

Meanwhile, my osprey family is pretty much all grown up, with the first two chicks having apparently fledged very recently, while the third isn't quite there yet. †Here's one of the kids, enjoying its newly developed powers of flight:


  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 30 2013,12:19   

Good photographers here.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 02 2013,08:33   

Amazing shots Alby!

Is there anyway to check the camera settings on some of those shots? I'd like to get a sense of what makes them so brilliant.

ETA: Oops...nevermind. I found them!

Edited by Robin on Aug. 02 2013,08:34

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 02 2013,11:17   

Quote (Robin @ Aug. 02 2013,08:33)
I'd like to get a sense of what makes them so brilliant.

Well, I think tropical sunshine has a lot to do with that. The camera settings, equipment, and photographer are all playing second fiddle to the morning light.

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(Permalink) Posted: Aug. 02 2013,20:02   

Of course, you are all encouraged to wander over to Panda's Thumb, and vote for a winner in the photo contest, where my Caracara picture is a contender!

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