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03-07-2015, 02:36 AM   #15781
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F*300.... A bit middle of the road......


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Who needs solar panels.......we have tried wiring the sun directly down here......


Amazing, when I saw that, before I saw it was you I thought, "SA". The Stobie poles with pitchfork 11kv assemblies and the angle pole with single disc insulators with a pole mounted transformer. And the sun above the low hills looks just like one I got across the water at Victor from Granite Island and used as a computer wall paper for several years.


So evocative of home.

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Very nice work here.
Here's a recent of mine.

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Great shot - and in a snowstorm, too!
03-07-2015, 05:03 AM   #15783
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I'm sure that they have a common ancestor! There seems to be very little genetically between quite a few waterbirds - the Coot looks pretty much the same all over the world, for example.
All part of the Genus Gallinula. Our common gallinule was lumped in with the Old World common moorhen, but in 2011 it was decided that it was a separate species.
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It's not normal, and would severely impact the bird's stereo vision and ability to hunt.
Poor fellow.


QuoteOriginally posted by jcdoss Quote
Looks like a coloboma to me. At first, I thought it was strabismus (lazy eye) but the iris is displaced and misshapen. Colobomas are birth defects resulting in segmental failure of part of the iris to form, and can result in visual defects ranging from minimal/none to severe. Based on this guy's apparent body condition, I'd guess his deficits are mild, though birds can hide their condition well.
Thanks for the information also! Still, poor fellow.

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Happily, it raised and fed two owlets of its own last summer.

I last saw it two weeks ago with its mate on a new nest.
Good to know that it was doing well considering the condition. Is that a snake in the 2nd photo?

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The Cut-Throat Finch couple



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Is this a female House Finch?

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House Sparrow I would say. House Finch has a plainer back and blurry streaks down the front.

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Is that a snake in the 2nd photo?
Yes, it's a snake. I think I posted this alternate view a few gazillion pages back. I've also seen it carrying a squirrel, but I was not quick enough to get the shot. Hopefully, I can get some incoming prey shots now that I've found the nest.

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Superb Gary.
How close did you get?
Around 30ft

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Amazing photos as always, but I have to ask. What is up with the Owl's eyes? Is that normal with their vision, or does this one have a lazy eye?
It has a dropped Iris, it can see and hunt OK ,it caught 9 Voles the day before I took the pictures I have posted.

It was also hovering above my head too close to focus on with my 500mm
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Is this a female House Finch?

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House Sparrow. Dark cone shaped bill, black streaked brown wings with a single white wing bar. House Finch has a streaked breast.

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K-3 and F*300. Shot mid afternoon along Mississippi River Iowa.

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House Sparrow I would say. House Finch has a plainer back and blurry streaks down the front.


Hmm.. I'm not sure.. this is our EU house sparrow outfit...


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Hmm.. I'm not sure.. this is our EU house sparrow outfit...

That's a male in breeding plumage.

This is a female.



They have a light colored bill



A non-breeding male.


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this should be then the (eurasian) tree sparrow... not 100% sure either


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