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03-14-2016, 10:29 AM - 3 Likes   #20266
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Thanks, luftfluss.
This was truly a strange circumstance where this Titmouse was just in a trance for almost 5 minutes on this branch (its mate was two branches above). Titmouses here usually just hit and run. The wind blew a few feathers up on one of these..

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Our Red-winged Blackbirds (or the males at least) have been back for a week or two now (not this year's shots)

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Interesting how the female has a bit of red in the wing as well.

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Here is a Nuthatch. Taken with my K-5/FA*600mm f4 ED [IF] .Not from my car

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Hello all!

I've been luckily enough to buy a very good copy of DA*300 for a very good price locally. I've bought it almost solely for birding purposes, but the lens proved to be excellent landscape lens, too. If you have plenty of open space, of course!

So there are couple of shots taken on a cloudy and wintery day here in Latvia:

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
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Are you shooting through a chain-link fence?
03-14-2016, 01:10 PM   #20271
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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
Interesting how the female has a bit of red in the wing as well.
That's probably a first year male, not a female.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Here is a Nuthatch. Taken with my K-5/FA*600mm f4 ED [IF] .Not from my car
You didn't miss out on any detail on that one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Here is a Nuthatch. Taken with my K-5/FA*600mm f4 ED [IF] .Not from my car
Are you a hypnosis master who freezes birds by looking into their eyes so that you can get so close to them? Or this bird never saw a Pentax FA600 before so he wanted to look closer at the front glass element?

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Are you shooting through a chain-link fence?
There was a hedge to the left of the bird and the sun was shining throught it.
QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
You didn't miss out on any detail on that one.
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Are you a hypnosis master who freezes birds by looking into their eyes so that you can get so close to them? Or this bird never saw a Pentax FA600 before so he wanted to look closer at the front glass element?
Rather than rattle off loads of shots I always wait until the bird looks like it's in a pleasing position
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
That's probably a first year male, not a female.
The pic was taken on May 8, 2012 at Point Pelee and I don't think the males would have reached that stage by then. I was surprised when I saw it but both the Sibley and Natural Geographic guides refer to variable red/rufous tinge on the wing coverts. I find I see a lot of things in photographs that I never notice in the field.
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Moved in just down the street.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
That's probably a first year male, not a female.
It has far too much streaking to be a first summer male. However, I don't have my copy of Pyle et al. (1987) with me to confirm that (Pyle, P., Howell, S.N.G., Yunick, R.P., and DeSante, D.F. 1987. Identification guide to North American passerines. Slate Creek Press, Bolinas, CA.).

I don't own a copy of the following, but it likely would also be illuminating: Jaramillo, A., and P. Burke. 1999. New World Blackbirds : The Icterids. Princeton University Press, 432 pp.
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A coyote not far from home. Hide the cats.
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A coyote not far from home. Hide the cats.
How cool! I've only ever seen a coyote 3 times in the wild, but never close enough or long enough for a pic.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
A coyote not far from home. Hide the cats.
Find a book called "Urban Howls" about following coyotes in eastern MessyChewBits for, as I recall, several years. NOT ONE cat taken.

BUT, I believe o e of our cats did fall victim to a coyote because: 1) I saw the coyote in our back yard several times after the cat disappeared, and I had never seen one here before; 2) the coyote obviously had a set path that it was following, and was completely unperturbed by our dogs barking wildly, apparently well aware they were confined to a pen; 3) there was no other reason for our cat to disappear (she was healthy, not all that old, never wandered, no trace of her could be found despite long searches); 4) at least three, possibly five other cats went missing in the area within a few weeks of our cat's disappearance, based on fliers stapled to telephone poles.
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