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05-11-2019, 05:31 PM - 19 Likes   #31141
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Prairie Warbler was a lifer for me.
I've only seen Prairie twice - a great warbler. A nice song if you ever get to hear it.
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The osprey pausing in flight to look down is an especially good capture of a fleeting moment.
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I've seen quite a few Winter Wrens over the years, but this is the first one I've been able to photograph. They usually dive into a brushpile the moment you see them - more secretive than the similar wrens I remember from UK. This one disappeared around a tree then spent five or ten minutes shuffling about among the vegetation on the forest floor before it finally came into view.





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The indigo bunting is gorgeous. Hereabout I've only seen them perched very high up, so that they'd only show as a tiny silhouette in an image taken with my longest lens. Even with binoculars I've never seen one well enough to appreciate that blue.
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This juvenile house finch has adopted me, she lands on the deck every time I am out there, most of the time she takes a nap!

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The indigo bunting is gorgeous. Hereabout I've only seen them perched very high up, so that they'd only show as a tiny silhouette in an image taken with my longest lens. Even with binoculars I've never seen one well enough to appreciate that blue.
Interesting. I only see them during the Spring migration, and they are usually at ground level, or a few feet up from there looking for food. If ever you have the chance, you need to see their blue color just as the sun is going down. It really stands out.
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Interesting. I only see them during the Spring migration, and they are usually at ground level, or a few feet up from there looking for food. If ever you have the chance, you need to see their blue color just as the sun is going down. It really stands out.
We saw a couple on our Lake Erie trip last week but hey seemed very skittish - couldn't get anywhere near close enough for a good image.
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this is part of a series of photos of this bird I took at the Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend Kansas

I have posted other photos from the same day

first one is SOOC, no crop, no pp

second crop and pp

from the front passenger seat of the vehicle, hand held
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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
We saw a couple on our Lake Erie trip last week but hey seemed very skittish - couldn't get anywhere near close enough for a good image.
It's a different story here. Probably because I am on the coast, catching them as their coming in during migration, and they're more concerned with food and rest than humans. That's my guess at least. Last year, we had a large group of Hooded Warblers come in, and they were so tired that they were sitting down on the ground right at our feet.
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from the front seat of the vehicle, hand held
That's the only way I can get close to Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers. If I am on foot, they see me from a distance, and just move a little further away, keeping a pretty big gap between us.

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Interesting. I only see them during the Spring migration, and they are usually at ground level, or a few feet up from there looking for food. If ever you have the chance, you need to see their blue color just as the sun is going down. It really stands out.
Indigo bunting, in their nesting range, are what are called "edge species." They preferentially nest in stands of tall trees but very near a clearing. They go out in the clearing to forage, and the males go there to sing/display. The primary area I've seen them here is where a high power line with very tall pylons cuts through a forest/woodland. The males come out of the trees and perch on the power lines to sing, way up there against a bright blue sky. This habit and habitat is as good a way to identify them as seeing the color with binoculars.
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Some shots with DA*300 F4 and K5 of elephants taking a drink

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