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05-11-2012, 04:46 AM   #526
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QuoteOriginally posted by baro-nite Quote
Long-tailed Thrasher. The long tail is the giveaway.
Thanks for the ID. I thought this was what it was but wasn't entirely sure.

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I love that shot! According to Sibley this looks like an adult South Florida Red-bellied.
I have to get me a Sibley's. Thanks for the ID on this one too. I have other photos of this Red-bellied bird, but the heads on them are from the top of the beak, to the back of the neck there's a inch wide red strip, so I wasn't sure if this was the same bird or not.

Like this one: Male Northern Red-bellied Woodpecker. ID by baro-nite. Thanks.



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The Sibley guide is superb, with excellent drawings including juvenile forms and other variants for many species. A little large for carrying in the field (not pocketable by any means) but manageable.

About the South Florida variant of the Red-bellied:

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South Florida Red-bellied averages smaller with less white in tail, smaller white wing-patch; males have brown foreheads. Voice may be higher-pitched and laughing call slower than Northern. Plumage differences are clinal and variable.
The juvenile Northern also has the brown forehead, but doesn't have the bright red nape.

The one on the feeder looks like an adult Northern, I would say male based on the more extensive reddish area around the bill. The more prominent distinction between the male and female is the coloration of the central tail feathers -- black in the female, mostly white in the male.

Edit: Arghh, just realized I was reading the caption to the wrong drawing! Sorry, what I thought was a South Florida male is an adult female, with the brown forehead and crown. So I would say the bird on the feeder is definitely adult male Northern.

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Got to get me one of those guides!!

Thanks for the IDs on both woodpeckers. Now I can change the names on them and be correctly ID'd, eh.
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Wow! more great images from everyone. I'll add some from florida













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I'll add some from florida
Excellent set! I especially like the group shot of the Roseate Spoonbills and the pelican in motion. And that gator -- just how close were you?
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Thanks.... The spoonbills were making a racket as new ones arrived or if one changed position. Gator was about 6ft away but i was on a small observation deck (fortunately).
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Ivoire, that a fabulous set. Love that Spoonbill. A contribution from me. all from my recent trip to the Kruger Park.
Brown Snake Eagle, a specialist Reptile feeder.


Waterbuck. Notice the white ring around its rump-like a target to shoot at.


Young Impala Ram, doing some modelling


What a sighing to see a huge elephant like this cross the road in front of you. A real gentle giant.


And another just coming out of the river


This Rhino has just had a mud bath


A blue waxbill, a tiny elusive bird


Wattled plover


Mating lions


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Ivoire & Noel - great stuff!
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ivorie and noel, superb images! I'm almost embarrassed to post after those!

I went to Magee Marsh Monday and Tuesday this week, it's migration time. The birds pile up at the Marsh area getting the rest and food they need to fly across or around Lake Erie, making it a prime spot for a lot of migratory birds, but the warblers are the main attraction.

Black Throated Green Warbler:


Chestnut Sided Warbler (immature):


Northern Parula:

Palm Warbler:
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Noel - great stuff!
Agree... those are some amazing shots! like them all.

ramseybuckeye..... excellent set, those small birds are so tuff to capture!
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An explosion of terrific photos!
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Outside this morning with the beast (Samyang 100-500mm @500mm, on tripod. Got a few bird shots of the Northern Red-bellied Male.



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ramseybuckeye..... excellent set, those small birds are so tuff to capture!
Thanks,

Mar, nice crisp shots of the red bellied!
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Thanks Tom.

I don't normally like shooting them on the feeder, but today they just wouldn't feed on the ground. I think he is feeding young because he'd stay long enough to get seed, then fly away.
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Snapping Turtle

Funny, despite my having spent a lot of time in the wild--in and around lakes, streams and marshes--, I have never encountered one of these until my dog discovered this one this morning--in my back yard no less!





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