Bird watching thread

Kona

Crow
Gold Member
I'm seeing wedgetailed shearwaters all over today.

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These are supposed to stay Kauai but seem to have made it to Oahu.

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Aloha!
 

Laner

Hummingbird
Gold Member
Missed this thread first time around.

Its harvest out at our farm right now, so birds are starting to settle into their annual routines. Here are some of my favorites:

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The Sandhill Crane is more of a pest it seems, but they swell in numbers and are pretty good to eat.

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The Red Tail Hawk is one of my favorites to watch. There are a lot of rabbits near our farm and watching them hunt is incredible. They stalk and dive with zero fear, and with alarming speed.

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Great Blue Heron. Another of my favorites. They have bright, intelligent eyes. They feed on the frogs in our ditch/dyke system at the farm, and are pretty slow to move from a good feeding spot. So it makes watching them fun, as we can get pretty close without them reluctantly flying off.

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Of course the Bald Eagle is a staple around here. We are only 1km from the Fraser River, so during the salmon spawn hundreds are in the area.

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Vaux's Swift. During the summer these guys show up at the farm to feast on all the bugs that pop up to feed on the crops. We have dozens of wasp nests at our farm alone, which feed on the aphids on the berries. The swifts eat the wasps and other pests. These birds are incredible to watch, and there are so many some days that the trees and power lines sag under their weight. My son and I love to ride our motorcycles under their perches and watch a thousand take to they sky.
 
I used to have a bird-watching book as a kid.

The most serene experience I had was finding a baby owl. It just remeined perched there near the wood path. I went up to it real close and it just stared at me without motion.

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Leonard D Neubache

Owl
Gold Member
Well I had the mixed blessing to see one of these guys in action yesterday.

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A mixed blessing because I arrived just in time to see him swoop down and snatch up one the six baby chicks our hen is raising. I'm just hoping he got a future rooster. Time to install some defenses because he'll surely be back for the rest. Cunning bugger used the edge of the shed to hide is approach from the mother and managed to come down on one of the chicks at the far edge of her protection.

Nature takes no prisoners.
 

Nordwand

Kingfisher
A few years back, whilst working overseas, I was walking along the waterfront on my way to work. Sitting on a railing was what I can only describe as a seagull on steroids - a bloody huge, mean looking thing.

I mentioned this behemoth to the guys at work, who told me that I was lucky to have seen it, as the "seagull" was, in fact, an Albatross.
 

Prufrock

Robin
Here are a couple of photos that I took with my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 10) within the last month. The location is Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland. The bird is a European Robin, aka Redbreast. Apparently, they are one of the only birds to stay in Ireland during the winter, and their song is beloved by the Irish people.

To see one up close like I did is considered to be a sign of good fortune. I heard this particular bird chirping when he was down in the brush. When I located him, he flew up on the rope and chirped while I took a picture of him.





 

NoMoreTO

Ostrich
I took a photo of this one in an Ontario city in the late fall.

Couldn't quite zoom with my phone enough, maybe someone can identify it.

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Polyhistor

Pigeon
In Austria, we do not only have high mountains, but also a small area which looks almost like Central Asia, complete with salt lakes. This is not only quite unique for Central Europe, but also a great place for birdwatching:
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Grey goose are very common on the shores covered by salt, and as you can see, they still stick to traditional family values:
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The father watches for potential threats, the mother directs the children toward tasty plants.
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Here, some other goose had come just a little bit too close, and the father approaches them. Threatening proved to be sufficient, no violence occurred.
 

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Polyhistor

Pigeon
Of course, there are far more birds to be seen besides the goose:
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White Storck and Northern Lapwing are preying for tiny animals, like this Red-Bellied Toad (not exactly a bird, sorry).
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These ducks are neither dead nor drowing, they are Northern Shovelers who are lying flat on the water in order to filter tiny animals from the surface:
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Little Ringed Plowers and Black-winged Stilt are searching for food in the salty marches or flying around:
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The common kestrel predominantly hunts for grasshoppers here, because other prey is rare.
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Bolly

Pelican
I was out checking a fence line today and driving along something caught my eye up in the sky. Looked up it was a huge bald eagle flying not to far off the ground. I stopped, turned the engine off, got out and just watched her soar in circles for a good half hour or so. But right where I parked, when I looked up at a big dead cottonwood tree, I could see her massive nest right there at the top. It was peaceful watching her soar around, calling out, probably defending her nest. My guess is I spooked her and she was keeping an eye on me. I walked around under the trees to try and find a feather but came up empty handed. Indians nearby say that if you find a bald eagle feather, you'll have good luck for the rest of your life. Not saying I believe that, but it would be pretty kick ass to find a feather. They're pretty rare. I'll have to keep an eye on that spot for one.

But it's kind of funny about Bald Eagles. They're always depicted as these magnificent birds, which they are, but are often portrayed as intimidating and powerful with a patriotic ass kicking look in their eyes. One would normally associate their call as something that matches their physical persona, like the call of a hawk or something. However, it's anything but...kinda funny...they almost kind of sound like seagulls in a way...

 

NoMoreTO

Ostrich
My Bro caught this pic off of a garage cam. Any idea what type of bird this is?

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