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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:11am PT
I went to visit Chase today but didn't get a photo of him. I'll try to tomorrow. It won't be BN caliber, but it'll still be my buddy!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 4, 2013 - 01:26am PT
Tony,

Now that was a good trip to visit the inlaws. The Gray Hawk is prettier than I was expecting and the Zone-tail Hawk is such a boss looking bird.

Did you scope out the surf as you drove back? Does that section of the coast mostly just catch south swells (Slater?).

Darwin
Da_Dweeb

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Credit: Da_Dweeb
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Jan 6, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
^Hehehe^

Great thread everyone, the photos here are inspirational to me. A couple of weeks ago I decided I was going to learn to take pics of birds in flight. I've always failed at bif shots and figure it is about time to remedy that.

We've been going to an area south of my house where lots of raptors hang out in the winter. Mostly light agriculture and pastureland, with a good dose of wetlands mixed in.

Here are my first attempts at BIF shots. I can see I have a whole lot to learn but I'm really enjoying the challenge.

Our first day out we came across a deer carcass about 150 yards from the trail. There were about 8 baldies lots of ravens and a couple of red-tailed hawks.
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The weather got a little rough but we were dressed for it.

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The next trip we saw lots of rough-legged hawks. Here is one taking off.

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Also saw a bunch of western meadowlarks. One of the more colorful winter birds we have here.
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More bald eagles as well-

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Yesterday the sun actually made an appearance. Turned out to be my best birding day yet.

A juvenile baldy with a full crop and poor table manners. Note this bird has only one leg.
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My favorite part of the day was when this rough-legged hawk let me get some bif shots.

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Here is an American Kestrel we saw on the drive home. Usually I avoid man-made objects in my wildlife snapshots, but I made an exception in this case.

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I hope you enjoy the pics, I know I've enjoyed yours. Looking forward to learning a lot more about birding and bird photos.
slabbo

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Jan 8, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Unless Pterrordactyls have come back, these look like wild turkey ? pretty big
Credit: slabbo
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 10, 2013 - 11:55am PT
Love it Chewybacca (and others)!

Question for you. What field marks point to that being a Rough-Legged versus a juvenile Red-Tailed? Is he just way bigger? I would have mistakenly called that birds a young Red-Tail.

I've not seen a Rough-Legged before. Looking forward to your thoughts.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
Go Riles! A Flammulated must be damn rare down there.
Did you see my crappy pic of the White Wagtail I scored?

So it is rainy today and, like clockwork, the Lesser Goldfinches show up
in the tree next door. Not a leaf on it but they love that tree, when it
rains. I haven't figured it out. They just seem to hang out in it. It sure
doesn't seem all that special, to me.

Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jan 10, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Not much for me lately...too much climbing etc...but here are a few from yesterday..


oak titmouse
oak titmouse
Credit: matty




red tail hawk
red tail hawk
Credit: matty




red tail hawk
red tail hawk
Credit: matty



Keep up the wonderful stuff everyone, I love this thread and seeing all the neat things that pop up.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 10, 2013 - 12:53pm PT

The Cornell lab of Ornithology put up this video...Its a pretty cool nature watch..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Mmd70n36w&list=PLgSpqOFj1Ta7RLy1xxEuIY8nCTr-q6I0m&utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=076f6ef6b4-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2012_10_11&utm_medium=email
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 10, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
We have a tree like that off our back porch Reilly. Loaded with Goldfinch (Less and American), House Finch, and Flickers. It'll be sad the day that tree goes away.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 10, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Great new pics everyone. Not too much going on around here lately, but we did have a Cooper's (we think) in the hood on New Year's day...
Credit: BrassNuts
Credit: BrassNuts
Credit: BrassNuts
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 10, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Nice start to the new year, sounds like there are some interesting birds out there, and folks are posting up great photos of birds that we haven't seen much before here on the Taco.

2012 was a good year for my Costa Rica list (the only one I really keep track of anymore). Got to 727, one off my high of 728. So far so good here in 2013. Carmiol's Tanager (formerly "Olive Tanager") was my first bird of the year. A good forest understory bird that was outside my room (this was at a hotel) at dawn. Already up to about 225, and today picked up a species that I missed last year, the Violet-green Swallow. That's always fun. Someone photographed a Bonaparte's Gull out on the Guanacaste coast about a week ago. That would be new for my CR list but have been too busy running around with work and time at home is at a premium.

Here's one of my best birds so far, at least one of my favorites. Sorry for the crummy digiscope photo. I see this species a few times a year but hardly ever perched like this so nicely. In fact we saw one later that same day at another location. That one was up flying.

adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle
adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Credit: little Z

Brandon - get up into the highlands for your Quetzal, either around V. Barú there in Chiriqui, Panama (above Boquete as already suggested, or at Cerro Punto on the CR side of the mountain), or up along the Interamerican Highway on Cerro de La Muerte once you get into Costa Rica. There is a good spot at KM 71. It's the Mirador de Quetzales / Paraiso de Quetzales. It looks a bit hokey from the highway but it's probably the best bet, and they charge a reasonable price, and you can do it as just a day visit, although they have cabins too if you want to stay. Not the best time of year, but pairs are starting to court, and early in the morning they are making lots of noise and doing courtship flights.

Good luck with the Harpy. You're going in the wrong direction if you want that one - you should be heading to the Darien.

I think Crimpie's right about that one bird being an imm. Red-tail rather than a Rough-leg (and she worded it all so nicely!), and Brassnuts, your yard bird looks like a Sharpy rather than a Coop (those fragile little stick legs are a give-away). Good on ya' for saving the duck!

Anyway, everyone have a good year.

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:25pm PT

So, BN, you guys didn't score on the cardinal. . .


boo hoo!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
SteveW - we haven't had a chance to look for the Cardinal yet. BN has been down with the flu (or something equally nasty). I've been working and delivering tea and food and dayquil and nyquil.

Thanks for the comment about the Red-Tail. It is the only hawk I feel like I nail 100% of the time relying on the patagial patch and 'apostrophe' on the underside of the wings (plus belly band).

I would love to see a Rough-Legged. Never have. Made me wonder if I've been seeing many and thinking RTH.

Your eagle is gorgeous Little Z! G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.!

We saw some Quetzals in Costa Rica up at Monte Verde. Very fun finding him (without guides) and getting a nice look at him. We saw most of our other birds on that trip near the bathrooms and food vendors. It became a joke. Did see a Scarlet in the wild which was awesome!

Thanks for the Sharpie/Cooper thought. That bird sat there for an hour or so. Didn't even need binos. He seemed small so I thought Sharpie at first. Then it became a Coopers more. Frankly, I suck at IDing them. I thought his legs looked skinny. I'll trust that instinct more.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 10, 2013 - 07:54pm PT


LOVE THIS PIC! Missed it earlier. Thanks for the laugh!!!!

BN wants to know if these are trappist monk swallows??
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
As I was leaving for work this morning I made eye contact with a large hawk who was on the ground in front of my neighbor's house in downtown Tucson. Probably a Red Tailed or maybe a Cooper's, I'm not good with bird ID.
When I returned home there was a large pigeon taken apart in my driveway! I knew it must have been the hawk! Awesome.
Just thought I'd share that and say- great photos on this thread!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:18pm PT
great shots Dave - some nice birds in there everyone. Nice shot of the titmouse. I'd love to see a hawk eagle.

I was driving down through the lower central valley this week.

Credit: Mike Bolte

Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
Mike,
Nice shot of a Yellow-billed Magpie, California's only endemic bird species.

little z,
Wow! I had to visit 5 continents to see that many in my best year.
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Jan 11, 2013 - 01:02am PT
Good catch Crimpergirl. I'm still learning about bird ID and made a boo-boo on that one. Thanks for pointing that out. I just spent the last hour visiting hawk ID sites and I think I've got it now.

We went back to the same area today and got a few more pics, including some roughlegs.

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SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 11, 2013 - 12:12pm PT

Wonderful photos, Chewy!!!!
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