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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 12, 2012 - 06:37am PT
Sitting at the border (Mexican) waiting to get my auto stamp, they open at eight. Great shots everyone. Here are a few from my stop at Bosque del Apache yesterday.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Nov 12, 2012 - 08:36am PT
question for you bird folks? i'm often trying to catch the peregrines in my lens, this shot is from far away unfortunately, but it looks like the falcon could be carrying an egg. is this possible? or is it just the light playing tricks on me, and my little point and shoot?
peregrine soaring
peregrine soaring
Credit: mctwisted
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 12, 2012 - 09:01am PT
I think yer camera is on peyote. You too if you think a peregrine is flying
around with an egg.

Just kidding, but it is highly unlikely. ;-)

BTW, you might get better results by not zooming out quite so far and
then cropping the picture. If yer lens zooms to 300 try shooting at only
250. It might turn out sharper. You could also send me the original jpg
and I could sharpen it with my Nik Sharpener Pro program for you. You
might be amazed.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 12, 2012 - 10:50am PT
Hey mctwisted,

a red Peregrine? well, turns out there are a few groups that are capturing migrating Peregrines for study and they mark each captured bird with a red dye when it is released. They do this so that they can tell when a new bird shows up at their nets/traps, i.e. not waste time trying to capture a bird that has already been processed, plus avoids the added stress of re-capture for the bird. The dyes don't represent individual distinctive patterns, however, each bird has a large color band on its leg that is unique and can often be read when the bird is perched. The dyes are natural and eventually fade, and the feathers will be replaced anyway during the bird's annual molt. Mct, the bird in your photo looks to have a full crop (big egg-like bulge), which means it just had a good meal.

Where did you photograph the Peregrine? There are researchers working on Padre Island on the Gulf coast of Texas, Assateague Is. off Maryland, and along the Washington state coast that all use dye on their captured/released birds (there are probably others). Here's a link for one group:

http://www.earthspan.org/42-years-of-peregrine-falcon-studies-at-assateague-island-md/

A painted Peregrine showed up here in Costa Rica last winter and was originally thought to be a Hobby (a European species that would have been a mega-find). Made for some great bird sleuthing to get to the correct answer. Here's a photo of that bird, the dye has mostly faded and pretty much only stains the belly, hence the confusion with Hobby:

color dyed Peregrine in Costa Rica, photo by Daniel Martinez
color dyed Peregrine in Costa Rica, photo by Daniel Martinez
Credit: little Z

NH2 - on another note, the Dipper in your marvelous photo sequence seems to be munching on a little fish, maybe some type of bullhead or catfish that show those sort of lateral spines. Thanks for posting.

Slater, you've got to comment on that Cali Condor? Wow, that's an awesome photo!

Bob, buena suerte en Méjico, can't wait for the report.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Nov 12, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
hey dan,they tried in downtown rochester to re intro perigrines over the last few years,to cut the pidgeon population.those falcons had red dye around their necks,it turns out alot of them relocated,they were also tagged and tracked, some of them wound up in the tetons.one of my riding buddies is a falconer,he teaches it for the nydec,he has told me before that most falcons prefer live meals,they are not known to raid nests,like some wierd crows here.but who knows?cheers
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 12, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
Here are a few from Casa Grandes, Mexico to start.

Harris Hawk
Harris Hawk
Credit: Bob D'A


Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Credit: Bob D'A


Lesser Yellow Legs.
Lesser Yellow Legs.
Credit: Bob D'A
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 12, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Nice Bob! Looking forward to your shots from this trip. I like the American Dipper sequence up there. That is a sculpin it is eating. If you take 5 shots, you will get one with the strange eye cleaner in place. This is true of a surprising number of birds.

cedar waxwing from this afternoon &#40;click for larger&#41;
cedar waxwing from this afternoon (click for larger)
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 12, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Credit: Slater

Got this guy after climbing all day out at Figueroa Mountain, Los Olivos CA.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 12, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
Bob,

I'm quite jealous of your trip. !!! but grinning from ear to ear. I hope you'll tell us about any climbing you did.

Check out our parallel Yellow Legs photos;

Credit: Darwin

(ok I did mirror it hoizontally, and it's from July this year)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:56pm PT
Darwin...no climbing, just some bouldering. This place is loaded with quality rock and boulders.

Here are a few from today's catch.

Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Credit: Bob D'A

Canyon Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Credit: Bob D'A

Rock Wren
Rock Wren
Credit: Bob D'A

Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay
Credit: Bob D'A

American Kestrel living in Mexico.
American Kestrel living in Mexico.
Credit: Bob D'A


Heading down the canyo to Urique tomorrow, should be great for birds.

Just had to post this photo...overhanging crag with maybe 30 to do classics. Just one of maybe 500 I have seen in just the last few days.

Credit: Bob D'A
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Bob,
That outcrop is limestone, right? 'Cause of its size and depth, I assume Barrancs del Cobre is very heterogeneous geologically and contains everything from limestone, sandstone, granite and basalt. Damn!


Dar
MH2

climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 11:35am PT
Thanks for the help on the dipper story. I have seen tidepool sculpin here, very close to where the dipper made its catch:









Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:23pm PT

Where did you seen the Harlequin?

(added in edit: that's right, you live in Alaska, right?)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
Kick arse birds! I'm in Chicago working and the beautiful photos makes me home sick.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
Not much going on bird wise here in the CO front range lately, so thanks to all you folks for posting up fun new bird pics... Like the Dipper sequence a few posts upstream, they are very cool. Here's a few from a local Dipper family this spring...
An adult Dipper with that special gleam in it's eye... mid March or so
An adult Dipper with that special gleam in it's eye... mid March or so
Credit: BrassNuts
A few days later, the Dippers get after it
Dipper dippin
Dipper dippin
Credit: BrassNuts
A few weeks later, the baby tests the waters
Baby Dipper, just a few days out of the nest
Baby Dipper, just a few days out of the nest
Credit: BrassNuts
Very cool birds - can't wait to see them again!
Happy birding all :-)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 14, 2012 - 06:55pm PT


Nice Dipper photos BN!!!


There are stong hints of another Snowy Owl irruption this winter. That's what the word is on the Tweeters (WA State+) mailing list: more than 12 on the beach up at Boundary Bay just north of the Canadian border, several seen around Seattle, Stanwood and the Nisqually Delta.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:07pm PT

Just AWESOME photographs, all.
Thanks!!!!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 15, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
A few more from Urique, Mexico

Black and White Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Painted Redstart
Painted Redstart
Credit: Bob D'A
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 15, 2012 - 08:51pm PT

We don't get too many Painted Redstarts up here in Seattle, I say in my driest most understated humor tone of voice.


Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
Bob, your b&w warbler looks more like a black-throated gray as I can see the yellow near the bill. That and the head pattern don't match up. Look in your guide and you'll see.

B&W Warbler...

Black and white warbler.
Black and white warbler.
Credit: Slater

Black-throated gray warbler
Black-throated gray warbler
Credit: Slater

party on

Nice redstart!
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