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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 28, 2013 - 01:29am PT
Thanks for the photos:
Least Bittern, beautiful.
Red Polls a rarity around here, and darn pretty.
(weird) Black Crowned Night Heron
good photo of the Flicker


I paddled around a point in pre-Exon-Valez Prince William Sound and found myself in the middle of a raft of Harlequin Ducks. I recognized them immediately and have been fascinated them ever since. Since then I've only seen them four times or so, and I had never seen them in Seattle proper in the 20 years I've lived here. This year another bicycling birder mentioned a marina an hour's bike ride away where they sometimes hang. So, I know they are not the best quality photos (no sympathy deserved from Cyndie, but my fingers did get numb in the cold wind and rain) and there are too many of them, but they sure are cool birds. I'm still trying for a really good photo of them.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 28, 2013 - 08:29pm PT


Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 28, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Oregon Black-Eyed Junco at the house today.

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This pretty Pine Siskin also showed up.

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John M

climber
Jan 29, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
I don't know if this has been posted before, but its pretty cool. Birds of Paradise. Amazing stuff.

http://www.wimp.com/birdsproject/
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 2, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
Sorry Kittie!
Credit: McHale's Navy
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 2, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Today I drove down to Seward in search of the Siberian Accentor, a rare bird in these parts. It was 36 degrees, no wind and light rain in Seward. I arrived about 10:00AM and there were three other birders from Anchorage looking for the bird as well. We all traded phone numbers and searched. At about 12:30 the other three left to look for other birds while I continued to look around "ground zero" a two block radius where the bird has been consistently seen. I got a call from one of the other birders as I told them that I had not seen a Yellow-billed Loon. They had one in the bay and in less than five minutes I was there looking at it through the scope. Now that is the way to bird! Back to "ground zero" where I saw a Brambling, a Gray-crowned Rosy Finch but no Accentor. Then the phone rang and we ran as quickly as we could on icy roads up a block where a local birder had the Siberian Accentor in sight. We all had good looks for about 30 minutes as it scratched at the clear ground under some spruce trees. Awesome! I got 4 life birds today. It was a great day to bird.
I am posting some photos from Carol Griswald, she is the local birder in Seward that helped us find the Accentor. Thanks Carol.
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Credit: cyndiebransford
Brambling
Brambling
Credit: cyndiebransford
Siberian Accentor
Siberian Accentor
Credit: cyndiebransford
Siberian Accentor
Siberian Accentor
Credit: cyndiebransford
john hansen

climber
Feb 2, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Cindie, those are great birds.
axlgrease

Mountain climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 3, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Here are a few from a recent trip to Kaua'i.

Nene (Hawaiian Goose) taken at the Kiluea Point National Wildlife Refuge:

Nene &#40;Hawaiian Goose&#41;
Nene (Hawaiian Goose)
Credit: axlgrease

Laysan Albatross taken on the north shore of Kaua'i:

Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Credit: axlgrease

These guys have a rookery in a neighborhood on the north shore of Kaua'i. They return to the same nesting site each year, and can live for 60+ years. Apparently, this was a nesting site, and it looks like they built a subdivision there. Now they nest on the lawns, in the flowerbeds, and next to driveways. The homeowners are very protective of them, so I won't give away the exact location.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Holy smokes, Cyndie, those are some terrific birds! Here are a couple from your neck of the woods, but currently hanging out in moderately deep water in Lake Tahoe off Tahoe City, pair of Long-tailed Ducks. I took these photos from my kayak today:

Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby

They've been hanging out in that corner of the lake for about two weeks now. I've seen one other pair of Long-taileds in Lake Tahoe, but these were certainly my closest looks!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 4, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Cyndie, very nice!
I'll never get those in the OC.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Here's a pair of drake Harlequins for Darwin, right off the jetty in Arcata, CA, two winters ago:

Credit: Willoughby

cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 4, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Nice long-tails Willoughby and harlequins too. I saw both this weekend in Seward along with golden-eyes, surf scoters and white-winged scoters, pelagic cormorants and other of our usual sea birds.
Thanks everyone for the encouragement. It gets difficult to get out and bird during the winter here and I was psyched to add four lifers to my list.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 4, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Nice photos Cyndie...great stuff.

Moving back to Colorado's Front Range in March, drove up this week to check out the new house and see my two kids and grandchild. Took these pictures in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.

Amazing the winter markings on the redtails.

The Golden Eagle was just stunning.

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john hansen

climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
Great pics everyone.

I was talking with my brother last night and he was toying with the idea of making a pair of binoculars with a built in digital camera.
I searched the web and found a few that are made ,but the reviews were all pretty bad.
It seems if Nikon or Sony or Cannon came out with a real quality product some thing like this would be great.
So easy after years of using binos to find your target and focus in. If you could consistantly get shots of what you are acually seeing thru the eyepieces it could be fantastic.

Sounds like they have a long way to go, still stuck with spotting scopes with camera adapters. They work great but binos would be good for close in work with small active birds
Can you imagine 12 or 16 mega pixals thru a pair of Leica's?


http://www.opticsplanet.com/digital-camera-binoculars.html These all seem real cheap

Perhaps there is already one on the market.
Shoots , I would pay 3 grand for one if it really worked well, and then sell all my telephoto lenses :)
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Hey Bob, great photos(!), but those are both Rough-legged Hawks, down from the arctic for the winter.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:18am PT
Willoughby...thanks. :-)

cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 7, 2013 - 01:55am PT
Bought a new camera, Canon SX50 HS. I am loving it. These were taken through double-pane glass, hand held. Just some common birds at my feeders.
boreal chickadee
boreal chickadee
Credit: cyndiebransford
common redpoll
common redpoll
Credit: cyndiebransford
common redpoll
common redpoll
Credit: cyndiebransford
pine grosbeak
pine grosbeak
Credit: cyndiebransford
red-breasted nuthatch <br/>
red-breasted nuthatch

Credit: cyndiebransford
john hansen

climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:03am PT
I just got the same camera. I have not had time to check it out. It seems pretty cool.

Do you know what setting they were taken at? 600? or?
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:09am PT
They were shot at about 600.
QITNL

climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:18am PT
I don't know anything about birds but I love them. Someone wanna give me a quick ID?

I was hiking up Mt Lyell late last summer, there were about a dozen having a fun time dancing over me. Finally shot them right below the summit.

First a couple:
Credit: QITNL
Then another:
Credit: QITNL
Then junior comes around for a toboggan ride & Mom says "Whoa!"
Credit: QITNL
Ease up there, little fella! Cute birds.
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