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Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 05:34pm 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 - 05:59pm 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 - 06:08pm 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 - 06:43pm 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 - 07:50pm 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 - 07:18am PT
Willoughby...thanks. :-)

cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 6, 2013 - 10:55pm 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 6, 2013 - 11:03pm 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 6, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
They were shot at about 600.
QITNL

climber
Feb 6, 2013 - 11:18pm 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.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 7, 2013 - 09:46am PT
Bird bump. Nice new pics everyone. Pretty quiet in our hood, only a couple more months until many of our feathered friends return :-) One of our favorite Boulder area visitors in warmer weather:
Male Western Tanager enjoys a tasty&#40;?&#41; bug
Male Western Tanager enjoys a tasty(?) bug
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 09:54am PT
QITL, or whatever you is, here's yer summit denizen...

Grey-crowned Rosy Finch
Grey-crowned Rosy Finch
Credit: Reilly
QITNL

climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Thanks, Reilly!

"Due to its remote and rocky alpine habitat it is rarely seen" says wiki.

Edit - replying to Reilly, seven posts below - it's not hard get to that habitat. The hard part is getting a permit! People go nuts over that trail, I don't get it.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
I don't know where Wiki gets that, they are nigh ubiquitous on the high and
seemingly sere summits. They have forged an amazing niche for themselves.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Cool photos! I'd love to see a rosy finch! I guess I'll have to go up Mt. Lylle! 12 mile approach... sigh.

Been looking for a Harlequin duck with no luck.

So big question... ANYONE EVER BIRD IN IRELAND? I am going in 7-2014 and hope to see some cool stuff. I know... long way off... but I have a dream.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Slater, me, me! But it was winter so it was just the usual estuarine suspects.
While Ireland is certainly worth going to on its other merits the birding
prolly isn't its top draw, not that it can't be good. I advise you to start
perusing www.birdforum.net. That is a British based site so you will get
more than you can hope for in terms of beta. There is an Ireland specific
thread if I'm not mistaken.

edit: They have a Northern Ireland and a Republic thread. That seems a
bit odd but I guess the Proddy birders don't want to be lumped. ;-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 7, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
The first Rosy finch I ever saw was while I was writing a guided tour for MMSA Shuttle Drivers (from the ski area to Red's Meadow). . . I was sitting on my deck at Tamarack, spacing out, staring at Lower Twin Lake. . . and swoop, there was a little Rosy finch, not 5 feet from me. . . I got ten kinds of wiggly. . . talked to him and everything. Blanchard came home, I raved, told him all about my little friend. . . and 5 minutes later my cat brought me its head!

:-(

I CRIED!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 7, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
Two from today, not great photos. The last time I saw a Red Breasted Sapsucker was in 1981 at Suicide Rock.





scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 7, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Ooh, one of my favorites, there, dee ee.

Reilly, I don't think there's a conflict between Wiki and you regarding the
rosy finch.
All mountain summits could be plastered with the things, and they still
would be rarely seen. How many birders go to the tops of mountains?
Certainly quite a lot never get anywhere a rosy finch.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Scuffy, no argument there but the rather more scientific description of a
specie's abundance is to be found in the likelihood of seeing it in its
appropriate habitat, not how hard it is to get to that habitat. ;-)
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