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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 7, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
OK Willoughby, how do you get a shot like that? Is it just your natural bird attracting vibe or some kind of trick?

I got some of my best H.bird shots at the Back Bay this week...and this Song Sparrow!



Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 7, 2013 - 06:53pm PT
Great shots Mike and Dee ee.

Caught these cranes dancing...

Also almost thought I got Whooping Crane.

Albino Sandhill Crane, San Luis Valley, CO
Albino Sandhill Crane, San Luis Valley, CO
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 7, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
love the last two of the crane series
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 7, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
what Mike said. Those are pretty darn good, Bob.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 8, 2013 - 12:04am PT
"Chickadee Ridge" off Tahoe Meadows, along 431 near Mt Rose Summit. Folks have been hand-feeding them every winter for years, so you can just stick out an empty hand and they'll fly over and land on it. Hold out a camera to take a picture, they land on it. Put a couple of sunflower seeds on your hat...they land on it.

Though I've had quite a few chickadees land on me while pishing, this was a baited setup. I confess.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 8, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
Those Cranes are crazy! Love em.


Chickadee Ridge eh? I'll have to check it out someday.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 8, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
I thought mt chickadees only ate cheeseburgers. Great photo. Nice hummer shot dee ee and as usual bob d'a has an excellent series of crane shots. Glad I didn't post up any of my sh crane photos from a couple of weeks ago. I do kinda like this w meadowlark shot from yesterday.
western meadowlark at Llano Seco yesterday
western meadowlark at Llano Seco yesterday
Credit: Timid TopRope
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Mar 8, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
Great timing^^^^^fastest finger in the west - lol!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 9, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Why Guinea Hens don't like high winds...

Credit: Reilly

Curve-billed Thrasher
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 10, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Hi all. I sent several emails but thought I'd post to make sure all were invited to a day of birding at the South Coast Botanic Gardens http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/.

Posters and lurkers are welcome. Experienced and noob birders are welcome.

BrassNuts and I will be out there for the day on Saturday April 6th. We'll be in the parking lot at 7:30am. We'll probably head out somewhere else at some point during the day.

Be fun to bird with everyone who is interested. We'll have a wide range of experience in terms of birding. Hope all can join us. Let me know if you'll make it so we can be sure to meet up in the pkg lot before heading in.

p.s. Great photos continue to be posted on this thread. Thanks to all of you for sharing them!


dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:02am PT
Bird watching Bump,

Thanks for the invite Crimpie, hope to meet up with you guys in April.

Anyone here know a good pair of binoculars to buy in the $100 to $150 dollar range that would be good for bird watching?

I checked out this informative article that has some good advice, but was hoping to get some input from the local birders on this thread.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Publications/LivingBird/Winter2005/Age_Binos.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:10am PT
Claud, that's a good article with some honest advice and reviews. IMHO you
get more for your money in a porro prism. Since the optics are much simpler
they only require a few pieces of decent glass to give you a good view. An
added bonus is they often have a wide FOV and close focus.

The cheaper Nikons are quite good, as they noted. They also mention Eagle
Optics. I have a pair of their more expensive binos which are made for them
by Celeestron, the famed telescope maker.

I will check with my secretary to see if I can meet yous guys 6 Ap. Yesterday
there were Chestnut-sided Warbler and a Warbling Vireo at a park very near
where y'all are gathering.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:24am PT
Cool, thanks Reilly
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:26am PT
Reilly - really hope you can make it!

There's a short eared owl nearby as well. Figure we'll hit the Botanic Gardens, then decide where to go from there. There is also talk of hitting the LA Arboretum on Sunday. I want the Bulbul having never seen one. And a Mandarin duck. :) We'll all be open for good birds though. My intention is to head back to Boulder exhausted from non-stop birding all weekend!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
We had some drama in the yard day before yesterday. Marge was out front and a Cooper's Hawk flew right in front of her with a kill in it's claws. She saw gray and thought Dove. She saw it land in a tree across the street. She got me and I grabbed binos and camera and got a pic.
Then we went in the back yard and found these Mockingbird feathers. We have had a pair of M.birds nesting in our yard for years. It's always the same pair, I can tell from their behavior.
The next day we had a very lonely M.bird moping around. It may have been the female since there is already another suitor trying to gain her favor, or am I anthropomorphizing?



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Crimps, you can get yer bloody Bulbul in my yard! They're prolly singing out there as I type.
They do a nice duet.

Honestly, the LA Arboretum is gonna get you a bunch of stoopid peacocks and not much
else although parrots are possible. But there are better places for parrots. They've certainly
been getting lots of good action down in the OC as Dee ee can attest to.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Dee ee, that looks like a standard pidgeon in the claws, and the loose feathers. Size of the pink toes also indicate a basic pidg...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Bulbul party at Reilly's House!!!

:)

We are certainly open to suggestions. I am just tired of renting cars in Miami to chase that silly bird and be denied over and over again. :)

edit: Agreed Ron. That is a pigeon that got the chop. The black tipped feather on the ground is definitely NOT a Mockingbird feather. Maybe the carnivore got the Mockingbird too, but I'm hoping not.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Bulbuls are very common in Honolulu!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
Crimpergirl,
I can't stress enough how great Bolsa Chica is. Dee ee can give you the local tour. It really is not to be missed. If nita would have brought a sun hat we would have stayed even longer a couple of weeks back. We never made it to Dee ee's local hotspots nearby but BC was off the hook I tell ya. The reddish egret pair are just one of dozens of great birds to be had.

Lynn Leichfuss's old hang, Hart Park, Orange California is a great and reliable place for red crowned parrots. Look them over and you might get a lilac crowned. You can do the mega traverse on the rock retaining wall while you're at it.

Wish we could join y'all.
reddish egret at bolsa chica with my point and shoot.
reddish egret at bolsa chica with my point and shoot.
Credit: Timid TopRope
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