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McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
May 1, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Nice!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 2, 2013 - 05:23am PT
Ha! Thanks Reilly. Thought I should know the last one and was totally shut down! In route to So. Arizona right now! Goodbye foot of snow that fell yesterday and hello heat!!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 07:18am PT
Wow!! we have some serious Pros on here. Great shots everyone. That hawk in flight was one of my favorites Chewy, great colors and detail, besides the fact that I adore hawks.

So, seeing all these picks is making me want to get a decent camera. Any tips for a beginner getting a camera? How much should I plan on spending to get started? Not planning on getting as good as you guys, so not looking to get really high end stuff, just some basics. Any advice on where or how to buy would be appreciated, thanks.

Credit: dirt claud
G Zeus

Trad climber
Tucson, AZ
May 2, 2013 - 07:33am PT
Accidental stray 45 miles from Tucson.

Credit: G Zeus
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 2, 2013 - 08:08am PT
Great shots everyone...John...Cactus wrens are huge.

Great Kiskadee
Credit: Bob D'A

Laughing Falcon

Credit: Bob D'A

Great Egret

Credit: Bob D'A

Little Blue Heron

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Common Ground Dove...really tiny...maybe 6 inches

Credit: Bob D'A

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 2, 2013 - 11:54am PT
found something really cool last week - a Great Potoo on it's nest, with a nestling!

Here is the adult on it's nest as I saw it from afar(that little blip on the horizontal branch at the center)...

Credit: little Z

came back a few days later with my scope to get some digiscope photos.

adult Great Potoo and little fuzz-ball nestling, adult is looking to t...
adult Great Potoo and little fuzz-ball nestling, adult is looking to the right, its bill just visible
Credit: little Z

the nest is nothing but a little indentation on the branch where the a...
the nest is nothing but a little indentation on the branch where the adult can get an egg to stay without rolling off. The ultimate bivy site!
Credit: little Z

here's a photo form the web to give a better idea of what you're looking at.

Credit: little Z

Strictly nocturnal, they catch big flying bugs (and even small bats!) with their big mouths. Their eyes are huge, and you only get to see them with their eyes open at night. During the day they hang out on some branch and depend upon their camo for protection and a peaceful day's rest. They always lay just 1 egg and both adults participate in incubation and rearing.

Potoos are often heard at night. Their calls are from another world. Take a listen:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/15586

edit: as always, sorry for the poor quality of my photos. I'm waiting anxiously to hear responses about Dirt's camera gear question
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Me too. :-D . Nice shots man. That is a really cool looking bird. Where do they reside?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 2, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
DC,

thanks, the 7 species of potoos that there are in the world all reside in the American tropics from Mexico down into Argentina, and on Jamaica and Hispanola islands in the Caribbean.

Maybe Bob will get some potoo photos while he's in Colombia. It's on everyone's wish list.

JZ

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
My family is from the Chiapas area, I wonder if they have them down there, never seen one or heard of them before. Perhaps my mom heard of them when she was growing up, will have to ask her.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 2, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
D,

if your Mom has lived in a forested rural area in the lowlands she may have heard potoos, or heard of them. Both Northern and Great Potoos are found in Chiapas. Because of their reclusive/nocturnal nature there's a lot of mystery around the birds which are much more often heard than seen. Here in Costa Rica rural folks often mistakenly attribute potoo calls to sloths. Here they are known as "Pájaro Estaca" or stake birds because they often perch in the day on the top of a post or dead snag to make best use of their cryptic plumage and drawn out posture.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Cool, you ever had a chance to eye on of these (Quetzal) down there before, I know they are really rare.

Credit: dirt claud
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 2, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
I saw a pic of a potoo a while back and I thought it was digitally created or photo shopped or something, I didn't believe it was real, wild looking!
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
May 2, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
Alki Beach
Credit: McHale's Navy
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
May 2, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Little Z
I hadn't known of the potoo before. Had to wiki it to see if it was a goatscker-nightjar. Found out they're related but a different family-genus.
Looks like Maurice Sendak made it up.

Excellent bird. Thanks for the share.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 2, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
I hope to see Potoo, heading up higher tomorrow.

Snowy Egret

Credit: Bob D'A

Neotropical Cormorant with lunch.

Credit: Bob D'A

Ruddy Ground Dove with it young one.

Credit: Bob D'A

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 2, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Bob and little Z, livin' the birders life.




OK, some of the rest of us aren't doin' too bad either.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 2, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
Dave...I think you and a lot of birders on ST are doing better than just OK.


A few more from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A



john hansen

climber
May 2, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
Amazing stuff everyone, 11 days into my 3 week birding thing. 19 lifers and 149
different birds so far.

White winged dove


Credit: john hansen


Alperts Towhee with it's nose cut off.


Credit: john hansen
Both lifer's

And green Tailed Towhee

Credit: john hansen

All from Sweetwater sewage ponds. a bit scuffy and smelly but great birding. hard to get around the construction detours.


Went to Madera canyon yesterday,, saw the sign that said smuggling and stuff were possible here. Saw way many more birder's than birds,,, got an American redstart though, another lifer.

Crimpie and Brass are probably staying there.

Harris Hawk,,,,

OK, this was at the museum and it was sitting on it's owner's gloved hand...so I guess that does not count,,,
Credit: john hansen



Have seen surprisingly few hawk's on this trip. Not even a cooper's

I should get one when I go back to the coast.



cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
May 2, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
It is a rainy evening on the Kenai Peninsula, about 38 degrees. Most of the geese and cranes have moved away from the roadway, but more and more ducks are being seen daily. I saw Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Cackling Geese,Sandhill Cranes, Northern Shovelers, American Wigeon, Mallards, Yellowlegs, Northern Pintails and two Tundra Swans.
Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Credit: cyndiebransford
Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose
Credit: cyndiebransford
Greater White-fronted geese
Greater White-fronted geese
Credit: cyndiebransford
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Credit: cyndiebransford
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
May 2, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Cindie, your Am wigeon look like green winged teal to me.
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