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dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 29, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Wow, check out this crazy bird, highest flying bird I believe.

Rüppell's Vulture or Rüppell's Griffon Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. The current population of 30,000 is in decline due to loss of habitat and other pressures.[2] Also known as Rüppell's Griffon, Rueppell's Griffon, Rüppell's Griffin Vulture, Rueppell's Vulture and other variants, Rüppell's Vulture is named in honor of Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer, collector, and zoologist. Rüppell's Vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres (36,100 ft) above sea level.[3]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%BCppell%27s_Vulture

Credit: dirt claud
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 29, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
DC, some kind of geese have been seen well above the top of Everest and they didn't soar to that height as the vultures likely did.

I thought a Lammergeier was making a run at me once at 13K in the Pamirs. That was a trip.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 30, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Yeah Reilly, I've seen documentaries how those geese try to get over mountains with the wind blowing against them, crazy stuff.

Credit: dirt claud
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 30, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Rüppell's Vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres (36,100 ft) above sea level.

confirmed evidence meams it was pulled out of a jet engine (seriously)
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
11,000 feet.. wow...

That prosthetic beak... double wow!


That video Dingus shot of the Cooper's reminded me of that footage we caught of a juvenile Coopers hawk that managed to take down a mockingbird in our yard. After wolfing it down he got too stuffed to fly LOL....the hawk got pummeled by other angry mocking birds for several hours.

I'll get Erik to find it.
MisterE

climber
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
My camera-work is not as smooth as Dingus'


Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
A few more Cali birds.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
E and JTM... I loved that video of yours and was thinking of it as I shot my own. The cool thing about my hawk is that it didn't seem threatened by my presence. It only hopped up into the branches when I drew inside 10 feet. Even then it was pretty quiet as you could hear in the 2nd vid, just chirping. Something in the other backyard provoked it to fly.

When it flew away it was astonishing how fast it disappeared. It didn't fly away so much as leap/fall off the branch with a single down-stroke power-flap and poof! I saw it no more.

It was as if it simply flew into another dimension and vanished.

DMT
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
That one we filmed wasn't really fazed by people either. I was working in the garage about 10 feet away from that hawk for a couple of hours. I was hauling stuff around in the driveway and running tools.. he just stayed in his spot after he stuffed the remains of the mocking bird in one of the holes on the top of the wall, then settled in to digest.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 31, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
I've been entertaining myself (i.e., avoiding work) by watching Disco the Parakeet on youtube. If you've not seen any of his many videos, treat yourself. He totally cracks me up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv_sthYqaZQ

Be sure to watch several. You'll crack up!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 2, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Hi bird thread friends.

My family and I are off to Australia (and Tasmania) tomorrow for 3 weeks. I hope to see many ultra-cool birds (and other cultural, historical, natural and unnatural, etc. stuff) on this trip. I will be birding from the moment I disembark from the plane. I will share photos at some point, probably during and definately after the trip.

The plan is...Melbourne for 2 days, fly to Tasmania for 5 days, back to Melbourne for 2 days (Little Penguin). Then, drive north into the desert and Lake Mungo Nat. Pk. for 5 days and back to Melbourne for 2 more. Then, fly north towards Sydney and into the Lamington Nat. Park (think Regent Bower Bird!)for 4 days, back to Sydney for 2 days and home.

I plan on catching up with early (north american) migration (bigtime) when I return!

Cheers and good birding.
DE
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 2, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
Nobody expects the spanish inquisition!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 2, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Dee, have a great trip. I take it you didn't get the Sand Plover?

I didn't do very well on my Midwestern trip, either.

Did see some happy Sandhills...


Only saw this one Ruffed Grouse. :-(
Credit: Reilly
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 2, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Thanks Reilly, no, dang, no Sand Plover. I had a day I could have gone but he wasn't hangin'.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 3, 2013 - 01:19am PT
Great views of a golden eagle yesterday that had nabbed a ground squirrel. Click for larger version.

Golden Eagle on the UCSC campus yesterday
Golden Eagle on the UCSC campus yesterday
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Aug 3, 2013 - 01:37am PT
Nice ones Mike.
Now that I see your Golden + littleZs ID of my Baldies, I should be able to make a more informed ID of both.
Thanks
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 3, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
One last shot before I go.

I had these Ibis this week in Barstow at the sewage pond right next to the Tees and Trees Golf Course. The real cool things were the 60+ Horned Larks on the course, too far for photos though.
I love Ibis, they remind me of dinosaurs.

Credit: dee ee
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 3, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
Endelĝs gċs

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 3, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Hahaha! I kept waiting for the attack.



"...night train to Wisconsin..."
Gaaser grazing not far from the hallowed frozen tundra of Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wisconsin to you, Marlow)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 3, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
No attack Reilly, it's just a pleasure to see goose-walk accompanied by endless boogie. Grass-walking geese has a zen-like quality as long as the scarecrow photographer stays at a distance... And this is not an ironic statement... lol...

Little Z

Yes, "Endelĝs Gċs" (Danish and also Norwegian) = "Endless Goose" (English)
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