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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 13, 2014 - 09:52am PT
Ahhhh. Want to give the parrot a kiss!

Think the Sparkling Violentears seem pretty large (for hummingbirds). I looked it up and wiki says 5-6". Very beautiful birds!

Can't wait to see what other birds you get. Personally, and I think most agree, any photo of a bird is a good photo!

edit: of the hummingbird - the wiki link also notes: "Sparkling Violetears are solitary and aggressive. Birds declare their territory by singing. The birds sing much of the day, and (in different parts of their range) sub-groups develop their own calls."

Do you know what their calls sound like? Are the buzzy? Or songbirdy? Cool!
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:17am PT
Sparkling Violetears make a sharp "cheep cheep, cheep, cheep" at least around here. They seem to have a variety of songs which they learn from each other. They do this mating thing where they hover about 10'-15' above "their" tree and then dive back down into the branches over and over.

Here's a link to some sounds:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Colibri-coruscans
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:19am PT
Dee, is the goose actually a wild one? And where'd you see the Snipe?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 13, 2014 - 04:04pm PT
Great photos everyone. Windy as hell here on the Front Range of CO.

Two from today's hike.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A


Less than two weeks till Costa Rica and some birding.
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Jan 13, 2014 - 07:30pm PT
We were working on a first ascent at Pinns today when this big bird flew by below us. Our partner on the ground happended to get the photo.

This isn't an unusual encounter for climbers there at all. Condors often buzz climbers and/or perch close by, totallly unconcerned by the presence of humans. When they fly by, they remind me of passengers on an airline - looking out the window with great curiosity.

Uncropped version:




Cropped version:

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 13, 2014 - 10:27pm PT
Man, those Condor photos are awesome!

All the normal suspects from home and the bike commute today taken with my new Lumix camera body and old lens. I'm still adjusting the settings and getting used to the focus.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin
This one is weird; bad focus, perfect position but no ruby crown. Oh, duh, a female.



dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:01pm PT
Dude, that's a Condor! Great shot.

Reilly, there are at least 2 wild GWFG in the OC right now.

The Wilson's Snipe are in Peter's Canyon Creek between Barranca and Warner. The day before I had them, Ryan W. had 5 in the same spot.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2014 - 12:13pm PT
My Bewick's Wren is yelling at me from just outside in the hedge.

"Dude, get off the intardnet and get back to studying yer gulls!"

To wit, I can now assert that I am a passed master of definitively
identifying Sabine's, Ross', and Ivory Gulls! Am I bad or what?


Dee, thanks, I think I might have to go visit me mum in Newport tomorrow.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 14, 2014 - 01:04pm PT
Sky rat
Sky rat
Credit: drljefe

Credit: drljefe
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 14, 2014 - 07:17pm PT
When up in the mountains today, the birds were beautiful.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Jan 14, 2014 - 07:20pm PT
That rosy finch is gorgeous. Great photos.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Jan 14, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
Bob,
How close are you getting to that Kingfisher?
They're so tough to approach!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 14, 2014 - 08:37pm PT
Thanks timid, Scuffy...pretty close. I shot him looking down at him at 800mm.

Here is a (edit) Downy Woodpecker from up in the mountains today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2014 - 09:43pm PT
Bob, I'd say it is a Downy, but it is still a nice shot.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 14, 2014 - 10:14pm PT
Here you go. :-)

Credit: Bob D'A

Wrong photo.
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jan 14, 2014 - 10:28pm PT
Well, it's a little intimidating posting bird photos when you look at the images in this thread. But South America has to represent.

I took a walk to the river this afternoon.

Bare-faced Ground Dove:

It was rainy and he got a little puffed up.
It was rainy and he got a little puffed up.
Credit: CClarke

Yet another Sparkling Violeteer:

Credit: CClarke

Yellow-bellied Siskin:

Credit: CClarke

Band-tailed Seedeater:

Credit: CClarke

White-tipped Plantcutter:

Credit: CClarke
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 14, 2014 - 10:53pm PT
Great shots CClarke..love South America, going back again next this fall.

OK, here is one...Brown-capped Rosy Finch, first year?

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 15, 2014 - 06:44am PT
Nice photos everyone!


Bob, I like those Pine Siskins (I hope I'm right, it's 3:45 am, can't sleep and don't have a book handy).
I've been trying for them in OC for 2 yrs. We did see them in the San Bernardino Mtns. last year.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 15, 2014 - 08:39am PT
It was all I could do to catch this mock bird at the pub this weekend.
It was all I could do to catch this mock bird at the pub this weekend.
Credit: mouse from merced
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 15, 2014 - 09:32am PT
Dee, They are Pine Siskin. Good luck on getting them.
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