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Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 4, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
That second photo is very reassuring. Thanks! Orange-crowneds are also early breeders. All the Orange-crowneds you see throughout the mid and upper elevations in the Sierra are post-breeding disperses, molting and fattening up for the off-season. We see our first hatch-year birds in Tahoe by the first week of June, already long out of the nest and wandering up from the foothills.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
^^ Cool bird Frank!

Welcome to the bird thread. Can't wait to see your other New Zealand birds!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Mar 4, 2014 - 04:55pm PT
thanks for the follow-up on the OCW Dave. I think we all would have hit closer to the mark if we'd had that second photo to go by as well. A fun little exercise nonetheless.

Found this guy nesting in a pasture in a flowering Erythrina tree. Pearl Kites are even smaller than kestrels. They had two nestlings, little cotton balls with hooked beaks, which are barely visible through the flimsy nest in one picture. I left when one of the parents dive-bombed me. I looked up from the telescope and this white thing came zipping past about 6 in. over my head.

Pearl Kite
Pearl Kite
Credit: little Z

Pearl Kite with prey &#40;some little bird&#41; on nest
Pearl Kite with prey (some little bird) on nest
Credit: little Z

Pearl Kite on nest, the two nestlings are somewhat visible
Pearl Kite on nest, the two nestlings are somewhat visible
Credit: little Z

Not very happy with the photos. I took like a hundred shots, but nothing turned out as I had hoped.

Bonus bird, nesting lower down in the same tree, Black-crowned Tityra. I love their Latin name, Tityra inquisitor.

Black-crowned Tityra, male standing guard
Black-crowned Tityra, male standing guard
Credit: little Z

Black-crowned Tityra, female poking her head out of nest &#40;old wood...
Black-crowned Tityra, female poking her head out of nest (old woodpecker hole) to see what that pesky Pearl Kite is up to.
Credit: little Z
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 4, 2014 - 05:29pm PT
And we thought the Moa was extinct?
Credit: guido

Your "friendly" Kea.
Nz Kea
Nz Kea
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
Kea! Those guys can put a hurt on you no doubt! Really beautiful birds.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 4, 2014 - 06:40pm PT
They're evil little minions of Gandalf sent out to spy and wreak havoc on
infernal combustion chariots.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2014 - 07:16pm PT
Cool! I was wondering if they are inquisitive or not.

Meat-eaters or not, I think they are cute. Heck, my own amazons love scrambled eggs and chicken. (Turkey they find appalling though). :) And how can anyone not like the world's only alpine parrot? :)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 4, 2014 - 07:25pm PT
Crimpie, I doubt yer Amazons eat cars.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 4, 2014 - 10:36pm PT
Sorry you guys, I didn't realize the first photo was misleading. The color was a bit saturated.
john hansen

climber
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:42pm PT
Dee ee

I think we all had fun pondering that one. That's why birding, and this thread , is so much fun.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2014 - 11:44pm PT
That's not true. We have the Kakapo. Its also an alpine parrot fewer than 150 left. I haven't seen one but they look very much the same.

Damned wikipedia LIED to me. Imagine that!?!? Does anyone know what makes a bird alpine vs. not? A particular elevation?

Thanks for the clarification Frank. Photos of the Kakapo Frank? :)

edit: Because I'm a slow learner, I returned to wiki and found this about the Kakapo:

" A certain combination of traits makes it unique among its kind—it is the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous lek breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world's longest-living birds."

Pretty cool!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 5, 2014 - 06:49pm PT
Feels like spring out at Walden Ponds today.

Tundra Swan
Tundra Swan
Credit: Bob D'A

Hairy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Credit: Bob D'A

Belted Kingfisher...getting closer.
Belted Kingfisher...getting closer.
Credit: Bob D'A

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike
Credit: Bob D'A
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 5, 2014 - 06:52pm PT
Looking for Elf Owls this weekend. Anyone have some pic's?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Mar 5, 2014 - 06:55pm PT
Those KEAs are one bird ive been FASCINATED with, and one of the few wild birds id LOVE to have as a partner.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 5, 2014 - 11:52pm PT
Elf Owls eh? Hmmm....

Wheeee Hoooo!

Great unexpected score today, Painted Redstart in Irvine. It's not a great photo. I went back later and saw it again but still failed to get a good shot.

Credit: dee ee

Yesterday I finally found the Dusky Flycatcher at Mile Square, he took 6 tries. I got a bonus juvy Sharp-shinned H as well for county year.

Credit: dee ee
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Mar 6, 2014 - 01:33pm PT
Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron practicing invisibility lessons last week in the Santa Ana River at Imperial Hwy.

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron
Credit: Plan B

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron
Credit: Plan B
WTF

climber
Mar 6, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
I have an amazing Red Tail Hawk nest in the tree next door. Its huge and they are building it larger for the season. Ill shoot some picks later its too windy today. i wish I had seen it and put a game camera on it or a web cam. Next year.

Pictures to come.

Those are some awesome looking birds in NZ.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 6, 2014 - 05:21pm PT
Plan B, you just gotta know the right way to bribe those juveniles...

or get lucky.  ;-&#41;
or get lucky. ;-)
Credit: Reilly
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 6, 2014 - 08:39pm PT
from the last couple of weeks in Seattle proper.
(I'm happy to receive feedback about image size)





Here is m4a file of a Virginia Rail and the Marsh Wren pissed off at Darwin, but I'm not sure how you can listen to it.

http://173.160.158.251/postings/2014_03_birds/Railwren.m4a

and then some other photos.





BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Mar 6, 2014 - 09:05pm PT
A few more bird pics from Kauai...
A curious Nene &#40;Hawaiian Goose&#41;.  A really interesting fact ab...
A curious Nene (Hawaiian Goose). A really interesting fact about these guys is their adaptation from fully webbed to partially webbed feet to allow better travel across lava rock surfaces - very cool
Credit: BrassNuts
Male Northern Cardinal diggin on the lush veggies on Kauai
Male Northern Cardinal diggin on the lush veggies on Kauai
Credit: BrassNuts
The very common but entertaining Red Jungle Fowl.  We just called 'em ...
The very common but entertaining Red Jungle Fowl. We just called 'em Chickens :-)
Credit: BrassNuts
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Credit: BrassNuts
Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
Credit: BrassNuts
A Boobie.  Heh heh
A Boobie. Heh heh
Credit: BrassNuts

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