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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 26, 2014 - 02:24pm PT
Here's a real time-killer on Norway TV. A wild bird reality set in a coffee bar, featuring Nuthatches, Blue Tits, Hawfinch, etc.
Piip Show

Credit: Tony


There is also a spinoff with a Great Tit family nesting in a "dollhouse"
Credit: Tony

Some background about slow TV in Norway here:
The Real Housewives of Norway
Lasti

Trad climber
Budapest
May 26, 2014 - 02:33pm PT
Nice pics all around...

Where was I last week based on these birds? IDs welcome.

A very shy and very loud little guy
A very shy and very loud little guy
Credit: Lasti
Who am I?
Who am I?
Credit: Lasti
I nest on the ground and fight off ugly crows.
I nest on the ground and fight off ugly crows.
Credit: Lasti

Lasti
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 26, 2014 - 02:48pm PT
Western Australia, what do I win?
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 26, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
Bird TV! Awesome! Thanks Tony. A few more pics from spring travels...
Painted Redstart, Mt. Lemmon AZ
Painted Redstart, Mt. Lemmon AZ
Credit: BrassNuts
Verdin, Mt. Lemmon
Verdin, Mt. Lemmon
Credit: BrassNuts
Red-faced Warbler, Mt. Lemmon
Red-faced Warbler, Mt. Lemmon
Credit: BrassNuts
Curve-billed Thrasher, Phoenix
Curve-billed Thrasher, Phoenix
Credit: BrassNuts
Yellow-eyed Junco, Mt. Lemmon
Yellow-eyed Junco, Mt. Lemmon
Credit: BrassNuts
Broad-billed Hummer, Mt. Lemmon
Broad-billed Hummer, Mt. Lemmon
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 27, 2014 - 12:13am PT
BN, fantastic! Especially the Red-faced!


So I went out to pick up the paper and looked up at the Coopers' house across the street.
Did I say house? I meant nest. I saw the missus standing on the nest edge and little white fuzz balls
so I ran in for binos and camera. Of course the Nikon's batts were dead so I grabbed Ruth's P&S.
I got off about four or five when Mrs Cooper decided enough was enough and came for me.
She swooped about 3' above my head and landed in an adjacent tree where I got some more of her
until she decided to really put her foot down. That time I felt the wake turbulence and decided it was time to go read the paper.

Last evening the Nikon's batts were good and I saw Mom return with dinner. Mom had all she could
handle with getting dinner on the table for three unruly youngsters so she didn't bother with me. But
after dinner it was on again. Mind you the nest is 100' away but maybe she just doesn't like paparazzi.
She strafed me twice again although not as closely as in the morning. Maybe we're reaching an understanding.






You shoulda seen 'em wolfing it down!


This one was just after Mum strafed me. Bloody autofocus couldn't handle
her coming straight at me. It was so awesome!

"Must I repeat myself?"
"No, ma'am, I'm going inside."
Lasti

Trad climber
Budapest
May 27, 2014 - 01:52am PT
Reilly, Western Australia is close, as in wrong Hemisphere, but right Commonwealth.

Lasti
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 27, 2014 - 01:55am PT
I was viewing it on me iPhone. Now I see the last is a Lapwing. South Africa.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 27, 2014 - 11:46am PT
Wow, a bunch of great shots above you guys! Love the Norwegian TV.

Went to the Santa Ana River a couple of days ago for Orange Bishop and found 2 Tricolored Blackbirds. I did find one male and 3 female ORBI as well. It is a super reliable spot.
Here is one of the TRBLs.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 27, 2014 - 10:40pm PT
Wow, I'm up again.

New bird for the backyard, Western Wood-Pewee

Credit: dee ee

Peters Canyon

Wrentit

Credit: dee ee

closer

Credit: dee ee

House Wren nesting in a cavity in a dried Yucca flower stalk.

Credit: dee ee

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 27, 2014 - 10:57pm PT
Nice Dave! Wrentit looks really good.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 27, 2014 - 11:16pm PT
Baby Coopers - cool Reilly! I saw a Coopers nest in CO National Monument last week, but no buzzing :-)
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 29, 2014 - 01:53am PT
love the coop story and photos Reilly, very funny (I'm laughing with you...)

BN, thanks for rationing out your amazing photos. Can't wait to see what's next.

Just got back from a pelagic. A friend's wife's uncle owns a commercial fishing boat based out of Quepos on the central Pacific coast and it was free for a few days so we got nine birders together and headed out into the briney for a 17 hour cruise. The boat was docked in a little bay that only communicates to the ocean at high tide so we had to leave port at 01:30. It was a no frills trip - all the boat's fishing gear was still stowed on deck, the boat was slow (averaged about 8 kn) and had a noisy motor, but the price was right ($75 a head vs about $120 for a sport fishing boat). Inca Tern was first reported in Costa Rica this January. There have now been 5 reports, an indication that this might be an interesting El Niņo year, so we were all anxious to see what else might be out there. Turns out we didn't get anything unexpected, but did see some nice birds. Only my second time for Tahiti Petrel, and finally picked up a Sooty Shearwater (as in 1 bird!) for my country list. Amazing as I was used to seeing those by the 1000s off the Washington coast. Thanks to Kevin Easley for the bird photos.

the muchacha was the only casuality &#40;i.e. seasick&#41;. There was ...
the muchacha was the only casuality (i.e. seasick). There was a big swell but the surface was mostly flat. It was a challenge to get photos of the birds. Long-line on the spool at center.
Credit: little Z

Sooty Shearwater. photo by Kevin Easley.
Sooty Shearwater. photo by Kevin Easley.
Credit: little Z

Brown Booby surfing some flotsam. Most abundant species for the trip. ...
Brown Booby surfing some flotsam. Most abundant species for the trip. Photo by Kevin Easley.
Credit: little Z

Black Tern was the next most common species. We didn't see any that we...
Black Tern was the next most common species. We didn't see any that were all black yet. Most of these birds will be ones that over-summer here. Breeders have already gone north. Photo by Kevin Easley.
Credit: little Z

Tahiti Petrel. Long live the Pterodroma! Photo by Kevin Easley.
Tahiti Petrel. Long live the Pterodroma! Photo by Kevin Easley.
Credit: little Z

Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, up from the Galapagos. We also had Black, L...
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, up from the Galapagos. We also had Black, Least, and Leach's but the wedgies were the most common ones. Photo by Kevn Easley.
Credit: little Z

bonus taxa - Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. photo by Kevin Easley
bonus taxa - Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. photo by Kevin Easley
Credit: little Z

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 29, 2014 - 08:07pm PT
Cool pelagic species!

Yes we had Sootys here as well on last pelagic.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 29, 2014 - 10:40pm PT

Love the feet on that booby!!!!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 1, 2014 - 09:36am PT
I'm in Portal right now and had a killer morning. This place is really cool , my third time here and have it a little dialed. They were banding hummingbirds this AM at the research center. Lots of birds geeks out.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 1, 2014 - 03:09pm PT
Bald Eagle with a fish flew over the casa today in Esco. Probably going to the nest from Lake Hodges. Really cool!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Jun 1, 2014 - 03:28pm PT
great shots little z. You and Bob D'A are making me jealous.

Funny that I've seen hundreds of black terns in the rice fields around Chico and ONLY in breeding plumage. Not one in winter plumage. Last week I had eleven of 'em in one rice pond in Glenn county.

Spent the morning working on my Butte County list right up on the Plumas County line on the PCT.
Not FOS's but for my county today, Green-tailed towhees, Cassin's finches, Evening Grosbeaks, lots of male W tanagers, dusky flycatchers, red breasted saps and nuthatches, townsend's solitaires, hermit, nashville, orange crowned and yellow rumps, etc.

that eBird has got me hooked on more intense birding this spring.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jun 2, 2014 - 08:34pm PT
Monday night bird bump...
Canyon Towhee, Mt. Lemmon
Canyon Towhee, Mt. Lemmon
Credit: BrassNuts
Roadrunner, Mt. Lemmon
Roadrunner, Mt. Lemmon
Credit: BrassNuts
Hooded Oriole, sitting on top of my side view mirror after defeating h...
Hooded Oriole, sitting on top of my side view mirror after defeating his opponent in the mirror ;-)
Credit: BrassNuts
House Wren, Madera Canyon
House Wren, Madera Canyon
Credit: BrassNuts
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 2, 2014 - 08:36pm PT
I complained about my lens, and a much more digital/optically knowledgeable friend
(also, he doesn't drink) came over a to check it out. He brought resolution charts,
but right off the bat said "Your focus is off/funny, see if there is a firmware upgrade
for your lens". I did and after a little work, I upgraded the firmware (see appendix).
There were some very obvious improvements, the #1 being it stopped thrashing in
and out of focus and then settling on some bizarre focus point. Anyway I swear that
by placebo effect or not, I am better able to pick the focus point and it focuses quicker.
The release notes said that the image stabilization would be improved,
but that wasn't as obvious to me. To whit, her are some photos of birds in the air.
And, there is room for improvement.

Before that, while climbing(!!!) up in Leavenworth I saw a Nashville Warbler
and in the local Montlake fill a Lazuli Bunting. No photos for those, though.

OK, it's a big bird (begins with Os...), but I rarely get flying bird photos.


And an even bigger bird common around here


Not a great photo, but it got the focus better than it had been getting
with cruft in the foreground.


They are shy birds.



Howto from http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3150387
Just place the *.lin file in the root directory of the SD card, not in any folder.
Put the 100-300 lens on the camera and make sure the battery is fully charged.
Power on the camera and press the "Play" button - the one with the triangle on it.
When the message about upgrade comes up move the cursor to the
Yes position and press the central button (menu/set).
Don't touch any buttons while the upgrade is going on. After a minute or so it is done.
That is about it.
WTF

climber
Jun 2, 2014 - 08:56pm PT
Cool stuff everyone.

I finally got a glimps of the red tail hawks chicks. They are big and white. Heads bobbing. There are two chicks and they appear to be hungry all the time. Squaking non stop.

I'll post some pics soon. Dug out the zoom lens today.
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