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Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Apr 22, 2018 - 06:24am PT
Bridge swallows put on a show for me the other day... how many can you count in this photo?


I get 30-something. They were endlessly entertaining


DMT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 22, 2018 - 03:37pm PT
Who said there's no free lunch?

Credit: Reilly
Mmmmm!  Dragonfly lunch!
Mmmmm! Dragonfly lunch!
Credit: Reilly
Maybe you didn't know Black Phoebes fished?
Credit: Reilly


Sup?
Sup?
Credit: Reilly


Glad I'm not sitting there!
Glad I'm not sitting there!
Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 22, 2018 - 08:09pm PT
DMT - I got like 50, but that was before I cleaned my computer sceen. 30ish looks right.

Central American Pygmy-Owl (formerly Least Pygmy-Owl)
Credit: little Z

Long-billed Dowitcher, already in breeding plumage
Credit: little Z

fun time of year here in Costa Rica as many migrants are in their breeding plumage, and one even hears some snatches of breeding songs. I saw a male Blackburnian Warbler today that just knocked my socks off, unfortunately no photos.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 22, 2018 - 10:54pm PT
Z, I assume that is a youngun' but if he grows into those feet he'll be
a Harpy Eagle!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 22, 2018 - 11:43pm PT
Pygmy-owls never grow into their feet, but it's what allows them to take out such big prey. We have a few specimens of them and saw-whets; the saw-whet is a bigger bird, but their feet are downright dainty by comparison. It's pretty impressive to compare them.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 25, 2018 - 10:01am PT
A Band-tailed Pigeon was on the telephone wire above my back fence this morn:

Credit: Reilly

I don't think he trusted me.


Not in my back yard:
Credit: Reilly
Credit: Reilly
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 27, 2018 - 07:23pm PT
some birds sure look weird, like these Green Ibis

Credit: little Z
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 27, 2018 - 07:30pm PT
Credit: StahlBro
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 2, 2018 - 08:53pm PT
A couple more hooters :-)
GHO, Portal AZ a couple of weeks ago
GHO, Portal AZ a couple of weeks ago
Credit: BrassNuts
Snowy Owl, Boulder CO, a couple of months ago
Snowy Owl, Boulder CO, a couple of months ago
Credit: BrassNuts
Another view.  This guy drew a fairly good sized crowd right before a ...
Another view. This guy drew a fairly good sized crowd right before a snowstorm came in.
Credit: BrassNuts
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 3, 2018 - 09:52pm PT
I made a visit to a local park to check on Western Bluebird nest boxes that we put up in 2015. They have pretty productive with 2 broods per year usually. I was disappointed to find that one had been smashed by some low-lifes who vandalized the park in various ways recently. Anyway, the other nest box was less conspicuous and survived unscathed. The Bluebird pair is getting ready for nesting.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

The area around here is a hotspot for Allen's Hummingbirds.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

It's also a hotspot for Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies.
Credit: Tony
Here's a male in better shape from a couple of years ago.
Credit: Tony

A Spotted Sandpiper had acquired some spots before migrating.
Credit: Tony



hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 5, 2018 - 04:08pm PT
this guy boarded the shuttle and couldn't find his way out. so while he thought it over, i snapped
Credit: hooblie
this shot. not the best hammock technique, but as soon as i popped the roof hatch, out he went
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 5, 2018 - 09:13pm PT
This is such a great thread and happy place. I need to spend more time here! Thanks for all the great photos and info everyone!
clifff

Mountain climber
golden, rollin hills of California
May 6, 2018 - 08:46am PT
BIG FAT SUPER ATHLETES

Humans mistakenly think lean and mean is the way of great athletes. But the reality of animals living naturally in the wilds is just the opposite - big and fat is how super feats of athleticism are preformed, and while on a total fast to boot.

The Red Knot doubles its weight and then flies 5000 miles non-stop, without food, water, or rest in 6 days :

http://www.prweb.com/releases/manomet/redknotflightrecord/prweb4560994.htm

https://www.google.com/search?q=red+knot+5000+mile+flight&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1


BarTailed Godwit

A female shorebird was recently found to have flown 7,145 miles (11,500 kilometers) nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand—without taking a break for food or drink.

It's the longest nonstop bird migration ever measured, according to biologists who tracked the flight using satellite tags.

The bird, a wader called a bar-tailed godwit, completed the journey in nine days.

Since the Red Knot doubled its weight for 5000 miles the Bar Tailed Godwit must have tripled its weight for a flight of 7000 miles !!!!

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070913-longest-flight.html

And it's not just birds - all wild animals perform incredible feats, while big fat and fasting - whales, fish, salmon, Emperor Penguin, insects, bears ..... they enter a state of super fitness while big, fat and on a total fast. In contrast, humans are unfit when fat and even less fit when trying to fast. Humans have drifted very far from their natural potential.

For many more amazing bird flights:

https://www.google.com/search?q=record+bird+flights&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

The Common Swift Is the New Record Holder for Longest Uninterrupted Flight

Scientists have found that the birds can stay in the air for 10 months straight. That is a very long time. The bird world has its share of amazing migratory feats. Arctic Terns, for instance, are known for having the longest overall migration, with one bird racking up almost 60,000 miles on its round-trip journey between England and Antarctica. And as scientists recently discovered, Great Frigatebirds can sleep in 10-second bursts while remaining airborne for up to two months. But when it comes to uninterrupted flight, the Alpine Swift has held the record for the longest single flight of any avian species at 200 days.

No longer: Now there’s a new record holder, and this bird absolutely obliterated the Alpine's previous record. According to new research, Common Swifts can stay in the air for up to 10 months without stopping. Yes, 10 months. While scientists have long suspected that the bird might be capable of such a staggering achievement, they only recently had the tools to prove it.

http://www.audubon.org/news/the-common-swift-new-record-holder-longest-uninterrupted-flight

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&biw=1600&bih=837&ei=RC_vWs37GMTHjwT35rbQDA&q=frigate+bird+longest+flight+time&oq=frigate+bird+longest+flight+time&gs_l=psy-ab.3...14498.41292.0.41694.51.37.0.3.3.0.150.4182.0j32.33.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..17.29.3428.0..0j0i22i30k1j0i131k1j0i67k1j0i131i67k1j0i10k1j0i22i10i30k1j33i21k1j33i22i29i30k1.288.-m6DRWbP-iQ


cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
May 6, 2018 - 10:20pm PT
Yesterday I had a birders dream come true. I sat on the beach in Kasilof, not another soul in sight, and was surrounded by hundreds of shorebirds. Twice they flew past me, splitting into two groups to get around me. I watched them from afar at first, and then the tide brought them ever closer. It was worth a wet rear end to have that experience.
black-bellied plover and dunlin
black-bellied plover and dunlin
Credit: cyndiebransford
dowitchers, plovers and peeps
dowitchers, plovers and peeps
Credit: cyndiebransford
late in the year snow bunting
late in the year snow bunting
Credit: cyndiebransford
western sandpipers
western sandpipers
Credit: cyndiebransford
yellowlegs
yellowlegs
Credit: cyndiebransford
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 8, 2018 - 12:58pm PT
Credit: hooblie
of the two, this end is the handsome one
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
May 8, 2018 - 09:31pm PT
In Memoriam









Unwatched, the garden bough shall sway,
The tender blossom flutter down,
Unloved, that beech will gather brown,
This maple burn itself away.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 10, 2018 - 06:07pm PT
Bird bump - birds from Maui a couple of weeks ago :-)
Japanese White Eye
Japanese White Eye
Credit: BrassNuts
Apapane at 7k on Haleakala
Apapane at 7k on Haleakala
Credit: BrassNuts
Red-crested Cardinal feeding its young
Red-crested Cardinal feeding its young
Credit: BrassNuts
Melodious Laughing Thrush, pic by Callie :-&#41;
Melodious Laughing Thrush, pic by Callie :-)
Credit: BrassNuts
Common Myna in flight
Common Myna in flight
Credit: BrassNuts
Gray Francolins preening
Gray Francolins preening
Credit: BrassNuts
I'iwi or Scarlet Honeycreeper. Awesome bird with a cool song and bill!
I'iwi or Scarlet Honeycreeper. Awesome bird with a cool song and bill!
Credit: BrassNuts
Another shot of the I'iwi
Another shot of the I'iwi
Credit: BrassNuts
Java finch
Java finch
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 10, 2018 - 06:15pm PT
Great shots, BN, as always. Sad there are only two natives in the lot?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
May 10, 2018 - 07:44pm PT
Better watch out, Dave, Callie's gettin' good with the camera.
Your time may be limited. . .

hee hee hee. . .
L

climber
A place with cats...lots and lots of cats
May 10, 2018 - 07:47pm PT
They are all amazing photos, BN, but I particularly like the Gray Francolins for some reason. And the I'iwi, of course. :-)
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