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Offline Sandor3

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #45 on: April 13, 2015, 11:12:09 AM »
Wonderful photos, Booni!  What a view your friend will have watching the comings and goings and growing!  Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #46 on: April 13, 2015, 01:24:52 PM »
such a lovely gift,   oh so lucky

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #47 on: April 13, 2015, 02:38:20 PM »
Love it!  Nice that she built the nest near a window!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #48 on: April 13, 2015, 04:30:08 PM »
 :eclove awesome

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #49 on: April 18, 2015, 08:42:58 PM »

My friends say the Rufous Hummingbird eggs hatched today!
You can see Mum feeding maybe two heads here?

april 18 2015 15:05 - female Rufous Hummingbird with hatchlings



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2015, 01:11:18 AM »
wow, ty Booni

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2015, 08:56:52 AM »
 
i don*t know what year this was, & i can*t find my fotos of this, but there was a Hummingbird Nest at this same home years ago.
You had to climb a ladder, & you couldn*t see into the Nest, so i just held my camera over it & hoped something would be in focus.
Fortunately, my friends were able to find the fotos i sent them & sent them back!
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #52 on: April 21, 2015, 06:12:56 PM »
 
Now here are fotos from the day i went back to see the Hummingbird Nest.
i was taking fotos of the Nest, hoping to catch little heads popping up.
Mum would return so quickly, that i would blink & miss her landing.
Look at all the interesting ingredients of the Nest.
There are even three little flowers inside on the far side, that i believe are from a Maple Tree!
 
april 18 2015 15:04 - Rufous Hummingbird Nest
 


Here she is, & her eye is closed!  :heart
 


She was doing this tick-tock motion with her head, to the right, back to the left.
When she was to the left, the light caught her eye.
So i was timing my clicking according to her tick-tocking!
It was a nice warm sunny day, & she looks a bit sleepy.
 


This must be after she left & came back again.
She is facing a different direction now.
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #53 on: April 21, 2015, 06:23:09 PM »
 
april 18 2015 16:13 - Rufous Hummingbird Nest



Ha ha, having a 0.5 second snooze again!







There she goes!
& my shutter speed is too slow to catch her.


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #54 on: April 21, 2015, 06:28:18 PM »
 
april 18 2015 16:22 - Rufous Hummingbird Nest

She has taken off, & here she is returning again.
i am holding down the shutter, but she is so fast, it only takes her two fotos to land.





We are losing the perfect lighting.
Time to go, til next time...



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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #55 on: April 22, 2015, 12:14:39 AM »
Lovely series of photos you took of pretty Mama Rufous Hummingbird, Booni!   :eclove
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #56 on: April 30, 2015, 11:24:51 PM »
The other day I went walking down to my mailbox with my camera in my hand.

It's about a hundred metres each way but the trip took me half an hour.
There was so much going on!
I thought I was hearing my little House Wren from last year. I looked everywhere, following a sound that bounces all over the place and sounds like it's from everywhere at once.
I finally found the singer, red on red, in an outrageously blooming ornamental cherry tree.

For the last couple of years I had only seen Purple Finches around my place, but this fellow is a House Finch.
April 17, 5:15 pm







He soon joined his lady in a nearby apple tree. She was holding a twig and I kept an eye on her, hoping she would fly it to her nest. But eventually she chewed whatever edible seeds were on it and then discarded the rest.



On the way home I followed a Yellow-rumped Warbler for a while but never got any good pictures. Still he was lovely to see.
No need to go far, for it to turn into an adventure.

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #57 on: May 01, 2015, 08:45:10 AM »
Incredible series of photos Booni and Wren. Thank you so very much!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #58 on: May 01, 2015, 09:13:29 PM »
So colorful!  Thank you for brightening the day, Wren!   :nod2
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related... 2014-2015
« Reply #59 on: May 01, 2015, 10:33:24 PM »
I had the most amazing birdwatching experience today.

Actually it started yesterday evening. At the start of fire practice, I saw a bird the size of a small chicken walking around near the fire hall. I took it for a female Ring-necked Pheasant, but even in the dusk it seemed to me that it was rather dark for a pheasant hen. People have been raising and releasing pheasants at different times over the years, hoping that they would fill the niche of our disappeared Blue Grouse, which nobody has seen or heard for the last 20 years or so. So this was the most likely identification for this bird.

Had I remembered that pheasant hens have long tail plumes, I would have paid more attention. As it was, I watched for a minute while everyone else got busy setting up pumps and hoses and things; nobody else saw this beautiful visitor that walked almost right under their noses. The bird soon disappeared.

This afternoon I had some business at the fire hall again. Nobody else was around. When I got out of the building I heard... "Whoomp, whoomp, whoomp". I heard a sound I didn't think I would ever hear again on this island. A sound I last heard about twenty years ago.

And then I knew.
That bird wasn't a pheasant.

I rushed back home and got my camera!
Got back, walked slowly toward where I had heard the sound.
Grouse can be really, really difficult to find, so I wasn't too hopeful. Glad enough to have heard his advertising call.

Something flew from up a tree, across the road and to the ground at the edge of the woods. I just caught it from the corner of my eye.

I tiptoed over.

There he was. Making shorter softer calls in the same register. He walked back and forth in the undergrowth, and I clicked away on high ISO, content enough to be able to prove what I had seen and heard. A grainy ID shot would do. I stayed frozen in one place.

Then another miracle: he walked out of the woods!
May 1, 4 pm







That was a bit of vegetation clinging to the right side of his beak, and it's gone now.