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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #135 on: August 14, 2017, 10:30:28 AM »
 
i had gotten a HEART call about fledgling Crows down on the ground in a dangerous spot at Grassy Point!
The fotos taken by this observer are posted here.
My own fotos & story when i go check out the fledgling Crows can be found here.
So, as i was walking around, checking out the scene, i discovered that one of the fledglings had been hit by a car already.  :ecsad
i found them on the road & didn*t have the heart to just leave them there in the hot Sun.
The adult Crows sure made a fuss when i picked him up & put him in my car.
i wanted to photograph the beautiful details of this lovely young Bird whose life was wasted.
Goofy youngster was probably just standing there in the road & someone somehow just didn*t notice.  :mgritted
Here are some of the fotos i took of the youngster.
i donated the body to our Natural History Center to use as a specimen, but our taxidermist found them to be too deteriorated or damaged to use, unfortunately.
Look at all the fabulous wing feathers, still growing out of their sheaths.
Notice the rubbery commissure that gives away that this is a young Bird.
The tiles are a foot square, for size comparison.
 
may 28 2017 12:50 - Crow fledgling hit by car
 


Lovely feet that have barely touched the ground, knowing nothing but a Nest & the Trees til now.
 


Close up of the wing feathers in their sheaths.
 


 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #136 on: August 16, 2017, 03:34:32 AM »
Poor lil thing never had a chance at life

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #137 on: August 16, 2017, 03:44:52 AM »
keeping his eye on you too - very alert lil fellow
 

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #138 on: August 17, 2017, 09:18:28 AM »
 
i was sitting outside at a place that still has a small pond, even in this drought.
When you sit still for a while, there is a steady flow of Birds of all different kinds that i don*t necessarily get to see elsewhere.
But they are tough to get fotos of!
They don*t stay in one place for long!
They go from shadow into full Sun, so i keep needing to change my settings.
i can see them with my eye but then can*t find them with my camera.
So it was fun to practice & also to see who these Birds were!
These Birds come to drink & bathe in the pond.
i need something like this at my place!
 
august 10 2017 13:45 - male Townsend*s Warbler
 


That is a Fig, for size comparison.
 


Such a beautiful Bird!
That yellow really catches my eye.
It is quite rare to see, around here.
 

 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #139 on: August 17, 2017, 05:08:04 PM »
Very beautiful bird! thanks Booni!
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #140 on: August 19, 2017, 09:46:26 AM »
 
More Birds at the pond.
i spent at least an hour trying, & got only these five measly fotos.
 
august 10 2017 13:54 - Western Tanager
 


august 10 2017 13:54 - female Western Tanager
 

 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #141 on: August 23, 2017, 08:52:10 AM »
 
i wasn*t sure how to *watch* the eclipse when you weren*t supposed to look at the Sun at all.
It was really hard not to!
i didn*t want to buy a pair of disposable glasses.
i guess i could have gone somewhere & borrowed other peoples*.
But it was early & i had the day off & i just wanted to enjoy it at home.
i thought i might photograph my garden in the unusual light.
But it is so treed around my garden that the Sun didn*t poke over the top til well into the eclipse.
i intended to watch the whole thing online via NASA, but it was BORING!
Two people sat in chairs & yakked at each other, i never saw the Sun once.
National Geographic was the same.
i finally found a Canadian news station that just had a camera pointed at the Sun & showed it live.
i turned off the sound of all the people yakking & that was cool.
During the maximum eclipse i went out into my garden & just walked around, looking at things in the very unusual light.
It wasn*t like smokey light, it wasn*t like evening, it was very lovely light.
But i wasn*t sure what to take fotos of to show it.
The garden was still in shadow.
Then i saw this idea on facebook to use a colander to watch the eclipse!
i wish i had known this sooner, i would have somehow documented the whole progress of the eclipse this way!
This first foto is about 14 minutes after the maximum coverage that we got, & you can see that in the shadows cast by the colander holes.
 
august 21 2017 10:33 - eclipse via colander
 


Almost half an hour later & i finally have some Sun in my yard i can play with.
& you can see now that the Moon has almost uncovered the Sun.
It never really got dark here, just kind of dim & lovely & very very quiet, which was really cool.

august 21 2017 11:01 - eclipse via colander
 

 
 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #142 on: August 23, 2017, 03:58:53 PM »
I love your photos Booni!  The colander worked for me too!  And I also used my binoculars, pointing them at the sun and looking at the sunlight through the lens cast on the shadow of me on the wall.  Very cool. I took lots of photos of the shadows of my tree on the garage door and the ground, and a video too that showed all the half-sun shapes moving!  Magical!  It was a very soft light, a great way to describe that reduced sunshine.... not like dusk at all....  almost like my eyes were fading....  and quiet, yes!  A lovely description!   Thanks for sharing! :eclove

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #143 on: August 23, 2017, 08:47:37 PM »
Very interesting photos with the colander, booni!  Thanks for describing your experience.  It's nice to see reports from our friends from all over.    :eclove
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #144 on: August 28, 2017, 08:15:59 AM »
 
Following a Butterfly through Rudbeckia flowers, trying to get a good foto for identification.
Then i get stuck at which foto to post, which is best?
So i post a bunch of them.
 
august 15 2017 11:31 - Butterfly - Vanessa cardui/painted lady/cosmopolitan
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #145 on: August 28, 2017, 08:19:03 AM »
They are all beautiful, Booni!  Sorry, can't help you with ID. 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #146 on: August 28, 2017, 08:19:33 AM »
 
august 15 2017 11:33 - Butterfly - Vanessa cardui/painted lady/cosmopolitan
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #147 on: August 28, 2017, 08:24:11 AM »
 
august 15 2017 11:37 - Butterfly - Vanessa cardui/painted lady/cosmopolitan
 

 

 

 


Now off to post one of these to the Bug Identification Group on facebook.
 

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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #148 on: August 28, 2017, 08:28:28 AM »
 
Out on a walk up the mountain & this lovely Woodpecker was catching out eyes, flying from Tree to Tree.
 
august 21 2017 15:38 - female Hairy Woodpecker
 

 

 
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Re: Hornby Ground Observations that Aren't Eagle Related - 2016-2017
« Reply #149 on: August 28, 2017, 09:14:05 PM »
Your whole Painted Lady butterfly series is beautiful, booni!     :nod2
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