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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #120 on: March 13, 2011, 09:42:22 PM »
 :eclove  Why I love Mourning Doves:  :eclove

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpH67JLwAtk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpH67JLwAtk</a>

It rained today, and a beautiful dove was perched in my Elizabeth Magnolia.  It had just stopped raining when the video clip was recorded.  The sound you hear is the rain-filled creek.
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #121 on: March 15, 2011, 10:56:49 PM »
Turkey Vulture does the Hornby Shuggle



Took this picture when I was in Palm Desert in January.  We were exploring the Living Desert. 

http://www.livingdesert.org/
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #122 on: March 16, 2011, 08:27:04 AM »

Looks like the Vulture is having a bath there Beans?
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #123 on: March 18, 2011, 06:29:37 PM »
Short video of sandhill cranes coming in for a landing   
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #124 on: March 18, 2011, 08:16:06 PM »
Had a pair of Ring-necked pheasants hang around here today. :ecsmile




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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #125 on: March 18, 2011, 09:00:26 PM »
What a treat - Sandhill Cranes in flight and ring-necked pheasants~~~Thanks so much gmadeb and passerine  :heart
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #126 on: March 20, 2011, 02:37:58 PM »
Update.....male now has 3 hens, another male showed up he chased him away.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ring-necked_Pheasant/lifehistory

•Pheasants practice "harem-defense polygyny" where one male keeps other males away from a small group of females during the breeding season.


Did you notice the female in the pics, she is well camouflaged.

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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #127 on: March 25, 2011, 09:51:56 AM »

Wow, FANTATSTIC Gma!
It is just wonderful to see these birds, whom i will probably never see in person!
Thanks for documenting for us!!  :heart
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #128 on: March 25, 2011, 03:16:14 PM »
Thanks booni, you inspire me to capture wildlife through my camera.  I so enjoy your great pics and adventures.  :thumbup:
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #129 on: March 25, 2011, 05:49:04 PM »
Thanks for sharing, gmadeb.  What awesome birds! :ecsmile

This may be the same Turkey Vulture as in Beans' post.  Photos taken at The Living Desert on January 31, 2011.


DSC03753 by luvthebirds, on Flickr


DSC03754 by luvthebirds, on Flickr

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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #130 on: March 25, 2011, 09:10:38 PM »
Yes gmade nice feet, thanks for pics. :ecsmile

Very cool Luv, would like to go there some day, sounds like a great spot. Vultures are so important for the bad rap they get. As are all critters.

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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #131 on: March 26, 2011, 10:48:54 AM »
Luv, I am curious about the screen fencing behind the vulture. Is it in an enclosure? That sure is a strong chain behind it too!
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« Reply #132 on: March 26, 2011, 11:48:28 PM »
Blue, there are a couple of walk-in aviaries at the Living Desert.  This one houses non-releasable birds including roadrunners, black crowned night herons, great egrets (& snowy egrets I think), turkey vultures, little green heron, and ravens, as I recall.  We will likely be visiting again soon, so will try to note which birds are there now.  It is fairly large and the birds are quite habituated to people strolling through.  There is a large pole in the center which holds the mesh like metal.  (And upon which the vultures like to perch.)  There are chains that are supports.  Sort of like a large tent.

This picture (from December 17, 2010) may give you some idea of the size.  It probably shows about 25% of the space.

DSC01305 by luvthebirds, on Flickr

This picture from January 31, 2011, gives a little more perspective of the support chain you noted in the other picture I posted of the vulture airing its wings:

DSC03752 by luvthebirds, on Flickr

Since I was peeking at some pictures, here are a couple more of the aviary's residents.  These were also taken December 17, 2010.

One of several black crowned night herons:

DSC01308 by luvthebirds, on Flickr

Turkey Vulture:

DSC01309 by luvthebirds, on Flickr

Great egret(s):

DSC01306 by luvthebirds, on Flickr
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #133 on: March 27, 2011, 08:06:03 AM »
Thankyou, luv. Nice to see them close like that.
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Re: Fauna Native to Your Area
« Reply #134 on: March 27, 2011, 11:31:07 AM »
Luv - after I saw your pictures, I  googled "The Living Desert" http://www.livingdesert.org/ and read:

• A walk-through aviary for native bird species was completed in 1979, with a surrounding oasis ... An animal care center was completed for the growing animal collection as well as injured and orphaned native species

So it wasn't too difficult to figure out what the fencing was all about.   :ecsmile  It looks like an interesting facility where one could spend several days.
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