The Sunday BIRD Volume 8, Issue 41 March 31, 2013
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I captured these Crested Terns resting on the rocky shore at the entrance to a coastal lake 200Km south of Sydney Australia.
The adults seemed tired from a hard day's fishing, the juvenile was restless, begging to be fed.
I got as close as I could without disturbing them.
And about 1 metre to the left was this restless juvenile
I just spent two weeks in Costa Rica. Saw lots of amazing new - to me - birds and other critters. This bird is a Resplendent Quetzal. We first spotted it's nest in this tree. The male bird was home at the time. All you can see of it is it's long tail feathers flapping around in the breeze. The book says they can be up to 30" long - I believe it!
Then the female showed up and the male got his chance to stretch his wings. Here he is leaving the nest:
He hopped around a nearby tree, always showing us his backside:
At last, he hopped to a branch that gave me a relatively clear shot!
Shot with an E-M5 and a ZD 70-300 at ISO 3200. All I can say is that the colors are fairly accurate. I didn't enhance them at all. What an experience! This bird is very elusive, and many birders go to Costa Rica without ever seeing one. I felt very lucky. He is definitely Resplendent!
It's much easier to criticize than to create
Last week I looked and read sanjaykool's Koel entry and the description made me think of our unrelated and somewhat unpopular Brown Headed Cowbird
Like the Koel, the female lays her eggs in the nest of other birds. The host birds often raise the young cowbird to the disadvantage of their own young. Sometimes the foreign egg is recognized and pushed out of the nest or buried in the nest. When rejected, an observing cowbird parent may take exception and destroy the nest of the host bird. They do threaten the existence of some song birds.
And thinking about unpopular birds reminds me that I watched two Turkey Vultures land in my Oak. Watching them land even 50 feet up is an impressive sight as their wingspan is easily 6-8 feet across. Since they have landed I assume that they are now our neighborhood vultures.
They do clean up after us. We have an oversupply of squirrels in my neighborhood and they sometimes run out at inopportune moments when our autos are about. Not being very neat creatures we tend to leave the results of our encounters in the streets and the vultures are kind enough to clean up after us, keeping us healthier than we might be. ..
Finally, remembering our recent sentinel – the Northern Mockingbird – who for two years defended his holly tree against all other birds.....
He apparently ran afoul of out neighborhood Cooper's Hawk as I found only his tail feathers under the dogwood tree. The Robins have now stripped the holly tree of berries and we await our next Mockingbird who will reorganize all the other birds in the yard and keep them in line.....
I have to admit that these birds, and others who play out their dramas, are what makes yard birds so interesting for me. Thanks for taking the time to stop by......
Great find, must have been very exciting. Not seen this bird on this forum before and never likely to get a chance to see one live. The last image is very good, you must be happy with that.
Three excellent captures. Didn't know the snowy owl had a swivel head?
Car has been out of action this week so resorted to walking down to local billabong.
There is a good variety of birds that hangout here but no many good vantage points to photograph them.
Nankeen Night Heron
All taken with E- 5 and 50-200mm SWD +EC2.0
Oops not sure what happened to 1st image. Here it is
All taken with E5 and 50-200 and 1.4
Some nice catches Richard.
I like the balance in this composition. Nicely done
Good shots carizi. I espescially like the budgerigar (or budgie as we call them here). Is he your pet ?
wow, that's one exotic looking bird - nice catch !
Beautiful raptors !
Again terrific hand held work with the big manual lens Steve
A good set, and interesting commentary.
I like the cowbird shots the best, and it's great that you caught both male and female.
It's always a little sad when a backyard regular is lost. Up until a few weeks ago I had a large family of crested pigeons frequenting my garden. Now they are thinned out and I find the occasional pile of feathers. I suspect the neighbourhood cats but there has also been a Perigine falcon about.