Could you identify this Hitchhiker for me?

Started Jun 23, 2008 | Discussions
R2D2 Forum Pro • Posts: 21,729
Could you identify this Hitchhiker for me?

OK, I have a fair idea what the larger bird might be...

But the smaller one at first I thought might be a Tree Swallow. Until I got home and saw the Red Crest on the Computer. I didn't think swallows were quite that aggressive either.

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We're surfin' Dude...

Take the next Left...

Gotta pull the Emergency Brake...

Thanks for looking, and TIA for any I.D.
R2

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Dan Kramer Regular Member • Posts: 398
Wow!

No idea about the hitchhiker, but these shots are stunning!
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Andrew McP Contributing Member • Posts: 586
Re: Wow!

Dan Kramer wrote:

No idea about the hitchhiker, but these shots are stunning!

Agreed! Unless this kind of thing is very common (which would surprise me greatly) those shots must be worth spreading around... preferably with some well-earned cash lubricating the movement.

Well caught.

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kingofkngs Regular Member • Posts: 121
Re: Could you identify this Hitchhiker for me?

Congratulations on the shot!

Eastern Kingbird is the hitchhiker. They have the red crest which is often hidden. Another diagnostic marker is the white tips of the tail.

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OMG how awesome is that!

I forgot to check what bird it is, but man, you have some incredible shots. Send that to Birders World. It deserves an audience!
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Rocky Garcia Regular Member • Posts: 276
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WOW!!!!!! How does that little bird manage to carry that big bald eagle. Must be on steroids.

willvan Senior Member • Posts: 2,129
"Wow" is right.

Hi R2. I have seen some incredible shots that you have presented but this series really takes the cake. Right place, right time and right person behind the camera. Eastern Kingbird has been identified in my stomping grounds but I have yet to see one. I will now look for a very aggressive and foolhardy bird. Excellent work.

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Rocky Garcia Regular Member • Posts: 276
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PS - Seriously though, amazing shots!!!!

iMac, therefore iAm Veteran Member • Posts: 8,471
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ROTFLMFAO!!!

Rocky Garcia wrote:

WOW!!!!!! How does that little bird manage to carry that big bald
eagle. Must be on steroids.

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peacewarrior Contributing Member • Posts: 962
Re: Wow! super wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

the small guy taking the big nasty guy !!!

send to national geographic for cash ...

Andrew McP wrote:

Dan Kramer wrote:

No idea about the hitchhiker, but these shots are stunning!

Agreed! Unless this kind of thing is very common (which would
surprise me greatly) those shots must be worth spreading around...
preferably with some well-earned cash lubricating the movement.

Well caught.

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peacewarrior Contributing Member • Posts: 962
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bring me to my destination, or I eat you said the small brave bird to the normally aggresive bald eagle ... i just love bald eagle, not its eating habit though ...

thanks for sharing .. awesome ...

R2D2 wrote:

OK, I have a fair idea what the larger bird might be...

But the smaller one at first I thought might be a Tree Swallow.
Until I got home and saw the Red Crest on the Computer. I didn't
think swallows were quite that aggressive either.

Canon 30D and 400mm f5.6L, 1/2000 sec @ f5.6, ISO400. Love this lens
for BIF. The A.I. Servo AF works quite well too (these are in a
series).

We're surfin' Dude...

Take the next Left...

Gotta pull the Emergency Brake...

Thanks for looking, and TIA for any I.D.
R2

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krusadr Senior Member • Posts: 2,988
Photoshop?????

Of course not. How could it be. I mean, we've all seen and heard of eagles flying around with birds sitting on their backs, not a feather ruffled, not with their wings even outstretched, just preening themselves.

Of course, happens all the time.

How elastic is your credulity? Or does contemplating the question stretch you?

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Warning - this is how "truth" is borne :-(
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Great capture

That little guy must have gotten tired of dive bombing. Gutsy move to park on the back, but I don't think the Eagle could do much about it.

In the second shot the Eagle is giving the little one the evil eye. Nice set. That first one is a winner.

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MattWeth Regular Member • Posts: 477
Re: Warning - this is how "truth" is borne :-(

Care to clarify your subject line?
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Perhaps...

Kjeld Olesen wrote:

Warning - this is how "truth" is borne

MattWeth wrote:

Care to clarify your subject line?
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Methinks that Mr. Olesen's remark could be construed something along the lines of "The truth can be a great weight to Bear." In that any Truth Worth Fighting For is indeed worth the Struggle.

Or I may be 180 degrees off, and the word "Borne" was really intended to be "Born"...

"Warning - this is how "truth" is born "

In which case I would respond that my photos are indeed telling The Truth (with a capital T), and not the "truth" (with a lie inferred).

I guess we'll have to wait for Mr Olesen's clarification, as you've already suggested Matt.

Cheers,
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OP R2D2 Forum Pro • Posts: 21,729
Completely understandable

krusadr wrote:

Of course not. How could it be. I mean, we've all seen and heard of
eagles flying around with birds sitting on their backs, not a feather
ruffled, not with their wings even outstretched, just preening
themselves.

Of course, happens all the time.

How elastic is your credulity? Or does contemplating the question
stretch you?

Funny, when I showed the pics to a (good friend) co-worker this morning, the first thing that he said was "Photoshop?" So no hard feelings.

It really hadn't occurred to me (before reading your post this morning) that the images (as incredulous as they may seem) would need a "Truth" disclaimer. But such is the day and age in which we live. And such is my naivete.

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R2

ps. I did have to clone out a couple of dust spots though!

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Worthy of publication......

These shots are truly amazing. Incredible!

For starters, I would send National Geographic the above three. Their photogs couldn't do any better - it doesn't get any better than this!

I'm serious - these should be published in a magazine that is worthy of them.

Maria
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That is one agnry Eastern Kingbird (nt)
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