**** Weekly Wildlife Thread 4-26 to 5-1 ****

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myssvictoria OP Veteran Member • Posts: 5,743
Re: A Land of Giants

Good eye, Paul! Lots going on here, and it all works.

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Re: Crow, House Finch, and Eagle

Steve, I agree with Rodger, the Finch is the standout. However, I find it amazing that I can see good detail inside the Eagle's mouth!

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Re: Cormorant

Look at that detail! Really great shot, Paul.

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Re: Mixed wildlife from Costa Rica - FZ200

Fantastic, Rodger. They are all great. The Magnificent Frigatebird is truly a magnificent BIF. That Howler Monkey looks menacing, looks like it's ready to pounce on you. Very interesting squirrel! Too bad the Osprey came up empty but this is a great shot, nonetheless. I've been waiting for the Ospreys to return to our local lake. It's pretty dramatic how they dive head first into the water.

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Thanks to all for your comments (NT)
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Re: Swallow and Sapsucker

paul katinas wrote:

Wonderful images Vickie!

Does your West coast Sapsucker drill rows of holes to store food too?

Take care, Paul

Thanks, Paul. No, the Red-breasted Sapsucker doesn't store food that I know of. They drill holes to form sap wells where they return to sip sap and eat trapped insects. I've seen Hummingbirds frequent these sap wells.

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Re: Swallow and Sapsucker

myssvictoria wrote:

paul katinas wrote:

Wonderful images Vickie!

Does your West coast Sapsucker drill rows of holes to store food too?

Take care, Paul

Thanks, Paul. No, the Red-breasted Sapsucker doesn't store food that I know of. They drill holes to form sap wells where they return to sip sap and eat trapped insects. I've seen Hummingbirds frequent these sap wells.

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Thanks Vickie for the clarification and wonderful description on behavior.

Here's an image of my tree out back, excavated by a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.

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Huh! I never noticed that geese used Rain-X on their chests...

Look at that beading action.

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Golden finch?

The grey in this little guys yellow is throwing me off. Is it a Golden Finch?

Shoot through the glass, full reach, tripod. Best I could do with processing. Birds here are really shy - maybe because it's a new feeder. Have to peek around the curtains to get anything.

Golden finch?

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Re: Swallow and Sapsucker

GReat shots, V. Must be nice TC

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Re: Anna's hummingbird ( male)

Beautiful!

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Re: Mixed wildlife from Costa Rica - FZ200

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Fantastic, Rodger. They are all great. The Magnificent Frigatebird is truly a magnificent BIF. That Howler Monkey looks menacing, looks like it's ready to pounce on you. Very interesting squirrel! Too bad the Osprey came up empty but this is a great shot, nonetheless. I've been waiting for the Ospreys to return to our local lake. It's pretty dramatic how they dive head first into the water.

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Thanks for all those comments Vickie. The Howler Monkey shot is a bit misleading because it looks like I was on the same level at it, but in fact I was looking up and it was looking down at me. There was no signs of aggression from the monkey. I was busy eating leaves.

With regards to the osprey, its the first time I've managed to get a shot of one. I do have pre and post dive shots as well and might post them at a later time.

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Washington DC Squirrel

Went to the Capital looking for nuts. Hit the jackpot!

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Re: Golden finch?

Hi Bill,

That's an American Goldfinch.They will develop a vibrant yellow color and black cap during breeding, usually late in the season.

They love the Thistle plant, use it's down to weave their nests.

It's tough here in Florida identifying tiny birds.They usually visit in their non-breading colors.

Happy trails, Paul

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Re: Golden finch?

Thanks for the info.

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Re: A sideways glance.

What a post. Did you thank him? Thank you.

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Re: You talking to me???

"I am so sick of salad and this diet is getting me nowhere."

Good shot. Lost of character.

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Re: A Land of Giants

That is just gorgeous! great composition, light, angle, content,  . . . . One of the more interesting images I've seen here., especially in the bird category.

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Re: Cormorant

Nice shot. Is that a natural eye color or a play of the light?

Bill

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Re: Crow, House Finch, and Eagle

Yup, fond of the finch, but you sure nailed the "focus on the eye' on the crow image.

Bill

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