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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:19 am 
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cool shots guys... max... those black cockatoos look so cool.. almost makes you wanna have one as a pet

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:39 am 
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Good shooting Max, especially the last one with the detail in the feathers, I assume cropped.


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thanks, yes close enough to 100% crop.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:49 pm 
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Great catches Maxx!!


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Great shots! What bird is that? I'm not entirely sure (I don't know much about birds)


Red tailed hawk.
It was sitting atop some Gypsum cliffs along the highway on the way to family visits Christmas day...had to stop and try it!!
Sun was right,it looked sleepy and slow sunbathing,traffic had it distracted or desensitized some...it worked and worth the stop I think.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:39 pm 
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More from South Florida - and a little travel...October 20th through November 20th:

Scarlet macaw (it's a pet bird of another bird photographer who brings the macaw with him out in the wetlands!):
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Red-bellied woodpecker:
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Palm warbler:
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Black-crowned night heron:
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Loggerhead shrike:
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Male painted bunting:
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Black-crowned night heron:
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Osprey:
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Blue-grey gnatcatcher:
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Red-bellied woodpecker:
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Yellow-throated warbler:
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Ibis:
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Pine warbler:
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Brown booby - this one was actually in the Caribbean down south by Aruba:
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Aruba pelican:
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Bananaquit in Aruba:
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Red-lored parakeets flying over the Gatun locks of the Panama Canal on a rainy overcast day:
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Magnificent frigatebird in Panama:
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Fork-tailed flycatcher in Panama:
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Not a great picture, but I thought it was interesting just to show the volume! This was dusk at a strip mall in Colon Panama - a palm tree in the median of a road surrounded by hundreds of people - and the tree was making an unbelievable amount of noise. A close look at the tree branches revealed hundreds of orange-chinned parakeets lining all the branches, and singing away! Note too the one yellow chested guy near the top - that's a tropical kingbird mixed in:
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:42 pm 
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Amazing shots! The frigatebird looks amazing and I loved the bananaquit, good job :D

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:33 am 
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love the booby shot

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:50 am 
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great shots as usual zackiedawg.
Love the Palm Warbler shot.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:56 pm 
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Zack, you've got some beautiful pictures! It looks like maybe you also had a wonderful vacation? I like the Frigatebird. I've never seen one of those before. Thanks for sharing.

This is not a very good picture (and I see some spots where snowflakes were hitting my lens), but I wanted to show how many birds were in this tree. There were three trees next to each other, all filled with the same kind of birds. My guess is that they were possible Cedar Waxwings, but I am not sure. They all flew in together, then left all at the same time. My pictures of them flying were too blurry to post.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:38 pm 
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Thanks Navy - indeed it was a very nice vacation. I always love to get down to the Caribbean and Central America - for the beautiful water, for the birds and wildlife, the jungles and the volcanic mountains...and just to get away for a week or two!

Hard to tell what species of bird you've got there - I'm always fascinated at how they can gather in such huge numbers in trees - sitting for an hour or so, then suddenly just all flying off. Some are noisy as heck (like the grackles that gather in the trees around my house), and some sit quietly (like the waxwings often seem to).

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:28 pm 
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These were very noisy - I heard them before I rounded the corner and saw them. Maybe they were grackles. I am not sure. I like listening to the birds, and seeing them, but I really don't watch them enough to identify most of them. Most of the songbirds are now down vacationing by you for the winter.

I like going down to where you are for the same reasons you like to go to the Carribean. I've been to Delray Beach several times, and have friends in Boca and Ft. Lauderdale.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:30 am 
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Given the "noisy" my bet would be on Starlings.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:00 am 
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Could be starlings. There were easily over 100 of them in the three trees. My zoom wasn't good enough to get a close-up of any of them for me to compare in a bird book.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:33 pm 
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Cracking shots Zak :D

Hi KPR and others - I have been a little inactive of late :|

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:01 pm 
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To Zackiedawg,
My sister is here and is a bird enthusiast. (She takes care of rescued birds - especially molluccans (sp?) and cockatoos.) She thinks your friend's scarlet macaw is actually a greenwing macaw. They are differentiated by the green on the wings and the ruby colored striations around the eye. Supposedly the Scarlet Macaws have white only below the eyes without. They are known as the Gentle Giants of the parrot world. You got a beautiful shot of that one, whatever kind it is! (I don't know a thing about it, but thought I'd pass it on.)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Some amazing shots yet again. I am always impressed with the quality of the pictures.

kpr wrote:
Given the "noisy" my bet would be on Starlings.

Without knowing more about the local bird population I would tend to agree with Starlings. Around this time of year we get "murmurations" (where they flock in their thousands, making beautiful patterns in the sky) down on the Somerset levels. The branches of the trees and bushes will flex and bend where there are so many Starlings roosting on them and the noise can be immense. One thing, if they do all take off, it may not be wise to look up! 8)

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