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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:03 am 
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nice shots jiko.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:40 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:50 pm 
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"Please don't eat me!"

Sparrowhawk, with a young sparrow.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:58 pm 
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Well that's certainly wildlife! Poor sparrow.

Superb pic Old Carlos.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Feel sadness for the young sparrow :cry: ....especially as I feed them, but if there wasn't any prey, the hawk wouldn't exist. Nature is cruel, but also amazing.

Thanks WM. It was pure luck that I had the camera pointing in that general direction at the time.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:31 am 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:50 am 
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Damn, its been so long I almost forgot how to post.... yes... it has been too long but we will leave it at that.

The pics I will be posting for the forseeable future were taken on my property unless otherwise mentioned. For those who dont know I currently live on 80 acres about 1 hour out of Saskatoon. Due to an accidnet several months ago I am still not able to wonder far but hopefully that changes over this winter... anyways...

I had the chance over the past little while to observe several pairs of hummingbirds. I don't have any feeders but they are attracted to the hay field I have which has been full of blooms for the past 6 weeks or so. What I have learned first off by observing them is that if not disturbed they are creatures of habit. They tend to use the same flight paths to and from the field and even use the same resting spots along the way if they feel so inclined. One of these resting spots was a small bush maybe 2 meters high and 3 meters around which was infested with hornets. The hummingbirds would stop and hover here quite regularly so this is where I decided to sit and watch them and hopefully walk away with some good pics...

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Every once-in-a-while while out for a bit of air I would notice a hummingbird making exagerated dives in the air over the bush but I could never figure this behavior out and took it to be a territorial display. The dives would form a large "U" going back and forth maybe 8 meters high. One day I was watching them again at the hornet infested bush when a female darted into the middle of the bush as if trying to hide. A male kept buzzing the bush but not in the way I mentioned above. It seemed as if he was trying to get at her and she was doing everything she could to stay away from him hiding deep in the middle of the bush with hornets buzzing all around. Then suddenly she darted out and landed near the end of the branch. I couldn't move or I would have frightened her but even if I would have wanted to there would not have been time seeing the male was on her in a second. The whole mating lasted only about 3 or 4 seconds at most but luck was on my side and even though the light wasn't perfect it was by far good enough...

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Immediately after it was over the male took to the air and did his "U" shaped dives. I tried for quite some time to find the nest but with no luck so far... they are still afterall buzzing around my field... who knows.. just maybe :D

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:37 am 
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Wish you a speedy recovery Wolf.
The sooner you wander far about, we get the chance to see more great photos :)
And it is tough for me to post any thing just after your posts but still trying :P


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The Australian Magpie's looks and behaviour are very similar to that of the crows back in India....I will get to observe more closely for similarity/difference when back home in Jan next year.
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Australian Raven I presume and not the Torresian Crow
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:24 pm 
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Thank you Jag. I love the posture of the raven in the first shot.

Some from early spring...

Just hangin out

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Just... a... LITTLE BIT... farther...

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It's not easy being pink...

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Every time I see one of these the question becomes should I pick up the camera or the gun?

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Impression: Owls often leave this impression when attacking something in the snow. No blood was visable so it looks like this hunt was unsuccessful.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:51 am 
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Hi Wolfsong, stunning capture on the hummingbirds. Been wondering what you are up to, since your trip down to Antartica. How did all that go?

Wish you well on recovery. Had my own little incident and surgery at the end of May, had 6 weeks off from work, but back full bottle now. Got a nice scar as a reminder.
Puts things into perspective.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:42 am 
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Hey Max... things are progressing nicely... Jag had asked as well so may as well just post it... had a small slip down a big hill, otherwise known as a mountain.. I was trying to get to the burgess shale area as there have been some new small discoveries there... broke multiple bones including in both arms and legs.. think it was close to 2 months in hospital, and lots of rehab. Still not getting around to well at all. Doctors say it will be bout another 5 months or so b4 Im back at it and then I will need to rebuild stamina for hiking. So I dont foresee too much til next spring.

Antarctica went well... have not looked at pics yet as I am just starting to be able to type again without pain but even that is taking time. All the trips planned for this summer were a write off which is really annoying... no arctic, polarbears, belugas, narwhals, bow whales... nothing... no east coast trip either.

The pics I will be posting for the next little while will be ones taken in the yard not much else as the pain is still pretty constant at times. I'll suffer through taking the pics but I have all the time in the world to edit them so one step at a time.

Good news is Im finally able to drive again for bout 1 hr at a time so at least I can get out for a bit.

I still however foresee a really boring fall and winter.

Next summer Im hoping to make it out to the great bear rainforest again for another shoot out there... I dearly miss that place and the spirit bear. Maybe Ill be lucky enough to pop over to Haida Gwaii as well for some whales... we will see.

Nice to see the forums still active... Ill try to do my part again :)

And speeking of the great bear rainforest and photography there... errrr.. Ill post the link on my thread from there :twisted:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:54 am 
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ouch, some small hill.............

how did you get out and to hospital.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:57 am 
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air ambulance... Max.. gonna post a link to an amazing wildlife shoot in the great bear rainforest .. I think u and kpr as well as many others will love it.. its a 42 minute watch but some of the stills are amazing.... Ill link it on my trip tread to there...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:38 am 
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ok will check it out, can we call you fumbles from now on? :P

I can appreciate a bit of what you are going through, getting a good nights sleep would be hard and getting things moving and building up strength. Surprising how quickly you loose it.
Sounds like a scary experience and I am sure there is a good story in there, mine was interesting in so far that my appendix had a tumour in it and had to be removed with a small part of my large bowel etc etc . Surgery was a bit tricky, without going into details, I was under for 9 hours. A week in hospital, a 20cm scar and a good 8 weeks to fully recover and its all over. Helps being a non smoker and reasonably fit, I guess. Was scary initially as the tumour could have been cancerous, which it wasn`t.
Anyway like I said changes you perspective on life, but 100% now and no ongoing complications.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:56 am 
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Hope you have a speedy recovery Wolf

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