ISF Logo   IS Forum
Forum Index Register Members List Events Mark Forums Read Help

Go Back   International Skeptics Forum » General Topics » Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology
 

Notices


Welcome to the International Skeptics Forum, where we discuss skepticism, critical thinking, the paranormal and science in a friendly but lively way. You are currently viewing the forum as a guest, which means you are missing out on discussing matters that are of interest to you. Please consider registering so you can gain full use of the forum features and interact with other Members. Registration is simple, fast and free! Click here to register today.
Reply
Old 3rd July 2013, 03:20 PM   #201
EHocking
Philosopher
 
EHocking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 5,331
Originally Posted by macdoc View Post
Great shot ....looks like the bird is considering it for lunch

Black Macaws - huge birds...could not get close

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6....37%2520PM.jpg
I seem to have missed a page, reading this on a mobile phone, but besides other shots (such as the controversial eagle shots), these are actually Red-tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), not Macaws.
__________________
"A closed mouth gathers no feet"
"Ignorance is a renewable resource" P.J.O'Rourke
Prayer: "a sophisticated way of pleading with thunderstorms." T.Pratchett
"It's all god's handiwork, there's little quality control applied", Fox26 reporter on Texas granite
Forum Birdwatching Webpage
EHocking is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 4th July 2013, 04:13 PM   #202
fitzgibbon
Master Poster
 
fitzgibbon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Just west of the centre of the universe
Posts: 2,807
Originally Posted by dasmiller View Post
but I'm quite happy with this picture)
You have a knack for understatement. I'd be annoyingly happy with such a fine shot.

Fitz
__________________
"Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business! So if you want the truth... Go to God!"
Howard Beale, "Network"
fitzgibbon is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 4th July 2013, 05:30 PM   #203
leon_heller
Graduate Poster
 
leon_heller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,112
This year the two Herring Gulls that have been living here and nesting on my top floor balcony have raised three chicks:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7945975...7633850117039/

They are now nearly six weeks old and should be flying any day now.
__________________
Leon Heller
G1HSM
leon_heller is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 7th August 2013, 06:38 PM   #204
fitzgibbon
Master Poster
 
fitzgibbon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Just west of the centre of the universe
Posts: 2,807
Anyone have any ideas on this guy?

I've heard it often but previously assumed it was a male cardinal. Clearly not. For those of you with DropBox, here's a short video clip with his song if that helps

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...cal%20bird.mov

Fitz
__________________
"Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business! So if you want the truth... Go to God!"
Howard Beale, "Network"
fitzgibbon is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 7th August 2013, 08:34 PM   #205
bruto
Penultimate Amazing
 
bruto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 14,178
A couple of random bird notes from relatively uninteresting Vermont.

First of all, a sandhill crane has been spotted in Mount Holly, Vermont. Must have blown off course.

Second, not long ago a very old (probably 1860's) hollow apple tree behind our house lost a very large section. It had been cabled together for the last 35 years or so, and one of the cable anchors pulled through the decaying trunk. Hanging from the lost portion was a little wren house which was inhabited, and I thought the wren family was a goner. But I went out and found the house under some debris and it sounded as if something was alive, so I rehung it. Within a few hours, the wrens were back bringing food. For the next week, I worked cabling the remaining tree together, sawing up the wreckage, and so forth, and the wrens would wait in the branches, singing up a storm, until I got a little way away, and then resumed their duties. Nothing special here, except that I think wrens are very nice little birds!
__________________
Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding. (Samuel Johnson)

I love this world, but not for its answers. (Mary Oliver)
bruto is online now   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 7th August 2013, 08:41 PM   #206
dasmiller
Just the right amount of cowbell
 
dasmiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Well past Hither, looking for Yon
Posts: 4,633
Originally Posted by fitzgibbon View Post
Anyone have any ideas on this guy? http://desmond-secure.yfrog.com/secu.../814/n29ea.jpg

I've heard it often but previously assumed it was a male cardinal. Clearly not. For those of you with DropBox, here's a short video clip with his song if that helps

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...cal%20bird.mov

Fitz
The picture link doesn't seem to be working. From the video clip, I'd say some kind of wren. Maybe a Bewick's Wren?
__________________
"In times of war, we need warriors. But this isn't a war." - Phil Plaitt
dasmiller is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 8th August 2013, 04:02 AM   #207
fitzgibbon
Master Poster
 
fitzgibbon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Just west of the centre of the universe
Posts: 2,807
Originally Posted by dasmiller View Post
The picture link doesn't seem to be working. From the video clip, I'd say some kind of wren. Maybe a Bewick's Wren?
Sorry about that. Try this instead


I might add that this is Toronto-area

Fitz
__________________
"Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business! So if you want the truth... Go to God!"
Howard Beale, "Network"

Last edited by fitzgibbon; 8th August 2013 at 04:06 AM.
fitzgibbon is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 28th September 2013, 04:07 PM   #208
dasmiller
Just the right amount of cowbell
 
dasmiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Well past Hither, looking for Yon
Posts: 4,633
Well, this thread has gotten quiet!

Went back out to Bolsa Chica this morning; this time I got up early to get there right after sunrise. If I were slightly smarter, I'd have realized that this meant driving straight into the sunrise on a very clear morning, and I might have planned a little differently. Anyway, it was a beautiful day, and I spent 3 hours wandering around and taking pictures.

First, I'm not wild about cormorants, but I've struggled to get good flight pictures of them anyway. Finally got a few, including this one:

Cormorant Flyby #1

Next, I was on a bridge when this pelican took off and headed straight for me. At first, I though he might actually hit me, but he passed a bit above me and off to the side. I snapped this as he went past; this picture is not cropped; he was simply too close for me to get much of him in the picture. I wish they'd warn you when they're going to do something like this:

Pelican close flyby

This GBH looks fast, but it was actually slowing down for a landing:

GBH Almost-Fast Flyby

I've had trouble getting flight shots of the smaller shorebirds, so I have to post this one of a pair of willets:

Willet flyby

And I'll end with a Great Egret and an almost-successful hunt (the fish eventually got away):

Had it, lost it
__________________
"In times of war, we need warriors. But this isn't a war." - Phil Plaitt
dasmiller is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 28th September 2013, 07:17 PM   #209
bruto
Penultimate Amazing
 
bruto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 14,178
Nice. I really like that last egret shot.

Very little bird activity here - I see birds, but have not seen anything new or very exciting recently, and have not been out taking pictures for a while, so at the moment not much to report. Good to see they're still flying, though.
__________________
Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding. (Samuel Johnson)

I love this world, but not for its answers. (Mary Oliver)
bruto is online now   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Old 28th September 2013, 08:05 PM   #210
dasmiller
Just the right amount of cowbell
 
dasmiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Well past Hither, looking for Yon
Posts: 4,633
Thanks. In the back part of the reserve (20 minute hike from the nearest parking lot. Or bathroom), a flock of white pelicans seemed to have trapped a school of fish and was gorging themselves, and all the other birds were hanging around. This made for a great concentration of herons, egrets, cormorants, pelicans, terns, etc. There was constant activity, so I simply sat on the path and started taking pictures. The GBH and Great Egret pics are from that part of the trip. I suspect that, 20 years from now, that'll be one of my memorable birding moments.
__________________
"In times of war, we need warriors. But this isn't a war." - Phil Plaitt
dasmiller is offline   Quote this post in a PM   Nominate this post for this month's language award Copy a direct link to this post Reply With Quote Back to Top
Reply

International Skeptics Forum » General Topics » Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:54 AM.
Powered by vBulletin. Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
2014, TribeTech AB. All Rights Reserved.
This forum began as part of the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF). However, the forum now exists as
an independent entity with no affiliation with or endorsement by the JREF, including the section in reference to "JREF" topics.

Disclaimer: Messages posted in the Forum are solely the opinion of their authors.