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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Somehow we managed to skip right over making a new thread for September. I surmise it was from watching the hurricanes. Sticking tongue out
Since it's October, I decided to start a new thread. Of course, it helps that I have a brand new photo I took today of a bird I have never gotten a photo of before. Hilarious!
We came from here:
The thread "Bird Photos - August 2017" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

This is a red eyed vireo. I'm 99.9% positive of that ID anyway. If anyone thinks I'm wrong, please speak up. Poor baby flew into my kitchen window HARD. I ran out to check on it & it was just sitting there stunned. I took a couple photos. Thankfully it recovered & flew off! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 3, 2017 11:33 AM CST
Oh that's so pretty Ann Lovey dubby
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 3, 2017 11:36 AM CST
Thanks Ronnie!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Oct 5, 2017 7:57 PM CST
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Just an undulating curtain of birds...don't know what they were, but there sure were a lot of them!
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Oct 5, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Here are a couple of Great Blue Heron flight sequences (by our little buddy JR) taken Tuesday (3 October):
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And later:
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 6, 2017 7:05 AM CST
Wowser Dirt! That's a passel of birds!

Robert - Beautiful!!! Love those Great Blue's!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Deb
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Fruit Growers Ferns Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Oct 6, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Love the herons! Dirt, those may be starlings if you get those in your area, they are known for their spectacular evening dance. Search 'starling murmuration music' for some gorgeous clips.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Oct 6, 2017 8:12 AM CST
That's it Deb!
and what an awesome new word
murmuration!

it was like a school of fish swimming in the sky and I kept waiting for a sky shark to show up and start picking them off--
great watching those amazing clips--now I gotta get back to work!
shoulda tried to film it, but, I don't really know how to do that Hilarious!
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Oct 6, 2017 8:49 PM CST
As you know, we all have to eat. And that goes for our heron friend, JR. But, the other day, he did it up in style with a three course meal.
First, there was the (insect) appetizer and a drink:
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Followed by the salad course:
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Finally. the main course, trout:
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He skipped desert.
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Oct 7, 2017 7:50 PM CST
A bit quiet on the thread, so I'll toss in some young Mallard images taken on Tuesday.
First, a closeup of a young drake, followed by some wing flapping:
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Then a pair of drakes on different pages of the script: Thumb of 2017-10-08/marsrover/db9cc4
Here's a couple for the duck butt fans: Thumb of 2017-10-08/marsrover/3de263 Thumb of 2017-10-08/marsrover/1ee418
Finally, the folks at Cornell say that Mallards are dabbers, not divers. But, as is often the case, the Little Lehigh Mallards apparently didn't get the memo:
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Oct 7, 2017 8:30 PM CST
marsrover said: Thumb of 2017-10-08/marsrover/9bb744



This is quite a stunning picture. And I love how you've captured the splashing water with that extremely fast shutter speed. Very nice.
AKA Joey.
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Oct 8, 2017 12:34 PM CST
joannakat said:

This is quite a stunning picture. And I love how you've captured the splashing water with that extremely fast shutter speed. Very nice.


Thanks for your comment. I recently watched a video from a B&H seminar by a professional photographer who used high ISO and fast shutter speed settings. I decided to give it a try. I now use an ISO of 2500. It really seems to help with ducks as the have a very fast wing speed. The shutter speed for the image you showed was 1/6400 sec. The splash shots were taken as fast as 1/8000 sec. It is a different world from when I was shooting film decades ago.
central Illinois
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jmorth
Oct 8, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Liking the narrative too!
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plant Database Moderator Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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jmorth
Oct 8, 2017 12:41 PM CST
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Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Beth J
Oberlin, OH (Zone 5b)
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Midwestbeth
Oct 8, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Oh my these pics are gorgeous!! I'm new to the site, forum and thread and am amazed with the knowledge and beautiful images you all provide! How fun and fabulous!
I seem to only get sparrows, blue jays, yellow finches and cardinals at my feeders. But my pics turn out rotten. Any advice? Sighing!
Name: Deb
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Fruit Growers Ferns Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Oct 8, 2017 5:31 PM CST
Warm welcome from the Pacific NW, Beth! I've tried different types of seed in my feeders, but have largely opted to just get the least expensive generic mix for my tube feeders and cracked corn for my open ones. The birds that eat directly from the feeders tend to kick the millet out to the ground, but then I get ground feeding birds that seem to like that, so it all gets eaten. How lucky that you get cardinals, so pretty.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Beth J
Oberlin, OH (Zone 5b)
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Midwestbeth
Oct 8, 2017 6:06 PM CST
The cardinal is our state bird! They are all over the place Smiling
Name: Deb
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Fruit Growers Ferns Dragonflies
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Bonehead
Oct 8, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Ours is the goldfinch, but their numbers have really declined from when I was a child. I still see them now and again, but not nearly as often.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
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joannakat
Oct 8, 2017 8:45 PM CST
Welcome! @Midwestbeth! I love your avatar too! She's like a cashmere chicken!

Our state bird is the Black-capped Chickadee, which is also one of my favorite birds. Unfortunately, I had to take my feeder down because the spill invited too many chipmunks who then tunnelled all over my little garden area. Animals will go where the buffet is! So I haven't seen a Chickadee in quite some time. I hope to be able to put it back up next year when I put a patio in.
AKA Joey.
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Oct 8, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Last Friday, the weather was great (sunny, cool, and low humidity), so I grabbed the Nikons and headed for the Lehigh Parkway. Despite high hopes, by the time I reached my regular turn point, I had only a few duck images. For some reason, I decided to press on and continue as far as the Indian Museum. About a hundred yards short of the museum bridge, there in the stream was JR: Thumb of 2017-10-09/marsrover/31eb83
He was in a very cooperative mood, moving around, including several short flights. The session lasted for over an hour. That resulted in a number of images/sequences (way too many to put in a post) which I have placed in a Dropbox file which can be seen using the following link:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o8k...
After taking a lot of images, I moved to the nearby bridge for a different perspective when, whoosh, Nelly flew by and took JR with her, downstream and out of sight:
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After a few minutes, Nelly returned alone, and set down for a bit upstream of the bridge: Thumb of 2017-10-09/marsrover/76f59b
She paused briefly, but in character, quickly headed upstream:
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Time to head home. Did get images of a fisherman and two riders on the way.
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Not a bad day.

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