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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Waiting for these little guys to take flight and empty the nest so I can paint the shutters!



    Korn, you are a good man for waiting.
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    Homeowner said they come back every year, looks like they build right on top of the old nest, so hopefully they're ok starting over.

    Can anyone Id them? House Sparrows maybe?
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    They do look like sparrows, but around here, it's Wrens that nest like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    They do look like sparrows, but around here, it's Wrens that nest like that.
    Bingo! And I donít even play bingo.
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    Check out this photo of a Red Tailed Hawk hanging out with a pigeon:

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    "Hanging out", lol!

    Went over to the house to try and paint some other shutters but it started raining, checked in on the birdies while I was there. Don't look like sparrows or wrens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Homeowner said they come back every year, looks like they build right on top of the old nest, so hopefully they're ok starting over.

    Can anyone Id them? House Sparrows maybe?
    I have some Eastern Phoebes that nest in my shop every year that build a nest like that. The young look like those in your pic too. Got 4 babies in there as we speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    I have some Eastern Phoebes that nest in my shop every year that build a nest like that. The young look like those in your pic too. Got 4 babies in there as we speak.
    Positive ID. Their beaks being light was throwing me off, they get dark when they get older. I assume they are light color when they're young so the parents have an easier target for stuffing bugs in their beaks. Pic on the left off the 'net.

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    Saw a pileated woodpecker in the yard when I was walking the dog this morning. No pic today, because they're pretty wary and they take off once they know you're there.

    I think there's a pair that has a territory in the general area, and they'll come through every now and again checking out the dead trees for bugs. The developer who built this neighborhood killed a lot of the trees that they left standing, so they have plenty of food and potential nest sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Saw a pileated woodpecker in the yard when I was walking the dog this morning. No pic today, because they're pretty wary and they take off once they know you're there.

    I think there's a pair that has a territory in the general area, and they'll come through every now and again checking out the dead trees for bugs. The developer who built this neighborhood killed a lot of the trees that they left standing, so they have plenty of food and potential nest sites.
    Lucky you, definitely my favorite woodpecker and one of my favorite bird species.
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    Little phoebes were out on top of the nest when I was looking this morning, a few hours later the homeowner came home with her kids and I told them what kind if birds they were and then she said they were gone! I looked and sure enough the nest was empty, mama was in a branch nearby and the chicks were gone.

    Is it safe to take down the nest?
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    In the neighborhood where I parked this morning. Didnít know what he was, but he posed long enough for me to turn around a snap a few pics. American Robin.

    Also seen a big Road Runner on my ride. Iíve only seen about a half dozen ever in my life time.

    And the elusive image.
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    OC quarantine activity time lapse birds.

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    Sorry for the crappy phone cam pics in poor light. These critters are pretty common here, but shy and inclined to escape into the scrub. Hence Scrub Turkey. Only a mother could love....

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    There's a couple of cool birds here. Hopefully I can get a decent pic of a Kookal and a Curlew.

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    Chicane32, handsome Robin. Thatís one bird my area has a lot of. Roadrunners are so cool. Iíve seen several while living in SoCa. Funny characters and itís easy to see how they were chosen for a main character in a cartoon series. Funny story, when I first moved to San Diego in my early 20ís I was working construction. One of the job sites was in Fallbrook. On our lunch hour the whole crew kicked back in some shade on the site. As we are sitting there eating this funny bird comes scurrying through the construction site. I immediately stood up and pointed at it, what kind of bird is that? A couple local to SoCa. guys laughed and said itís a Road Runner. At first I thought they were joking but soon realized they werenít pulling my leg. I had no idea coming from Colorado and previously New York there was such a real bird as the cartoon character.

    Cool time lapse Net.

    Nice turkey shots Rideinparadise. Looking forward to some other cool bird shots from your area.
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    drinking a beer sunday afternoon on my deck. I live on a cliff. I see a bald eagle about 60 yards out gliding in the wind, it cups it wings and does a fast glide by 25 yards out. pretty cool.

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    ^ kewl, get some pix!

    I know a Sparrow sitting on a fence is probably the least exciting bird pic there is, but still, I kinda like this shot.

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    The Bird Thread...-41bec4ef-a38b-487e-8c86-08a7e371f3d7.jpeg

    Love that shot Net. So much definition.
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    Nice water-marking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Nice water-marking!
    That makes it art!
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    Even the newly wed Mallards have enough smarts to social distance at the beach. I donít think they saw me taking notes.

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    ^ nice
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    Spotted the first American White Pelicans of the year. They migrate to my area to breed. A very small area of Colorado gets them. Amazing birds, the largest bird in North America with a 9í wingspan. This group was gorging themselves on fish. They were head under water more than above. Funny thing is this pond has two Osprey nests on it. Lots of bird views here. I also often see Kestrel falcons hunting the field near by.

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    I also saw a Bald Eagle and two Osprey.

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    Great shots DJ. Those pelicans can put a hurt on fish populations in a hurry. Itís amazing how big of a fish they can catch and swallow.
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    Pelicans are my favorite salt water bird. Hereís a white one who was social distancing back in February. Only one around at Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

    I didnít mean to post since this site will no longer allow me to upload pics from my iPad for some reason.

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    Mother's Day birds









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    Wow, you got all the cool birds, and insects.
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    Golden eagle?

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    Black Phoebe, pretty uncommon around here in western Colorado, outside of traditional range. Not my pic, but taken at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    Golden eagle?

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    I think yours is a Redtail Hawk. Pretty sure itís not a Golden. Golden Eagles have feathers on their legs and the coloring is a darker reddish. Plus their skull and beak are shaped different and are massive comparatively.

    Check out these photos of a full grown Golden Eagles. Look at the length of its talons. Yikes! And feathers on the legs. Plus they are huge birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    Black Phoebe, pretty uncommon around here in western Colorado, outside of traditional range. Not my pic, but taken at home.
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    Cool sighting.
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    Nice shots guys!

    Cardinal in the feeder this afternoon...

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    And this one yesterday...

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    Some very nice shots Net. What camera are you using?
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    Canon 70D, with a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens.
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    We're getting a ton of Cardinals this year so far.
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    Those shots are @ 600mm from about 40 feet away, and then cropped AF.
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    Thanks, it sure takes clear photos.
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    They're not all "keepers". For every one I keep , there are thirty or forty throw-aways.

    Digital "film" is cheap, tho.
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    Lol, luckily. Itís the camera and lens thatís not so cheap.
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    Yeah, good point.
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    Lol, are you mocking her?
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    She eats and eats and eats away at that thing, and never makes any progress.

    At least in that little animation.
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    In real life, she needs to save some for the Eastern Downy Woodpecker...that's his favorite.

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    Awesome shots. I had a Downy at the feeder this morning. Tonight a small flock of Goldfinches came in. Five bright yellow males and several olive green females.
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    Nice.
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    The Bird Thread...-f0d717ec-2fa7-4666-aed9-9b6a969739d7.jpg

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    Great magpie shots DJ. I always enjoy seeing those when I go west. We donít have them here.
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    Cool shots, DJ. I don't see a bird in the last two, tho.
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    Sunflower seed extractor - level:expert



    Feed me!

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    I love that top pic with the sunflower shell falling, excellent shot net. The birds are emptying both of my sunflower feeders in about 4-5 hrs each day, but I donít fill em back up till the next morning, donít want them getting too dependent on me. At least 10 male indigo buntings on the ground under one feeder right now getting all the spillage. Those and cardinals always are the last ones to feed before dark here.
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    Yep, Cardinals here are the last ones in before dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Cool shots, DJ. I don't see a bird in the last two, tho.
    First it was coyotes, now he's moved on to birds!

    Great pics nonetheless, DJ!

    You need to up your feeder game, Net, this is so rad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    You need to up your feeder game, Net, this is so rad!
    I ain't got the woodworking chops for something like that. It is sooo rad, tho.
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    Amazing shots Net. Love the sunflower master cracker action shots.

    As far as the last two shots in my post without a bird in them, I was giving you all a glimpse at the area I was filming. Similar to my ride videos with my signature panoramic in the beginning of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post

    You need to up your feeder game, Net, this is so rad!

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    Pretty cool.
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    DJ, you got an Eastern Bluejay???
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    DJ, you got an Eastern Bluejay???
    Yes, itís what prompted this thread, Read the first post.

    Over the years some Eastern Bluejays migrated west and took hold in small pockets of Colorado. My area being the biggest pocket. I hear them daily up high in the trees. Smart birds, they'll come down for a bird feeder but spend most of their time at the top of large trees.

    We also have Stellar Jays which are considered the western Jay. They are found higher in the mountains. All blue with an all black head with a crest.
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    Eastern Bluejays have a reputation of being very aggressive towards smaller birds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Eastern Bluejays have a reputation of being very aggressive towards smaller birds.
    They attack nests of other birds and eat eggs and or young.
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    Bluejay lives matter
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    OK DJ, I re-read the first post...kewl!
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    I'll try to make it a point to get a fresh Bluejay pic this afternoon, in honor of that first post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    I'll try to make it a point to get a fresh Bluejay pic this afternoon, in honor of that first post.
    Thanks Net, they really do hold a warm place in my heart. A connection to my mom who passed. More their distinctive squawk than anything.
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    I feel really good at my chances for today....check out this text I got from Susie a little bit ago. Ironic.
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    About an hour ago...

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    Those are some great shots Net, thanks.

    Went searching for one of my better Stellar Jay shots.

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    ^ nice one!
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    Net, did you adjust the color on those?

    First one is really purple.

    Great success btw!
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    Yeah, I phucked up the first one. I think I hit a purple slider, thinking it was a blue slider.

    Is this one better?

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    Susie was right, there seemed to be more Bluejays than Sparrows today.

    And there's always a metric ton of Sparrows out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Is this one better?
    Yah, it's a blue jay instead of a purple jay, lol!

    You must have a metric ton of great shots!
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    Eastern Bluejays have a hint of purple to their blue. Todayís filters just enhance it. That last shot pretty much is spot on but still filtered for natural color enhancement.
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    If by "filters", you mean enhancing with Adobe Lightroomģ, then yes, I shoot in RAW format on the camera, and tweak the RAW files in Lightroom.

    Being colorblind, at times I might think I'm enhancing the blues, when in fact, I am enhancing the purples. I need to pay more attention to the labels on the color sliders.

    My colorblind eyes don't notice the difference in hue, but I can read the little words over the sliders that say "blue", or maybe "purple", if I could just be bothered to read them first.
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    Working from home since March, I've been able to watch the feeder quite a bit. Here are some of the friends I've been able to snap pics of. I'm thinking the woodpecker is a Red-Bellied woodpecker.
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    Nice shots Arebee, your blue bird looks like an Indigo Bunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nice shots Arebee
    x2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nice shots Arebee, your blue bird looks like an Indigo Bunting.
    Thanks!

    Yessir! That is an Indigo Bunting. I see one or two a year. I am trying to get pics of the Downy Woodpeckers we have too. The damn squirrels keep emptying the feeder so the perching birds are not hanging around much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arebee View Post
    Thanks!

    Yessir! That is an Indigo Bunting. I see one or two a year. I am trying to get pics of the Downy Woodpeckers we have too. The damn squirrels keep emptying the feeder so the perching birds are not hanging around much.
    Lucky you, Indigo Buntings are such a beautiful bird. So many people confuse them as a Mountain Bluebird. My area doesnít even have Indigo Buntings yet a lady was posting on our neighborhood site of seeing them. I knew she was confusing Mountain Bluebirds as I saw a couple of flocks that same week in our area. Both awesome birds but the Indigo is like a Kobalt deep blue comparative to a lighter blue on the Mountain Bluebird.
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    Wife and I saw an Eastern Bluebird on my walk the other day. Very pretty but nowhere near the electric blue of the bunting and not even as striking as your mountain bluebird.
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    molting-grackle

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    Great shots Arebee and also Net.

    My first car was an 85 Nissan Bluebird, does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    Great shots Arebee and also Net.

    My first car was an 85 Nissan Bluebird, does that count?
    Did it fly? If so, then yes.

    Net, that Grackle shot is very unusual with him looking straight ahead at the camera, good timing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    molting-grackle

    Amazing bird's eye view!

    And now for something completely different: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-bTXVhD...eo_watch_again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post

    And now for something completely different: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-bTXVhD...eo_watch_again
    Amazing creativity.
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    You guys are making me want to get a better camera!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    You guys are making want to get a better camera!
    https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/c...s-1dx-mark-iii
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    Just call me Ray

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    Pair that camera body with this lens, and you'll really have something!

    https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/p...-4l-is-iii-usm
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    You guys are making me want to get a better camera!
    That is what the free government money is for!

    Don't cha know

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    One bird species I have fond memories of as a child is the Whip-Poor-Will. But I haven't heard one in decades. Looked them up and found this:

    Whip-poor-wills are doing poorly throughout most of their range. Partners in Flight lists them as a ďCommon Bird in Steep DeclineĒ, and the North American Breeding Bird Survey estimates a 69% drop in populations between 1966 and 2010. There is no surplus population anywhere from which to take individuals to reintroduce, and they, like most nightjars, are exceptionally difficult to maintain in captivity, so it would be hard to raise individuals for a reintroduction project.

    Many people miss the nighttime sound of Whip-poor-wills, but until scientists work out exactly why they are declining, itís difficult to determine how to restore their populations.


    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/a...e-do-about-it/

    Anyone heard one lately?
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    Had some company along the greenway the other day....
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post

    Anyone heard one lately?
    Now that I think about it, haven't heard one since I was a kid.

    ^ kewl shot, Suspect!
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    Whippoorwills are pretty common around here. They just started doing their night time calling about a week ago. I never get tired of hearing them.
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    I need a lotta more of that stimulus money for that combo!
    Great looking lens, though..
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    If there is a will, there is a way. I am sure lots are trying their best to take advantage of the situation. Not worth the troubles, why rob a 7-eleven store for $50 when you can make $5000 on a single job for less then a weeks worth of work. Getting those gigs are the problem and thats the barrier to success. I like that EOS-1D X Mark III, get a long lense for it for bird watching and your good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Pair that camera body with this lens, and you'll really have something!

    https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/p...-4l-is-iii-usm
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    Why, I could get an ebike for that kinda dough!
    You could always save some of your coin and get closer to the action by getting this https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pr...lpix-p900.html. If you have a little more coin you could get it's big brother https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pr...pix-p1000.html

    In all fairness, I doubt you will get the quality of shot that net is getting, the camera might be capable of it but I'm not with my P900, but you'll get less of the coyote type photos.

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    Honestly, when it's time to upgrade my camera, I'm going to mirrorless full-frame...EOS-R.

    With a $100.00 adapter, I can use all my current EF series lenses on that camera body.

    The new RF lenses that are dedicated to the new EOS-R series are very sexy, but the cheap ones average about 2K.
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    'Nuther one for DJ here, this was about three hours ago...

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    We're getting a lot of Cardinals this Spring, too.

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    Awesome shots Net. A nice break in the camera talk. I was getting dizzy trying to take all of that in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    You could always save some of your coin and get closer to the action by getting this https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pr...lpix-p900.html. If you have a little more coin you could get it's big brother https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-pr...pix-p1000.html

    In all fairness, I doubt you will get the quality of shot that net is getting, the camera might be capable of it but I'm not with my P900, but you'll get less of the coyote type photos.
    A few years before MTBing I used to march around with 30+ lbs. of camera gear. After a while the compact superzooms like the Nikon P series started to look mighty appealing. Not great for fast action bird-in-flight stuff, but giving results surprisingly close to the pro gear for stationary subjects (i.e. birds on a stick). If I ever get back to international wildlife photography I'll be much more likely to carry a superzoom than my big white prime lens.

    (In fairness, though, I'd probably still want a DSLR and a couple of good quality wide-mid range zooms for all the non-wildlife stuff.)


    Fun Photo of me when wayold was a younger idiot - with the gear I carried all around Australia for months. No wonder I have a bad back now:
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    Dam, there's some $$$ in that glass, wayold!

    My take on photography: High-end glass on a mediocre camera body will always out perform cheap glass on a high-end camera body.

    But if you have the means, why not high-end glass on a high-end camera body?

    Aftermarket glass like Tamron and Sigma will get you within 85-90% of the performance of high-end glass, for about 30-40% of the cost.

    If you want to bridge that last 10-15% of performance, you have to shell out the big bux for the top-end glass.

    Like, OMG, if you guys think mountain biking is an expensive hobby, don't take up serious photography!!! It will bankrupt you.
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    Why, I could get an ebike for that kinda dough!

    A few ebikes, easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    ^ kewl, get some pix!

    I know a Sparrow sitting on a fence is probably the least exciting bird pic there is, but still, I kinda like this shot.

    Personally, I think that male House Sparrows are strikingly handsome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgzilla View Post
    Personally, I think that male House Sparrows are strikingly handsome.
    Especially with Net on the business end of the lens.
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    Latest edition to the bird community here...Bluebird house.

    Since we have these guys showing up now, we decided to offer them desirable housing. I just put this up this afternoon, and within an hour of setting it up, the Bluebird couple were already checking it out.

    Hopefully, they move in soon and start a family.

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    Good luck, Net. I love the rare occasion of seeing a blue bird. I've been seeing a ton of cardinals, brown thrashers, robins, house finches and some wrens. I usually see and hear a lot of mocking birds but haven't seen many this spring. Saw something chasing a crow away this afternoon.

    Kayakalot, glad to read the Whip-Poor-Wills are still common somewhere.
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    I got to see seven Black Bellied Whistling ducks together yesterday on my ride. Going back today to try to get pics if they are still around. All I have is the IPhone 6s so wish me luck.
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    Good luck!
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    Good luck!

    Iíve been returning to the same area weekly at this time of year trying to spot the mating pair of Wood Ducks I spotted two years ago. Saw them one other time there and have failed miserably ever since.
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    Epic fail today and I deserve it. I should have stopped yesterday being such an extremely rare sighting this far north of their home range. I was with a group and didnít want to hold them up for a bird. Uugghh! Iím an idiot. They were nowhere to be found today. Sorry guys, lesson learned.
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    Oh well, next time.

    Here's a boring Sparrow.

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    A Happy Couple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgzilla View Post
    Personally, I think that male House Sparrows are strikingly handsome.

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    Love the Goldfinch newlyweds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Latest edition to the bird community here...Bluebird house.

    Since we have these guys showing up now, we decided to offer them desirable housing. I just put this up this afternoon, and within an hour of setting it up, the Bluebird couple were already checking it out.

    Hopefully, they move in soon and start a family.

    Missed this post. Hope they move in and Iím happy to see you and Mrs Net Wurker have become addicted to this new found bird hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Love the Goldfinch newlyweds.
    She's looking at him adoringly. He seems happy about it, and maybe a little smug.
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    She's looking at him adoringly. He seems happy about it, and maybe a little smug.
    Lol
    I scrolled back up...yep you nailed it.
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    Itís amazing that the simplest of feeders get more action than the elaborate ones.
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    Another new to our feeders species...Red Bellied Woodpecker. I know they are semi-common to North Alabama, bit we have never seen these around our feeders in the five years we've been having a feeder out back.

    Yay for another new species! If this is the one and only time he's gonna hit up our feeder, I feel lucky to have been sitting out there with the camera when he showed up.

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    Bird Feeder setup....night shot just now.

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    Bird Feeder setup....night shot just now.

    That's like the Seed Court!
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    Awesome shot! Looks like a proud rooster in that position.

    Pretty cool youíre getting new species showing up this year. Must be the pandemic.
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    Awesome shot! Looks like a proud rooster in that position.

    Pretty cool youíre getting new species showing up this year. Must be the pandemic.
    Yep. That guy makes four new ones for us this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    That's like the Seed Court!
    Crazy birds look evil in the low light.

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    Check this out. This squirrel chose the wrong pole to climb up. Lucky for him Ospreys are the only raptor that exclusively eat fish.

    Still sucks to be a squirrel.


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    ^ kewl

    Today's tele-work bird photos...these were all taken within the last hour or so.

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    Cool vid DJ!
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    Gobble gobble! strutting through my front yard a little bit ago.


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    Gobble gobble! strutting through my front yard a little bit ago.


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    Nice shot Harold, but I donít think she is going to gobble or strut. She is a hen.
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    Magpie?
    Yep, Black Billed Magpie in his natural environment. < Marlin Perkins voice.
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    ^ kewl

    Today's tele-work bird photos...these were all taken within the last hour or so.

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    Awesome shots. And Iíve never seen a Brown Thrasher before. Good ID.
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    They're semi-common around here.
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    Great shot BC. Looks like a hummingbird but canít pinpoint the species.
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    I think a Black-Chinned Hummer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    Nice shot Harold, but I donít think she is going to gobble or strut. She is a hen.
    bwahahaha. I wondered who'd point that out.

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    bwahahaha. I wondered who'd point that out.
    I came in late in that one, Sir K. already called it out. I donít think I would have went there with you though, Harold. Iíve turned a corner and refuse to spew forth any negativity.
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    After I noted that bluebirds aren't that commonly seen around here (not that they are rare, just not as plentiful as a lot of other birds), I saw one twice in my backyard yesterday.

    We have a pair of wrens that are determined to build a nest in our garage. My wife already cleaned out a nest they started in a shoe box and today while eating lunch in the screened porch, I spotted one with a beak full of dried leaves flying into the garage. I followed it in but it was back out by the time I got there. I started looking through the shoe boxes, finding nothing. Then she returned and landed on one of the door openers and I could see some leaves poking out of the bottom of the plastic light shield. Waited until she flew out and closed the door.

    Back finishing lunch and saw her fly back with a full beak and land on a plant hook when she saw she couldn't get in. Sorry, little bird, just isn't going to work.
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    bwahahaha. I wondered who'd point that out.
    I call bullshit. I bet it didnít even dawn on you that hens donít gobble.


    See what you did there? I went all negative which means you won.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    After I noted that bluebirds aren't that commonly seen around here (not that they are rare, just not as plentiful as a lot of other birds), I saw one twice in my backyard yesterday.

    We have a pair of wrens that are determined to build a nest in our garage. My wife already cleaned out a nest they started in a shoe box and today while eating lunch in the screened porch, I spotted one with a beak full of dried leaves flying into the garage. I followed it in but it was back out by the time I got there. I started looking through the shoe boxes, finding nothing. Then she returned and landed on one of the door openers and I could see some leaves poking out of the bottom of the plastic light shield. Waited until she flew out and closed the door.

    Back finishing lunch and saw her fly back with a full beak and land on a plant hook when she saw she couldn't get in. Sorry, little bird, just isn't going to work.
    Mean Head! Lol

    My sister in Florida this spring had a wren build a nest in her shed in a small plastic bucket that was hanging on the lawnmower handle. They didnít want to disturb it and didnít mow the lawn until the babies fledged. That didnít happen, a snake, cat or another predator got to the young first.
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    Bush Stone Curlew

    Bush Stone Curlew- The bird with the funny knees. Our beach track ride today included the Federation "Walk". There's always nice birds there. One day I'll get pic of a Kookal, a very elusive hawk-like bird, but today the young curlews were being sociable at the start of the walk. Nice that a couple wanted to pose in front of their official photo. These guys eat meaty stuff and are more active at night. They grow to about 30cm tall and generally accept people pretty well. They just hang out.

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    Snow egrets without snow

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    Snowy Egrets, not ďSnow EgretsĒ.

    Awesome shots as usual. And Net your new camera setup is amazing.

    I watched a mating pair of Bald Eagles today. First they were sitting on a power pole. The female being the larger of the two in this species it was easy to tell the difference as they sat next to eachother. After 10 minutes of watching suddenly the larger female took flight. As you know I see many Bald Eagles in my area. Today I was in for a treat. Never before have I seen one scoop up a fish. Iíve seen them dine on a goose on the ice but never an actual fish catch. From their power pole perch they had full view of a mountain lake to one side and a small pond on the other side. From where she took flight to where she made scooped up the fish it had to be a good 100 yards. I was amazed that she took flight and made an arch straight down and scooped up the fish, serious eyesight. Like an eagle eye.

    After the scoop she flew over to a sandbar and began devouring the fish. A minute later the male took flight and went down for his turn. It only took but a minute after the kill for a couple of Magpies and a Raven to join in on leftovers. Many years of watching these birds Iíve finally witnessed a kill, awesome experience.

    Excuse the less than stellar photography. I only had a cell phone and binoculars to view through.

    Edit: Sorry photos wonít download. My phone is full and acting up. Iíll try to make it happen tomorrow, too late tonight to mess with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicane32 View Post
    ^^^^ Thatís cool. Where I live is boring!
    Iím definitely grateful for my surroundings. Go check out the animal thread and the Landscape thread. All todayís adventures.
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    I'm glad everyone seems to like the photos.

    This one is kind of interesting - I think - showing the flight path.

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    Thanks Net.

    Great shots. Love action shots with birds.


    Same with your action shot BC.
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    Bluebird day today





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    whoa, great shots, Net!
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    Yeah, good stuff!

    I thought the first two were a single bird and a mirror at first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Yeah, good stuff!

    I thought the first two were a single bird and a mirror at first.
    Same here, amazing shots Net.

    And Ladmo, nice hummer shot.

    Todayís one and only bird shot. Iím checking out the perfect day view. A tourist couple happened by and were photographing the scenery. They walked 30í from their tri-pod and a Robin landed on it. I had 4.68 seconds to capture this before he moved on.

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    And a zoomed out shot of after all had left.
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    Dam DJ, I thought you might have bought yourself a tri-pod at first..

    Cool shots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Dam DJ, I thought you might have bought yourself a tri-pod at first..

    Cool shots!
    That would be uncivilized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That would be uncivilized.
    Almost as uncivilized as modern geometry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    Almost as uncivilized as modern geometry.
    Yep, and Iíll be eating my words here in the near future.
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    Kestrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    Yes
    It looks like he's trying to flip me off. haha. I guess he didn't want to be photographed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    It looks like he's trying to flip me off. haha. I guess he didn't want to be photographed.
    Lol
    Love Kestrels, I often watch them hunt a local field. Cool little falcons and a joy to watch in flight.
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    I found 5 snow white baby kestrels In the attic of a building we were tearing down. I raised those little babies to adulthood on raw ground deer meat and every critter I could catch from crickets to snakes. It was an exhausting summer teaching them to catch live animals and fend for themselves. They were almost like children. Theyíd fly up into the trees and come back and land on my arm. We had our own language. It was one of the most rewarding things Iíve ever done. They left that fall and I never saw them again.
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    I found 5 snow white baby kestrels In the attic of a building we were tearing down. I raised those little babies to adulthood on raw ground deer meat and every critter I could catch from crickets to snakes. It was an exhausting summer teaching them to catch live animals and fend for themselves. They were almost like children. Theyíd fly up into the trees and come back and land on my arm. We had our own language. It was one of the most rewarding things Iíve ever done. They left that fall and I never saw them again.
    Such an amazing experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    I found 5 snow white baby kestrels In the attic of a building we were tearing down. I raised those little babies to adulthood on raw ground deer meat and every critter I could catch from crickets to snakes. It was an exhausting summer teaching them to catch live animals and fend for themselves. They were almost like children. Theyíd fly up into the trees and come back and land on my arm. We had our own language. It was one of the most rewarding things Iíve ever done. They left that fall and I never saw them again.
    Wow, that would be an awesome experience.
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    Tried to get it mid flight but the Lorikeets are just too quick for the P900 set on "bird watching" auto, continuous. Might try it on sport mode and see if that works better. Maybe I should just learn how to use the manual settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    Tried to get it mid flight but the Lorikeets are just too quick for the P900 set on "bird watching" auto, continuous. Might try it on sport mode and see if that works better. Maybe I should just learn how to use the manual settings.

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    So cute, but the little devils flap and squark at superhuman levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    So cute, but the little devils flap and squark at superhuman levels.
    We had a nesting pair in a hole about 4m up the trunk of our gum, their offspring didn't shut up. I would feed some king parrots and of course they would come down and chase the kings away. Before you new it there was about a dozen there all trying to chase each other off. Funny and loud. Only surpassed by the time we stayed in a hotel on the river front at Noosa. Faark, the noise from about 5am on was deafening. We never went back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    We had a nesting pair in a hole about 4m up the trunk of our gum, their offspring didn't shut up. I would feed some king parrots and of course they would come down and chase the kings away. Before you new it there was about a dozen there all trying to chase each other off. Funny and loud. Only surpassed by the time we stayed in a hotel on the river front at Noosa. Faark, the noise from about 5am on was deafening. We never went back.
    They go off here evening and morning too, mainly evening, but not close enough to be bothered by it. You can't dislike them. They're so inquisitive and interactive with people even if you don't feed them. They just don't know what quiet means.

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    Wow emu, beautiful shots.
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir kayakalot View Post
    Wow emu, beautiful shots.
    x2 - cool bird!
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    Ok guys, I dug thru my box of pics and found some of the kestrel photos. Kind of a crude way to post em, but I just took pics of the pics lol.

    The Bird Thread...-0287da2f-de12-462b-af71-d9c6b17800e5.jpegThe Bird Thread...-90eb9bf1-f059-49df-8cc6-575d0328403d.jpegThe Bird Thread...-4bb8f9b2-3473-4d16-b5d1-6025dcede68c.jpegThe Bird Thread...-053cdf8b-3101-4d4f-99d4-1ab130e6e461.jpegThe Bird Thread...-6f2e3e2d-5303-48ad-9ee2-e369a8a4c41c.jpegThe Bird Thread...-56b93e56-c4f0-491d-b19e-f52d3d45dddc.jpeg
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    The bottom pic is the birds taking a bath in a bowl of water. They would fight over bath time to the point I would have to re-fill the water bowl a few times so everyone could get their turn. All 5 birds made it to adulthood btw.
    DAAAANG...that was janky

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    ^ good stuff!
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    Great shots Emu.

    And Sir K. thanks for sharing that. Quite the experience.

    Met a girl who had found an orphaned ducking on Sunday. She was waiting for Monday until a rescue center was open. Hope it survived. It had already imprinted to her and was following her around. LOL

    The Bird Thread...-d0db2235-5c2c-41ba-9e2a-7213e788d18c.jpg

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    ^ lil dukky!

    Dinner time...

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    And these guys are finally showing up now.

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    Very cool, Net. So youíve got a nest in your feeder? Great shots once again.

    Edit: Amazing shots.
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