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    This a sparrow picture from my bird feeder setup. You can tell it is late fall, everything is brown now!


    2012_11_25_1529_upd by dthrog00, on Flickr

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    Nice one Dave! I like the pose, good eye contact and very sharp. Well done.

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    Thanks Joel. Here are a few bird in flight images from a recent trip to the Bahamas. Taking bird pictures from a cruise ship is much easier than on land!

    No 1 Gull w/ Shore Background (60D & 135L)


    2012_11_13_1113_upd by dthrog00, on Flickr

    No 2 Gull in Descent (60D & 135L)


    2012_11_13_1099_upd by dthrog00, on Flickr

    No 3 Soaring (60D, 135L & 1.4 EX II)


    2012_11_13_1038_upd by dthrog00, on Flickr

    Thanks for viewing.

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    Those are nice too! I like the second one best due to the angle (ie bird flying towards you) It looks like it is a little too dark and has an overall blue-ish color cast but the sharpness is spot on and I love the background as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob williams View Post
    Well, We have a local bird expert that seems to think it's a juvi that didn't molt this year. In the spring they preen mud into thier feathers for camoflage, then molt before thier flight south. When you look at the picture closely you can see where he has no feathers on the neck indicating disease. So my guess is that he is simply a sick or malnurished bird that din't molt.

    Here are some from the Bosque today:

    Northern Flicker---Sorry, I wasn't up for cleaning up all of the small branches


    I wonder if this is a Gila Flicker? Color pattern on the head is different than the one I saw in my yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    I wonder if this is a Gila Flicker? Color pattern on the head is different than the one I saw in my yard.
    I don't know, you may be correct---now I have to go investigate to see if I have been mis-identifying this guy.

    @dave, Love the first seagull shot--This one really "pops"---
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    I wonder if this is a Gila Flicker? Color pattern on the head is different than the one I saw in my yard.
    Gila Flickers dont have that black cresent on the breast. Gilded flicker might be a possibility (maybe that's what you meant), which look similar to northern flickers, but I would still say its a northern mostly just because of the range that is typical of gilded flickers.

    The head can vary in Northern flickers from brown as you see in this one, to more grey, and males will have red on the back of the head.

    Either way though, its pretty.

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    I believe you're right Nick....I think it's a Gilded Flicker

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    Thanks Joel and Bob. I liked the first one best too because I like the background.

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    I haven't been out much lately. After the heavy rains last week, I went to a creel nearby to see how the water levels had risen, and if any birds were around.
    Water had risen and was very muddy, and light was still very grey, and some birds were around:

    Mallard variation

    101 _MG_7553 by ahab1372, on Flickr


    101 _MG_7552 by ahab1372, on Flickr


    and here, just for fun, I closed the aperture to f/16 and 1/20s to test the IS on the 70-300L. Some sharpening on the bird. Fortunately, the bird moved very quickly or not at all

    101 _MG_7568 by ahab1372, on Flickr
    Last edited by ahab1372; 12-09-2012 at 06:39 AM.
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