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Old May 8th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #151
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A friend made me a bird house for small birds and a pair of Chick-A-Dees have set up house in it in the front yard cherry tree. Try as I might, I have yet to catch either of them in a photo, but I will keep at it until I get one. Their whistling song is a joy in the early mornings and goes well with our resident Robin who resides in a tree on the other side of the house. Thanks for reminding me of the thread Doug.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #152
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Each morning, a sharp shinned hawk waits for the little birds in the tree outside my home office window to become lax in their vigilence. So far, they have been lucky.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #153
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They are spring visitors here - lovely birds!
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 12:52 AM   #154
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Not my own photo as these lovelies are skittish but have seen them in the rain forest several times and twice today


Got lucky in the rain forest stretch and spotted one of these flying - saw it in both directions....stunning bird


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This IS my own photo from the Melbourne area


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how lovely!
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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 03:55 AM   #156
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Heard a big thump on the window and much commotion in the cherry tree then another window thump

Gorgeous big flicker settled in - had not seen any in a while. Finally flew up and posed in the morning sun on the neighboring roof. Gorgeous birds and this was a big one in full plumage.



Nice treat for a morning in the hammock.
I managed to capture one of those last fall in our back yard:

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Old Mar 1st, 2012, 08:11 AM   #157
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what a wonderful thread - so glad that I found it, I am a beginner bird enthusiast and have been taking some pictures from my home nothing spectacular yet..but there has been a red tailed hawk flying around and I spotted a peregrine falcon as well
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Old Mar 11th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #158
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A sharp-shinned hawk made a kill on our back patio Friday afternoon and dined on its catch about fifteen feet away for half an hour or so. Considered trying to get some pics but decided against it. Been a couple of years since this last happened so close and so easily visible. Reminds you what it is really all about out there.
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A friend who writes a fishing column for my web site got a new Canon Rebel T2 camera for Christmas and has been taking photo courses since then. He shot this picture of a Pileated Woodpecker in Hawralak Park in Edmonton at the bird feeding area. We ran it a while back, but thought some here might like to see it.

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A sharp-shinned hawk made a kill on our back patio Friday afternoon and dined on its catch about fifteen feet away for half an hour or so. Considered trying to get some pics but decided against it. Been a couple of years since this last happened so close and so easily visible. Reminds you what it is really all about out there.
I know what you mean Doug, A pair of Merlins raised three chicks in a pine tree across the street a few years back and made their kills in our yard. Their favourite spot to consume the prey was on the roof of our neighbour's attached garage. Sadly, our back deck overlooks the roof and we saw much more than we wanted and the truth is pretty ugly.
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