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Thanks MargoZ, that post puts to rest some anxieties I had...

Happy Day to all bird-lovers and cat-lovers, just keep each in their safe places ;)

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I took this shot of a Great Blue Heron from very far away, but look! While I was watching him, he caught lunch!! :mrgreen:

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What a Double-crested cormorant looks like when it thinks you may be getting too close...

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What a Double-crested cormorant looks like when it feels you are too close....

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Again....only 3X telephoto zoom on my macro camera, so not the clearest shot. This Red-tailed hawk was way high in that maple tree, but he was still checking me out.

Funny, my camera can barely get a shot, but he sees in a wider spectrum than we do, and can spot a mouse from 100 feet in the air..... :shock:

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....only 3X telephoto zoom on my macro camera, so not the clearest shot. This Red-tailed hawk was way high in that maple tree, but he was still checking me out.
Funny, my camera can barely get a shot, but he sees in a wider spectrum than we do, and can spot a mouse from 100 feet in the air..... :shock:
Thanks uncadonego. You made me think of the incredible eyesight of birds of prey.
In Australia the Wedge-tailed Eagle is an impressive example.
Melissa Murray, of the Australian Museum wrote:The Wedge-tailed Eagle is found from sea level to alpine regions in the mountains, but prefers wooded and forested land and open country, generally avoiding rainforest and coastal heaths. Eagles can be seen perched on trees or poles or soaring overhead to altitudes of up to 2000 m. Wedge-tailed Eagles build their nest in a prominent location with a good view of the surrounding countryside. It may be built in either a live or dead tree, but usually the tallest one in the territory.
https://australian.museum/learn/animals/birds/wedge-tailed-eagle/
Imagine a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring on a summer thermal, up to 2000m = 2km above the countryside, still surveying the terrain below for rabbits or other food sources. When so high up, the bird is a tiny dot in the sky, but capable of closing its wings and descending at speed to swoop on target prey.
Melissa Murray wrote:The Wedge-tailed Eagle, Aquila audax — 'bold eagle', is Australia's largest living bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world...
The Wedge-tailed Eagle has long wings (wingspan 2.3 m), a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes...
The nest is a large structure of dead sticks, usually reused for years, often reaching considerable size. Nests 1.8 m across, 3 m deep and weighing about 400 kg are known.
Apologies that I don't have a photo from my own backyard, but here's a great photo from Wikiwand:
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Aquila audax, Wedge-tailed Eagle
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.<br />Wedge-tailed Eagle, First Day Cover, Australia, 21 Apr 2020
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Wedge-tailed Eagle, First Day Cover, Australia, 21 Apr 2020
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To see the most awesome picture of a double-crested cormorant, click on this link and check out the header pic.....Gorgeous photography...
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/double-crested-cormorant

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Thanks uncadonego for the double-crested cormorant link — you're right, a wonderful photograph! :D

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Such a plentiful, simple bird, the American Robin, but I still love them so much. Every winter, when I think I'm about to go insane, the first Robin song I hear cuts right through me in the most satisfying, soul reviving way...

By the way, you Brits, I know this is not a robin, and is actually a thrush, but I didn't name it... :roll:

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I just gotta get a camera with better than 3X zoom! :x

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Poetic posting... Thank you uncadonego
Happy change of season, with bird song accompaniment... :D

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My wife and I went shopping at the weekend, and arrived back to find this on the roof of the car;

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First year Herring Gull who seemed to appreciate the warmth radiating from the car roof. It liked it so much it even left a present for us.... :lol:

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A friend of ours, named John, describes such a present as a "deposit",
as though it's a down-payment on a major purchase...

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People seem to have some amazing "backyards" :lol:

Anyway, a really good thread and I didn't know it existed - it won't change the fact I have a thread titled
"Castores - my 100,000 stamps+other things - plants & backyard birds!"
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=93844

But for your pleasure - where I feed the birds.

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RogerE wrote:
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A friend of ours, named John, describes such a present as a "deposit",
as though it's a down-payment on a major purchase...

/RogerE ;)
RogerE, if you are talking about what I think you are :) then...
I am a friend of John!
I feed the birds and the husks and the birds "deposits" are my payback :)

Yep, I go to the shops and I take out bags of 'wild bird' seed and bags of sunflower seeds.
It's my down payment on my major purchase = my garden :D

Ironically, these are sunflowers :)

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Red-winged blackbird

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P.S. - I also have an 80 ft. diameter pond 20 feet deep at the center with shrubs and trees grown all around the circumference.

There are a pair of wood ducks setting in there, but every time I try to take a picture, they fly away. I don't want to try constantly. It will upset them. If I ever succeed in getting a shot, I'll post it here.

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Live long and prosper uncadonego. Nice new avatar ;)

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Peace and long life, RogerE.

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SIX Spangled Drongo's on my clothesline this afternoon.
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Image credit Wikipedia
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Spangled Drongo
You guys have some awesome birds in Australia... :)

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And they're smart too! Here's a cross-section of the cable he's holding in his claws:

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Well, I feel better knowing he was well supported! :lol:

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Thanks for your support. :D

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Walked out the back door this morning and was greeted by:
9 Spangled Drongo's.
6 Noisy Miner's.
4 Pee Wees.
2 Indian Mynahs.
and 1 Currawong.
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Almost sounds like a chorus from the Twelve Days of Christmas. I was disappointed not to find reference to a Partridge In A Pear Tree.
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My reaction as well, Waffle ;) A nice backyard visitation Puffin ...

Here's a companion for your lone Currawong:

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Just to show we do have some birds in Britain! (Although envy the amazing Australian selection!)

A male Great Spotted Woodpecker here is feeding a juvenile from a suet block hanging below on our apple tree. (Taken a few years ago). Unfortunately our local Grey Squirrels now devour any bird food we put out!

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Those are lovely birds :)

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Nice photo, thanks OldDuffer1.
I like your description of the relationship of the two, and what they were doing.

Seeing birds and admiring them is one thing, but paying attention to what they are
doing and admiring their skills or pondering exactly what it is they are doing and why
they are doing it, engages us at a more significant level.

Remembering that birds are individuals, with their own personalities, does not come readily
to us, but that's partly because we're not very skilful at distinguishing the individuals of a
particular species. (I've previously remarked about this in the case of penguin rookeries,
where the partners unfailingly relocate each other even after lengthy periods of separation,
whereas we are so inclined to think of them as indistinguishable, even to the point of not
easily distinguishing male from female.)

Those of us fortunate to have acquaintance with pet birds do realise they have individual
personalities, but it is still a learning challenge for us to apply that knowledge to birds "in
the wild". Your comments about the Woodpeckers model for us how to pay much more
attention to birds as individuals, and to be aware of their behaviour — thanks OldDuffer1.

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...paying attention to what they are doing and admiring their skills or pondering exactly what it is they are doing and why they are doing it, engages us at a more significant level.

...Remembering that birds are individuals, with their own personalities...

...Your comments about the Woodpeckers model for us how to pay much more
attention to birds as individuals...
/RogerE :D
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Every day, when I walk in the different local woods, I search for living creatures and try to observe them, and if possible photograph something every day.
I see a sharp distinct cognizance in every bird, every snake, every praying mantis, etc.
Not in the religious sense, but still, we are all "living souls".

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The house on the corner of Klondyke and Drovers' Road always have birds in their feeder, and others underneath the feeder. :)

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... and some bird impersonators!

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Nope. Nope. Just another bird...minding my own business..... :roll:

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A black bird‽ Among the blue jays...

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The rare Fluffy-tailed round-eared blackbird.... :)

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Closely related to the Red-winged blackbird... ;)

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Laughing Doves in my Balcony over the last 45 days :) :D
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That's nice that you let them nest there. Some people wouldn't. :)

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Goldfinch flitting about yesterday

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Grey catbird. Plain, but pretty :)

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Song sparrow. Kind of a shy bird that likes to stay in the shadow if anyone's around, so without a telephoto, I had to try to focus past the branches and leaves...

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uncadonego wrote:
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That's nice that you let them nest there. Some people wouldn't. :)
For 1 month we could not water our plant :D
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Waiting to lay eggs & basking in the heat

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2 eggs were laid over 2 days & the inspection after returning from the break

Much needed Break
Much needed Break

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Warming the eggs
Warming the eggs
Warming the eggs


There was shift change every 10 - 12 hours by each partner
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Great example of patient and empathetic observation of the doves' behaviour. Thanks Kennethsequeira.

Language note: In case some readers don't already know the relevant term,
Wikipedia wrote:Ethology is the scientific and objective study of animal behaviour, usually with a focus on behaviour under natural conditions, and viewing behaviour as an evolutionarily adaptive trait.
One of the best-known scientists who worked and wrote engagingly on such matters was Konrad Lorenz.
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Konrad Lorenz with imprinted duck
Konrad Lorenz with imprinted duck
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Wikipedia wrote:Konrad Zacharias Lorenz [ˈkɔnʁaːt ˈloːʁɛnts] (1903 –– 1989) was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist. He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch.
A nice minibiography of Lorenz is at
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