Friday Night Photos Birds vol 2 Edition

Happy Friday everyone. As always post any photos you like.

On Monday the bird watching group I belong to had it's monthly outing at Santee Lakes. The Bullocks Oriole and Caspian Tern are firsts for me.

Snowy Egret
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Male Red-winged Blackbird
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Female Nuttall's Woodpecker
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Male Bullocks Oriole
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Song Sparrow
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Male Western Bluebird
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Caspian Tern
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QMS's picture

a song for you
change is gonna come
peace around the world

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Nice song selection. I wonder where I can get a purple suit like that.

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Sometimes they have specials.
Or maybe Jimmy Page
rhymes with hage
love your birds

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Where and when you might wear it ; ).

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Love the egret. And the little grey one.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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Long story but a cute one. I can’t ever see one without thinking of him. Today would have been his 65th birthday and I bet he would have hated being that old. Thanks for posting one.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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You've mentioned your late brother before. I know you miss him a lot. It's been eight years since my dad past away and I still miss him ever day.

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Thanks for the beautiful birds. Do you post them on bird identification sites?

Nothing new today ... instead a couple SX-70 polaroid portraits from the past

Be well and enjoy all

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@janis b nice people pics Janis. Do you know the nationality of the girl? Just curious. Neat pic! Thanks!

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@janis b
The two pictures together have a Yin and Yang quality.
I was at a music festival a few years ago and there was a photographer taking pictures of one of the bands with a Polaroid.
In answer to your question, no, I do not post on bird ID sites.

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I hadn't thought about the yin/yang of the combination.

If I had to choose a favourite camera it would be the SX-70 polaroid. It was exceptionally influential in learning about photography. The immediacy of it taught me much about exposure and composition. For a couple years it was easily affordable because I had the possibility of exchanging one taken photo for one piece of new film for free. This was before digital (but with the same advantage) when you could immediately see what you had photographed.

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I love the sensuality of the film. The photos have not lost any of their original quality.

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@janis b
I love your photographic 'take', even in polaroids!

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much appreciated.

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GREAT bird photos SP! Beautiful! Wonderful! Fantastic work man! Once wife and I were birding with an older couple, top US birders, about a mile from any water. I spot a Caspian Tern flying over real high and to get a better look I belted out my best (it's patented) Caspian Tern whistle at 90 decibels. The bird immediately turned around and circled right over our heads, calling back to locate the one that called. I thought ol' Red was gonna die laughing... Wink

Thanks for the great pix all!

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I like them all, I think the Red Winged Blackbird is my favorite, just because of the colors. I love me some redwinged blackbirds, when they started to disappear from the farm I got really upset. They are 'back' now, to a degree. Brewers Blackbirds have replaced them. I suspect some of the local wetlands have disappeared, so the redwings have moved away, or sadly, just died back.

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@Sima
I don't see the Red-wined Blackbirds in my backyard feeders very often but a 15 min walk to Santee Lakes where I took these photos and there everywhere.

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for their brilliant colour, and how pleasantly startling they are in flight and sound. I think you are probably right in assuming that their scarcity is because their wetland environment is disappearing.

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@janis b @janis b
Love their song too, even if it is a bit... screetchy? I dunno, I think that doesn't describe it well. We get them visitng our feeders, in fact, years ago, they'd see off all the other birds, so we put small cages around the feeders. The little birds get in, drop the seed on the ground as they are picking through it, and the blackbirds, and other larger birds, get the seed from the ground. Works well!

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Took this some years back. It's taken on the beach at Cullercoats, which is a little town on the north-eastern coast of England, just south of Scotland, and east of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I lived there for a while. I don't know what kind of bird it is... any ideas? bird_with_a_mission_sml_a.JPG

Also, here's another pic from the same walk. I took the walk after a huge storm, I don't think this little guy was killed by the storm though. I think he was caught and killed by a bird...
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@Sima
but I'm not up on my European birds so I could be wrong.

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Could be that or a Turnstone as Janis suggested. I haven't a clue, sadly. The pic was taken in the Fall, October 27 to be exact. Dunno if that helps or not.

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https://theresagreen.me/tag/brown-black-and-white-bird-with-orange-legs/

Hopefully dystopian will chime in with his extensive knowledge for identification. In any case that's quite an interesting photo of the bird and piles of driftwood.

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@janis b
Turnstones sound familiar. I wasn't really into birding when I lived there, so I never paid much attention. I regret that now, gotta admit.

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@Sima @Sima The sandpiper, (aka shorebird, or across the pond wader) is a Ruddy Turnstone. Breeding adults are one of the most stunning birds in the world. This one is in winter plumage. They are cosmopolitan as well. Common in the U.S. The only other turnstone in the world is the Black Turnstone, which is a U.S. west coast specialty. Only the rocky shores of the west coast of America. Ruddy you can see on sand and mudflats occasionally, but Black is strictly a rockpiper. Have a pic of a Ruddy eating a french fry on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel - LOL.

I don't know the fish though... sorry. Wink

Many guides refer to the calls of Red-winged Blackbird as braying, which I think is a good description. I quite like them as well. Surely loss of wetlands is hurting them. In CA the endemic sister species Tricolored Blackbird is in population collapse for a couple decades now.

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@dystopian
I will be using that in the future to refer to their sounds. Thanks for identifying the bird, I looked it up and they are off the coast here, in WA state too. I'm going to be looking next time I'm at the beach...

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Nothing ever changes -- Sima, c. AD 2020 or so