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RE: Bird watching thread
A few years back, whilst working overseas, I was walking along the waterfront on my way to work. Sitting on a railing was what I can only describe as a seagull on steroids - a bloody huge, mean looking thing.

I mentioned this behemoth to the guys at work, who told me that I was lucky to have seen it, as the "seagull" was, in fact, an Albatross.
10-19-2019 12:55 PM
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RE: Bird watching thread
Bird of paradise:



10-20-2019 12:32 PM
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RE: Bird watching thread
Here are a couple of photos that I took with my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 10) within the last month. The location is Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland. The bird is a European Robin, aka Redbreast. Apparently, they are one of the only birds to stay in Ireland during the winter, and their song is beloved by the Irish people.

To see one up close like I did is considered to be a sign of good fortune. I heard this particular bird chirping when he was down in the brush. When I located him, he flew up on the rope and chirped while I took a picture of him.

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11-08-2019 03:43 AM
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RE: Bird watching thread
Confused Is this a blue bird?
   
   

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01-13-2020 01:26 PM
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RE: Bird watching thread
I took a photo of this one in an Ontario city in the late fall.

Couldn't quite zoom with my phone enough, maybe someone can identify it.

   

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01-13-2020 01:32 PM
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RE: Bird watching thread
Mr. Heron, Mr. Pelican, and Mr. Egret watching for fish over Bayou St. John in New Orleans last week.

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01-15-2020 08:15 PM
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RE: Bird watching thread
In Austria, we do not only have high mountains, but also a small area which looks almost like Central Asia, complete with salt lakes. This is not only quite unique for Central Europe, but also a great place for birdwatching:
   
Grey goose are very common on the shores covered by salt, and as you can see, they still stick to traditional family values:
   
The father watches for potential threats, the mother directs the children toward tasty plants.
   
Here, some other goose had come just a little bit too close, and the father approaches them. Threatening proved to be sufficient, no violence occurred.
02-22-2020 09:08 AM
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RE: Bird watching thread
Of course, there are far more birds to be seen besides the goose:
   
   
White Storck and Northern Lapwing are preying for tiny animals, like this Red-Bellied Toad (not exactly a bird, sorry).
   
These ducks are neither dead nor drowing, they are Northern Shovelers who are lying flat on the water in order to filter tiny animals from the surface:
   
Little Ringed Plowers and Black-winged Stilt are searching for food in the salty marches or flying around:
   
   
   
The common kestrel predominantly hunts for grasshoppers here, because other prey is rare.
   
02-22-2020 09:26 AM
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I was out checking a fence line today and driving along something caught my eye up in the sky. Looked up it was a huge bald eagle flying not to far off the ground. I stopped, turned the engine off, got out and just watched her soar in circles for a good half hour or so. But right where I parked, when I looked up at a big dead cottonwood tree, I could see her massive nest right there at the top. It was peaceful watching her soar around, calling out, probably defending her nest. My guess is I spooked her and she was keeping an eye on me. I walked around under the trees to try and find a feather but came up empty handed. Indians nearby say that if you find a bald eagle feather, you'll have good luck for the rest of your life. Not saying I believe that, but it would be pretty kick ass to find a feather. They're pretty rare. I'll have to keep an eye on that spot for one.

But it's kind of funny about Bald Eagles. They're always depicted as these magnificent birds, which they are, but are often portrayed as intimidating and powerful with a patriotic ass kicking look in their eyes. One would normally associate their call as something that matches their physical persona, like the call of a hawk or something. However, it's anything but...kinda funny...they almost kind of sound like seagulls in a way...




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03-09-2020 07:43 PM
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My Bro caught this pic off of a garage cam. Any idea what type of bird this is?

   

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