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Postby truehobbit » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:35 am

the mouth of sauron wrote:What kind of camera are you useing (lens, modle, filters..ect)



I'd like to know that, too. The close-ups are awesome, the camera must have fabulous zoom, unless the little critters let Tooks come really close to them. :D
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Postby Vanaladiel » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:40 am

Davey thank you bringing back up this thread. I think that is such a cool idea. I love seeing the birds and listening to them chirp and sing. We drove up river right after Christmas and got to see all the Eagles sitting in the trees along the river with the snow all around. It is really cool to see so many majestic birds in one area. They go there every year in Dec through February and the Fish and Wildlife folks set up binoculars and all for people to see them closer as the birds sit in the trees and fish the river. I must say they are beautiful birds. I love to watch them soaring over head during the summer. They just seem to float there in the air spinning circles as they follow the river. A fairly common sight in the spring and summer months here.
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:19 am

My camera is a digital Kodak Z650. I purposely bought it because it has a 10x optical zoom. :D It also has a 4x digital zoom, but the optical zoom is what gets the up close pics.
Unfortunately, I don't think they make the Z650 anymore. :roll:

And a lot of my zoom photos don't turn out well at all. The more zoom, the more you have to keep the camera steady.


Looking forward to seeing your photos, Davey! :D
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:32 am

Vana :oops: :hug:

Tooky.... I had a similar camera not so long ago and it took some very good pictures. Some of the pictures I show here are from it (I sold it to a familiy member) and now I have a Nikon D60 which cost me $1300... I seen it a week later in a different store for $900.. :angry:

I am not sure that my picture will come up to scratch with your, Vana's and the others... but I hope they are ok.

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We call them Pee Wee's not sure what the propper name is.

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A duck? :rofl:

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A malard drak I think.
Those were taken at a lake picknick area.

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Yellow breasted Wattle

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Same guy having something to eat.. He is last years hatchling.

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The Aussie Magpie. Due to the very bad drought were in they have taken to praeing on sparrows and other small birds when they would normally stick to insects and other odds and ends... These were taken in my back yard.

The next lot were all taken at my work.

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Dove of some sort.

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Sparrow landing.

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Two sparrows

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Black Bird on bird bath.

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Black bird having a bath.

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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:52 pm

Ooo. Good pics, Davey. :D

I like the peewee and magpie, but then around here we have nothing that looks like them. But the ducks and sparrows look like ones here. 8)


I have some pics from 2007 of my favorite little bird...the brown creeper. I will have to go dig them up!
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:33 am

:yippie: Please do.... I have really enjoyed all the pictures everyone has put here :love:

I might sneak some pictures in of a flower or two that I have grown :D

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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:21 am

Flowers, you say??

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And more birds....

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Here are my little brown creepers. :D The first one was taken in the middle of an ice storm. It almost looks more like a painting than a photo. They use my suet logs. :D

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And here is the extremely rare northern flamingo:

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Postby the mouth of sauron » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:42 am

Tooky I knew straight away as soon as I seen the first picture that it was a cheery blossom as there are quite alot around here and I really like them.

The Iris and Bluebells are very nice as well! And I have seen canadian geese before... When I was in NY and Nova Scotia :)

Isn't suet another name for an American pig? :? And I think both pictures would look great ina frame! Brown creepers look lovely... they live on nectar I take it?

BTW I think your Flamingo is stuffed :rofl:

Here are some of the flowers I have grown at work and have managed to survive the egar hands of my clients......

Day-lilly

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Lillyum

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Praxia

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Cosma

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Another varity of lillyum

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Sunset in Davey land

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Fairy mist or something,...

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Californian Poppies

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And the very rare Barad-dûr Nazgul Bird..... (constructed and hand painted by me... had a lot of people want to buy it from me, even people who have not read the books or seen the movies) ;)

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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:08 pm

Suet: the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow.

I put processed suet out for birds that normally are insect eaters. In the winter the insects are in short supply, so they will eat the suet instead. Aside from the brown creepers, this includes the local woodpeckers. :D

The lilies and other flowers are lovely. 8)

As for that scary looking nazgul thingy...... it reminds me of a vulture or such. ;)
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:02 pm

Suet: the hard fatty tissue about the loins and kidneys of beef, sheep, etc., used in cooking or processed to yield tallow


Ok, I'm with you now.... what a great idea to help look after the little fellas in winter..... Sadly we do not have any woodpeckers here or humbing birds
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As for that scary looking nazgul thingy


It is a scary looking Nazgul :P :roll: mumbles to self... will have to get a better picture of it :D

Oooo I got a picture of a really nice parrot and some other colourful bird yesterday... Will have to pop them up here soon :)

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Postby the mouth of sauron » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:01 pm

Well ladies and gentelmen.... I have been blessed with some good photo oportunities :)

Male Grass Parot

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Female Grass Parrot

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A "shag" from the saying as wet as a shag... AKA Khormerant

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Two Yellow masked Plovers... Them has spurrs on them and dive bomb people :twisted:

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Nuzgul bird :P

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I have no idea what he is yet.... will find out.

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A baby Willy wag tail.... Will look like a very small Pee Wee one day. They have two songs... one like "Scrichity Scratchity" and "I'm a sweet prity little creature" :)

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Some type of Parrot... the birds are quickly getting used to me... So I should be getting better shots of more birds :)

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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:57 am

More good photos! :D
Love parrots!

The Great Backyard Birdcount is this weekend coming up. I'll have to make an effort to get some more pics. I wish the silly cardinals would hold still longer for me.

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Postby Lithtaur16 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:54 pm

the mouth of sauron wrote:Two Yellow masked Plovers... Them has spurrs on them and dive bomb people :twisted:


;) Sure... them and the dropbears. :P :lol:

Wonderful pictures, Davey! :)


I have a new toy! :D A 55mm-200mm Zoom lens for the spookier little critters and the ones that think I'm tasteh! :D Going to take it over to the duck pond and try it out. Maybe catch a woodpecker too. They're all over the place but they don't let anyone get close enough for a good pic.
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:37 am

Well, I did get some pics this weekend, but not at my house. I snapped these 2 down by the Swatara Creek near Middletown. As you can see, it was a lovely cloudless day. :D


A bluebird.....


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A male cardinal............


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Postby the mouth of sauron » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:09 am

Lithtaur be nice to me or I will get my pet drop bear on to you ;)

I know how you feel with your new toy..... the lens I use most is my 55mm - 200m VR :)

Though I did see an Aussie e-bay store that has 500mm and 800mm zoom lens for around $400 Aussie dollars, in your doolars you would need to take off about 35 cents in the dollar. But I would really like to get one of them... :)

I got some good pictures of Galahs... I shall post them now I think....

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*panting*

Done :rofl:

Tooky wow...... :shock: I love the Bluebird.... (I shall have to get a picture of one of our Blue Rens)

And the male cardinal........ so........ prity........

Here we are one Australian Galah (it is Aussie slang to call an idiot a Galah)

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And one of my babies.... (Brandy) and yes I know she is not a bird :P

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Postby Lithtaur16 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:45 pm

:twisted: You both will turn tail and run when Old Ben gets wind of you!

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Ohhh! Great picture! :) They can be louder than a 747 but I love cockatoos! :D The two umbrellas that I know are very sweet girls.

The crows were flying around and I had time to play today. :D The result was awesome considering this was my first time taking flight pics. Will post some pics soon!
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:50 pm

We will call it a draw between old ben and Charlie the drop bear :D

I used to watch a showe caleed Gentle Ben.... yup those were the days :)

Cain't wait to see your pic's :)

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Postby Lithtaur16 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:08 pm

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Postby the mouth of sauron » Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:38 pm

Lithtaur Your pictures are brilliant...

Very nice picture of the duck.... how close were you able to get?

The picture of the Crow/Rook landing was very well captured!

Way to go girl!

I got a Top Notch Pigeon spending time in my back yard at the moment. And it is very quickly getting used to me, to the point where I will be able to get to within about four or five feet of it.... they are very beautiful... hope to ge some good pics and post them here :)

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Postby Lithtaur16 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:17 pm

Thanks Davey! :)
I'm not really good at judging distance yet... I think you could have put three or four Toyota Camrys between us when she was quacking. I did crop than one a little to get rid of some clutter on the left.
The other pictures were taken from my apartment's porch. Maybe twice the distance in between and about fifteen feet up in the air.

I think the only downfall for this lens is that the farther away you get, the more sensitive it is to my shakey hands. All of these shots required a tripod. :roll: :D I can deal with that!

I can't wait to see your pigeon! :) At least he doesn't seem annoyed with you and your camera yet. The ducks pretty much know who I am now and they know I'm not there to feed them. :lol:
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:54 am

Here's a hint... take food ;) :rofl:

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Postby the mouth of sauron » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:40 pm

Ok here we go... I got a couple of pics of the top notch pigeion...

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And one of my many cute Nieces

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Postby Lithtaur16 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:08 pm

Awesome pics Davey! :)
The problem with feeding ducks around here is that then the geese want in on the deal... and they pinch pretty darn hard when they don't get what they want. :lol:
It was funny though. I was photographing a group of geese a couple of days ago and one started hissing at me and walking at me--guess it was the bull goose. I whooped like the girl did in the movie Fly Away Home and he looked at me like I was the weirdest thing on two legs before he settled in and started gleaned the grass for seed.

Lots of afternoon and evening pics uploaded since I started playing with my Zoom lens so I only have time to give the flicker url to the stream. I'm extremely happy with how they came out. :) I need a UV filter to make sure everything keeps working fine when I go out into the parks this summer though. High noon sun seems to bleach everything out pretty hard.

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Postby the mouth of sauron » Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:36 am

Lithtaur16 amazing pictures! All of them so sharp, and the colours are great! American crows, Robins, Ducks and Geese... I love them all :D

And I love the story of you and the goose.... :rofl: I like to talk to the Magpies and whistle to the finches and they both have a habbit of cocking their heads on the side and looking at me as if I have lost my marbles :D But I love it :)

I will get some more pics up here very soon :)

Got to get myself a UV filter also, got a few others, but not one of those....

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PS. I'm back with some pics :)

Mountain Loraket

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Cick of the above parent :)

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The mamma

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Adult honey eater

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The Juve

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Pardalope

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More Lorakeats

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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:05 am

Well I finally got a new pic. She wouldn't stay very still, so this is the best I have.... it's a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. :D


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From this angle you can't see the red cap on her head. That was the giveaaway when I first saw her out the window. I hope she sticks around. I'll check the trees this afternoon. If she's out there hammering away it's a good sign. :D


Nice photos mos and Lithtaur. :D


And I couldn't help but notice the Chekov sighting.... :lmbo:
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Postby Calma » Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:48 pm

I'm not a bird watcher, but I thought you all might enjoy watching this.
It's from Big Bear Lake resort and they have a web cam hooked up by a birds' nest. The birds are there now.

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Postby Lithtaur16 » Sun May 10, 2009 7:21 pm

Friday and Saturday were awesome for birding this last week. :)
I saw my first Red-Winged Blackbird sitting next to a Robin Friday morning and then a Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Blue Heron at a wonderfully close distance later at work. :)
Of course I did not have my camera with me at any of those times. :roll: :(

I did get a picture of the hawk flying high over the house when I got home though. Kind of tiny and fuzzy...

I also saw an American kestrel female that was nesting in a bird box near the raptor rehab center I'm volunteering at right now. That was Saturday and either my first or second lifetime sighting depending on if I had the ID right on the first. :)
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Mon May 11, 2009 6:21 am

Kestrels are lovely!! :D

I tried to get a pic of a red-winged blackbird yesterday. He did not cooperate. :P

I'll get him next time, my pretty!!!!


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Postby Dunthule » Wed May 20, 2009 10:32 am

Hola everyone!
As I now have a baby, me wifey and I spend much more time at home.
I've been tracking the birds and have seen finches (house and yellow), cardinals, catbirds, mockingbirds, balckbirds, grackles, morning doves, blue jays, blue bird (once). chicadees, ruby throated hummingbirds and house sparrows. And some sort of wood pecker (red headed).
The one bird I hope to see is an Oriole. I've laid out grape jelly and oranges (per articles I found on the web), but nothing so far.
Hopefully soon though!

Do any of you have Orioles in your yard??? :?
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Fri May 22, 2009 6:40 am

Hi Dunthule!
We have orioles in the area, and in past years they have nested in one of the big oak trees.... way up... :D

Do you have orchards or fruit trees in your area? That is where you will find orioles. There is a 300 acre orchard/farm less than a mile from my place, plus we have choke cherries and mulberries nearby. I have also seen the orioles eating oak flowers! 8)


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