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    Any birders here on Naznet?

    I have SO far to go in becoming a better birder. They say there are more than 1,000 different species of birds in Kenya.

    Below is a shot I snapped today of a Cape Robin-chat, using my Nikon Coolpix L820.

    How about the rest of you? Are there any birders here on Naznet? If so, put up a pic and name of one of the birds you've spied.

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    Gorgeous. And, very good pic, too!

    I'm a birder...West Coast, Costa Rica &, now, East Coast.

    I've never posted a pic to NN, but will give it a try.

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    Re: Any birders here on Naznet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Crofford View Post
    I have SO far to go in becoming a better birder. They say there are more than 1,000 different species of birds in Kenya.

    Below is a shot I snapped today of a Cape Robin-chat, using my Nikon Coolpix L820.

    How about the rest of you? Are there any birders here on Naznet? If so, put up a pic and name of one of the birds you've spied.

    You are not really a birder if you take pictures. Real "birders" carry binoculars and their "life list." They talk in very hushed tones and often carry a copy of Sibley. I have a theory about why birder's don't take pictures -- if you don't take a picture, no one can challenge the identification you enter on your life list.

    I am not a birder, but I do take a few bird pictures. This is an Arizona Cardinal
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    Here is a larger version of my Arizona Cardinal picture.
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    Nice bird picture. I've never really understood the birding thing, but I'm all for it. My mother in law has a subscription to a magazine called Birds and Blooms and it's full of pictures of birds and flowers (as you can probably guess from the name of the magazine). Most of the pictures include photos of birds ON flowers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave McClung View Post
    You are not really a birder if you take pictures. Real "birders" carry binoculars and their "life list." They talk in very hushed tones and often carry a copy of Sibley. I have a theory about why birder's don't take pictures -- if you don't take a picture, no one can challenge the identification you enter on your life list.

    I am not a birder, but I do take a few bird pictures. This is an Arizona Cardinal
    Nice cardinal! Maybe being a birder is analagous to getting various belts in marshall arts? You've described the black-belt level. I've just stepped onto the mat for the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Crofford View Post
    Nice cardinal! Maybe being a birder is analagous to getting various belts in marshall arts? You've described the black-belt level. I've just stepped onto the mat for the first time.
    There is history. When birding became an organized hobby, most cameras had shutters that were noisy. The shutter noise would frequently scare the birds. If you were the one who caused a rare bird to fly away the other birders were not happy with you. For that reason, when you see a group of birders it is rare for any of them to have cameras. The camera I use most of the time has a "silent" feature, so the traditional objection to taking pictures is no longer valid.

    During the winter months we live near Madera Canyon in Arizona. It is a favorite site for birders. Birders come from all over the country to add to their "life list" because one can see birds that rare in other parts of the U.S.

    One of my favorites is the Road Runner. I will find a picture to post.
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    Here is a Roadrunner picture.Click image for larger version

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave McClung View Post
    Here is a Roadrunner picture.Attachment 8746
    Nice. We have road runners here in Arkansas. I was surprised the first time I saw one. This summer we had one that would occasionally run around in our back yard and our dog would sometimes chase it, recreating the old cartoon. True to the cartoon, our "Wiley Coyote" never could catch "The Roadrunner." Beep Beep.
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    I saw this peregine falcon (I think) at Battleship Texas today.
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    Is a duck a bird? If not, then this is a bad bird picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Crofford View Post
    I have SO far to go in becoming a better birder. They say there are more than 1,000 different species of birds in Kenya.

    Yes, amazing birds in Kenya. I especially liked the colony of weaver birds just outside the cafeteria at ANU. Also, appreciated the small flocks of canaries on campus. I took probably 50 pictures of different birds while there.

    This is a roller, relative of American flycatchers.

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    Likely this will be my hobby in retirement. I was lucky enough to grow up living on National Wildlife Refuges as my dad (BNC grad) was a wildlife biologist and ornithology specialist. Some of my best memories as a kid were going with him to do bird counts as his record keeper.

    Personal favorite to find:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Bratcher View Post
    Yes, amazing birds in Kenya. I especially liked the colony of weaver birds just outside the cafeteria at ANU. Also, appreciated the small flocks of canaries on campus. I took probably 50 pictures of different birds while there.

    This is a roller, relative of American flycatchers.

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    Dark Eyed Junco

    I took a picture of this Dark Eyed Junco today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave McClung View Post
    I took a picture of this Dark Eyed Junco today.
    Obviously, it is a "Yellow Eyed Junco."

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    Any birders here on Naznet?

    I keep playing around with bird photography. These gulls were bathing on the beach at Jekyll Island, Georgia recently:




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    Visiting friends at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, NY, last August, a brief walk on a stretch of the Seneca Trail led us to this rather pensive sandpiper. I think it is a Lesser Yellowlegs.



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    Here's a picture I took of our road runner. I was pulling out of the garage and as I got to the street he darted around the house. I saw him (or her) and stopped the car and pulled back in slowly and whipped out the cell phone. So, it's not a great photo. You can see the bird by the left-center column of the front porch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Rector View Post
    Here's a picture I took of our road runner. I was pulling out of the garage and as I got to the street he darted around the house. I saw him (or her) and stopped the car and pulled back in slowly and whipped out the cell phone. So, it's not a great photo. You can see the bird by the left-center column of the front porch.

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    So we have the Dynamic Duo (wiley coyote and roadrunner) in and around greater Toad Suck, AR?
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