Originally Posted by ian408
Birds are great subjects!
Sorry for the crappy quality of this one-but check out the talons...the bird picked up the rabbit, carried it 6' in the air and then dropped it.
Did you ID this guy? I'm pretty sure it's a Northern Harrier, but not 100% sure. Harriers are really cool, they've actually got a facial disk like owls do so that they can hunt small mammals in grasslands by sound.
This is one of my favorite Bald Eagle shots that you've posted. I love seeing those talons stretched out and the line at the primary wing feathers is really cool!
Originally Posted by Taco'09
OP, nice thread. I'm on a humming bird flyway in the Rockies. Each summer we have about 12 giant feeders and go through about 5 gallons of sugar water every two days, especially during July and August. Looks like a bee hive at the feeders and visitors are impressed.....especially as they will land on your hand! Have lots of Broad Tail and the noisy orange Rufus as they pass through early in the spring and then the return in the fall.
Nice! Yeah keep those feeders filled up! The hummingbirds will become dependent on them and if you forget to fill them up they can starve. If I remember correctly, hummers are like 3 hours away from starvation at any given time or something ridiculous like that.
My parents have a Rufous Hummingbird in their backyard and he always buzzes off with that flight whistle whenever we walk past his perch. I'm bummed I didn't get a picture of him.
Beautiful Pileated Woodpecker, Cold Iron! I haven't seen one of those yet, I really want to!
Ben, the easiest way for me to tell between a raven and a crow is the call (you got it right, deep, throaty call is a raven) or the tail shape. Ravens have a rounded tail in flight that makes kind of a diamond shape when it's fanned out while crows have a more square tail that fans out into an arc.
Awesome Bufflehead and Mallard pictures, too!
I'll jump on the Bald Eagle bandwagon, too! Saw one this weekend up near the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge during a student hunter camp. Cool camp, too. Lots of Northern Pintail, Wigeon, a few Mallards, lots of Double-Crested Cormorants, tens of thousands of Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese, some Sandhill Cranes, oh and some Wood Ducks, too!
Just got back to Davis last night and today went out to the campus Arboretum to photograph birds. It started off kinda bland with lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Western Scrub-Jays but then it picked up when I started hunting down a Belted Kingfisher that I heard down the creek a ways. Got some good pictures of her that I'll upload soon. Also saw a Hermit Thrush, some Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Green Heron, and a Nuttall's Woodpecker that posed fantastically for me.
I'll get those pics up later today.