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Where were you? (part four)

Mar 7, 2007 3:32 AM

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    Mar 14, 2007 3:34 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Thats what umbrellas are for.
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 4:21 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Skua, i need your expertise again. any ideas what kind? <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=19EsvQuhJSBCQgo0mPrQH JtVnjhrJ" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/19EsvQuhJSBCQgo0mPrQHJtVnjhrJ_th umb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 5:17 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    I know next to nothing about bird identification, but that dude is having a bad hair day. (OK, I'll go with some kind of cross-bred exotic thingie.)
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 5:47 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    cross-bred exotic thingie
    of course, we all know that's the technical name! ;)

    Donald,
    those are some amazing bird photos. I would love to have been standing next to you (with an umbrella! ;)) when that flock of geese took off. Wow!
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 5:57 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Nick,i will use that if skua does not weigh in. <br /> <br />GH,it is amazing,and more so, is the fact i did not get hit. here is another if you are interested. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1O6MXCGQppRlROVLvpNXW F5waiOYd6" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1O6MXCGQppRlROVLvpNXWF5waiOYd6_t humb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 6:10 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Wow!! I know when I had that flock of sparrows flying around my yard, I was definitely grateful for my pool cage as I could hear little bbs hitting the screen! Amazingly when I went out and braved being near the birds (shades of Alfred Hitchcok's The Birds dancing in my head), I managed to avoid the bbs. ;)
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 6:46 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Donald,

    That's easy. It's an Egyptian Goose having a bad hair day.

    Check out http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/egyptian-goose.htm. That's the first page that came up when I googled.

    Grass Hopper, did you mean Swallows rather than Sparrows? Are you referring to that swarm of Tree Swallows you photographed? Coincidentally I was in South Florida earlier this month and saw the same thing: hundreds of Tree Swallows swarming around a tree. I would have been stunned had you not shared that phenomenon with us.
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 6:47 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    bbs = butt bombs?

    Very cool shots, Donald.
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 10:00 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Nick,
    yep! Their droppings are like little bb pellets and I could hear them hitting the pool cage and screening!

    Skua,
    yep, you're right, I did mean the swallows. I am stunned each time I witness it! :D South FL, eh? Would you care to share where abouts?
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 12:09 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    My wife and I were visiting her mother in Sun City Center outside Tampa, but most of the week was spent on Marco Island, where my wife attended a conference and I went birding (rough, but somebody has to do it). I keep meaning to post a few photos, but they're at home and I'm at work. And home is just a dial up connection, so...
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 12:22 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Hitchcock would love this thread.

    Nice photos but out of my league.

    Later...
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 2:17 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Skua, you never cease to amaze me with your knowledge. thanks much for the id.
     
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    Mar 16, 2007 6:12 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    You think my knowledge is amazing? You should experience my ignorance! Now THAT's amazing! :-)

    Thanks for your kind words. Likewise, I'm amazed by your photos.
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 3:23 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Well,here is another mystery bird. i know the left is a mandarin,but what about the right? <br /> <br />I realize i could search myself,but i have no idea were to even start with these guys. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=17Tjkuhn8CdOuCqGOmINl GEvt7Xo" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/17Tjkuhn8CdOuCqGOmINlGEvt7Xo_thu mb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 4:01 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    After finishing up a busy week I was sitting here clicking on different links in my Bookmarks. I ended up at this thread. My husband came in as I was viewing some of Donald's images and was totally awestruck. He was enjoying Donald's images so much that I got a longer back rub than usual as he looked at them over my shoulder. He says you're a brilliant photographer Donald.
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 4:05 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Linda,
    how very nice to see you drop in! :)

    I agree, I love looking at Donald's photos and his bird ones really catch my attention. :D
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 4:15 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Thank you GH. Hope you are doing well. My eyes are hardly able to stay open so I'm off to catch up on some sleep. I'll touch base again another time.
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 4:22 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    shut-eye is where I am heading too. I've got a very nasty head/chest cold and need my beauty rest! :)

    sweet dreams!
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 5:33 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Linda,thanks a lot. good to hear from you again, and i know you will not believe this but i actually had you cross my mind this afternoon as i was reading the forum.

    Its not really fair that i did not get a backrub too,but not from your husband for sure. did you hear i am going to be a father in a few months? its been 18 years of waiting and i am very excited.
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 7:25 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Here is a shot from last nights late winter snow. hopefully the last this season. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=11V94XJiI0fl4r7vgsnuF JwsiD9G1" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/11V94XJiI0fl4r7vgsnuFJwsiD9G1_th umb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 4:14 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    brrr! nice photo and it gives me some shivers! Was it good snowball making snow?
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 4:33 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    NO, real fluffy
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 5:32 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    well, that makes it even easier to shovel it! ;)

    Have you come up with any name choices for the little nipper?
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 9:16 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Have not even tried yet. i am trying to be very optimistic about everything working out, but after 18 years of trying,i am very very guarded about getting to wound up. i am a nervous wreck and am very protective and overly watchful of everything. she has been tossing names around and as it gets closer,i will get on the stick.
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 9:59 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    :)
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 2:10 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Donald, What wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your wife.
     
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    Mar 18, 2007 4:15 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Thank you very much.
     
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    Mar 19, 2007 6:15 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Re post #53: Donald, you've stumped me. That duck in the foreground is totally unknown. Perhaps it's a hybrid. About all I can say is that it's not a North American species.

    Skua
     
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    Mar 19, 2007 8:06 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Okay, thanks for trying. if i figure it out,i will let you know.
     
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    Mar 20, 2007 4:37 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Skua, i talked to the man that owns the pond i shoot at. he said that duck is an Eytons tree duck. I dont know if you remember that mallard like duck with the magenta/purplish head i posted. i think he said it was called a brewers duck, and i also think he said it was a mallard /gadwall hybrid, but i get confused sometimes. he is a spectacular taxidermist who has these,and he studies there appearance to get it right.

    He told me today that the eytons duck is unfortunately going to be mounted sometime in the future. he said he cannot do it, but the owner wants it mounted,so thats a bit sad. he also wants to get in some buffleheads,but he says they are kinda clumsy and the first ones a hawk would get,so he is afraid to get them. he wanted to get harlequins also,but he said a pair of those runs 4 grand,so he will skip that.
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 6:39 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Interesting, Donald. A web search for Eyton's Tree Duck confirms his I.D. (of course, he should know, huh?). That's a species I'd never heard of before.

    I also haven't heard of Brewer's Duck, but the concept of naming hybrids is long established. There are some hybrid North American warblers that occur often enough to have acquired names; often, it wasn't clear whether the hybrid was a new species or not when they were originally described.

    I would think that keeping Harlequins would be difficult. They breed on fast-flowing mountain streams and spend the rest of the year along rocky sea coasts. How would someone approximate those habitats in captivity? But perhaps they're more adaptable than I know.

    That's quite a resource you have there. Here's a question: do you know if he pinions his ducks? That is, have the wings been clipped so that they are permanently unable to fly? One of the really tough subjects in birding is how to determine if the occurrence of unusual waterfowl is the result of natural vagrancy (I mean that in the biological sense of "wandering", not in the human sense of "homeless") or an escape from captivity. It's often impossible to know, especially in those cases where the bird shows no signs of having been captive (unusual feather wear, leg bands, etc.).
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 1:38 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Not sure about the clipping thing, but i think some may be. not all fly away from the pond when scared,but i know he commented that the one with the magenta head is fairly rare and he is fully capable of flying,so he worries he will get shot. he said some have even offered money to take that one out. its a funny situation,because he is a taxidermist,but he is very into nature and has great concern for his ducks.

    He told me keeps some in the large netted enclosure till they breed once and then he moves them to the main pond to give them their freedom.

    I was wondering does the term hybrid have a bad connotation with it? are those ducks considered rejects,or amazing works of nature? i never knew different species could create another altogether.
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 3:28 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Were your ears buzzing today Donald? We had lunch with the Shelbournes. You were part of our lively conversation. :)
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 4:42 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    I cant believe anyone would waste good air talking about me. i can only imagine what was discussed. were you on another new york excursion?
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 4:45 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    LOL... Good humble answer. We were just picking apart your horrendous photography. Not! :-)

    This time Ann was here. We had a waterfront lunch at Seasons 52 in the Florida sunshine. Tomorrow she goes back to snow.
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 5:14 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Well i appreciate the consideration to fill in some conversation about me. if i ever come to florida, maybe we can do the same, but with a youngster on the way, i am afraid my travel adventures may be getting fewer.
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 5:37 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    A youngster is no doubt a very worthy tradeoff.
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 5:45 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Yes,i would not have it any other way, but at my age,it will be physically tougher than if i was twenty years old. i have been shooting like a maniac recently,and i think its my minds way of preparing me for days of diapers instead of shooting. better get as much in now before i am exhausted.
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 5:56 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    LOL... I can only imagine the flipflop of emotions you must be experiencing. It's really very precious to see your joy. When is the due date?
     
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    Mar 21, 2007 5:57 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Donald,

    I have a project idea for you---not totally original, but...

    You should take a picture of your wife everyday. Same place (background). Same lighting. Same angle---side view. Etc...

    Then at the end of nine months, you can make a "flip book", a composite print of all the shots or an animated DVD---or better yet, all three of the entire pregnancy.
     
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