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Old Sep 8, 2012, 10:08 PM   #11
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Very nice, those vultures are impressive birds.
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Old Sep 8, 2012, 10:09 PM   #12
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Wonderful series Mole !

Firstly I love that last shot ... the No Wake Zone seems particularly pertinent when applied to your early morning shots which all seem to coincide with the birds' waking moments and hence cooperative nature

Vultures - I love the last shot of the original post - I call it the Three Stooges ! Are the vultures drying off when they spread their wings or just catching rays to warm up from overnight ?

Your Little Green Heron is particularly photogenic and I love his 'Terminator' pose in the last shot of him

Hummer - all lovely but I like #1 especially for the light on the bird and #3 for the wonderfully funky bokeh !
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Thanks Mole, love the shots, to bad the birds here in Michigan are not as trusting as the ones in Florida. I have yet to get a good bird shot here. Maybe on my trip out west in a few weeks will be better.


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Old Sep 9, 2012, 8:12 AM   #14
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wow these are all great shots, thanks for sharing!
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Old Sep 9, 2012, 9:56 AM   #15
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magnificent photos. The 2nd blue heron is my favorite. Someething about the background bokeh... just gorgeous!
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Old Sep 9, 2012, 4:50 PM   #16
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Hi Mole, great series again, all we need now is 4 legs :-)

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Old Sep 9, 2012, 5:10 PM   #17
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Love the first shot of the fledgling Mockingbird and the Vultures are way cool.


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Old Sep 12, 2012, 9:53 AM   #18
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Great shots. I guess violaters of the "No Wake Zone" get a stern warning from the "Watchbird".
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Hawgwild - Glad you liked the "cute little" black vultures. We have a very healthy population of them in the home park, and they are not at all shy. Great for sharing with schoolkids - it's hard to scare them off!

Bikms - Indeed impressive - we have both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures in our region, both big and impressive. Turkey Vultures have better sense of smell, so the Black Vultures often follow their "Turkey cousins" to find food (roadkill and such).

Kevin - Thanks for all the kind and specific comments. To answer your question, yes, Vultures seem to need a certain amount of "sunbathing" to keep dry, and perhaps also to cut down on parasites. The "top bird" in the pecking order gets the higher perch, and often shows its dominance by defecating on those down lower. You can tell the "lowest bird" by the amount of white streaks on its feathers! By the way, that "terminator" pose was, as usual, a lucky accident. Had the 135-600 aimed at him with 2 second delay to cut down vibrations, and he took a short leap/flight from one rock to the next just as the shutter snapped.

Hans - Isn't it interesting how the same species of bird (or other wildlife) can have such different personalities in different regions!

Ramcewan - And thanks for taking time to comment!

NMR - Got to agree with you - those GBH's sure are photogenic animals!

Simon - Thanks! I hope to have a few 4-legged shots for you soon (got some nice ones of a tree frog, but no time for PP yet)

Rodney - Thanks so much! PS - last I heard, the young Mockingbird will be out on its own soon!

BobIr - He sure is a noisy watchbird! Wish he'd let me get a little closer, but Kingfishers are just too shy for this (impatient) photographer.
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 7:09 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by mole View Post
Have not had time to post much lately - end of summer "busy-ness"in the parks, helping with some special events, and beginning our busy season of nature education for schools...

But have had time for some fun with camera, so wanted to share at least a few recent photos.

Our resident Black Vulture population is always cooperative - and they are such beautiful, photogenic carrion-eaters! Here are some soaking up the morning sun...
Wow! Mole, those are super sharp considering 600mm focal length.
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