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Old Jan 18, 2006, 5:43 PM   #1
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We haven't had any decent shooting weather here in 2 or 3 weeks. It's either been raining, very cloudy, extremely windy, or temps of 60 degrees or above meaning the birds find food in other places besides my yard. Anyway... had a great day today. First is the male Red-bellied Woodpecker.





Here's a totally new one I've never seen before... a male Eastern Towhee (he's a ground feeder as you can see). He was so dark and was feeding in the shadow of my blind, so I had to use flash for him. Wasn't sure how it would turn out.



And another of him eyeballing me while he ate.






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Old Jan 18, 2006, 5:53 PM   #2
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The second photo is the one I like the best! (I think a bird deserves its tail to be in the photo too).. Lovely shots though, all of them. Well done!

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Yeah! Variety is the spice of life. Very nice.
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Nice job Gracie.....new birds showing up is like a shot of adrenaline!
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Old Jan 18, 2006, 7:14 PM   #5
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You did have a great day. These are really nice. I haven't seen a Towhee this year but I did see a few of them last year. But my favorites are the Red-Belly. They are sharp!!!

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Gracie,nice photos. I like the second Red-bellied Woodpecker alot. I've never seen a Red-bellied Woodpecker perched like that, they've always been on the side of a tree or side of something when I've seen them.
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Old Jan 18, 2006, 10:06 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone.
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new birds showing up is like a shot of adrenaline!

That's exactly how it feels... especially when the weather has been too lousy to shoot for a couple or three weeks.

The Red-bellied Woody usually went straight for the feeder and sat upright on the edge, so I was lucky to get these. He hasn't even shown any interest in the suet this year.
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that 2nd one is a winner.. nicely done!
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 7:48 AM   #9
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Thanks, I was zoomed in a bit too much on the first, but I was afraid he'd fly away, so I just shot and didn't worry about the tail.When he didn't fly, I decided to zoom out and try to get another including the tail... and he was cooperative.:-)
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