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Old May 12, 2010, 9:49 PM   #1
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Default I have backyard birds too!

You guys have posted some great shots of your very colorful birds at your backyard feeders.
Well I also have some backyard birds, and here is a few shots. (All are straight card dumps, no PP.)
Photos follow below. (E-520)

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Old May 12, 2010, 9:54 PM   #2
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Here is Ma & Paw Sandhill Crane. About 3 1/2 feet tall, and weigh about 8 pounds. They usually raise 2 babies every year, and regularly roam all over the neighborhood.

Unlike the other Sandhill Cranes who migrate, Florida Sandhill Cranes stay here all year round.
(They know a good thing when they have it!)

1. The lovely couple.



2. Like humans, the girl is always preening



3. The mandatory telephoto close up. ( LOL!!)



4. (And just for Ted, as I know how much he enjoys them), here is
a recent sunbather in my back yard.
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Old May 12, 2010, 9:56 PM   #3
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love the details on the head shot. Nicely done, but I do not think the last one qualifies as a bird
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Steve, great shots I like the mandatory closeup also.
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OOoooooooooooo a 'gator bird! I love them. I want to just hug 'em & squeeze 'em & love 'em. Excellent shots, Steven. Indeed, you DO have some interesting backyard denizens.
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Nice photos, Steven. Do you really have gators roaming around your yard? No wonder those cranes look wary.

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Hi Steven,

I luv your series, and the obligatory 'gator shot.

I must admit that I don't mind NOT having to think about gators in my backyard

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I must admit that I don't mind NOT having to think about gators in my backyard
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I want to know, how does he live with gators in the backyard? How does one mentally prepare for gators anyways?
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Old May 13, 2010, 12:56 PM   #9
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--Quote: Nice photos, Steven. Do you really have gators roaming around your yard? No wonder those cranes look wary.

--Quote: I must admit that I don't mind NOT having to think about gators in my backyard

--Quote: I want to know, how does he live with gators in the backyard? How does one mentally prepare for gators anyways?


Actually fellows, itís no big deal. Actually, itís less frightening than if you see a snake in your yard. (If I saw a snake I would be running away). The gators that we see in my pond rarely are over 4 feet long, and most are pretty shy, and will run or swim away quickly when approached by humans.

Most gators are not aggressive to humans. The way you can tell an aggressive gator is if he doesnít quickly turn away when you start toward him. (Also, a big gator would not find me anywhere within a hundred feet of him!!)

The particular gator pictured in my back yard was no big deal. I just went back into the house to grab one of the cameras to take a photo (for Ted) and didnít try to run him off. However, a few days later I saw him lying in the water near the shore, eyeing my two dogs. When I walked toward him he didnít immediately swim away, so I stopped, went and got a stick to throw, and had a lucky throw which hit him right on the head. I havenít seen him back there since.

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Nice shots Steven. The cranes are very pretty.
I lived in Florida for a year when I got out of the service and I never got used to gators. Anything with a mouth big enough to hurt me is off limits. We have bears up this way but they are much more scarce than the gators down there and don't hang out sunnin themselves in my yard, thank god : )
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