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Old Aug 17, 2010, 3:56 AM   #1
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Default [pics] Pacific Gull & Hooded Plover

A Pacific Gull displaying it's impressive wingspan.

February 6th, 2010
Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Olympus E620
Zuiko 70-300mm lens
focal length: 300mm
ISO: 200
shutter speed: 1/640sec
aperture: f5.6

http://pixelatedempire.com/2010/08/pacific-gull/




Hooded Plovers are now an endangered species in Australia . This bird was one of a pair (hopefully breeding pair!) that were located behind a roped off area along Phillip Islandís Surf Beach. This pair have been banded for observation purposes.

February 6th, 2010
Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Olympus E620
Zuiko 70-300mm lens
focal length: 300mm
ISO: 200
shutter speed: 1/1250sec
aperture: f9.0

http://pixelatedempire.com/2010/08/hooded-plover/



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Old Aug 17, 2010, 5:34 AM   #2
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Very nice photos, Adam. I've never seen a photo of a Hooded Plover - it's an extremely pretty bird. Why is it endangered - invasion of its habitat?

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Why is it endangered - invasion of its habitat?
These birds live on the open beach, or in the sand dunes near the water, hence are open to predation from many animals, including foxes, dogs, and people
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These birds live on the open beach, or in the sand dunes near the water, hence are open to predation from many animals, including foxes, dogs, and people
Not to mention Skunks and Gulls that rob the nest of the eggs as well as predatory birds that hunt down the young chicks that can't fly.

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Thanks.

I especially forgot about gulls, the marine version of jays.
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Not to mention Skunks..
Haven't seen too many of these in Oz
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