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Old Dec 1, 2004, 11:01 PM   #1
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So, I was working on the computer when I hear this clunking noise on the porch which is right outside my window. I turned on the porch light and there was this crazy Mocking Bird fluttering up and down the length of the porch bumping into the ceiling about every 5 feet. My porch runs the length of the front of our house. It's a ranch style (Iike practically every other house in Calif.) Anyway he finally landed on my wifes birdhouses (how appropriate) and I got my camera and ran off about 20 shots without the bird moving. Notice that he did give me a really nasty look. So, I thought I would post a shot to show what the camera could do to focus in really dim light. My wife thinks that the bird had a stroke. I dunno? it was acting very strange. :?

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He finally jumped onto the porch railing for a few shots. Right now I think is under the Rhododendron hidding out from the neighborhood cats. Good luck with that.
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Old Dec 1, 2004, 11:17 PM   #3
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Shame about the bird but these are fantastic, once in a lifetime shots.
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Old Dec 1, 2004, 11:20 PM   #4
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he was probaly ...dazed and confused
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Old Dec 1, 2004, 11:59 PM   #5
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NickTrop wrote:
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Shame about the bird but these are fantastic, once in a lifetime shots.
yeah, if only it had been a Bald Eagle :lol:

I think the bird is alright, My guess is that a cat startled it out of a tree and it was disoriented. As I was taken the pictures a second Mocking Bird flew up and check out what was going on and then flew back out into the darkness.
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NickTrop wrote:
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Shame about the bird but these are fantastic, once in a lifetime shots.
yeah, if only it had been a Bald Eagle :lol:

I think the bird is alright, My guess is that a cat startled it out of a tree and it was disoriented. As I was taken the pictures a second Mocking Bird flew up and check out what was going on and then flew back out into the darkness.
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smac wrote:
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yeah, if only it had been a Bald Eagle :lol:
Nice shots smac, really sharp.

I was driving to Playwicki Farm over the week end, and I saw what I thought was a hawk. It was flying very low, and I thought to myself... man... thats a really big hawk. As I got closer I realized it had a white head. I am almost posative it was a Bald Eagle. There was no place to pull over to get a shot, but It was huge.
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Old Dec 2, 2004, 12:47 AM   #8
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yeah, there's never a turn out when you need one. :-?
I used to actively fly radio control airplanes and one day out at our flying field, which was adjacent to the muni airport there was a male Bald Eagle just sitting on a fence about 100 yards away. This, mind you, is in the middle of the Northern Sacramento Valley. Rice fields and almond orchards not pine forests. Of course I had no camera at the time. I did have binoculars, boy he was pretty.

That park sounds like it has real potential for some good wildlife photos.
Good hunting,
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Great photos!
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Old Dec 2, 2004, 5:30 PM   #10
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Hate to tell you, its probably West Nile Virus. Started in are area with the Crows but I've seen humming birds and other smaller species dead w/o a scratch. If you find it use gloves.

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