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Old May 18, 2008, 2:11 PM   #1
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I got reminded yesterday by a200user of how fortunate I am to enjoy a huge variety in birds to shoot in my yard. This morning simply confirmed it. For the first tme, I was able to get a picture of an exceptionally tiny Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. You can tell from the pine needles just how tiny this guy is





For the first time this morning, I was able to shoot a male summer tanager. Unfortunately, the quality wasn't what I'd be willing to post, but I did get his mate, and even got her in flight.





There was a Yellow Breasted Chat



And of course plenty of cowbirds, indigo buntings, and cardinals





All was not well, however. I have identified my white whale for the summer....a particularly obnoxious pileated woodpecker. This morning, I stalked him off and on for nearly two hours, during which time he once circled behind me and did a laughing fly-by before I could shoot....then waited till I set my camera down to get ready to go in, then flew directly over me at low altitude, laughing at the top of his lungs.

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Good work, Paul. Always enjoy your posts. Great shot of the cardinal.

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Old May 18, 2008, 4:58 PM   #3
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My wife and Iwent outfor a late lunch. When we returned, the shyness had disappeared for MR. Tanager. He was in full voice when I stepped out the back door.



Although I confused him some, he was tired of being intimidated. Seconds after this look, he decided to get rid of me by dive-bombing my head.


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I got reminded yesterday by a200user of how fortunate I am to enjoy a huge variety in birds to shoot in my yard.* This morning simply confirmed it.* For the first tme, I was able to get a picture of an exceptionally tiny Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.* You can tell from the pine needles just how tiny this guy is
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I am green with envoy with your choice of subject. Unbelievable with the sort of quality of life

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Paul, I can't believe you have so many birds outside your door. All I've seen around here are robins. These are all so colorful.

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Thanks for the comments, guys. I guess I've always taken for granted a high degree of diversity, although I have to admit I have been surprised since I have been watching closely. Out of curiosity, I went to my "Birds" directory on my hard drive and did a species count, counting only those that I have photographed in my yard and the edges of the woods around it. I came up with a total of 47 species that I have shot since I began bird photography a little over a year ago. 17 are year-round residents, 10 of those so common as to be "everyday" occurrences. 17 species I've photographed are warm-weather residents only with 7 making the "everyday" list. Finally, 13 species are cold-weather birds with 6 making the "common."

The ones you see every time you step out of the door are Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, American Crows, and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. In summer they're joined by the Eastern Phoebe and Indigo Bunting. In winter, the everyday guys are the American Goldfinches and White-Throated Sparrows, and you can't walk out the back door in winter without tripping on a Dark-Eyed Junco.

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You have more there than me Paul! When you get that big woody post it so I can at least celebrate someone elses fortune...I've yet to get one and they don't seem to like me!! LOL

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