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Old Sep 27, 2010, 12:50 PM   #11
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I knew we could count om Penolta settling this.
Great photos Harriet!
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 6:25 PM   #12
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You are correct GW, I should have guessed a Skimmer with the extended lower bill.

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Old Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM   #13
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Nice shots, Harriet. I am particularly fond of the Grebe. Nice reflection, feather detail and eye color.

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Old Sep 27, 2010, 8:32 PM   #14
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You are correct GW, I should have guessed a Skimmer with the extended lower bill.
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Its bill is stubbier than you might have expected, Tom, because it isn't finished growing yet (the bird is, but its bill isn't). Skimmers are closely related to to terns, so you weren't far off.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 8:59 PM   #15
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I typed a reply but I must have pushed "go" instead of "post".

Thanks for the ID of the two birds - I should have guessed that the second bird was a grebe. I didn't think of it because the only ones I've seen before have been imitating a submarine and I haven't managed to get very close. I can't believe this one just posed for me.

The Black Skimmer is new to me, and now that I know about the rather unique bill, I won't have a problem identifying it again. I love this board, I'm always learning new things.

I also saw some Kildeer the next day, but (not unexpectedly) didn't manage any decent shots of them. I think I was spending more time watching their antics (rush to a spot, pause, rush on further in a different direction) than trying to get close enough to take pictures.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 9:36 PM   #16
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Some really nice shots, Harriet. I really like the skimmer. I know what you mean about kildeer darting about and how hard it is to catch up with them with a lens.

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Only good shots I've managed of a Kildeer was with 800mm so, yeah, they can be tough little guys to shoot. But fun to try. Really nice shots Mtngal, and like you I've enjoyed leaning something new about birds.

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Great photos - especially nice of the grebe (color, reflection, clarity...). Thanks for sharing these wonderful views of your western birds!

Must agree with your Kildeer difficulties - most of my fairly good photos of them have come from nesting birds, or when I took much time to wait for one to return after scaring it off...
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