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Old Jan 11, 2013, 7:04 PM   #1
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As usual, am way behind in processing photos... but wanted to share a few views of some of the home park's birds. These warm wet days are great for water levels in the park lake, for the birds that frequent the lake, and for the moisture-loving winter plants (like this odd viney fern called Climbing Fern).
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Am continuing to pursue the local Belted Kingfishers - and they continue to mock me! They seem totally unconcerned, until I get within range of a photo. Here are some more poor attempts...
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On the other hand, our local Coots are getting tamer all the time. Here's one helping our park maintenance staff to mow the grass!
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Coots have the "cutest" feet, don't they!
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Just one more bird for now. We have Kildeer in the park year round. No, they don't kill deer - but their call sounds like "killdeer, killdeer..." This one was hanging out at the park's marina area - on the boat dock and then along the muddy shore - sure was enjoying the nice warm morning sun. (Look at the eyes in the last photo - you can see why it's so hard to sneak up on a Kildeer from any direction!)
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Hope you enjoyed this quick peek at some common shore/water birds. Thanks in advance for any comments and critique!
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I always enjoy your shots. Now that I'm a Pentaxian, I enjoy them all the more.
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A cool series. Your coot shots are really spectacular. The coots that hang around our area seem to be skittish, I know they are not popular in many places. Not as bad as the grebes, but still not highly cooperative. But my favorite shots are of the killdeer, they are both fun birds to watch and to photograph since they have such interesting markings.
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Kingfishers are so hard to get close to, and their laughing at you doesnt help either..
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Gary - Thanks for your kind words, and so glad you are enjoying the new equipment!

Harriet - Must agree that the kildeer are very photogenic little birds. And yes, we do have plenty of shier coots, but this pair is much tamer. I got some even better close photos with the FA 100mm (!) the other day, will post when time permits...

D/D - they sure do seem to be laughing at us!!
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