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Old Nov 19, 2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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Here are some recent shots.

1) American Widgeon



2) Western Grebe



3) Mass take off after a Northern Harrier buzzed the group.



4) Black Phoebe



5) Red Tailed Hawk



6) A squadron of Mallards



7) Western Bluebird



8) Grackle.



9) Western Bluebird on a stick



10 ) Marbled Godwits



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Old Nov 20, 2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Nice to see you post again. An awesome and action-packed series. All are terrific and my preference goes to #1 and 3,#3 in especial - an exemplar of what 'impact' is all about in telephotographic shots. Keep up the good work. Pete
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Old Nov 20, 2008, 4:35 AM   #3
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Wow Hung, all are great. I have to say that the RTH is one of the best BIF shots I've seen of one. Also liked the "Mass take off", looks like great wall paper for the PC.

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Old Nov 20, 2008, 9:33 AM   #4
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Great shots. Like them all but last is my favorite as I don't think I have ever seen Godwits. Ole
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Great shots as usual, Hung. Your grebe, however, is the similar Clark's Grebe - it has an orange bill and no black beneath the eye. The Western has a yellow-green bill and the black cap extends below the eye. This one is a female - the males have noticeably longer bills.
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Old Nov 20, 2008, 8:28 PM   #6
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Outstanding series, very beautiful photos.
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Old Nov 21, 2008, 10:06 AM   #7
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Thanks you all for your comments. As always they are much appreciated!

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Great shots as usual, Hung. Your grebe, however, is the similar Clark's Grebe - it has an orange bill and no black beneath the eye. The Western has a yellow-green bill and the black cap extends below the eye. This one is a female - the males have noticeably longer bills.
Here's a closer shot of the head, same bird. I think it's a Western Grebe.


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Old Nov 21, 2008, 11:07 AM   #8
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Awesome series Hung! Looks like you've got a real good vantage point at your local sanctuary. Great closeups and detail. Love the flying widgeon. We have a lot of those here right now, but for some reason, they don't like humans, and usually take off as soon as one gets close......cheers...Don
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Here's a closer shot of the head, same bird. I think it's a Western Grebe.
The second one certainly is a Western Grebe -- it has a complete black mask (no white below or in front of the eye) and a yellow-green bill (not orange). It also has a longer bill, and might be a male, whereas the first has a shorter bill and is probably female). Even though your EXIF shows the two pictures were taken only a minute and a half apart, you must have looked away between shots -- that is plenty of time for a switch to have taken place when you are dealing with diving birds that can pop up and down like corks -- because these two clearly are not the same bird. They do occur together in Winter when the plumages are somewhat more similar -- look closely and you will see that you have one of each, which actually makes for a nice comparison. Like the Bald Eagle, your pictures are much too good to be confused! Don't feel bad, though, because it wasn't too long ago when these were thought to be color phases of the same species!
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Hung, these are just great!! The RTH BIF is a wonderful study of this bird in flight.

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