some of my photos: birds, four-leggeds and flowers

flickr changed formats recently and wiped out all my photos.  a friend wanted to see some, and the most convenient way was to upload some from a folder that had cropped versions i use on my greeting cards.  i spent a bit of time digging through more folders this morning, and uploaded more.

this should be the link to the birds and critters; this one should take you to a few flowers, butterflies and bees, both of which have been rare enough the past few summers, tragically.  there’s a way to rearrange them, but i haven’t found it yet.  ;)

18 responses to “some of my photos: birds, four-leggeds and flowers

  1. I think we have one type of hummingbird that I know of. what sort of raptor is that?

    remarkable work, thanks.

  2. to be more clear, those are spectacular.

  3. Even as a wildlife biologist, I sometimes forget the splendor of the large and small wonderful animals and plants surrounding us every minute of every day (particularly the rose-breasted grosbeak outside a cage as I’ve only known them here in the east, the yellow bird nabbing a bark beetle [natural control], the crow pinned by the peregrine and all the other awe-full interactions of your highness’ natural portraits).

    May we see an American Spring by the New Year; and dare I hope, a reprise of the spirit of Camelot.

  4. that is a death-dealing sharp-shinned hawk inviting a starling to lunch. they are amazing flyers! they can navigate at great speed among trees by hunching their shoulders and…aiming. oddly, the females, are the larger of the two genders. i understand that birders don’t like them, but i love them, they are fascinating. once i had my camera on one with a kill in its mouth, eye busy in the viewfinder, and suddenly a red-tailed hawk swooped down, picked up the hawk *and* its prey with its talons, and flew them both to the top of a poplar tree. sharp never let go of her prey, as far as i could tell.

    my camera is only a 12x zoom, so i couldn’t get a good photo. but what an incredible moment! and of course i missed the action when they were closer to me. ;)

    glad you liked them, mark.

  5. lovely tune, and i join you in your wish for an american spring. it’s so hard to know what might trigger it; so many offer their particular calculations. i stopped at part IV of my series on the subject, all hypothetical, not temporally predictive. :)

    a wildlife biologist? holy smoke, so say what your specialty or job was! florida must be a dream for you in terms of wildlife. gators and big birds, sea birds, tide pools, ocean critters of all sorts and sizes.

    ah, the rose-breasted grosbeak was a fluke; they don’t come here, really. they do visit the eastern slope of colorado, though. i hear that cardinals are showing up there as well. i was literally standing at the window when that one flew in. i got off three shots, none of them good, but it made my week to have seen one! you saw that we have both evenings and black-headed ones (they sing like caruso, so i call them by that name).

    the fuzzy yellow-orange dude with the beetle is an immature bullocks oriole male; what a funny shot, eh?

    since my camera is weak as it is, and i didn’t (dammit) buy an slr when i finally chose one, i pretty much have to bring the birds to me. i construct small trees on each side of the house, and tempt them with goodies. the fruit-eaters from central america i lure with wires full of grapes, and i hang orange quarters on hooks on the faux-tree branches. the western tanagers (black, yellow, orange-red and white) are some of my faves. those rings of dots made of miniscule feathers around their eyes simply knock me out.

  6. I’ve seen sharp shinned hawks or something like them arrowing through trees. There’s another one that does the same thing, maybe the merlin, which we have here.

    we have rose breasted gross beaks, had some nesting in the yard this year, they have a very beautiful song.

  7. maybe pergrin falcons? o, i’ll have to go to a site that has bird songs and listen. the black-headed grosbeaks sing even purdier than robins. i’ll bet the rose-breasted ones have varied markings, too, as so many other species.

    i uploaded some more (just birds and critters, not the flowers, etc.) you might laugh at the turkey vulture. there were nine of them, lol. i walked out to where they were, and thought they were there for me. hoped?

  8. Hopefully US (OWSt., Flush TPP, Social Security Works, PNHP-single-payer, 350.org ; et al), but as the first Corps of Engineers’ (yes, that’s Army) civilian biologist, I regulated waters of the United States, particularly wetlands on dredge and fill; And Structures (e.g., oil drilling platforms) in Florida and Alaska (so the best of my three decades of works on behalf Of LIFE was wiped out by Alyeska pipelines’ Exxon Valdez spill and the exponentially worse BP blowout and Corexit work in the Alaskan and Mexican Gulfs, respectively; likewise, Chernobyl contaminated us under its radionuclide rain and Fukushima’s finishing off formerly pristine Prince Williams Sound; and other US west coast marine biomes)!
    Sorta like life’s an oil/corexit contaminated beach now in coastal Florida; where Mosaic phosphate, among others are also working fast and furiously to ecologically depauperate upland “la Florida”; essentially unregulated, no thanks lately to BushCObama (see also, “Paving Paradise”, documenting even national Wetland Net LO$$, And me -pictured and quoted, pg 133}!
    Still, terminally off-duty now, I’ve finally got to see rare species remaining here on the U.S. peninsula; such as, passerine painted buntings, white crowned pigeons, anis (no, not the plural of my former boss’), carnivorous caracaras, and “adopted” whooping and sandhill cranes (mostly seed-feeder fed in various backyards I’ve tended around the state; but due to upland pine deforestation, I haven’t seen a red-headed woodpecker since a child)!
    On or offduty, I’ve utilized many an slr, and they’re highly overrated vis a vis “simple” digital cameras, once you find the after-the-fact tele-photo feature (and they’re almost focus/over or underexposure averse). But, “the bloom is off” and my ‘amateur’ wife takes most of our nature photos digitally now (and they’re par with your inspirational gallery)! Keep up the soul and highest inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjuaVo74meY
    * ALWAYS, The MUSIC * !

  9. that was a journey into the past, bruce. very fun; thanks.

    ah, jeez; to see your life’s work wiped out in such hideosity, i am so sorry for you, the oceans, and the people who live there. please let me demure on 350.org as helpful; to me, they are part of the problem, not part of the solution, and i am a bit on the militant side about that. (if you require evidence, with some bother i can provide it.)

    oh, i’ll have to Giggle some of those species, but among sometimes visitors here, one of the many i haven’t captured on not-film is an indigo bunting. they are almost to glorious, although subtly so. no woody woodpeckers? the anis/anus i’ll look for, as well. whoopers: have you read ‘even gowgirls get the blues’? if not, may i recommend it? it may have been more significant and a bit instructional when we were young, but still, a romp through glorious fields of freedom, sexual and otherwise.

    ah, a young woman in our valley has an slr, and saved for lenses, and her photos leave mine in the dust. i try not to be envious.

    good on missus bruce; give her my admiration, do.

  10. OK, Mik’maq First Nations spiritual; 350, temporal, May BE No competition or both MayGo synergistic on the BP (Big Petroleum) GREA$E-GUN MOLL$!
    I’ll read “Cowgirls …”; meanwhile I hope you get your blue (bunting photo); the tri-color painted bunting is instead, too gaudy? (And you might reread Cowgirl for the “giggled” chronic whooping crane appearances).
    & whatever the camera; in my experience, perfect pictures precipitate from the mantra of, “shoot, Shoot, SHOOT!” That, and A LOT of Travel (as well as a little luck (~8 !

  11. your comments are sometimes a bit hard for me to decipher, amigo. painted buntings are muy colorful, but i printed one to stick on the fridge years ago. and oy; i’d meant lazuli bunting, arrgh. yes, the whoopers are why i mentioned the tom robbins book.

    yes, clicking can bring more success than simply having the right cameras, i reckon. but long lenses can sure bring things in close, all right. i love to see every tiny feather…

  12. In any case, with every bird of a feather, try the digital zoom feature when magnifying and cropping your ‘watch the birdie’ “shot”. And in any event, good night and good “hunting”.

  13. Glorious gallery, wendye, and yes, you have feathers to perfection, or rather the birds do and we can just wonder at delicate form and color. What a calling you have. Thank you for sharing.

  14. yes, the birds do have em to perfection, and so many have their songs done juuuuuust right, as well. oddly, i can forget over the year whose song is whose, and of course some birds just talk, some just make noises, not songs. i read once how many feathers make up an average hummingbird’s clothes, and it was a mind-boggling number.

    a dear coonie’s been here lately, raiding the feeder by the bedroom door. she’s what started this whole venture, as an e-friend had mentioned a mama coon with eight young uns who seemed friendly, as in: possibly someone’s pet. they let her in the house. eeep. :)

    @ bruce: thank you for bringing my attention to digital zoom; my understanding was that it would make less resolution, not more. anyway, i found two articles diametrically in opposition on the subject. (algorithmic guesses in the camera software? eek!) the terms were often totally geek to me, but i’ll play around with it some. starbuck over yonder indicates i can avoid some flash troubles, too. but then i don’t try to sell those photos on my cards.

  15. birds are able to create those brilliant colours without using toxic substances.

  16. i’ve read the science (physics?) explaining feather iridescence and metallic gleaming as with some hummingbirds, but i didn’t understand it. fascinating, in any event. it’s only when the light hits their throats just right that they gleam.

  17. Hope your digital camera-play pans out (a purported selling point of our Canon PowerShot A520 was it wouldn’t lose resolution at greater magnification, and we have been satisfied with its blow-up results). Also sorry for my ciphers; sometimes my “magic words and phrases” work; sometimes not. In any case, may your wildlife focus not go hocus:

    Look out for the two-headed caracaras; and remember, four eyes are better than two.

  18. i will experiment, it’s worth it. ah, not to worry about your cyphers; they just get confusing, dear. and two heads are better than one…. :)

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