Time for some bird photos

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  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,392 Captain
    Where did you shoot the white pelicans?
  • Fly HookerFly Hooker Posts: 4,195 Officer
    The white pelicans are only here in the Winter (central Florida, Lake Harney, St. Johns River chain).
  • lbudlbud Posts: 984 Officer
    Also on Lake Harris and Crystal River they are abundant...
    Live while You're breathing! It's Your only chance.....:grin
  • FishdflatsFishdflats Posts: 176 Officer
    Some from this year at Black Point Wildlife Drive.

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    -Luis
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  • FishdflatsFishdflats Posts: 176 Officer
    Backyard Woodpecker...

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    -Luis
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  • trunole08trunole08 Posts: 6 Greenhorn
  • barlow46barlow46 Posts: 292 Deckhand
    Apologize for the quality as light was very low for my 300. Been in Florida for 60 years and have never seen or heard a Loon until now. These two showed up about a week ago and only appear in the intracoastal behind my place about 45 min. before dark. Tonight we heard their call for the first time...eerie and very loud would be my description. Were traveling in our camper about two years ago in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and talked with a lady in Whitefish Point about the Loons. She was well versed on them and said they do migrate to Florida in the winter but they do not sound out their call. We never did get to see one in Michigan so were very surprised when they showed up this week at our backdoor. Am going to try and set up the tripod tomorrow and see if I can get some better shots.
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,215 Officer
    Barlow...
    barlow46 wrote: »
    Apologize for the quality as light was very low for my 300. Been in Florida for 60 years and have never seen or heard a Loon until now. These two showed up about a week ago and only appear in the intracoastal behind my place about 45 min. before dark. Tonight we heard their call for the first time...eerie and very loud would be my description. Were traveling in our camper about two years ago in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and talked with a lady in Whitefish Point about the Loons. She was well versed on them and said they do migrate to Florida in the winter but they do not sound out their call. We never did get to see one in Michigan so were very surprised when they showed up this week at our backdoor. Am going to try and set up the tripod tomorrow and see if I can get some better shots.

    Loons are pretty interesting....
    they inhabit the ms. coast from november until may\june....we have a few year around as well....

    the myth that they don't make their beautiful call during migration is just that, a myth....
    one of our local and most respected birders with her own paper column, (she has passed) made the statement some 40 years ago...
    she was obviously wrong....they do indeed make their call, and on still, foggy days can be heard at great distances...
    i notified the birder she was wrong...she inturn told me i was fos.....
    i invited her to my house on ocean springs harbor to sit for a while....there were a raft of loons in the harbor so there was quite a bit evidence....
    she got up and left...she also never admited being wrong....

    i also did some work with an ornithologist named paul spitzer on a program he had a grant for studying loons....
    you can google his work up....fascinating work....
    it was very interesting work.....

    tim
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    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
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  • barlow46barlow46 Posts: 292 Deckhand
    Tim,
    Thanks for that information..interesting read on Spitzer. I also would like to invite the Docent from the UP to sit on my deck and listen to that call. They were here again late yesterday afternoon and sounding off like there was no tomorrow. Thanks again.
    Tim
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,392 Captain
    Nice shots fishdflats. What is that duck in the first shot?
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,392 Captain
    Figured it out, Northern Shoveler in the unlikely event anyone else didn't know.
  • FishdflatsFishdflats Posts: 176 Officer
    Chuckc wrote: »
    Nice shots fishdflats. What is that duck in the first shot?

    Thank you Chuck. Those are Northern Shovelers!!!
    -Luis
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  • FishdflatsFishdflats Posts: 176 Officer
    European Starlings.

    I saw them for the first time in Minnesota in december. I have never seen these in Florida, much less my backyard. I found them in the last couple of days, trying to take over my Woodpeckers nest. Although pretty, I am starting to no like them.
    -Luis
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