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Old 05-04-2015, 12:07 PM   #41
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Thanks to posters who contributed to this thread. Lots of very nice photos.

Lack of artistic skills aside, I will need better equipment than my simple pocket point-and-shoot camera to take photos as crisp as the ones I see here. However, I will continue to take snapshots. These serve as reminders of things I have seen, places that I have been. In my later years, when I lose my mobility, I will look at these fondly.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:41 PM   #42
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A few pictures taken along trails and in local parks (I am not a bird photographer and have actually little interest in birds):
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:16 PM   #43
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I will need better equipment than my simple pocket point-and-shoot camera to take photos as crisp as the ones I see here.
Though I have succumbed to the bird photography disease and have humped heavy lenses around on various vacations I must admit that my wife, shooting with a compact super zoom digicam gets shots as nice or nicer than mine. It's the eye and the passion to see new things not the equipment that makes the shot.
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A few pictures taken along trails and in local parks (I am not a bird photographer and have actually little interest in birds):
Maybe that's true, but them is some good pitchers.
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I don't have too many duck pictures.
How about a Sharp-shinned Hawk?


This image was captured with moderately priced hand held Canon PowerShot S3 IS that I think is about ten years old.


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Flying non-ducks

Well shoot, if you folks are gonna start posting those pretty non-duck photos I'll throw in some of mine too. Always liked to get birds in flight when possible:

Black Shouldered Kite (with a tasty vole snack) near my house in SoCal



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Violet Green Swallow at Mono Lake




Sandhill Cranes in New Mexico

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Well shoot, if you folks are gonna start posting your non-duck photos I'll throw in some of mine too. Always liked to get birds in flight when possible:...
The thread is about "Duck and Birds Photos", although I started this thread as a dedication to my friend redduck.

Catching birds in flight? When possible? Never with me! Perhaps that's why I like to shoot duck. They don't swim too fast.
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Those flying pictures are fantastic.
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Those flying pictures are fantastic.
+1. Quite fantastic. Nicely done.
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The thread is about "Duck and Birds Photos", although I started this thread as a dedication to my friend redduck.

Catching birds in flight? When possible? Never with me! Perhaps that's why I like to shoot duck. They don't swim too fast.
Thanks for the explanation. I wondered why it was ducks and birds as ducks are birds.

I'd thought it might be for redduck, or that ducks are the best tasting birds.

Actually I find ducks interesting, had some as pets as a kid, very social birds.

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Among a certain population, this is known as a Red Duck.

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Redduck is not a motorcycle rider, unless I am very mistaken. And as far as I know - and I do not know much, particularly about posters here - redduck has not volunteered how he chose his screen name.

In the OP, I did suggest that perhaps his was an infatuation with the ferruginous duck (see below linked photo from Wikipedia), but he never confirmed nor denied it.



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Thanks for the explanation. I wondered why it was ducks and birds as ducks are birds.

I'd thought it might be for redduck, or that ducks are the best tasting birds.

Actually I find ducks interesting, had some as pets as a kid, very social birds.

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Ducks are birds, yes, but more special. And tastier too.

We just had some roast duck when stopping in Calistoga recently, but I still harbor some craving for a bowl of Chinese roast duck noodle soup. I have been deprived of that for a few years now.

PS. My "superior" memory is failing! I had Chinese roast duck noodle soup in Montreal Chinatown last year. But, but, but it was not the same style as I had several times earlier. Then, I searched the Web and found out that what I had in Montreal was Cantonese style, while what I prefer would be HongKong style. Hence, my craving was not satisfied, and I still feel empty.
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Raptor Identification

Had this problem/wondrous event. I have a couple bird feeders which mostly attracts finches & doves and occasional other birds. Well DW & I are watching one day and a finch, I think, maybe a dove, just left the feeder and boom, in mid air some raptor nails it and all we see is an explosion of feathers. I grabbed the iPhone and this was the best shot could get. I think its a Cooper's hawk DW thinks its a Peregrine , not a great view or pic. I felt terrible, I planned to be a bird feeder not a raptor feeder, DW went on about 'the circle of life'. Can anyone tell what the bird is from this pic?
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Had this problem/wondrous event. I have a couple bird feeders which mostly attracts finches & doves and occasional other birds. Well DW & I are watching one day and a finch, I think, maybe a dove, just left the feeder and boom, in mid air some raptor nails it and all we see is an explosion of feathers. I grabbed the iPhone and this was the best shot could get. I think its a Cooper's hawk DW thinks its a Peregrine , not a great view or pic. I felt terrible, I planned to be a bird feeder not a raptor feeder, DW went on about 'the circle of life'. Can anyone tell what the bird is from this pic?
I'm not a great birder, but that looks more like a Peregrine to me (from the "face mask" and the thick body). I think we all have those inadvertent "circle of life" moments. We have a number of backyard plants that Rufous and Annas Hummingbirds like to visit. DW and I love to just sit and watch them. Then one day our cat found out...
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Speaking of hummingbirds and also the circle of life reminded me of this photo that I posted before, that of a more natural ending for a hummingbird. I found it hanging upside down on a vine when I was staining my house siding.

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Had this problem/wondrous event. I have a couple bird feeders which mostly attracts finches & doves and occasional other birds. Well DW & I are watching one day and a finch, I think, maybe a dove, just left the feeder and boom, in mid air some raptor nails it and all we see is an explosion of feathers. I grabbed the iPhone and this was the best shot could get. I think its a Cooper's hawk DW thinks its a Peregrine , not a great view or pic. I felt terrible, I planned to be a bird feeder not a raptor feeder, DW went on about 'the circle of life'. Can anyone tell what the bird is from this pic?
Looks like a Coopers Hawk to me.
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Speaking of hummingbirds and also the circle of life reminded me of this photo that I posted before, that of a more natural ending for a hummingbird. I found it hanging upside down on a vine when I was staining my house siding.

No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'!
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I just recalled this shot of Canada geese on Deschutes River that ran through the downtown of Bend, OR, taken in the recent RV trip.

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