December 17, 2014

 

Immature caracara



We saw several immature caracaras at the Brownsville dump.
This is a great birding spot in Texas.
Sewage lagoons are also good birding spots.

Birders go to the nicest places.

Caracara cheriway

A tropical falcon version of a vulture, the Crested Caracara reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. It is a bird of open country, where it often is seen at carrion with vultures.

Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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December 16, 2014

 


Extremely rare in Canada except for the east coast.
We found this rusty puffin near the northern end of the Welland Canal. The Falls which can be hard on ships. so they built the canal to go around them.

See Harry we do get them here.

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December 15, 2014

 



You can't even get out of the car?

Taken through the windshield so it isn't great.

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December 14, 2014

 

The close up



Just got my lens back from being repaired.
Ozzie was close by for a test shot.
The focus seems to be working properly now.

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December 10, 2014

 

Sushi



I don't think you are supposed to eat the whole thing at once.
Maybe it is different for egrets.

Ardea alba 

Though it mainly hunts while wading, the Great Egret occasionally swims to capture prey or hovers (somewhat laboriously) over the water and dips for fish.

Great Egrets fly slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour.

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December 09, 2014

 

Toboggan run




Wheeeee. With or without a toboggan sliding down the hill is fun.

This American Pipit slid down to the pond for a drink.

Anthus rubescens

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December 04, 2014

 

The balancing act.



Yellow warbler from this past spring.
Going into the archives until my main lens is repaired.

Setophaga petechia
Yellow Warblers are small, evenly proportioned songbirds with medium-length tails and rounded heads. For a warbler, the straight, thin bill is relatively large.

Life can be dangerous for a small bird. Yellow Warblers have occasionally been found caught in the strands of an orb weaver spider’s web.

source -  Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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