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MacMe

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  1. Cell phone cameras are great, but not for bird pictures. And that is all I had for this photo
  2. Yay! One that I have. This was taken on my first 'camera' which was the snapshot function on a budget video recorder
  3. The old lady pinches Tommy's ruff between her sharp talons, "Your coming with me, young man" she squawks. Even though he defiantly struggled, it proved futile, as she led him back to his parents.
  4. They flew perpendicular to me, plenty of opportunities to get a good shot. The only one that came out decent would be better in the "Caption Contest" thread
  5. Found a few mats of what I think are water beetles. I guess they are spawning
  6. interestingly, I've never had a camera with me when I've seen one. And they haven't been in the last three places I've lived: florida, California's central valley, and coastal texas
  7. Quoting your post above went wonky @chipperatl. Sorry, not trying to take your photo
  8. @chipperatlwins! perfect for Halloween.
  9. due to the forum being down for a few days, I'm not going to share a winner just yet
  10. Oh that's right, you helped post the pic. Sorry about that
  11. I bet that mallard is thinking about this scene in Hercules. "Just stare at the sidewalk. People here are nuts!"
  12. For me, I save the photo onto my computer somewhere, then use the "choose files..." to input the image into my post. The Choose Files is part of the options when writing a post.
  13. perhaps 'tomorrow' is on daylight savings time, ?
  14. There are starlings here but I never see more than a few at any given place, and I never see their murmuration as the sun sets. I can tell you that no one parks under those trees
  15. Unfortunately no photo because this happens at evening/night and the only light source are street lamps. I'll do my best to describe it. This is in Corpus Christi Texas and has been going on for a month or two. On a stretch of highway (358) by, HEB, Target, Sam's Club, and other businesses there are thousands of small birds roosting in the trees of the parking lot. I don't see birds of these numbers during the day while I'm coming and going. The most common daytime bird around here are great-tailed grackles, but the birds in the trees are NOT grackles (I take that back, grackles do occupy a few of the trees but not nearly as populated and their calls sound different). I know Starlings gather in huge numbers in many parts and fly in their murmurations but I don't see starlings flying around before coming to land. Also, from the available light they don't look like starlings. They are swallow-like in flight and when in the tree they look like female/juvenile Purple Martins. I know Martins recently migrated and nested but I don't know how long they hang out in the area after fledging nor when the martins migrate away. Also, I have no idea if martins gather like this nor if these gatherings occur at other times of the year. Is there anyone living around here or have something similar going on where you live can help me
  16. Doesn't look like Great-tailed Grackles have been shown yet Female Male
  17. I heard that more and more are not rattling when disturbed because people are killing the ones that do. This is artificially selecting for the rattlers that don't rattle. This is leading to an increase of unfortunate run-ins. Not sure if this is still the case; I have seen a lot of signs about leaving the snakes alone and not killing them.
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