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Jan Curtis

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  1. After eating a ground squirrel, the neighborhood hawk cleaned its beak with the equivalent of dental floss. Yet another bird behavior I haven't seen before! Taken with Nikon Coolpix P950 at 1000mm and 1600mm from about 100 feet. see:
  2. After missing a passing insect, it ruffles its feathers then regurgitates some food (left over Chock Cherry pit and insect). Taken with Nikon Coolpix P950 at a distance of 150 feet on a hot August afternoon near Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  3. Using my Nikon Coolpix P950 at 1000mm and 2000mm focal lengths, I captured a young Meadow Lark preening and singing. I slowed down the bird's song by 50% in the last part of this clip.
  4. These European Collared Doves have become a fixture around my house this year as my trees are starting to provide shelter and a good nesting location for these shy birds. Focal Length (35mm format) - 1600 mm For more videos, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OUZEfCjIiI
  5. Using my Nikon Coolpix P950 at 1000mm and 2000mm focal lengths, I captured a young Meadow Lark preening and singing. I slowed down the bird's song by 50% in the last part of this clip. Western Meadow Lark's Song.mp4 Western Meadow Lark's Song.mp4
  6. This bird has been a regular during the past month. It seems to know when I am photographing it. I produced a short video clip of it, worth a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfvxkepe20c&list=PLFOag6HjHS4cuI3TU_ZQZrX4xXlZvtM9e&index=2
  7. These birds of prey were taking time out to preen themselves while winds ruffled their feathers. It was difficult to catch them facing me but I managed this by taking a frame from my video below. Not certain if they were a mating pair or mother-juvenile pair. The one on the left looks to be the same as the one here last year. Taken at 2000mm focal length with a Nikon P950 on 4 May near Cheyenne, Wyoming. A video of this can be viewed at: .
  8. These shy birds are difficult to photograph but I got lucky. They were about 60 feet away. Nikon P950 Focal Length (35mm format) - 1100 mm.
  9. Can anyone confirm my suspicions that this is a Swainson's Hawk? Taken today (4/22) 6 miles northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  10. Tony: No field guide but I use Audubon, Merlin Bird ID, and Raptor ID apps.
  11. Thanks Charlie. I'm seeing their migration/nesting range now. Very cool!!!
  12. Wow. Thanks Kevin and Hasan. Thought they are restricted to Florida?
  13. Sorry for the small image but I'm hoping that the profile of this large bird on my roof can be identified. I'm located 6 miles northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Taken ~3:50PM today (4/22). Possible craine? Thanks, Jan
  14. Taken from Cheyenne, Wyoming today (3/31/21) at 1:30PM from across my property. Sorry for the poor quality but managed to get the wings in up and down position. I'm thinking it is a Swainson's Hawk? Any ideas? Thanks for your time. hawk.tif
  15. After a major snow storm, 1000's of geese flew over my house in southeast Wyoming this morning. Overcast skies made for a challenging capture of this event. With these birds flying +35 mph and using a focal length (35mm format) of 650 mm (hand held), I could only manage a few decent shots.
  16. Thanks. Not really a birder myself but your guess seems very reasonable. JC
  17. Sorry, Cheyenne, Wyoming late afternoon.
  18. Based on shape, flight, etc. what would you say these birds are. To me it looks like a bird of prey but could be a crow?? This simple minimalist image was made possible due to the thick smoke from nearby wild fires (4 Oct). Selected frames from a Nikon P950 in video mode (30 fps without filter) were stacked and darkened in Photoshop. Not sure what kind of birds these were. I wonder how long one must wait for something to pass in front of the sun? I suppose it depends on focal length.
  19. A first for me. I saw this bird flying earlier over my field and never through it would land nearby hours later. This shot was taken through my closed window. A beautiful bird! Focal Length (35mm format) - 1000 mm
  20. If video isn't working, you can view at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79387036@N07/.
  21. This hawk remained stationary except for head motion for nearly 45 minutes. This clip shows the only time when the hawk moved. The wings are sure impressive when they are spread.
  22. I feel dumb today. I need help in ID. Near Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was eating insects. Thanks, Jan
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