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2 hours ago, smskelton said:

I wanted to share a photo I took in the Catalina's after the Bighorn fire.  First snowfall and a Golden Eagle soaring out of the clouds.

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Awesome shot!  You should put it in the "Birdscapes" thread too.

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On 10/17/2021 at 4:19 PM, dragon49 said:

Posting my best pic of the day, and asking a question.  Is the Juvenile White Ibis holding a long, thick worm, or some kind of oddly shaped fish?

In any event, not even sure whether the bird ate the creature, as while I was watching, it seemed like it didn't know what to do with it.  It either dropped it a few times, or threw it out of its mouth, and then kept picking it up.  Don't remember whether the bird walked out of my viewing range, or I just got bored and didn't wait out the conclusion.

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13 hours ago, stitch58 said:

Awesome shot!  You should put it in the "Birdscapes" thread too.

I'm new to this site and originally posted questions about the identification of several birds.  I don't know what the "Birdscapes" thread refers to.  I can tell  you the rest of the story about the Golden Eagle shot.  I originally hiked up to the base of Alamo Canyon in Catalina State Park to get some landscape pictures with my full frame Nikon with a 28-300 lens.  Not my birding camera.  As I looked over the canyon I saw this bird drop out of the clouds at the top of the canyon.  It started soaring and looked like it was coming down canyon.   I looked out to the west and saw a storm system coming my way over Oro Valley with heavy rain.  I knew that if I waited for the bird to get down to where I could take the picture I would have to make it more than a mile back to the car and would most likely get pounded by rain.  I decided to wait.  After I took several shots I tucked my camera inside my jacket and ran down the trail with my Golden Retriever following me wondering why we were running.  I didn't make it, but the camera stayed dry and it was worth getting wet.  It is the only Golden Eagle I have ever seen on the west side of the Catalina Mountains.

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18 minutes ago, smskelton said:

I'm new to this site and originally posted questions about the identification of several birds.  I don't know what the "Birdscapes" thread refers to.  I can tell  you the rest of the story about the Golden Eagle shot.  I originally hiked up to the base of Alamo Canyon in Catalina State Park to get some landscape pictures with my full frame Nikon with a 28-300 lens.  Not my birding camera.  As I looked over the canyon I saw this bird drop out of the clouds at the top of the canyon.  It started soaring and looked like it was coming down canyon.   I looked out to the west and saw a storm system coming my way over Oro Valley with heavy rain.  I knew that if I waited for the bird to get down to where I could take the picture I would have to make it more than a mile back to the car and would most likely get pounded by rain.  I decided to wait.  After I took several shots I tucked my camera inside my jacket and ran down the trail with my Golden Retriever following me wondering why we were running.  I didn't make it, but the camera stayed dry and it was worth getting wet.  It is the only Golden Eagle I have ever seen on the west side of the Catalina Mountains.

This is the Birdscape thread. It's basically just landscape photos with birds in them. 

 

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