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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

  Stupid pale pole didn't help.

Definitely an incredibly stupid pole, I mean how could it even be so stupid? It just flabbergasting! You should have called the police. 

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11 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Definitely an incredibly stupid pole, I mean how could it even be so stupid? It just flabbergasting! You should have called the police. 

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It's already been punished.   There are at least a half dozen cavities woodies have drilled into it.

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Wildlife photography can be a very unpredictable hobby.

On May 11, I saw my first Olive Sparrow at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.  It was constantly hopping around in low brush.  I got glimpses and heard it clearly.  However, a bird only gets on my life list if I get a picture and this one was playing hard to get.  I spent something like 10 minutes before I got a crappy picture that was good enough to count it on my life list.   But even after all that effort, the picture still pretty much sucked.

The very next day, at Estero Llano Grande State Park, an Olive Sparrow popped out by a water feature and posed nicely for the attached picture.  A fraction of the effort and was a gazillion times better than the picture from the day before. 

Go figure...

 

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17 minutes ago, Jim W said:

Wildlife photography can be a very unpredictable hobby.

Ain't that the truth. I have spent hour upon hour trying to get better hummingbird photos and three of my best hummingbird photos happened while I was photographing American Goldfinches.

 

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the story of this bird

 

learning to fly.... if you followed along in the spring and early summer,on Instagram, then you know that one of the Osprey nests I watch had been having major trouble,first the male disappeared for a three days ,then the female abandoned the nest to search for food after the male didnt come back. She left the eggs for over two hours,which usually results in a failed nest,however, after she came back,and the male returned, she continued to sit on the eggs for another three weeks. I was more then a little astonished after that time to see two heads peaking up over the nest. We lost one of the babies along the way, sibling rivalry?,fell out of the nest?, I never could tell. Anyway, you are looking at the surviving chick who is all grown up and fledged the other day, I think its a female with that feathery collar,but sometimes when they are young they can change as they mature. So glad to see one made it and I am hopeful that the female of this nest (e37 from NY) comes back next year for another shot at a family..

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3 hours ago, FlowerShooter said:

The Scissortail Fly Catcher is our state bird.  Today it spent some time in the tree next to our back yard and gave some photo ops. Here are two that I thought worth sharing.

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You must be in Oklahoma.

I'm not planning on leaving Texas, but if I had to Oklahoma would be my first pick...

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11 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

South Oklahoma. 

Like on the Red River.

Or maybe in it.

 

Right? 😁

Pretty much anywhere in the south eastern half of the state would be nice(as long as it is far enough away from a city), the weather up there is beautiful in the summer, and not terrible in the winter, the people are great, very much like Texans, they have trees taller than me.....Over all it seems like a pretty good spot. 

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7 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Pretty much anywhere in the south eastern half of the state would be nice(as long as it is far enough away from a city), the weather up there is beautiful in the summer, and not terrible in the winter, the people are great, very much like Texans, they have trees taller than me.....Over all it seems like a pretty good spot. 

Oh yeah, there is some elevation change up there two, your not driving along on your way to Amarillo, and the only thing blocking your view of the earth's curvature is power polls and pumpjacks.

The only thing I'm not sure I could get used to is this thing that I've heard these crazy tails about, this stuff called rain, I'm told that is were this thing called water falls out of the sky, I'm not too sure about that. 

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