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Apr 22, 2019 21:10:12   #
"I said, NO, NOT NOW, I've got a nest to build!"

CardinalPair22Apr19web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Apr 21, 2019 00:47:55   #
kpmac wrote:
Really nice. Post the mating images, too.

Here you go, kpmac. Enjoy!

Tryst #1: 11:22:47 AM

Birds18Apr2019_088web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Tryst #2: 11:41:36 AM

Birds18Apr2019_184web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Tryst#3: 12:22:52 PM

Birds18Apr2019_480web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Apr 20, 2019 12:39:01   #
PixelStan77 wrote:
Marshall, Outstanding capture in all aspects

Thanks, PixelStan77! Glad you liked it.

Still not able to fully "fill the frame" yet without cropping, but I'm getting better.


Apr 20, 2019 11:44:40   #
Drip Dry McFleye wrote:
Nice! You capitalized on a rare opportunity!

Hah, you don't know the half of it! The adults mated THREE times, and right in front of the kids, while I watched this family outing! lol! A new brood in a month or so.

I can post some of the bird porn if anyone is interested.

Apr 20, 2019 11:32:31   #
Swallows have recently returned to my area of KY for this year, and I watched them skim a local golf course lake. They nest under a large box culvert at the entrance to the golf course, and are fascinating to watch.

After many, many, many deletes I was finally able to capture one of the Barn Swallows in flight. As they returned to under the culvert after a foray over the lake, their flight pattern was less erratic and they had slowed down from about a thousand mph to maybe 500, and I was able to occasionally catch one in focus with a pan. lol

BarnSwallow6023web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Apr 20, 2019 11:14:06   #
Watched a killdeer pair chaperone their four chicks around the edge of a local golf course lake.

Killdeer young hatch, dry off, and then are ready to go, feeding on their own. This one wandered around and found this juicy treat.

KilldeerChick5931web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Apr 17, 2019 09:45:44   #
I don't know what kind of bush/tree this is, but this RTH felt the need for a nibble. He'd just finished off a crawdad on the ground; I believe this is the same hawk that I saw dining on the bullfrog last week.

RTH_4225_16Apr2019web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Apr 12, 2019 12:34:06   #
Bigmike1 wrote:
It sounds interesting. I doubt, however, that I will ever be able to visit. Please post your photos so we can see what it looks like.

Here's one for you, Bigmike. It was taken prior to the grand opening from an overlook they had set up for media, etc. We just followed the construction road in and had a fine time until security politely asked us to leave.

Don't know if one can even get to this vantage point any more since access is very tightly controlled now with security screeners, metal detectors, etc. There is quite a political backstory to this attraction and the companion Creation Museum.


Apr 12, 2019 00:38:36   #
IDguy wrote:
Bad day for Mr. Frog.

It's not easy being green.

Kermit The Frog
— "Bein' Green" in Sesame Street (1970)
Apr 11, 2019 23:29:10   #
Watched a young Red-tailed Hawk take a bullfrog today in Georgetown, KY.

RTH11Apr2019_002 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

He dragged it a ways out in the grassy field...

RTH11Apr2019_005 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

before deciding to liftoff and carry it across the road to finish his meal up in a tree.

RTH11Apr2019_006 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
RTH11Apr2019_010 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Apr 11, 2019 19:50:34   #
grandpaw wrote:
Green Heron from this morning.

Well, grandpaw, all those exchanges were sure interesting! We've got green herons here in KY, too, but they haven't shown up yet this year. When they shoot that neck out they look like a completely different bird!

Here's one of mine from 2016, be sure to turn up your sound for the drumroll! lol!

Apr 6, 2019 14:36:28   #
Katydid wrote:
Marshall, I have never heard about or seen a photo of a red crest. Do you mean it's like the Ruby-crowned Kinglet's? I would love to see your photo of it on a Kingbird. Can you post it?

Found it. Sorry, but I've never seen it closer than this:

KingbirdMobHeron16Jun15_036web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Apr 6, 2019 08:22:34   #
Katydid wrote:
Suddenly, these flycatchers are all over the place, going after bugs in the treetops. As a result, I never really get close to them. Never the less, they stay still long enough to be photographed, and they often return to the same perch after a short bug chase.

Fine kingbird shots, Katy. We only have the Eastern variety here in KY, and I'm looking forward to watching them this year.

Do your western birds have that hidden red crest that they can show in times of high agitation? First saw it in a photo I took of a kingbird mobbing a blue heron over our local park pond. Thought I had some kind of hot pixel defect until I got home and read up on it!

Apr 3, 2019 21:52:40   #
Nalu wrote:
I like this, but wish the male were a bit to the right to separate the male from the background female. But otherwise I like the soft foreground and background. Just curious from you guys. Appreciate the feedback.

Beautiful detail in the male. I probably would have cropped in closer, something like this:

Apr 3, 2019 07:52:52   #
bluezzzzz wrote:
My wife is from Philly and has taken that tour. No specific photo tips, but what stuck in her mind was Al Capone's cell, and the white "ghost cats" statues of pets that the prisoners kept.

Also, $10 fee to take in a tripod.
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