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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #2475 on: September 03, 2013, 03:57:48 PM »
Thanks Click, Jack and rpt.

Jack, rpt was correct.
I use small pieces of bread that I toss in front of the heron at water's edge to attract the fish. Too far from the edge and he can't reach it (the fish know this and quickly attack the bread which is gone in a second). When I hit the mark within his reach near the water's edge, the fish are much more wary and often won't take the "bait". Then it's a waiting game between the hungry cautious fish and the heron. The smaller fish are more daring and dart in and out to take bites of the bread. The fish can see the heron hovering over the bread so I try not to get it too close to the heron. The heron makes multiple stabs near the bread when the fish rush in. Only occasionally do these attempts result in a catch for the heron. Mostly he gets small ones, but sometimes a slow or dumb big fish pays the ultimate price (often with the bread visible in the fish's mouth). When he catches a fish, he quickly retreats from the water's edge (and me), so that if he drops the fish, it won't get a chance to swim away. To get a close shot, I will chase him sometimes (I think he believes I might be after the fish also). He absolutely will not eat the bread, no matter how hungry. All the other birds I feed at the same time (ducks, moorhens, cardinals, bulbuls, mynah birds) really love eating the bread. The ducks will gang up on the heron and try to steal his bait bread, but will not cross a line about 1 foot from his sharp stabbing beak.

In this photo from yesterday, you can still see the piece of white bread in the fish's mouth.
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« Reply #2476 on: September 03, 2013, 04:01:06 PM »
Shot through a fence at the Edmonton Zoo

Terry...very well done. Beautiful photo (especially since you had to shoot through a fence). :)
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« Reply #2477 on: September 03, 2013, 04:05:34 PM »
Let's get this back to the duck-motif  :)

At the local university there's a nice pond with huge signs asking people not to feed the ducks and swans, which of course means that on the weekends graddaddys, daddys and retirees are virtually fighting to get a spot to feed the nice birdies.

Which is fine by me, so I can just sit and wait. Here are some from last Saturday, all with 5DIII and one of the whites, a couple bare lens, the rest with the 2xIII, and I can say that it is a very fine lens indeed  ;)

Stephan...love your duck series. Wonderful shots of some colorful birds. Shows some of their character. :)
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« Reply #2478 on: September 03, 2013, 04:24:25 PM »
serendipidy: thanks, and those Heron shots are very nice  :)

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« Reply #2479 on: September 03, 2013, 05:07:29 PM »
Another GBH...native resolution is 20x20


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« Reply #2480 on: September 03, 2013, 07:08:16 PM »
Thanks for the great explanation Serindipidy.  That heron's got a good thing going.  All the previous posted shots from everyone are great and some pretty entertaining!

Terry Rogers, we're neighbors almost (Ardrossan).  Been doing any birding in the countryside?

Anyone, if you know please confirm, I think I've just shot my first Magnolia warbler.

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« Reply #2481 on: September 03, 2013, 07:19:24 PM »
From earlier this spring, this is not great quality but it was pretty humorous with lots of fighting and underwater antics.  Poor mrs. looks pretty bewildered.  There actually were 4 males.

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« Reply #2482 on: September 03, 2013, 08:43:02 PM »

Anyone, if you know please confirm, I think I've just shot my first Magnolia warbler.

Jack

Yes Jack, it's a Magnolia Warbler.  :)  Very nice shot my friend!

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« Reply #2483 on: September 03, 2013, 09:08:57 PM »

Anyone, if you know please confirm, I think I've just shot my first Magnolia warbler.

Jack

Yes Jack, it's a Magnolia Warbler.  :)  Very nice shot my friend!

+1...and congrats 8)
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« Reply #2484 on: September 03, 2013, 10:58:04 PM »
And three more, could be much better, I know, but I have taken a lot of worse photos  8)

Hah! Love that last shot! Looks like my cat when she's begging for a morsel. :)
Amazing! That is the exact look my dog cuddles gives my mother-in-law when she wants dog biscuits :)

Stephan, lovely pictures!

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« Reply #2485 on: September 03, 2013, 11:55:25 PM »
More Heron fishing from today. Six duck pirates quickly raided us and refused to leave, stealing most of the bread. Heron still caught about 6 tilapia, 2 big ones. The biggest one he stabbed (I've never seen him stab a fish, before he always grabbed them like using chopsticks). It fought vigorously, getting away once, was quickly recaptured, and then, finally escaping back into the water.
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« Reply #2486 on: September 04, 2013, 12:02:04 AM »
The big stabbed fish who escaped and some of the "pirate" ducks
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« Reply #2487 on: September 04, 2013, 12:40:04 AM »
Hey Serendipidy, I hope your heron friend doesn't leave you!  It'd be worse than a divorce or death in the family.  :) I know how addicted to the pond I've become this summer and everything changes around here late October!  Then there is almost nothing. :(  Well not quite, there are always chickadees and nuthatches and woodpeckers but you freeze your fingers shooting.

You must have the world record for the best BCNHeron photos.  Must be an awful lot of fish where you are too.  Any worth photographing?  Jumping fish??

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« Reply #2488 on: September 04, 2013, 01:57:32 AM »
Hey Serendipidy, I hope your heron friend doesn't leave you!  It'd be worse than a divorce or death in the family.  :) I know how addicted to the pond I've become this summer and everything changes around here late October!  Then there is almost nothing. :(  Well not quite, there are always chickadees and nuthatches and woodpeckers but you freeze your fingers shooting.

You must have the world record for the best BCNHeron photos.  Must be an awful lot of fish where you are too.  Any worth photographing?  Jumping fish??

Jack

Thanks Jack. Here, we only have 2 seasons....raining and not raining. ;D

My house is on a drainage ditch which is usually about 2-3 feet deep and 15 feet wide. It is brackish since it eventually drains into a small lake and finally, the ocean. In the ditch, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of various sized Tilapia. I rarely see them jump (and could never get a photo of that) except when a larger fish, such as a barracuda (some live in the lake), is after them. The water is usually very murky and often also smells bad from decaying vegetation and all the fish pooping or dying.

On one of the clearer days, I will post a photo of the fish schools in the ditch.

I do not miss the cold winters of the central N. American continent.

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« Reply #2489 on: September 04, 2013, 02:25:09 AM »
The big stabbed fish who escaped and some of the "pirate" ducks
Fantastic photos of the herons and fish, thanks for sharing them. They do well swallowing fish that size; must have good digestive juices.
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