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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
Not sure what area you live in out in Alberta, but in LaSalle, Ontario, next to Windsor, we have a good variety in our area. My wife keeps a journal some days on what we see on our property. On April 17th we saw a Junco, Wild Turkeys, Gold Finch, Fn Starling (my wife's words), Cardinal, Large Nut Hatch, Red Wing Black Bird, Robin, Grackle, Sparrow, Fn Goose, Mallard, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, and Small Nut Hatch. Most were at our bird feeders and nut feeders. The goose and mallards were on our second lot (our meadow) behind our house. The spring rains form several small, shallow ponds that dry up by June. And our meadow borders a Natural Habitat Area.
Well, that's generally how it's been around here and we had a few before we left for Costa Rica but upon return I've seen exactly one chickadee and not one Downy, or nuthatch etc. All I can think is food is now plentiful elsewhere and maybe mating has them more secluded. Robins should be back but I see none so far. Of course we have magpies and crows! I'm Edmonton area rural. However, I'm enjoying being attacked by my Canada geese.;)

Jack
 
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AaronT

EOS 80D
Jan 5, 2013
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Well, that's generally how it's been around here and we had a few before we left for Costa Rica but upon return I've seen exactly one chickadee and not one Downy, or nuthatch etc. All I can think is food is now plentiful elsewhere and maybe mating has them more secluded. Robins should be back but I see none so far. Of course we have magpies and crows! I'm Edmonton area rural. However, I'm enjoying being attacked by my Canada geese.;)

Jack
Yes, my Geese like hissing and threatening me also.
 

AaronT

EOS 80D
Jan 5, 2013
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But I like them. They are funny, quiet, and timid. I used to shoot them flying from a dam back in Iowa. (them flying, me shooting ;))
Hi Cog. I have nothing against Turkey Vultures at all. They just have a face only a mother could love. :geek:
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
5,949
740
Alberta, Canada
At least there is one bird in Costa Rica I didn't need a book for. What a pleasure to see these guys near Carara National Park. This was shot from the hotel and possibly are in an Avocado tree. This is an area well worth visiting with Iguanas everywhere. They'll walk right up to you but watch those tails!

Jack
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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Alan, you recall the situation, with my daughter manning the R and using what I could offer - the 70-200 2.8 II. It was great with X1.4, poor with 2X, so I stayed with the 400 X2 and let her have the X1.4. I have discussed with her about getting the 100 - 400 but all she could afford at this time was the R.

One major complaint about the 400 DO is its lack of close focus. If only Canon would build a long tele with a macro function.

As it turned out I didn't even use the R to see what I thought of it other than when I purchased it, but from what she was getting and how it performed, I was impressed. It's a very nice camera. I haven't seen her photos on computer since we're in different cities and it takes time to sort so many redundant photos. I'll have a better assessment in due course.

I'd be posting but I need time to ID the birds but here are a couple hummers. San Gerardo de Dota is an amazing valley in the high mountains.

Jack

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Nice to see you back Jack! Nice photos!
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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At least there is one bird in Costa Rica I didn't need a book for. What a pleasure to see these guys near Carara National Park. This was shot from the hotel and possibly are in an Avocado tree. This is an area well worth visiting with Iguanas everywhere. They'll walk right up to you but watch those tails!

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We don't have these parrots around but the tree is common here:p! Nice shots Jack!
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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This was shot from the hotel and possibly are in an Avocado tree.

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:LOL::ROFLMAO::LOL: - OK, now I believe you are Canadian! I have friends Canadians and when they came to visit us first time here, they were standing under avocado tree and were asking "you told us you have a lot of avocado here, when we can see it?". My humble opinion is that your tree is Tropical Almond (Terminalia catappa). Very different stuff from Avocado (I like good* avocado slightly salted and with cup of Sauvignon Blank from New Zealand :giggle:).
* - good avocado means high lipids content on first place - it should not be watery. And the taste!!!
 

ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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Lovely shots, ISv.
Thanks Click, I'm going to watch that nest until chicks start flying. They are slightly different from the adults and I still have to make a decent photo...
I hope they will get out of the nest during a weekend, otherwise - "no hope":)!