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AlanF

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Some friends from a recent California visit including a tern (not quite in the same league as ISv's tern, but we do our best).

A rather dreary, sunless day at Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach (it doesn't rain in Southern California, but I definitely felt some drops!).

First, a little guy, a semipalmated plover.
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Next is a Caspian tern fishing and successfully catching a fish.
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A Marbled Godwit
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And Last, a Willet
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A lovely varied series of shots. Well done!
 
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AlanF

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I saw a great series of videos on the BBC yesterday of Puffins and Guillemots flying underwater. They can hold their breath for up to 2-3 minutes while catching sand eels etc. They are swimming underwater but in the same way as flying above. Here is an Attenborough clip on YouTube. (I suppose I should have posted it on another thread as the birds are in water).
 
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ISv

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Magnificent series ISv!
Yes - the bird is magnificent!!! My photos - hardly, I didn't have the chance to go earlier in the morning and missed the good light:(. I like your photos better!
 
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ISv

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Some friends from a recent California visit including a tern (not quite in the same league as ISv's tern, but we do our best).

A rather dreary, sunless day at Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach (it doesn't rain in Southern California, but I definitely felt some drops!).

First, a little guy, a semipalmated plover.
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Next is a Caspian tern fishing and successfully catching a fish.
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A Marbled Godwit
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And Last, a Willet
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Great photos!
And to keep my image of taxonomical jerk: stop calling the Tropic birds "Tern" please:). They are in their very own Order - Phaetontiphormes (you can find brief but good info in Wikipedia). For example the cats and the dogs have less differences than the Terns and the Tropic birds!
 

ISv

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I saw a great series of videos on the BBC yesterday of Puffins and Guillemots flying underwater. They can hold their breath for up to 2-3 minutes while catching sand eels etc. They are swimming underwater but in the same way as flying above. Here is an Attenborough clip on YouTube. (I suppose I should have posted it on another thread as the birds are in water).
I watched only the Puffins so far and it's really great! Thanks for the link!
 

Billybob

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Yes - the bird is magnificent!!! My photos - hardly, I didn't have the chance to go earlier in the morning and missed the good light:(. I like your photos better!
Lol, the mutual-admiration society is in full session! I'm glad that we can enjoy each other's efforts. :)
 

Billybob

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Great photos!
And to keep my image of taxonomical jerk: stop calling the Tropic birds "Tern" please:). They are in their very own Order - Phaetontiphormes (you can find brief but good info in Wikipedia). For example the cats and the dogs have less differences than the Terns and the Tropic birds!
Guilty as charge, or more to the point, guilty of superficial reading. The first bird you mentioned was the tern. I failed to notice your use of the adjective "missing" to modify your reference. For me, I have no idea what a bird is until I look it up, so I didn't misidentify, I simply misread (getting my reading glasses). :geek:
 

DanP

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The second one is really great!
Thanks ISv. There wasn’t much cropping - it came pretty close. They get habituated to humans as there are a lot of people with big lenses taking pictures. Unfortunately the owls only stick around for about 1 month in the area.
 

FrenchFry

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Thanks ISv. There wasn’t much cropping - it came pretty close. They get habituated to humans as there are a lot of people with big lenses taking pictures. Unfortunately the owls only stick around for about 1 month in the area.
Lovely shots! Which area is this?