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Bird on a Wire

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This youngster may not be a red tail hawk? Nice portrait for end of July…………

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Below is a shot I got of a Towhee which was the hardest bird I had to warm up to me, but the last few days a nuthatch has shown up. Every bird from the winter I photographed through our kitchen window has arrived except for the Kinglet. The next step would be to hand feed them if I had that desire.

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“Their song is a short drink your teeeeea lasting around one second, starting with a sharp call (“drink!”) and ending with a short trill “teeeeea”. The name “towhee” is onomatopoeic description of one of the towhee’s most common calls, a short two-part call rising in pitch and sometimes also called a “chewink” call.” I remember their song as a child, we take a lot for granted through the years which is why I’m finding out the true charm of birding.

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“Back In Your Own Backyard”

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The bird with feathers of blue
Is waiting for you
Back in your own backyard
You’ll see your castles in Spain
Through your window pane
Back in your own backyard
Oh you can go to the East
Go to the West
But someday you’ll come
Weary at heart
Back where you started from
You’ll find your happiness lies
Right under your eyes
Back in your own backyard

The bird with feathers of blue
Is waiting for you
Back in your own backyard
You’ll see your castles in Spain
Through your window pane
Back in your own backyard
Oh you can go to the East
Go to the West
But someday you’ll come
Weary at heart
Back where you started from
You’ll find your happiness lies
Right under your eyes
Back in your own backyard

Billie Holiday version of Al Jolson tune.

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I can’t seem to get any closer with the the 200mm lens even though it is really a 300 mm on my non-full frame camera. May get lucky one day though? These small birds are a few feet from me and are my friends. Starting to feel like Dr. Doolittle, chuckle.

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humming

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First Scout to our feeder after a long wait. The rest of the backyard friends below…………

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Red Hawk

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This is close to what I’ve been shooting for, I have mentioned it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy.

Red Hawk is also one one my favorite Curtis photos I’ve recently become aware of : http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/ecur/item/93506840/


Read A Book

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What I’ve had time to do the first of July, etc!

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My wife’s summer bun.


Towhee

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Most of the large birds I have to stalk but these are our backyard friends, more pending…………..

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I’m retiring this Soligor lens I’ve been using since February that has some issues when shooting at infinity and the weight of a cinder block. I recently obtained a Nikkor (circa 1969) 80-200 f4.5 that has reviews of being “sharp as a tack!’.

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