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Old 30th November 2012, 10:06 AM   #72868  /  #1
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Quack, Tweet, Squawk.. click!

So...a thread to share birdie pics.

We went swan hunting at the wetlands this morning.. and they were plentiful.

Taken 30-11-12, Whyalla Wetlands, South Australia





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Old 30th November 2012, 10:16 AM   #72869  /  #2
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I can't tell you how great a privilege it is to have seen this:


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Yes, that's the malleefowl, Leipoa ocellata ("spotted egg-leaver"!) It's the only megapode that lives in temperate and semi-arid zones instead of the tropics. It's the size of a large chicken and its nest is up to 5 metres in diameter, and it moves 3 tonnes of soil very day to make sure the eggs are alright.

The Aborigines of western Victoria called it Lowan, and the spirit malleefowl, Neilloan, is represented by the constellation in my avatar.
More information: http://www.malleefowlvictoria.org.au/
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Old 30th November 2012, 01:10 PM   #72873  /  #3
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Old 30th November 2012, 02:45 PM   #72874  /  #4
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omg aden. That's Ishmael level shitposting.
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Old 30th November 2012, 02:48 PM   #72875  /  #5
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Flock of 16 Common Mergansers on our lake this morning, all females, unusual since we usually only see them on their way north in early spring:

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Old 30th November 2012, 02:56 PM   #72876  /  #6
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Couple days ago saw four Golden Crowned Kinglets for the first time in many years. Really bold little birds, as fearless as chickadees.

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Old 30th November 2012, 02:57 PM   #72877  /  #7
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omg aden. That's Ishmael level shitposting.
Nuh-uh. Mine was funny. And it's the only contribution I can make to the thread since I don't birdwatch.
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Old 30th November 2012, 03:36 PM   #72878  /  #8
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you should start birdwatching.
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Old 30th November 2012, 07:54 PM   #72886  /  #9
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Also saw a very large unidentified hawk this morning, maybe following the mergansers as they seem to always have some kind of predatory bird shadowing them, often eagles.

The hawk flew too low to see a good silhouette, so all I got was large with an unusually large head.

It may have been a Northern Goshawk:

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/nsbirds/bns0090.htm

It's the right time of year, the right flight (low), and the right size.
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Old 30th November 2012, 11:47 PM   #72893  /  #10
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you should start birdwatching.
I live near a lake, river complex. There are lots of birds. But birds are boring.
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Old 30th November 2012, 11:50 PM   #72894  /  #11
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They are not boring! They are bloodthirsty smart little dinosaurs with the emotional temperature of tyrannosaurs. Even the seed eaters. They fight, cheat and steal all the while pretending to be harmless pretty little innocents.
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Old 30th November 2012, 11:56 PM   #72895  /  #12
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you should start birdwatching.
I live near a lake, river complex. There are lots of birds. But birds are boring.
go back to your dungeons and dragons thread you peasant
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Old 1st December 2012, 12:06 AM   #72896  /  #13
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There's a reason why birdbrain is an insult.
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Old 1st December 2012, 01:04 AM   #72900  /  #14
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no, there isn't :getout:
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Old 1st December 2012, 03:26 AM   #72905  /  #15
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I don't think you guys want me to post my ten billion bird photos, lol
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Old 1st December 2012, 03:27 AM   #72906  /  #16
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Wrong.

We do.

You could space them out a bit over time if you like.
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Old 1st December 2012, 03:35 AM   #72907  /  #17
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I saw a bird in the garden today that I didn't recognize. I didn't see it closely enough to know what the beak shape is. It was small, maybe finch-sized. It hat a neon yellow splotch on the top of its head and a neon yellow splotch under its tail. I'm not sure how much of the belly was yellow. The wings, tail and upper body were mottled brown.
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Old 1st December 2012, 03:38 AM   #72908  /  #18
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Myrtle warbler?

http://www.google.ca/search?q=myrtle...FaW30AHShYDoCA
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Old 1st December 2012, 04:02 AM   #72909  /  #19
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Could have been a yellow-rumped warbler maybe if you're not perfectly precise on the yellow splotch locations
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Old 1st December 2012, 04:28 AM   #72911  /  #20
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Myrtle warbler?

http://www.google.ca/search?q=myrtle...FaW30AHShYDoCA
the splotch on the head is dead on. I'm almost certain the yellow was under the tail, not on top of it. When the bird flicked its tail up and the yellow jumped out I was like "whoa".
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Old 1st December 2012, 04:29 AM   #72912  /  #21
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I just googled it and myrtle warblers and yellow-rumped warblers are the same thing Or rather, myrtle warblers are a type of yellow-rumped warbler
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Old 1st December 2012, 04:47 AM   #72913  /  #22
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The under-tail thing made me think palm warbler, but they don't have yellow on the crowns of their heads, just around the eyes
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Old 1st December 2012, 05:19 AM   #72915  /  #23
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whatbird.com's list of birds with yellow. Take a look ob, see if you can spot your visitor.

http://www.whatbird.com/browse/objs/...or/2116/Yellow
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Old 1st December 2012, 05:23 AM   #72917  /  #24
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the myrtle warbler looks closer than anything in that list. Maybe I'll see it again in the next day or two and get a better idea about where the yellow splotches are.
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Old 1st December 2012, 05:44 AM   #72919  /  #25
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Almost all warblers (and many other birds) are promiscuous little buggers who merrily interbreed with species close to them. So you may have seen a myrtle/yellow-rumped warbler X some other warbler with more yellow underneath. Also there are variants of many warbler species.
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