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  1. macdoc

    Comment by 'macdoc' in media 'Screen Shot 2021-02-22 at Feb, 22 2021 4.35.21 PM.jpg'

    Left the long lens in the bag :( Enough for an ID but far from a crisp shot. New one for me tho.
  2. Screen Shot 2021-02-22 at Feb, 22    2021    4.35.21 PM.jpg

    Screen Shot 2021-02-22 at Feb, 22 2021 4.35.21 PM.jpg

    Yellow Honeyeater
  3. macdoc

    Comment by 'macdoc' in media 'Warbling White-eye in the rain'

    Thanks - yes chased out of our Chile before the Patagonian half of the trip...we will go back. Do have some photos from northern Chile to sort out and now in Queensland Australia as a permanent resident ....wove and dodged to get here. Out of quarantine and back in an almost nornal world, no...
  4. macdoc

    Fiction Books on Birds

    I guess The Big Year is too true for the topic tho the movie was wonderful. I enjoyed The Wild Road - as a magpie has a major role. Most of my books on birds are like this...pop sci versions that never fails to fascinate. Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped...
  5. macdoc

    What are the best really "CHEAP" birding binoculars?

    You have a good budget. I bought a pair of Ziess small binocs in West Germany for the then outrageous sum of $600 US and they have served me well all over the world. I'm sure you can these days get name brand pair for a lot less. Good info here...
  6. Warbling White-eye in the rain

    Warbling White-eye in the rain

    Came across this sweet shot of a mejiro in the rain when we were at the Lelani Estates on the Big Island....two weeks before it all blew up in the Kiluea eruption a couple years back.
  7. macdoc

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle'

    Well I certainly have to bow to your expertise ....it was a long way up and it did not seem to have the wingspan. I also think that is what my partner and I saw but could not photograph. There is definitely a cowl too. Thanks.
  8. macdoc

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Fresh from Chile ....an American Kestrel'

    Thanks A Canadian chasing an "American" bird all the way to Chile does seem odd. Beginning to think one way windows have some advantages especially with skittish raptors. He was 4-5 meters away but completely unaware so I could observe him acting without interference of my presence.
  9. macdoc

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Crested Duck'

    Thanks much.
  10. Fresh from Chile ....an American Kestrel

    Fresh from Chile ....an American Kestrel

    Long way to add a new bird. The mirrored windows in the hotel let me observe him for a long time and photo came out okay. Was fun watching him eye the weeds below for something to eat.
  11. Crested Duck

    Crested Duck

    Got a lovely shot and thought an easy ID with the black eyeliner and the russet patch ....no luck. :(
  12. macdoc

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle'

    Thanks - the shape, colouring and beak profile all came through enough to identify - no detail tho. Gone from Chile tomorrow but maybe be back in 6 months to resume the second half of our trip.
  13. Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle

    Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle

    Just when I thought I was retirring the camera for this trip aan this showed up high above Santiago Airport. Not the best shot but identifiable. He went up and up off the tarmac thermal then buggered off north with good penetration. A treat
  14. Peruvian Pelican meet up

    Peruvian Pelican meet up

    Travelling along the quite desolate coast of Chile it was heartening to see the seabird life in the hundreds with guano islands marking the time ( tho many are mined ). Long day on the road and just near sunset, looked out the hotel window and saw largish birds gathering beyond visual ID range...
  15. Rufus Collared Sparrow & immature

    Rufus Collared Sparrow & immature

    In San Pedro de Atacama and noticed this competing for table scraps at the cafe. Quite elegant compared to the imported English sparrows. The immature one kept picking up rocks instead of food ;)
  16. macdoc

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'A College of Cardinals'

    Thanks This variant is smaller than the North American version which is also present in Kauai. These are less flighty than the larger cousin and will often feed right at your feet. It's a neat family shot with I think too older siblings watching the adult feed the younger one ....they are quite...
  17. A College of Cardinals

    A College of Cardinals

    Weighty discussion on the umbrella tree stage. Actually a lovely family of red-crested cardinals with a young one being fed. A shout out to Movavi app for de-noise
  18. 2fer Laysan Albatross & Greater Frigate birds

    2fer Laysan Albatross & Greater Frigate birds

    Was casually looking over this crop of what I thought was 3 Greater Frigate birds off the Kauai coast and realised there were two species in the formation. Wonder if the albatross looked to get a free meal.
  19. Great Frigate Bird

    Great Frigate Bird

    Sure glad I had the long lens. The frigate birds were staying well off shore til this one cruised the cliffs. Another new one for me. Camera did okay tracking this swift flyer with clutter in the background. Kudus to stabilization inventor
  20. Redtailed Tropic Bird

    Redtailed Tropic Bird

    New one for me and no idea that tail was there til I got home. Big Leica glass strikes again :D Amazing detail given the distance and handheld.
  21. White rumped shama

    White rumped shama

    Reminded me of a willie wag tail. Lovely bird
  22. Red Crested Cardinal ... some times you just get lucky

    Red Crested Cardinal ... some times you just get lucky

    I was watching other birds in this plant and saw the cardinal ....swung the 400 mm ( 800 mm equivalent ) which fortunately I had pre-focused and got a keeper. He immediately flitted away after posing perfectly. Made my day. :D
  23. White tailed tropic bird

    White tailed tropic bird

    Rarely have I wanted to fly myself ( closest is sailplanes which I did pilot ) .....this bird soaring in Waimea Canyon on Kuaia just was dream-like. Sooo effortless. Caught a nice ID photo. Was hard to track in flight
  24. Hawaian Goose ( Nene )

    Hawaian Goose ( Nene )

    They were lovely in flight.
  25. macdoc

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Easter bunny Kingfisher aka Brown Kingfisher'

    Closest is this but now have to track that original photo. Beak is wrong tho http://anilsharmafotography.com/albums/Birds--Whitebreasted-Kingfisher-Halcyon-smyrnensis/374527/Birds--Whitebreasted-Kingfisher-(Halcyon-smyrnensis) That'll larn me -- SanDiego zoo strikes again. :( Brown Kingfisher