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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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
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...
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...
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.
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
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
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
Closest is this but now have to track that original photo.
Beak is wrong tho
That'll larn me -- SanDiego zoo strikes again. :(