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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

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  1. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Three juvenile Red-tailed Hawks in the nest (parents still out hunting in the early evening, saw one) with darker feathers now and acting restless. Walking out onto branches, looking down and out, flapping their wings enough to rise briefly above the nest... it won't be long now. (SLC HD 10x42)
  2. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A couple of stories from last year: we watched a Great Blue Heron catch such a large fish that we worried whether it could get it down. It actually took about five minutes of tossing around to get rotated 90° and into just the right position, and the subsequent gyrations of the throat as it...
  3. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Perched serenely on a branch overlooking a pond full of geese, an immature Bald Eagle (2nd/3rd yr?) who finally stirred, leaned forward, pooped copiously -- expected it was about to fly off, but instead turned halfway around for a moment, then around again to settle back into its original...
  4. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Lovely. Red-tailed Hawks fledged three young in a nearby nest this summer, and I regularly see two of them in the area, still hunting together. Not sure how long that may last... and I hope the third is still aloft somewhere too.
  5. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Three small chicks being fed scraps of meat by a parent in a Red-tailed Hawk nest in twilight. Couldn't see what prey as it flew in while I watched the nest, but rabbit would be a good guess. (SLC 10x56, need to carry it more!)
  6. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    VW Schwimmwagen... could this handful actually have survived from WWII? Article here. My interest in old Land Rovers pales in comparison.
  7. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Very nice, and a useful reminder. We have Golden Eagles year-round here so I easily forget about migration. (Bald Eagles too which is more unusual.) Interesting that this route was only discovered in 1992! The video from your eaglewatch page is worth watching: The RMERF Story on Vimeo A...
  8. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    What sort of location gets so many? Today: a flock of 50+ Bohemian Waxwings, all around us in the trees. While quite rare here, some have been seen this winter, and having eaten all the berries they're now flitting out to catch insects from high perches. We watched for a while, and then a...
  9. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Just saw a Goshawk in a tall tree up the street yesterday, and would love to think they might nest nearby. We'll see. Plenty of rabbits etc for them since the foxes died off some years ago.
  10. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Common also here in Colorado, for what that's worth.
  11. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Similar species common here in the Rockies: (Mountain) Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker. The latter was the first new bird I learned on moving here when I was in high school, up at 12000ft/3600m in the national park (we weren't birders).
  12. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    (they do seem to be nesting, and this one was the larger, as female BAEA are, and juveniles are generally darker... but I'm no expert)
  13. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Bald Eagles! We had seen a pair quite far away by their nest on arrival, and then by the time we got into the preserve we saw one descending very deliberately, wings outstretched, toward landing in a small shallow pond. No sign of a struggle at all, but of course he wasn't just standing in the...
  14. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    What we did not see yesterday: the dozen Western Bluebirds that were staying on "all winter" (we thought) by the local lake. Oh well...
  15. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Glad you could get out. Funny, we have whole flocks here in winter. Just saw 20+ today. Perhaps Central Park can't support that?
  16. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A female American Kestrel bobbing and balancing on branches in gusty wind by lake, and a dozen Western Bluebirds foraging in low afternoon sun peeking out from clouds. (Range maps say they should have left but they don't know that.) Gorgeous in SLC 10x56 (and wife's FL 10x32). Nice to be out...
  17. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Red-tailed is the default hawk around here. We even had a pair nesting at the end of the street this spring, high up in a spruce, with two chicks (that we could count) fledged. I never tire of them, and enjoy their varied coloration. (I've seen more of the paler Krider's lately.)
  18. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A female Hooded Merganser far off on a pond, catching a small fish and apparently playing with it -- tossing it about in her beak, throwing it a foot or so away in the water and snatching it back again, several times. (SLC 15x56)
  19. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    We had a special treat on a trip this month while enjoying the spectacular summit of Pearl Pass (12,700ft/3850m). We've seen Swainson's Hawks before at these altitudes in the Rocky Mountains, hovering with extended legs and balancing with a bit of wobble in the lively winds around the peaks --...
  20. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Two pairs of American Robins have been around our yard constantly this spring, surely from the flock of 50+ who ate all(!) the berries on the mountain ash one frigid morning in early February. Seen today from the kitchen window while making lunch: two birds on the ground, one a spotted...
  21. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Four Wood Ducks, three male. They're seldom enough seen that those colors come as a surprise all over again. (UVHD+ 10x32)
  22. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    We had a lovely morning at a local lake. First highlight: an Osprey perched on a high limb overlooking one end, whom we admired for a while at what we hoped was a comfortable distance, and eventually took flight to circle around right in front of us for a minute or two, pausing to hover a...
  23. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Eastern Screech Owls appear to have settled in just up the street. Haven't had a good view in bins yet (and their camouflage is amazing) but have seen them fly between trees a couple of times and heard them regularly in the evening... and found bits of squirrel spine and fur in the yard...
  24. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Here in Colorado harassment of raptors seems common especially by corvids, both in flight (even to the point of physical contact) and around a tree perch, where birds will work their way ever closer. (Any corvids in that Arizona desert?)
  25. tenex

    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Thanks for sharing the lovely mongoose. Photo through ZFL, or (how) long lens -- how skittish are they? I've never managed a photo of a weasel, though marmots aren't difficult...
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