Birds … NOT of a Feather … on CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY … Nevertheless, Flock Together

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  2 months ago  •  63 comments


Birds … NOT of a Feather … on CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY … Nevertheless, Flock Together
 

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Northern Cardinal, Male

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Little Blue Heron

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

The little brown bird atop the article is a Carolina Wren; we're not limited to birds or any one subject, so, post whatever the FLOCK ya' got!

 
 
 
evilgenius
1.1  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

I don't think I've ever seen a Carolina Wren. It's a cool little bird.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  evilgenius @1.1    2 months ago

They are wonderful little birds. I have a family of them in my backyard. I was sitting on the deck one evening and one flew into my lap.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

The Blue Heron is very pretty in flight. But, the Northern Male Cardinal is truly majestic. Very beautiful.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2  evilgenius    2 months ago

A pair of white pelicans

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I think this is a yellow rumped warbler

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And since we are not limited to birds...lol

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Raven Wing
2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 months ago

Great series of photos, EG.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 months ago

OMG!!! A Chippy! I love me those Chppys! Adorbs!

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     2 months ago

This video is of the Western Grebe, the bird that runs on water. There is a smaller version of the bird as well that stay in large flocks and do the same thing. I used to seem them all the time when I was fishing in California. Amazing birds. 

 
 
 
Ender
3.1  Ender  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

I was watching one of the Planet Earth shows on BBC. They were showing, I think they were Albatross, and their nesting habits. The young when learning to fly would get tired and land on the water. When they did sharks would be waiting and grab them.

Nature can be cruel.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

Beautiful birds, Kavika. Thanks for sharing to video.

 
 
 
Kathleen
4  Kathleen    2 months ago

Love the Red Cardinal.

 
 
 
Ender
5  Ender    2 months ago

I don't have any good recent bird ones. Caught this in part of a pic.

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Ender
5.1  Ender  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @5.1    2 months ago

And that one as well.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @5    2 months ago

Nothing wrong with that - I think it's a pretty good shot.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Speaking of birds........

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                 This is an Ojibwe Spirit Bird

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6    2 months ago

Always superb craftsmanship.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.1    2 months ago

Thanks Buzz. 

 
 
 
Ender
7  Ender    2 months ago

Something a little different. Before and after, a couple of months apart.

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Not the best pics but I can tell a difference. I was originally going to do a small reef tank but that was looking expensive. I have never grown plants before. They seem to be doing good.

I know, I need to clean it.  Haha

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @7    2 months ago

Excellent time lapse photography - the plants have done extremely well. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @7    2 months ago

Looks very 'homey', to a fish anyway. (smile)

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.3  evilgenius  replied to  Ender @7    2 months ago

I like the rock setup! Very nice.

 
 
 
Ender
7.3.1  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @7.3    2 months ago

Thanks. I made them out of River rock.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
7.4  KDMichigan  replied to  Ender @7    2 months ago

No Placo?

Your Tank looks like a 55. hard telling with a pic. 

These pre dinosaurs stabilize your tank.

https://www.petco.com/content/petco/PetcoStore/en_US/pet-services/resource-center/caresheets/plecostomus.html

 
 
 
KDMichigan
7.4.1  KDMichigan  replied to  KDMichigan @7.4    2 months ago

I may have exaggerated pre-dinosaur. No reason to waste your time discrediting me....You know.

 
 
 
Ender
7.4.2  Ender  replied to  KDMichigan @7.4    2 months ago

No, it is smaller. Only a 20 gal. long. It was an old tank from my Niece that I had sitting in a closet. Thought I need to either set it up or get rid of it.

Those things though I worried they would get to big. I do have some kind of little sucker in there. He did great at first, I had a brown algae bloom and he loved it. Cleaned it up in a couple of days. He doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the green algae.

I think I have a pic of his underneath. It is only like two inches long.512

 
 
 
Ender
7.4.3  Ender  replied to  KDMichigan @7.4.1    2 months ago

I actually thought it was funny.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
7.4.4  KDMichigan  replied to  Ender @7.4.3    2 months ago

Pleco are a hard core fish. I had a Oscar over a foot long that hated my pleco that was over a foot long, in a 150 gallon tank. They would go at it. My scum sucker would eat a slow moving feeder if he got the chance.

 
 
 
Ender
7.4.5  Ender  replied to  KDMichigan @7.4.4    2 months ago

Yeah that was my worry, the size. They do look prehistoric though. I was going to get a couple of bottom feeders to throw in there and add another little sucker or two like the one I have. I read that they actually like to be around a couple of their own.

I had a couple of plans then the crap went down. Now kinda stuck with what I got.

My father had an Oscar when I was a kid. I remember it kept jumping out of the tank.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.4.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @7.4.2    2 months ago

The tank cleaners are great to have when you have an aquarium. They help keep the tank clean and the ick from getting out of hand.  

 
 
 
TTGA
8  TTGA    2 months ago

Leaves are just starting to come out on the Maple trees, so I'm expecting the Hummingbirds back within a couple of weeks.  Until then, here are a couple that got here last week.  I'm pretty sure they're part of the same family that has been nesting here for many years now.

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Ender
8.1  Ender  replied to  TTGA @8    2 months ago

I don't know what they are. At first I thought an Oriole.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Ender @8.1    2 months ago

They are Robins, MALES, which have darker heads than do the females.

 
 
 
Ender
8.1.2  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.1.1    2 months ago

Thanks. I just looked up the Oriole and see the difference. The beaks for one.

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TTGA
8.1.3  TTGA  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.1.1    2 months ago
They are Robins, MALES, which have darker heads than do the females.

Their colors are also much brighter, since their job is to draw any predators away from the nest.  One of these kept trying to get close to a female today and she kept driving him off.  I'm not an expert in the psychology or sexual practices of Robins, but I don't think that she was ready to mate yet, at least not with him.

In my photo archives I have a whole series of close up pictures of a Robin nest that I took about 20 years ago.  I suspect that they were the ancestors of these birds.  Maybe, over the next few weeks, I'll put in a couple of samples of each stage of nestling growth.  I got lucky and had the Robins build their nest on the window sill of my upstairs bathroom.  All I had to do was poke the lens through the blinds and snap the shutter.  I got some shots every day from the eggs until the nestlings figured out how to fly and left the nest. 

Until I told her about the nest, my wife thought I was going a bit weird, hauling a camera into the bathroom every day.  She loved the picture series though, as did the fourth grade teacher at the school that was across the street.  I took a CD with the series on it over to her in time for her to use it in her science class.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8.1.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  TTGA @8.1.3    2 months ago
Maybe, over the next few weeks, I'll put in a couple of samples of each stage of nestling growth. 

That would be most welcome and interesting.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TTGA @8    2 months ago

When I was in Canada, the first appearance of Robins was a sure sign of Spring. Neve seen a Robin here - one would think that their RED breasts would make them welcome. LOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

I'm all birded out, but here's a couple of other creatures I encountered while climbing the sacred Buddhist Emei Mountain:

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TTGA
9.1  TTGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9    2 months ago

Doggone Buzz, how did you manage to get a picture of my brother in law way over in China??.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TTGA @9.1    2 months ago

I guess he's lucky.  The wildlife on Mount Emei is protected, otherwise maybe he could've been cooked and eaten. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Speaking of Blue Birds.....

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A. Macarthur
11  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Let's keep it rollin'!

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Raven Wing
11.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    2 months ago

Great in-flight catch, Mac. Very striking. Looks like a male and female pair. Hard to tell in a way as the rest of the one sitting is hidden by whatever the bird is sitting on, so not sure of the different genders of the two.

What a beautiful blue sky as well. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
11.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    2 months ago

Great shot!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Here is a bit different avian creation....

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Buzz of the Orient
13.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @13    2 months ago

Stark and powerful!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.1    2 months ago

Thanks Buzz. That's what I was going for. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
13.2  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @13    2 months ago

Love the b&w.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @13.2    2 months ago

Thanks Kavika.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
14  KDMichigan    2 months ago

Got a young mouse snatcher I see now and then in backyard.

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Ender
14.1  Ender  replied to  KDMichigan @14    2 months ago

I still don't see it. Cool pic though.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
14.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  KDMichigan @14    2 months ago

Another disappearing comment.  I wrote one yesterday to say that I couldn't find a mouse snatcher.  The only things I could think of were an owl or a snake so if either of them is in the photo they sure as hell are well disguised. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
15  evilgenius    2 months ago

My new scooter. Less than 2 miles on the odometer.

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Kavika
15.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @15    2 months ago

I want a photo of you whizzing along North Shore Dr. jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
evilgenius
15.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @15.1    2 months ago

I don’t if it’ll be North Shore Dr, but I’ll get a cool one of me soon.

 
 
 
Kavika
15.1.2  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @15.1.1    2 months ago

Look, up in the sky it's a bird, no it's a plane, No it's Evil Knevel Genius. 

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This landing is not going to be good. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @15.1.2    2 months ago
No it's Evil Knevel Genius.

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OMG...that is just too funny, Kavika! Leave it to you to come up with name like that!

 
 
 
evilgenius
15.1.4  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @15.1.2    2 months ago

LOL! I think I'll do my best to leave both wheels on the road where they belong. 

 
 
 
Ender
15.2  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @15    2 months ago

Get on your bad motor scooter and ride.

 
 
 
Ender
15.2.1  Ender  replied to  Ender @15.2    2 months ago

I wonder how many people remember Montrose.

 
 
 
evilgenius
15.2.2  evilgenius  replied to  Ender @15.2.1    2 months ago

That's a really bad song! 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.3  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @15    2 months ago

Too cool!!!  jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
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