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  1. #381
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    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    In the Au Naturel division of feeding birds, some friends came by with an adopted chihuahua, and they had it wearing a plastic Raptor Guard shield so it wouldn't be carted away by an own or hawk..http://raptorshield.com/

    (I remember when, years ago, an owl took a run at a large cat of mine, decided he was too large to take on)

  2. #382
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    In the Au Naturel division of feeding birds, some friends came by with an adopted chihuahua, and they had it wearing a plastic Raptor Guard shield so it wouldn't be carted away by an own or hawk..http://raptorshield.com/

    (I remember when, years ago, an owl took a run at a large cat of mine, decided he was too large to take on)
    Do they make a baby version of those?



    -jk

  3. #383
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Colorado
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    In the Au Naturel division of feeding birds, some friends came by with an adopted chihuahua, and they had it wearing a plastic Raptor Guard shield so it wouldn't be carted away by an own or hawk..http://raptorshield.com/

    (I remember when, years ago, an owl took a run at a large cat of mine, decided he was too large to take on)
    20+ years ago, I was on a canoe trip a bunch of guys on the North Platte in Wyoming. We were at a camp site in Saratoga Springs the first night and there was a very irritating, yappy miniature poodle puppy at a camp site near us.

    A great horned owl swooped out of nowhere, picked up the little dog and carried him off into the darkness. The dog kept yapping the whole way.

    The family of the poodle was heart broken. It was very dramatic.

  4. #384
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by MartyClark View Post
    20+ years ago, I was on a canoe trip a bunch of guys on the North Platte in Wyoming. We were at a camp site in Saratoga Springs the first night and there was a very irritating, yappy miniature poodle puppy at a camp site near us.

    A great horned owl swooped out of nowhere, picked up the little dog and carried him off into the darkness. The dog kept yapping the whole way.

    The family of the poodle was heart broken. It was very dramatic.

    That is incredible. Great story.

  5. #385
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chesapeake, VA.
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    Do they make a baby version of those?



    -jk
    Typical GMA crappy “journalism.”

    Rule one: Make sure that the important part of the video can’t actually be seen. This can easily be accomplished by putting a stupid headline or question or statement over the quarter of the screen where the action actually takes place. It is much more important for the viewers to see that the video has “gone viral” than it is to actually see what is shown in the video.

    Rule two: Raise a question, but whatever you do, don’t answer it. Make sure to give the viewers the idea that at the end you are going to answer the question, but then, no matter what, make sure that no answer is given. Viewers love being left in suspense.

    Sheesh.
    "We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world." --M. Proust

  6. #386
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    interesting wee blurb in our very local rag: a guy driving to work some nights ago saw a weirdly shaped blob of snow in the road (state highway), so he drove around it, but then he realized it looked like a bird.
    So he investigated and saw it was an owl, with something else...he thought it might be a young bird..but no, the owl was dining on a dead grouse in the middle of the road...figuring they were going to get run over, this guy picked up the dead grouse and put it some distance off the road...the owl stared at him and seemed displeased, but stayed in the road...so he picked up the owl as well, put it next to the dead grouse, and it resumed its dinner.

  7. #387
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Typical GMA crappy “journalism.”

    Rule one: Make sure that the important part of the video can’t actually be seen. This can easily be accomplished by putting a stupid headline or question or statement over the quarter of the screen where the action actually takes place. It is much more important for the viewers to see that the video has “gone viral” than it is to actually see what is shown in the video.

    Rule two: Raise a question, but whatever you do, don’t answer it. Make sure to give the viewers the idea that at the end you are going to answer the question, but then, no matter what, make sure that no answer is given. Viewers love being left in suspense.

    Sheesh.
    Show me a video of a baby snatching an eagle out of mid air, then I’ll be really impressed!

  8. #388
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    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Was able to watch a Red-bellied Woodpecker several times this weekend. No pictures since he was very nervous and as soon as I started to move he'd be gone. Most beautiful color of head and nape. Orangish-red. A nice specimen, I'll work harder next time to try to get a pic.

    BTW, anyone know why they are called Red-bellied? They definitely do not seem to have red underneath.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  9. #389
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    Was able to watch a Red-bellied Woodpecker several times this weekend. No pictures since he was very nervous and as soon as I started to move he'd be gone. Most beautiful color of head and nape. Orangish-red. A nice specimen, I'll work harder next time to try to get a pic.

    BTW, anyone know why they are called Red-bellied? They definitely do not seem to have red underneath.
    There is a rufus tinge to the belly feathers in breeding season (early spring). Not often seen. Most woodpeckers and sapsuckers have some red feathering -- so red-headed doesn't work for this bird. Moreover, there IS a Red-Headed Woodpecker.

    Names were typically given to birds by early ornithologists, who "collected" specimens and examined them in a tray. How often does one see the "ruby crown" of the so-named Kinglet?
    Sage Grouse

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    'When I got on the bus for my first road game at Duke, I saw that every player was carrying textbooks or laptops. I coached in the SEC for 25 years, and I had never seen that before, not even once.' - David Cutcliffe to Duke alumni in Washington, DC, June 2013

  10. #390
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    Was able to watch a Red-bellied Woodpecker several times this weekend. No pictures since he was very nervous and as soon as I started to move he'd be gone. Most beautiful color of head and nape. Orangish-red. A nice specimen, I'll work harder next time to try to get a pic.

    BTW, anyone know why they are called Red-bellied? They definitely do not seem to have red underneath.
    Here's a female at my feeder. Notice the head is only partially red. The male has an almost entirely red head. I love woodpeckers. They are all so unique and colorful.
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    "The future ain't what it used to be."

  11. #391
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    Nov 2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by DUKIECB View Post
    Here's a female at my feeder. Notice the head is only partially red. The male has an almost entirely red head. I love woodpeckers. They are all so unique and colorful.
    D572C85F-0ED9-4D96-89F2-D87FAF7A5DC1.jpg
    Yeah, this is definitely a male. Red crown and nape. They are definitely some of my faves. That one and the northern flicker that was around earlier last fall are just beautiful.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

  12. #392
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Santa Cruz CA
    Quote Originally Posted by MartyClark View Post
    20+ years ago, I was on a canoe trip a bunch of guys on the North Platte in Wyoming. We were at a camp site in Saratoga Springs the first night and there was a very irritating, yappy miniature poodle puppy at a camp site near us.

    A great horned owl swooped out of nowhere, picked up the little dog and carried him off into the darkness. The dog kept yapping the whole way.

    The family of the poodle was heart broken. It was very dramatic.
    While I was in the side yard stacking some firewood yesterday, I heard a commotion and looked up to see a small hawk flying straight at me about 6 feet off the ground. About 15 feet before it got to me, it snatched a small bird out of mid air and took off with it.

  13. #393
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest NC
    I was so tired of the gloomy wet weather we've been having in NC when the sun came out today I decided to go for a drive after work with my camera. Got a couple good pics...
    3B819D36-01BC-419F-8C6C-0E9B6FCE0989.jpg American Kestrel
    7E60F1D6-D6A5-4B3C-9D8B-38E33B5A5B2A.jpgRed Shouldered hawk, I think it was a juvenile
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

  14. #394
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    Apr 2010
    Location
    Great Falls Va

    Snow Owl

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    We’ve had 2 or 3 snowy owls in the shore town i am staying at during the pandemic.

    I had never seen one before this winter. They’ve become an obsession for me. I must have 1000 pics - even bought a new lens.

    They really come alive right at dusk which is a challenge for the pictures. The male I was watching tonight had two kills along the beach and the dunes. Words fail to describe their beauty in flight.

  15. #395
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by Utley View Post
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    We’ve had 2 or 3 snowy owls in the shore town i am staying at during the pandemic.

    I had never seen one before this winter. They’ve become an obsession for me. I must have 1000 pics - even bought a new lens.

    They really come alive right at dusk which is a challenge for the pictures. The male I was watching tonight had two kills along the beach and the dunes. Words fail to describe their beauty in flight.
    Are you near Assateague by chance? I’ve seen some news stories about a snowy owl on the beach down there. Pretty cool!

  16. #396
    Quote Originally Posted by Utley View Post
    C279BDED-D962-44FA-B949-36345DD4DDCF.jpg

    We’ve had 2 or 3 snowy owls in the shore town i am staying at during the pandemic.

    I had never seen one before this winter. They’ve become an obsession for me. I must have 1000 pics - even bought a new lens.

    They really come alive right at dusk which is a challenge for the pictures. The male I was watching tonight had two kills along the beach and the dunes. Words fail to describe their beauty in flight.
    They have also caused a stir here on Ocracoke.

  17. #397
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by Utley View Post
    C279BDED-D962-44FA-B949-36345DD4DDCF.jpg

    We’ve had 2 or 3 snowy owls in the shore town i am staying at during the pandemic.

    I had never seen one before this winter. They’ve become an obsession for me. I must have 1000 pics - even bought a new lens.

    They really come alive right at dusk which is a challenge for the pictures. The male I was watching tonight had two kills along the beach and the dunes. Words fail to describe their beauty in flight.
    Nice pic! What's your lens of choice for that sort of shot? Heck, what's the camera between you and it?

    -jk

  18. #398
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northwest NC
    Quote Originally Posted by Utley View Post
    C279BDED-D962-44FA-B949-36345DD4DDCF.jpg

    We’ve had 2 or 3 snowy owls in the shore town i am staying at during the pandemic.

    I had never seen one before this winter. They’ve become an obsession for me. I must have 1000 pics - even bought a new lens.

    They really come alive right at dusk which is a challenge for the pictures. The male I was watching tonight had two kills along the beach and the dunes. Words fail to describe their beauty in flight.
    Very cool! I've never seen one.
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

  19. #399
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    Jan 2019
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Fl
    It’s in the 80’s here in South Florida and the annual arrival of the large grackles has begun. They are extremely aggressive. Walking in the yard brings them into attack mode. They chase the other birds from the feeder. I need an owl or hawk!

  20. #400
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    Apr 2010
    Location
    Great Falls Va
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Are you near Assateague by chance? I’ve seen some news stories about a snowy owl on the beach down there. Pretty cool!
    I’m at the Jersey shore - all the way at the bottom (Cape May County). Fascinating to hear they are as far south as VA and NC. They are coming from the Arctic - I thought we were as far south as they went. Apparently years go by without seeing them here - everyone once in a while there is a population “eruption” and you can see them down here. I am trying to make the most of the opportunity.

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