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Jun 21, 2017 09:24 |  #9511

I'm sorting through my Virgin Islands vacation photos now and picking out the bird-centric. A good number I posted in the "100-400 WOW" thread, so I'm trying to get some newer stuff in here so I don't look repetitive :-)

This guy here is a Pearly-Eyed Thrasher, and they are ubiquitous as sparrows on the Virgin Islands. I was excited to see them the first day there, as our Brown Thrashers here are very shy, whereas their pearly-eyed cousins are bold characters. This portrait exemplifies their namesake:

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Another ubiquitous resident of the Virgin Islands is the Bananaquit. These guys served as our relentless wake-up call every morning due to how boisterous their call was.

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Jun 21, 2017 09:28 |  #9512

MatthewK wrote in post #18383428 (external link)
I'm sorting through my Virgin Islands vacation photos now and picking out the bird-centric. A good number I posted in the "100-400 WOW" thread, so I'm trying to get some newer stuff in here so I don't look repetitive :-)

This guy here is a Pearly-Eyed Thrasher, and they are ubiquitous as sparrows on the Virgin Islands. I was excited to see them the first day there, as our Brown Thrashers here are very shy, whereas their pearly-eyed cousins are bold characters. This portrait exemplifies their namesake:

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Another ubiquitous resident of the Virgin Islands is the Bananaquit. These guys served as our relentless wake-up call every morning due to how boisterous their call was.

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Looks like an awesome trip!


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Jun 21, 2017 10:07 as a reply to MedicineMan4040's post |  #9514

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It was a very much needed vacation, as I haven't been anywhere in 3 years. St. John is one of the most beautiful places I've been to yet, with beaches and landscape that are unrivaled. Most definitely will return!

Birding there was a challenge because of how harsh the sunlight was, the amount of vegetation makes it tough to get clear shots. Surprisingly, the number of species on the islands is somewhat limited, so after a while you start getting repeats. I tried to get the more rare species (Mangrove Cuckoo and Smooth Billed Ani, mainly), but they're hard to come by. There are actually a lot of doves and pigeons, with the largest being this Scaly-Necked Pigeon:

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I really wanted to get more "backwoods" shots of the water birds, but it's tough to find/get to the secluded areas. The one time I made it to a salt pond involved a slow creep through a mangrove patch a few yards off of the ocean, avoiding cactus, No-See-Ums, and termite brittled trees. I saw Gray Kingbirds, Black Necked Stilts, White-Cheeked Ducks, and a ton of small warblers. It was very dim under the "canopy", so it was a challenge coming away with clear, detailed results. Here's an American Yellow Warbler from my expedition:

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Jun 21, 2017 10:09 as a reply to MedicineMan4040's post |  #9515

I currently have the same hair style as this Cardinal :-P


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Jun 21, 2017 11:36 |  #9516

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Jun 21, 2017 13:52 |  #9518

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Jun 21, 2017 14:17 |  #9519

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Jun 21, 2017 16:42 |  #9520

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Jun 21, 2017 17:17 |  #9521

Pondrader wrote in post #18382714 (external link)
They are somewhat of a Canadian Icon here. People have many romantic notions about the Loon. I think its the calling in the dark on summer nights.
I would love to shoot them in winter plumage lol I have one pair.. on one lake.. in one particular spot that I shoot the most, even though I have them all around me, these two tolerate me as a bump on a log year after year. This year I was there at the right time as they decided to take the newly hatched chicks off the nest and out into the green water ( new leaves on tree's in a bay ) for me to shoot for a good few hours... I didn't get anything good though lol kidding
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There's nothing like the call of Loons in the early morning on a secluded, quiet lake. We have them here in winter only so I never see them looking like yours. You've got some real beauties in your collection for sure. Seeing them with chicks aboard is a bucket lister for me.


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Jun 21, 2017 17:33 |  #9522

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Jun 21, 2017 20:05 |  #9523

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Jun 21, 2017 21:07 |  #9524

Nighthound wrote in post #18383786 (external link)
There's nothing like the call of Loons in the early morning on a secluded, quiet lake. We have them here in winter only so I never see them looking like yours. You've got some real beauties in your collection for sure. Seeing them with chicks aboard is a bucket lister for me.

I hear ya, Catching them with the chick's just hatched is the kicker. I had to go out there every morning the last week, take a look and get nothing in the way of images. It really was fruitless for 30 day's, then on day 31 of a 26 to 28 day incubation I got everything I was waiting for... Well almost.. They left me wanting the two chicks looking at me on mom's back.... something to look forward to next year. once they go out on the lake I don't really go out after them. blue choppy water... not my thing really.

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Jun 21, 2017 21:38 |  #9525

Pondrader wrote in post #18383916 (external link)
I hear ya, Catching them with the chick's just hatched is the kicker. I had to go out there every morning the last week, take a look and get nothing in the way of images. It really was fruitless for 30 day's, then on day 31 of a 26 to 28 day incubation I got everything I was waiting for... Well almost.. They left me wanting the two chicks looking at me on mom's back.... something to look forward to next year. once they go out on the lake I don't really go out after them. blue choppy water... not my thing really.
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