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Jun 21, 2017 10:07 as a reply to  @ post 18383431 |  #9512

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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 |  #9513

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


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Jun 21, 2017 17:17 |  #9519

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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 |  #9520

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Jun 21, 2017 20:05 |  #9521

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Jun 21, 2017 21:07 |  #9522

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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.

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 |  #9523

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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 21:59 |  #9524

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Only one? STILL EXCELLENT!

Yes I know, the second was on mom's back but he kept his head down. For most of the time I was with them. I'm not feeling like I needed more at all. They are extraordinary creatures


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Jun 21, 2017 22:58 |  #9525

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

You might find this of interest, Poof and I rented kayaks and spent 5 days paddle camping around St. John Island.
It took us (age 58) 5 days to paddle the distance. Going around we encountered something very rare there, 10-15 foot seas.
Imagine being in a boat 24 inches wide and 20 feet long in swells so big once down in them you couldn't see land ha!
Happily the water is warm there! Not like the 'what-if' for a capsize in the archipelago off Washington state.
Just glad you are imaging, evidently, every known species there!


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