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Mar 22, 2019 18:12 |  #16816

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Marabou Stork - on the banks of Chobe river
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Great shot, KDA, but he certainly is a cumbersome looking bird in flight.

Nice eagle shot in flight, Ed.

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Thank you very much, Mike, Sibil and Shortaction!

:-P:lol:

It was the first time I captured such action. Shortly after, it performed another act just before sunset under golden light
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Another awesome shot, Shalu. The golden light certainly is special.

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Another successful fishing trip.
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That's really a beauty, Wallace. The fish certainly isn't going to get away from him. In fact, it looks as though the eagle has already enjoyed some fish brains.:grin:

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Juvenile's flight is improving. The other sibling is still hanging around the nest.
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Those are really a couple of nice one's, Wallace. Time to test their wings.


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Mar 22, 2019 18:13 |  #16817

Bill in Texas wrote in post #18833341 (external link)
Today? Nice shots Wallace. I thought about coming today but changed my mind. Probably make a trip down next week.

Yes these were taken this afternoon Bill, glad you enjoyed them.


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Mar 22, 2019 19:35 |  #16818


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Mar 22, 2019 20:10 |  #16819

Courting Behavior (notice the one female)

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Mar 22, 2019 20:19 |  #16820

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18833397 (external link)
Courting Behavior (notice the one female)

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Very interesting mallard courting behavior captured, Mike! The background is nice too.

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18833339 (external link)
Unbelievably cool shot, Shalu. That's kind of dangerous business, I would think. It's sort of like driving and eating a juicy hamburger.  :p

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18833351 (external link)
Another awesome shot, Shalu. The golden light certainly is special.

Thank you very much, Mike. Another frame of the white-tailed kite


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Mar 22, 2019 20:31 |  #16821

shalu wrote in post #18833401 (external link)
Very interesting mallard courting behavior captured, Mike! The background is nice too.


Thank you very much, Mike. Another frame of the white-tailed kite
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Holy smokes...doesn't he know that it's dangerous to be flying with his eye's (nictitating membrane) closed while stuffing his face?
That is a gaginly good shot shalu. :-P


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Mar 22, 2019 20:47 |  #16822

shalu wrote in post #18833401 (external link)
Very interesting mallard courting behavior captured, Mike! The background is nice too.

Thanks Shalu. That is very typical courting for a number of species of watefowl, but mallards, and pintails are very well known for it. It gets pretty nasty for the hen. She basically gets mated by all the male suitors chasing her. It is not uncommon for the female to die from drowning.


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Mar 22, 2019 20:58 |  #16823

A birding pal of mine told me some years ago: "There are two groups of bird photographers, those who have been to Bosque and want to go back and those who have never been, and are longing to go". I have visited only once and, due to health issues, will never return. However, searching my many files from 2014 is almost like another trip. Today, I found these two undiscovered, never processed files. How I enjoyed viewing and working on them. I hope you all will enjoy them, as I have.


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I will never forget our first sunrise on the Flight Deck. I told my wife: "There must be a million dollars worth of photographic equipment out here, and it is still dark".

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Mar 22, 2019 21:02 |  #16824

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Courting Behavior (notice the one female)

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Ohhh - is that even allowed?

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Mar 22, 2019 21:06 |  #16825

Archibald wrote in post #18833430 (external link)
Ohhh - is that even allowed?

Nice shot!

Ha,ha. They have much more liberal dating rules than we do.
Thanks Archi.


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Mar 22, 2019 22:33 |  #16826

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18833415 (external link)
Thanks Shalu. That is very typical courting for a number of species of watefowl, but mallards, and pintails are very well known for it. It gets pretty nasty for the hen. She basically gets mated by all the male suitors chasing her. It is not uncommon for the female to die from drowning.

Wow, I had no idea about that. I have only seen mallards mating one on one.

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Holy smokes...doesn't he know that it's dangerous to be flying with his eye's (nictitating membrane) closed while stuffing his face?
That is a gaginly good shot shalu. :-P

Thank you so much, Mike! It is a she, haha. She just took over the mouse from her mate and ate it. She has a broken wing feather, that is how we identify her when she is flying.

She turned towards me as she swallowed the prey.


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Mar 23, 2019 00:11 |  #16827

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18833397 (external link)
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Nice one. Who's going to be the 'Lucky Ducky' then?


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Mar 23, 2019 02:06 |  #16828

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A birding pal of mine told me some years ago: "There are two groups of bird photographers, those who have been to Bosque and want to go back and those who have never been, and are longing to go". I have visited only once and, due to health issues, will never return. However, searching my many files from 2014 is almost like another trip. Today, I found these two undiscovered, never processed files. How I enjoyed viewing and working on them. I hope you all will enjoy them, as I have.
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I will never forget our first sunrise on the Flight Deck. I told my wife: "There must be a million dollars worth of photographic equipment out here, and it is still dark".

I'm in the camp to never return to Bosque.
It was very very good to me for 'Flickrs' but sometimes you know you can't do better or know you have that species knocked off.
Truthfully not that I wouldn't want to return but there are so many other 'targets'out there.It's the same with Costa Rica, it gives
so much to every photographer who goes.
I think I'm very lucky to have seen Bosque
and Bird Rock in the same year.....but next target is Sax Zim (sp??).
I'm already fantasizing about flying into Duluth, getting the rental car and heading north in -20F temps looking
a needle (Boreal) in a haystack.


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Mar 23, 2019 03:04 |  #16829

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Wow, I had no idea about that. I have only seen mallards mating one on one.

Thank you so much, Mike! It is a she, haha. She just took over the mouse from her mate and ate it. She has a broken wing feather, that is how we identify her when she is flying.

She turned towards me as she swallowed the prey.
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If you look at the back of a hen's neck after breeding (I've only seen it with mallards), you'll often notice the feathers pulled out, and at times the skin looks like a bloody mess. It really can be brutal sometimes. It's hard to understand how their mating has evolved in such a manner.

And by the way Shalu, I knew the the kite was a female. I was simply testing you. :-P Just so you know; you did very well on the test. ;-)a
Actually I had no idea what the gender of the kite was.:oops:


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Mar 23, 2019 03:14 |  #16830

Ray.Petri wrote in post #18833498 (external link)
Nice one. Who's going to be the 'Lucky Ducky' then?

The times that I've witnessed it Ray, several of the males will be 'Lucky Duckys.' The female appears to be doing her level best to escape the pack of males, but from my experience, she's usually not successful. As long as the female remains in season, this behavior can go on for days. That's why the hen often looks so beat up at the end of her cycle.


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