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I think of all the birds that come into my garden to eat off my feeders as my birds so come rain or snow I am out filling them up.

This beautiful little Goldfinch visits my niger feeder (had to get a metal one as the plastic Squirrel proof one is not Squirrel proof). I have seen 5 in the tree all at one time so I know I have at least 5 in the area.

P1480834 - Citrine Wagtail - Breeding plumage - Size - 19 cm

# 326 - 30 Sep '18 - 19:35 (14:05 GMT)

 

Citrine Wagtail {Motacilla citreola (Calcarata - subspecies)} - Sapi La or Sapi Valley - Ladakh - Jammu and Kashmir - Western Himalayas - India - 4370m (14337 ft) Altitude.

 

Also Know as - Yellow-headed Wagtail, Yellow-hooded Wagtail.

 

WONDERFUL FACTS - The longest gestation period...

The largest of all land animals have the longest gestation period of all living mammals.

Yes, the gestation period of Elephants lasts for 18 to 22 months. That’s nearly two years. Among the two main species of elephants – African and Asian, it changes by a few months.

For an African Elephant, the gestation period is 22 months where the Asian Elephant’s is between 18 and 22 months 🐾

Happy birding 🐧

P1310088 - Grey-headed Starling - Female - Size - 20 cm

# 287 - 02 July '18 - 18:35 (13:05 GMT)

 

At - Barnighad - Uttarakhand - Western Himalayas - ~1000m (3280 ft) Altitude.

 

Chestnut-tailed Starling or Grey-headed Myna (Sturnia malabarica) is a member of the starling family of perching birds. It is a resident or partially migratory species found in wooded habitats in India and Southeast Asia.

The species name is after the distribution of a former subspecies in the Malabar region. This resident population has a white head and is often treated as a full species, the Malabar starling (Sturnia blythii).

 

DO YOU KNOW - Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture is the highest flying bird ever recorded. Flying at an altitude of 37000 ft. 🍁

Happy birding 🐬

P1510154 - Black Redstart (Subspecies - Phounicurus) - Size - 15 cm

# 266 - 30 May '18 - 17:24 (11:54 GMT)

 

Black redstart - (Phoenicurus ochruros) - is a small passerine bird in the redstart genus Phoenicurus. Like its relatives, it was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae), but is now known to be an Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae).

 

Also known as - Tithy's Redstart, Blackstart and Black Redtail 🐾

 

At - Leh - Ladakh - Kashmir - Western Himalayas 3,525m (11,565 ft)

 

WONDERFUL FACTS - The Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is among world’s heaviest flying bird species. Happy birding 🐾

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P1310149 - White-breasted Kingfisher - Size - 27 - 28 cm

# 291 - 09 July '18 - 15:45 (10:15 GMT)

 

At - Barnighad - Uttarakhand - Western Himalayas - ~1000m (3280 ft) Altitude.

 

White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) - also known as White-throated Kingfisher, Tree Kingfisher - widely distributed in Asia from Turkey east through the Indian subcontinent to the Philippines.

 

DO YOU KNOW - A Rhinoceros' horn is made of hair 🐾

Happy birding ️🌺

We've had so much rain the last few weeks. I think the birds are tired of it too. But then again it's not SNOW.

These birds are wild, but have no fear to be hand fed.

I hope you like it.

This little beauty is sitting on a trellis that was placed near the bog during the winter. The trellis was used to clip frost cloth over the bog plants. I have every intention of moving it, but the birds really like to use it as a perch so I'm really in no hurry to do so.

 

Have a wonderful day and happy snapping.

I keep thinking these are pigeons from a distance. Damn my colour blindness

The day this image was taken was the last day that Dunbar allowed me to take his image. He hides if I go out and he is there and he keeps his distance if I'm already out when he arrives. Good for him I suppose. Although, it sure does make me continue to miss his friendly father. Friendly to me that is... He was a big bully to the other birds. This one is not as big of a bully, he allows everyone to visit in peace so long as they keep to the northern portion of the yard while he guards the southern portion.

The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.

 

Grey Heron close up at Rutland Water

Before the northern European winter many birds fly south to the wetland that straddle Mauritania and Senegal. This was taken in Djoudj Nationa Park in senegal. there were so many pelicans there.

 

He sat there alone and called his mother. He could not fly and did not scare to me. After one and a half hours of our joint time, he took all his strength and flew away. It was such a little miracle to me ...

What would you call someone who routinely stalks and kills helpless victims, then impales their bodies on sharp stakes for all the world to see? Some sort of psychopathic mass murderer, right? Well, this is exactly what loggerhead shrikes do every day to survive in the open habitats — fields, meadows and pastures — where they live.

 

Loggerhead shrikes, known as “butcher birds,” have the approximate size and colors of a mockingbird — with which they are often confused — but with thicker bodies, larger heads, bolder markings and ominous-looking hooked bills.

 

A typical day in the life of a shrike goes like this: Find a solid fence post in an open field to perch on (preferably the fence is made of barbed wire). Wait until some nice juicy morsel either runs or flies across your field of view. Pounce on the unsuspecting prey, digging your claws into its back and snapping its spinal cord with a quick twist of your razor-sharp beak. Impale the lifeless body on a barb as if skewering it on a barbecue stick. Sit on a fence strand next to your kill, then rip it up and eat the pieces or carry them off to your nesting brood. Repeat as needed to feed yourself and your family throughout the day.

 

Shrikes typically prey on a variety of insects, lizards, toads and songbirds. They have remarkable vision, being able to focus on a grasshopper moving through a field more than 50 yards away. One sure sign that a shrike is living in an area is a barbed-wire fence skewered with carcasses.

 

Loggerheads are one of the few animals able to eat the otherwise toxic eastern lubber grasshopper. It eats the head and abdomen while tossing away the poisonous thorax.

 

The loggerhead is a year-round resident of Florida as well as much of the southern and central United States. There are also migratory populations that spend the summer farther north into Canada and winter in parts of Texas and Mexico.

 

I found this one along Joe Overstreet Road in Osceola County, Florida.

Limpkin, also called Courlan, or Crying Bird, (species Aramus guarauna), large swamp bird of the American tropics, sole member of the family Aramidae.

One of North America's most curious birds, the Limpkin is singular in appearance and unusual in its diet, with extraordinary vocal habits and a restricted range in the United States. It looks like an oversized rail, well camouflaged in brown with spots of white, and is a locally distributed resident in freshwater marsh and riparian habitats from Florida south through the Caribbean islands and Central and South America as far as Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. In Florida, where it has been best studied, its diet is almost exclusively apple snails (Pomacea paludosa), which it deftly finds and opens with the aid of a bent and twisted bill tip, leaving characteristic piles of unbroken snail shells. The male's loud and mournful calling is especially distinctive. The sound of several males countercalling has been described as "one of the weirdest cacophonies of nature". Ritualistic territorial charging displays, courtship feeding, and a surprising variety of nest sites add to this species' unusual appeal.

 

I found this one at Joe Overstreet Landing Lake Kissimmee, Osceola County Florida.

It was back lit by the sun.

A flock of birds over the famous Bath abbey in Bath today.

 

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"Red birds. So startling! So noticeable, so eye-catching! Is the northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, the state bird of seven out of fifty because it’s so familiar and recognizable or because it is exotic, unbelievable that something so bright would allow itself to be seen by mortals?"

-Mary Oliver

Fantail flycatcher from another angle. Shows off the fan rather well.

The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.

 

Starling or Common starling or European starling (Sturnus vulgaris), surroundings of the village Bilsk (Більськ), province Poltava Oblast (Полтавська область) in Ukraine.

 

Обыкнове́нный скворе́ц (Sturnus vulgaris); окрестности села Бельск (Більськ), Полтавская область, Украина.

 

Stær (Sturnus vulgaris); landsby Bilsk (Більськ) og dens omgivelser, provinsen Poltava Oblast (Полтавська область) i Ukraine.

Female Cardinal taken on a VERY cold day in February. All the birds were fluffing up their feathers to keep warm.

Gray Catbird on a fence

 

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, Chicago

 

HFF!

Lifer. This was a lot more co-operative bird compared to the Worm-eating Warbler that I saw a few days earlier. The bird was foraging on trees on both sides of the paved road just north of the Visitor Center. Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto, Ontario.

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