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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #400 on: July 31, 2007, 07:38:12 pm »
 

NZ wood pigeon or kereru.
It's one native bird that has adapted fairly well to European settlement in NZ. They are common around urban parks and gardens where they feed on berries and leaves of various trees. This one is sitting in a kowhai tree next door to my Mum's house. Winter time and food is scarce, they will just eat the leaves and flower buds off these trees.

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« Reply #401 on: August 02, 2007, 12:27:35 pm »
From my little Sister in Ketchikan:

     http://www.sitnews.us/0807news/080107/080107_wayward_pigeon.html
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« Reply #402 on: August 02, 2007, 02:16:19 pm »
That made for an interesting read. Reminder of some good days in Ketchikan, AK
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« Reply #403 on: August 02, 2007, 06:31:57 pm »
You guys never been to Hyder? ;D

When I was in Prince Rupert they always talked about Ketchikan on the radio. I think the Ferry and float plains went up there from PR.

I was only there once, we had to drive out from Meziadin Junction in BC. We were only at the junction one shift because the camp down on the Nass R. was full I guess. Seen a big glacier on the way over (Bear Glacier), even had a big avalanche that was still not melted out in September. The river melted through it.

A lot of days we worked on Sommerville Island, we could look across Porcher Canal to Alaska when they gave us a lift by chopper to the top of the mountain. We had to slide down on snow and ice about a KM to the work area and about 2 more down to the shore for pickup in the late afternoon when tide was out (hopefully). Had a few trips by tippy toe on the chopper skids. :D :D :D

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« Reply #404 on: August 02, 2007, 09:49:51 pm »
I was there for business in the old days when the airliner would land out on an island and you would get on a seaplane, (that took off from the runway,) and then land on the water just in front of downtown.  Now there's a ferry that runs from the new airport to town and lots of news about eventually a bridge to the airport.

Lots of loggers in the NW have cut on Prince of Wales Island, out across open water from Ketchikan.
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« Reply #405 on: August 17, 2007, 12:16:00 pm »
This was a lovely scene snapped by my sister Lynda on the back waters of the lake where she lives.

 
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« Reply #406 on: August 17, 2007, 05:09:21 pm »
That is quite a scene, in many ways.  Water that you can see the bottom too.
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« Reply #407 on: August 17, 2007, 06:02:47 pm »
I actually cropped it from a larger scene just as impressive. but in the format for the forum it loses a lot.
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« Reply #408 on: August 17, 2007, 08:30:43 pm »
Talking about clear water, wish I had a submersible camera to take pictures of spawning gravel that shines like gold in the bright sun. Taking a picture above water just gives a big glare from the sun. They were always cool trout fishing spots on the tributaries of the Mirimachi.  8) Most tributaries came from bogs and swamp with water dark like coffee.

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« Reply #409 on: August 17, 2007, 08:35:48 pm »
Use a ziploc bag if its only a stream.
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« Reply #410 on: August 17, 2007, 10:02:09 pm »
Ah, well, um.............
That was my FIRST underwater housing many, many years ago!
Even installed a water proof glass port for perfectly clear shots. :)
Did indeed soot some great video, but did lose a $1k video camera when the ziplock failed. :'( :-\ :'(
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« Reply #411 on: August 17, 2007, 10:09:28 pm »
Might be ok to use over the lens, but I wouldn't trust it to submerge my camera. I used to make a custom storage bag for my calculator. Cut a zip lock to the proper dimensions, then seal with a lighter. Worked pretty good for a day or two in heavy rain. But, I've found zip lock not to be water tight. If meet juice can get through, so can't water. Can't blame it on condensation from a thawed piece of hamburg when you see blood under the bag on the fridge shelf.  ::)

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« Reply #412 on: August 20, 2007, 07:13:58 pm »
I have some hostas blooming outside my office windows at home and this little guy showed up tonight. I have not seen one this color before and wondered if anyone knew what kind he was.

 

I'll have to show my ignorance on Jeff's pic, is it a trumpeter swan?

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« Reply #413 on: August 20, 2007, 07:30:54 pm »
Dats a purty Hummingbird Norm. ;)
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« Reply #414 on: August 20, 2007, 07:47:40 pm »
There are two species that apparently frequent Iowa, the ruby throated and the rufous.  According to this site:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/237016/hummingbirds_in_iowa.html

It is probably a Rufous. :)
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« Reply #415 on: August 20, 2007, 07:52:52 pm »
Tom is correct, either Ruby or Rufus.  I say it's a Ruby female.

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« Reply #416 on: August 20, 2007, 08:53:53 pm »
Forgot all about it Donk, but they have a heavy poly or PVC waterproof bag designed for cameras and camcorders at a local store.
About$12 on sale right now.
They are clear so you can shoot right through them and have a very large plastic locking thing to seal them up tight.
Could send ya one if ya wanted. :)

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« Reply #417 on: August 23, 2007, 07:31:42 pm »
Thanks Furb. I'd take one. Would $29 cover it?  ;D Just shoot me an IM with an address.  ;)

It's getting late in the summer to be wading it the ice cold water of the North Pole stream, but might give'r a try.  ;)

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« Reply #418 on: August 23, 2007, 11:48:08 pm »
I would say a mama ruby throat myself.

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« Reply #419 on: August 24, 2007, 05:01:59 am »
My grandfather's cousin has about 6 feeders up for the hummer. She has about 4 pair at them and now the hornets have learned the feeders are a source of nourishment. The hummers will often attack them.


On another note I saw about 8 nighthawks swarming around the yard at her place the other day. They might be flocking up to head south, don't know. You can tell by the white band on the underside of their wings. They look tern-like in flight, but are related to Whip-Poor-Wills. You'll here them dive for bugs as their wings make a hum during their dive.

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