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Due to the lockdown I only have my back garden too photograph.

 

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Alan Beastall said:

 

Due to the lockdown I only have my back garden too photograph.

 

 

 

 

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All are terrific Alan!

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Picture postcard English village view across the green Finchingfield Essex England

 
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Derelict windmill in field near Chilton Street Clare

 

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Moody view Llandudno west shore overlooking Conwy Bay North Wales

 

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Thanks Michael. Keep Shooting and Keep Safe.

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7 hours ago, NYCat said:

I grew up in San Diego and (sadly) you did not drive your car into Mexico. You left it inside the USA and took a taxi into the centro in Tijuana because if you got into an accident you'd be put in jail.. I had the most wonderful toys bought in Mexico. A nice fat piggy bank with beautiful flowers painted on it and tiny dishes of Mexican pottery for my doll's house.

 

Paulette

I always heard that, Paulette. My grandson is a missionary there, and travels back and forth to the states with his wife and 2 toddlers on a regular basis. Worries me.

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Beautiful pictures, one and all.

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Jabiru Stork at nest with fledglings in the Pantanal, Brazil

The best time to visit the Pantanal is the first two weeks in August when the pink or yellow ipes (trees) are in blossom.

 

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Nature tamed, or at least co-operated with.

Wolf weindorf on the Mosel, Germany. We go to the weinfest every September. This year.................🙁

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Good grief, just spotted the watermark. Bottom left, name and date. This must have slipped through QC- I remember a bunch failing for it (finger trouble on export from LR).
Any thoughts on leaving it, or should I try to reupload without? This one has sold with the watermark.
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The Geese have left town and the shorebirds have taken over at the Merced National wildlife refuge in California. 

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Black bellied plover, least sandpipers, Wilson's snipe, American Avocet,
 
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Lantern Bug (Pyrops lampestris), Borneo

 

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Wow, all of these are fantastic! I’m seeing things I’ve never seen before!

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Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus),  The Gambia

 

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A Monarch on Joe-Pye weed.

 

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Gen, that bird looks like a jewel. And it’s feathers look very fine. So shiny!

 

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1 hour ago, Dave Nelson said:

A Monarch on Joe-Pye weed.

 

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Dave, great shot. I bought 2 swamp milkweed ‘Cinderella’. One ‘Ice Ballet’ milkweed, a White. 2 ‘Hello Yellow’ milkweeds. 2 Joe Pye ‘Chocolate’....couldn’t find the Joe Pye weed I wanted (I wanted your color) and had to settle for these with white blooms. I tucked 5 ornamental onion plants in the bed to help ward off aphids. 5 days I’ve worked grubbing out roots from the bed, emending the soil and planting. The new plants look good but I’m trashed. (Also planted 4 tomatoes, 2 Lantana and 1 coneflower somewhere else)

Do you foster Monarch eggs or just let them do their thing?

Asking as I crawl on hands and knees to the kitchen for nourishment.....
Betty

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35 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Dave, great shot. I bought 2 swamp milkweed ‘Cinderella’. One ‘Ice Ballet’ milkweed, a White. 2 ‘Hello Yellow’ milkweeds. 2 Joe Pye ‘Chocolate’....couldn’t find the Joe Pye weed I wanted (I wanted your color) and had to settle for these with white blooms. I tucked 5 ornamental onion plants in the bed to help ward off aphids. 5 days I’ve worked grubbing out roots from the bed, emending the soil and planting. The new plants look good but I’m trashed. (Also planted 4 tomatoes, 2 Lantana and 1 coneflower somewhere else)

Do you foster Monarch eggs or just let them do their thing?

Asking as I crawl on hands and knees to the kitchen for nourishment.....
Betty

 

Thanks, Betty.  We don't do anything other than plant the plants and watch what happens.  We have given up on planting vegetables, and just plant flowers that attract the birds and butterflies.  Our growing season is too short for most vegetables, and we don't have much space.

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18 hours ago, Dave Nelson said:

 

Thanks, Betty.  We don't do anything other than plant the plants and watch what happens.  We have given up on planting vegetables, and just plant flowers that attract the birds and butterflies.  Our growing season is too short for most vegetables, and we don't have much space.

Thanks, Dave. You can count yourself responsible for giving me the nudge and particulars to finally plant mine. I’ve wanted to do it since moving to Wichita (three springs here now) but didn’t understand the varieties.

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Exclamatory Paradise Whydah (Vidua interjecta), The Gambia

 

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Wow, Gen, imagine maneuvering that tail through a tree! We have scissortail flycatchers, but tails not that long.

 

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2 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Wow, Gen, imagine maneuvering that tail through a tree! We have scissortail flycatchers, but tails not that long.

 

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Beautiful bird this scissortail flycatcher. Nice marking.

Yes I don't know how those long tailed birds manage to fly, especially if it's windy or through trees.

 

I traveled on my own all the way to Argentina just to see the bird below. It's an endangered Strange-tailed Tyrant (Alectrurus risora), fairly uncommon.

There were no car hire available there as it's a fairly remote area. So I got a local with a diesel truck to drive me around.

I would wind the window down and use it for support for my 500mm. Unfortunately, the truck was shaking like mad, so I asked the driver to turn the engine off. He obliged but after a couple of times, he declined as he was having problems restarting the engine. I didn't come back with many shots but at least I saw it. It was exhilarating.

 

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9 hours ago, gvallee said:

 

Beautiful bird this scissortail flycatcher. Nice marking.

Yes I don't know how those long tailed birds manage to fly, especially if it's windy or through trees.

 

I traveled on my own all the way to Argentina just to see the bird below. It's an endangered Strange-tailed Tyrant (Alectrurus risora), fairly uncommon.

There were no car hire available there as it's a fairly remote area. So I got a local with a diesel truck to drive me around.

I would wind the window down and use it for support for my 500mm. Unfortunately, the truck was shaking like mad, so I asked the driver to turn the engine off. He obliged but after a couple of times, he declined as he was having problems restarting the engine. I didn't come back with many shots but at least I saw it. It was exhilarating.

 

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Fantastic! Talk about a treasure hunt paying off. It’s good the truck did manage to start and you weren’t stranded somewhere in the boonies.

About the scissortail flycatcher...they have soft fuzzy feathers on their heads. You take a shot of one, and they always seemed oof or soft to me. I finally realized it wasn’t me, but the bird.

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I recently photographed this insect on an Acorn Banksia, a native West Australian flower. I was not expecting to be able to easily identify the insect anytime soon, given the millions out there. But much to my surprise it didn't take long at all after a bit of google searching. I learned that it is a Banksia Bee (Hylaeus alcyoneus) and that they are very important native bees for pollinating banksias. I find going out with my macro lens leads to all kinds of discoveries about things I've never seen or noticed before. It reminds of me of the Dr Zeus book Horton Hears a Who, where Horton the elephant discovers an entire microscopic community living on a dust speck!

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Here's a pair on newly hatched Monarchs sharing a cone flower.

 

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@Sally R how you identified that is a miracle, but luckily the name of the plant helped?

 

  @Dave Nelson, Stunning shot. The one Monarch i fostered last fall was fascinating to watch when its wings unfolded...so wet looking. It took awhile for them to dry before it could fly. I still can’t figure out why coneflowers are such an attraction. I don’t know where butterflies find nectar in that prickly-looking head.

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4 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

@Dave Nelson, Stunning shot. The one Monarch i fostered last fall was fascinating to watch when its wings unfolded...so wet looking. It took awhile for them to dry before it could fly. I still can’t figure out why coneflowers are such an attraction. I don’t know where butterflies find nectar in that prickly-looking head.

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Thanks, Betty.  We have quite a few cone flowers in our garden, along with Monarda, Dame's Rocket, and Phlox.  They all attract butterflies.

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