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Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CONDO!!! Birding update - 13-15 Sep 2014 (Pomarine)



The albino pigeon infestation continues around my place... 



13 Sep - marine forecast said N winds at 20kts. They were WRONG!

1 Surf Scoter - FoF
4 WW Scoter
2 Greater Scaup
12 N. Pintai

2 Common Loons
1 Common-ish Tern
1 Peregrine Falcon (dark juv female)
1 Osprey
1 N. Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk

1 Pomarine Jaeger !!! - first of the fall, in really freakin close to shore (as far as pom's go) - juvenile with the GOEA head pattern
1 Jaeger sp. (distant adult type beast)

1 Cliff Swallow
2 Least Flycatcher
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped W
1 Nashville W
4 Palm W

Also - Monarch's on the go!!!


Cormorants = amazing lakewatches (when in feeding frenzies) - they brought in the Pomarine! Practically to shore! 


Blue Jay - just chillin @ 150ft



14 Sep - gentle west, to gentle, to NE 15kph! Not bad...

Surf Scoter 5
White-winged Scoter 24
Long-tailed Duck 7
Common Loon 4
Horned Grebe 4
Red-necked Grebe 1
Parasitic Jaeger 1
jaeger sp. 1

Chimney Swift 2
Common Nighthawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 12
Magnolia Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2


2 Bay-B's!


Nut-sided! - This is what treetop warblers look like from above... 


Sep 15

Parasitic Jaeger - 2

--- great story with the Jaegers... West winds, after sundown - we see several hundred gulls fleeing for their lives - flying towards my building. Turns out it's 2 Parasitic Jaegers having an absolute field day on the masses of gulls that have returned to the lake to roost for the night. I've never seen anything quite like it before...


The white Pigeon is banded! I knew they were up to something... 



Monday, September 15, 2014

Townsend Sep 12


The stuff I sent to ebird - not a full species list:

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Townsend Sewage Lagoons, Haldimand, CA-ON
Sep 12, 2014
Protocol: Incidental
21 species

Canada Goose 120
Wood Duck 5
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 40
Blue-winged Teal 40
Northern Shoveler 50
Green-winged Teal 25
Canvasback 1 long staying male
Redhead 1
Ring-necked Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Killdeer 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull X
Northern Flicker 1
Tree Swallow 70
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 100
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19816793

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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Use ebird! It's easy, and allows other people to know what you're seeing (or what conditions are like). 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New stuff headaches



If my last post was any indication, I've got a bunch of new photography-related gear - and the transition hasn't been all that smooth... Some updates:


May - New primary lens (600 F4 upgrade)

May - point & shoot camera dies at Pelee in the rain

June - new point and shoot purchase

July - cell phone gets lost in virgin prairie in SK - gone...

July - new binoculars (vortex razor re-do)

July - new binoculars break (Torngat Mountains rock smash)

July - new Point and shoot camera goes for a swim (Torngat Mountains coldwater stream) - dies

July - "old" DSLR (my primary body) goes for a swim as well at Torngat - dies (3 days after the one above)

August - new laptop purchase - a macbook pro - my first time owning a mac laptop...

August - new camera purchase (new primary DSLR) - which is in an upgraded line from my old body

August - new purchase/lease of Photoshop CC and Lightroom (Lightroom is my first time using the program)

September - new (3rd) Point and shoot camera purchase any day now...

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So yeah - I haven't had the best luck with gear recently.... And now I'm going through a bit of a struggle getting it all sorted out... It's not a particularly difficult struggle, but I would much rather have no struggle at all as my unedited photos pile up...

The last thing I want is to re-edit some lightning photos for the third or fourth time, trying to figure it out - but here I go...



First bird photo's taken with my new DSLR - a young male Peregrine from (where else) my balcony, a few weeks ago... 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

X-Class Flare!!!


X-class flare yesterday... Go to  solarham.net for details!!!


sunspot 2158 responsible for the blast