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Birding, Birders and all things Birds

This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

Location: Austin, TX
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Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX on Friday. 1 Reply

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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2. 2 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 25. 6 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

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Comment by booklover on January 11, 2013 at 2:21pm

Steph, I absolutely Love that Scarlet Tanager!  Makes me smile just to look at something in nature so beautiful. :)

Comment by Steph S. on January 11, 2013 at 10:48am

Tony - those are great pictures. I love the Mandarin Duck and the King Vulture.

Scarlet Tanager

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 11, 2013 at 5:43am

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 11, 2013 at 1:40am

The Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata), or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.

The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back. The female is similar to female Wood Duck, with a white eye-ring and stripe running back from the eye, but is paler below, has a small white flank stripe, and a pale tip to its bill.[2] The Mandarin ducklings are almost identical in look to Wood ducklings, and appear very similar to Mallard ducklings. The ducklings can be distinguished from Mallard ducklings because the eye-stripe of Mandarin ducklings (and Wood ducklings) stops at the eye, while in Mallard ducklings it reaches all the way to the bill

Comment by Steph S. on January 10, 2013 at 12:29am
That sounds like a really cool site to see Booklover - how awesome!
Comment by Steph S. on January 10, 2013 at 12:28am
Wow Tony! Such beautiful pictures I love the black swans and koi and the Tailorbirds! Thanks for sharing your finds with us! We love to look at the beautiful pictures!
Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2013 at 1:25pm

Black swans & koi....absolutely beautiful!!!

Comment by booklover on January 9, 2013 at 6:13am

Wow!  Such cool pictures!  I love the hungry baby birds, and the pond with the geese swimming on top of the fish!  We have something like that here and the ducks practically just walk on top of the fish to get the breadcrumbs that people throw! lol.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 9, 2013 at 12:55am

Tailorbirds. Old world warbler. Tailorbirds get their name from the way their nest is constructed. The edges of a large leaf are pierced and sewn together with plant fibre or spider's web to make a cradle in which the actual grass nest is built.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 8, 2013 at 8:56pm

Black swans in a pond of koi.

 

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