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Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX Jul 25. 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 Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 6:07pm

Steph, I also had that thought.  Maybe the photo caught the lizard just before it was swallowed.

The white ducks with the black backs were lazily swimming in the slow-flowing, small river that runs through Pocatello at an area that has lots of trees on both sides.  There is a paved path near the river that a fair amount of people walk and ride on, even at this time of year.   The white ducks seemed to be mingling with the Mallards.

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 5:44pm

King Eider

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 5:44pm

Joan I'm not sure if that is Photoshopped or not.

Maybe the photographer just caught the lizard at the time it was in the birds mouth.

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 5:43pm

Thank you Spud for the Mallard pic.

What habitat did you see the duck in? It's very important to note habitat when trying to identify a species of bird.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 5:39pm

If anyone knows what duck has white feathers with a black back, I'd like to know.  Next time I'll take my camera, and if I get a picture of one, I'll post it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 5:08pm

Spud, I wonder if it is photoshopped as well. If anyone know, please clue us in.  

Comment by booklover on November 29, 2012 at 4:54pm

I'm wondering that too Spud.  Interesting picture Joan!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 3:47pm

Interesting picture Joan.  I'm not sure what's happening.  I wonder if it's real and if so, if the lizard has the strength to hold the beak open.  Just the way my mind works.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 3:19pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 2:46pm

Went for a 10 mile ride on my recumbent trike this morning along the greenway trail by the Portneuf river.  I saw 10 times more ducks that ever before, and wouldn't you know it, this is the first time I left my camera at home. 

Some were white with black backs, but I just tried to find pictures of them and can't.

Most of ducks today were Mallards:

 

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