May 31

Bald Eagle Landing

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 1:02 PM

A female bald eagle calling her husband back to the nest when she found an intruder approaching. I uploaded the full series on my Picasa Web Album.

May 28

Cedar Waxwing

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 9:20 PM

“Cedar waxwings are approximately 6–7 in (15–18 cm) in length and weigh roughly 30 grams. They are smaller and more brown than their close relative, the Bohemian Waxwing (which breeds further to the north and west).

These birds’ most prominent feature is a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings, a feature they share with the Bohemian Waxwing (but not the Japanese Waxwing). The tail is typically yellow or orange depending on diet. Birds that have fed on berries of introduced Eurasian honeysuckles while growing tail feathers will have darker orange-tipped tail-feathers. Adults have a pale yellow belly. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults. During courtship the male and female will sit together and pass small objects back and forth, such as flower petals or an insect. Mating pairs will sometimes rub their beaks together affectionately.”

~ Wikipedia

May 25

Bale Eagle

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 9:21 PM

I was told by other photographer that there is a Bale Eagle nest near the bridge, so I set up my camera under the tree and waiting for taking some pictures of the eagle family. Unfortunately, there was not that much action in the nest and my lens is too short to take a clear shot. I am seriously considering I should get a long range lens if I am really interested in taking bird pictures.

May 23

Rufous Hummingbird

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 8:52 PM

Went to the park again to check these little friends, and I realized their official name is Rufous Hummingbird. The mother bird still as busy as usual and takes longer getting enough food. The chicks are getting bigger than last week and easier to see when they are being fed.

May 21

Sandhill Crane

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 8:29 PM

“The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird references habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills in the American midwest. This is the most important stopover area for the Lesser Sandhill Crane, Grus (canadensis) canadensis, with up to 450,000 of these birds migrating through annually.”

~Wikipedia

May 20

Sandpiper

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 8:24 PM

“The Scolopacidae are a large family of waders, (known as shorebirds in North America). Many of the smaller species are often called “sandpipers”, especially members of genera Calidris, Tringa and Actitis. Other well-known groups include curlews and snipes. The majority of species eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or soil. Different lengths of bills enable different species to feed in the same habitat, particularly on the coast, without direct competition for food.”

~ Wikipedia

May 19

American Bittern

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 8:22 PM

“The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus[1]) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae. It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the Eurasian Great Bittern, Botaurus stellaris. It is 59-70 cm (23-27 inches) in length, with a 95-115 cm (37 – 45 inch) wingspan.

Although common in much of its range, the American Bittern is usually well-hidden in bogs, marshes and wet meadows. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily among cattails or bullrushes. If it senses that it has been seen, the American Bittern becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dusk. More often heard than seen, this bittern has a call that resembles a congested pump.”

~ Wikipedia

May 17

Hummingbird Nest

2009 • Posted by Kai @ 9:50 PM

It was just a stroll in the park on Sunday afternoon, and I accidentally spotted a hummingbird nest, which surrounded by couple of photographers. Actually, this is the second time I saw hummingbirds and it is the first time I took pictures of them. There are two clicks in the nest, and the mother bird was very busy feeding them.

As I said that I did not anticipate taking pictures of this kind of tiny birds, so I did not prepare the “bazooka” (although I do not even have one) and tripod. The hummingbird pictures I took today were really crappy and there is only one ok quality picture. Will come again next week.


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