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Photo Contest

2020 - May - Birds

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Rules that are always applicable are as follows:

  1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you.
  3. All entries should include a line of text with the location, subject, and date (specificity is up to you).
  4. Refrain from posting sensitive/debatable content
  5. Only upvotes count towards winning.

Rules for May are as follows:

  1. Birds - Pictures of birds
  2. The contest will last the whole month of May and to be clear, we use UTC, just like the site itself.
  3. There is no constraint on when the photo must have been taken.

Suggest a theme for the next contest.

  1. Leave a single comment below in the format THEME - ONE SENTENCE DESCRIPTION
  2. Upvote the comment(s) with the theme you would like to see next month.

Good luck!

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We don't have comment upvotes yet, sorry! Monica Cellio‭ 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing, @James! I'm glad to see the activity here -- such great photos! Monica Cellio‭ 10 months ago

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Photo Fan-tailed warbler (Cisticola juncidis), s'Albufera Natural Park, Mallorca, December 2017.

Taken with my Nikon D5300 and 70-300mm AF-S at 300mm, f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600s.

This photo was taken on a five-day visit to Mallorca specifically to go birdwatching in s'Albufera. It was very clearly off season: most of the hotels were closed, a few had the builders in, and one appeared to have an occupancy of 4 people and a capacity of about 1000. The supermarkets, bars, and restaurants were also largely closed. But there were still plenty of birds around, so for me it was a good trip.

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What I like about this shot is that it must have been hard to spot in that very similarly-colored grass. Well done! Jon Ericson‭ 10 months ago

@JonEricson, I saw it when it moved. Generally with smaller birds like this the problem isn't so much seeing them in the first place as the bird staying still while the camera focusses (and the autofocus getting the bird rather than a nearby branch). Peter Taylor‭ 10 months ago

I love this one too because you've managed to capture the bird in a similar background and foreground. (Same is true for your other photo here too.) Monica Cellio‭ 10 months ago

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A young Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis) in my garden on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, summer of 2019. I've never seen an adult come this close to a human (about 2 meters). It's still learning to fly - you couldn't tell from its cocky pose that only seconds before, its wings were completely tangled in the brushwork!

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I didn't know that birds did the "I meant to do that" look too, and not just cats. :-) Monica Cellio‭ 10 months ago

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Photo Black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Salinas de San Pedro, Murcia, December 2016.

Taken with my Nikon D40 and 70-300mm AF-S at 300mm, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/320s.

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Flamingo in a pond in Salzburg, Austria, January 2009.

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A visit from a baby Cisticola juncidis during this quarantine.

I have found it in my backyard.

My dog, Buddy (a lab), was looking at it with curiosity.

Fortunately, Buddy is super friendly and used to deal with birds as some sleep in our fruit trees and steal his food.

Location: Peniche (Portugal).

Date: 24th of April 2020 Cisticola Juncidis

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Wow, trusting bird! Monica Cellio‭ 10 months ago

Did it fall out of the nest, or had it fledged? It looks too young to be on its own. ab2‭ 9 months ago

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In the spring of 2018 I was surprised to see a nest in the joint of a support beam on my back porch. I come and go through that door every day; I would have figured it would be too high-traffic. But there was a nest, and then there was a bird occupying it nearly full-time -- a bird who got angry and actually glared at me if I tried to take a look. But occasionally I was able to see the chicks that resulted.

I took this picture of the robin family in May 2018, standing on a stepstool at my back door and holding my (phone) camera out and up, basically shooting blind.

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European Starling

As I sat, eating my lunch, on a park bench in downtown Washington, DC, USA, a European starling came over and gave me a look that said "Hand it over, bub!" January 2019.

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Ducks on a pond

A pair of ducks enjoying their expanded pond after a rain, in Sligo Creek Park, Silver Spring, MD, USA, in April 2020.

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I keep being drawn to the reflections in the water along with the ducks occupying it. Nice photo! Monica Cellio‭ 10 months ago

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A pair of rainbow lorikeets at a quiet coastal hamlet in eastern New South Wales, Australia, that goes by the slightly improbable name of Copacabana. (2012)

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Kestrel head-on with wings spread and tail fanned Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) hovering, Tancat de la Pipa, Valencia, June 2018. Taken with my Nikon D5300 and 70-300mm AF-S at 300mm, f/6.3, ISO 800, 1/4000s.

I arrived early for a biodiversity study at a local nature reserve, and found this kestrel hunting around the entrance.

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It also was studying the biodiversity, no doubt. xtal‭ 9 months ago

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Black Vulture

A black vulture in Sligo Creek Park, Silver Spring, MD, USA, photographed from some distance in April 2020.

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