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Michael´s Year

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Ok I´m in as well for this year. I suspect this thread will be pretty dormant until I finally get back to Africa in a few months but let´s see what I can find until then here in Europe.

 

1) Blue Tit

 

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2) Coal Tit

 

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3) Chaffinch

 

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Female:

 

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4) Siskin

 

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5) Robin

 

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6) Great Tit

 

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7) Long-Tailed Tit

 

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(Really blew that one. Was excited to see this one though, quite a rare sight where I live.)

 

8.) Greenfinch (This one was welcoming Spring today. :-))

 

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9.) House Sparrow

 

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10.) Carrion Crow

 

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11.) Tree Sparrow

 

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12.) Mallard

 

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Female:

 

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13.) + 14.) Tufted Ducks & Pochard

 

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15.) Bullfinch

 

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16.) Mute Swan

 

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Well done for getting started @@michael-ibk

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Dare I say it? Nice tits!

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~ @@michael-ibk

 

If the photos above are an example of Austrian-style “pretty dormant”, hurrah!

All are lovely, with great colors.

Thank you so much for joining the “Big Year 2016” Brigade!

Tom K.

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Great selection already!

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Thanks! A few more from a recent (unfortunately mainly work-based) trip to Lissabon. Almost all of these were not taken with a DSLR but my old Canon Powershot. (I would have looked kinda silly walking around town with a telelens. ;-))

 

17.) Feral Pigeon

 

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18.) Short-Toed Treecreeper

 

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19.) Collared Dove

 

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20.) Chiffchaff? Willow Warbler?

 

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21.) Common Redstart

 

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22.) Great Black-Backed Gull (Probably. Gulls are a nightmare to tell apart, at least for me, but I´m fairly certain about this one.)

 

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Another (younger) Great Black-Backed Gull? (Who know how many different species I saw, certainly not me. :-))

 

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23.) Ruddy Turnstone?

 

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24.) Black-Headed Gull

 

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25.) Moscovy Duck (probably should not have included them, not really "wild", but I kinda like these birds.)

 

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26.) Blackbird

 

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27.) Eurasian Wren (the superior AF capabilities of a DSLR would have been welcome here.)

 

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28.) White Wagtail

 

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29.) Peacock (see Moscovy Duck)

 

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Peacock and Hen Chicks:

 

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NOT a peaceful scene. The peacocks reminded me a bit of Veloceraptors the way they eyed the little ones. And indeed, they attacked them, brutally pecking them with their sharp peaks and even throwing one around in the air. The Chicks fled into the grass but one had a hard time getting away. Well, Peacocks are in fact omnivorous as Wikipedia told me and they eat little mammals and young snakes (that´s why they have apparently become popular with Indians in the first place), so probably young birds as well. Never ocurred to me that they eat flesh.

 

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Corrections more than welcome, everybody, I still have lots and lots to learn about identifications.

 

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It's interesting to see the overlap of birds you see in Austria & the ones we see here in the UK - though without the snowy background, this year at least.

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It is going very well for a dormant" thread :)

I am pleased you are taking part - and a great start. I find the gulls very difficult to identify also (as well as other little feathered creatures!)

Your Canon Powershot did very well

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A few more from the Easter Weekend. Following TonyQ´s and Peter Connan´s example I will add the latin names from now on - and also the German ones (more for myself :-)).

 

30) Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)/Blässhuhn

 

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31.) Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)/Haubentaucher

 

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32.) Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)/Schellente

 

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33.) Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)/Rohrammer

 

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And another Robin thrown in just because. :)

 

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34.) European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)/Stieglitz - one of my Austrian favourites:

 

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35.) Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)/Mäusebussard - our most common predator. Often seen soaring in the sky or perching close to roads, but very shy and difficult to approach.

 

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36.) Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)/Singdrossel

 

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37.) White-Throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)/Wasseramsel - this little bird can actually walk under water.

 

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38.) Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)/Hausrotschwanz

 

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Just to compare, here´s a Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus):

 

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39.) Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)/Gänsesäger

 

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Tufted Ducks again (Aythya fuligula)/Reiherente

 

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40.) Yellow-Legged Gull (Larus michahellis)/Mittelmeermöwe

 

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Another Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

 

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A post of far-away birds. :)

 

41.) Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)/Graureiher - fishermen hate them with a passion here, so they are very wary of humans where I live.

 

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42.) Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)/Turmfalke - heavy crop

 

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43.) Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)/Krickente

 

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44.) Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)/Löffelente

 

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Both of these are only migrating through.

 

 

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45.) Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)/Star

 

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46.) Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)/Kleiber

 

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Another Robin - can´t have enough Robins. :)

 

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And a better one of Long-Tailed Tits:

 

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47.) Hooded Crow (Corvus cornis)/Nebelkrähe - the grey one.

 

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48.) Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)/Goldammer

 

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49.) Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)/Eichelhäher - very loud birds which I see quite often flying in the forest. Getting a decent picture of one is a priority for my "Big Year". :)

 

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50.) Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)/Gebirgsstelze

 

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@@michael-ibk

Lovely pictures - and 50 already!

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Wow Michael! Some very beautiful birds and photos here!

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~ @@michael-ibk

 

The Eurasian Nuthatch — Kleiber — image is especially choice.

The sharp focus on the lichen adds to the visual balance.

It's one of the most beautiful bird compositions that I've seen in Safaritalk.

Thank you for posting it.

Tom K.

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@@michael-ibk - excellent comparison of the redstart species

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your european goldfinch is a lovely bird. in fact, the entire photo is such a warm reminder of christmas, and it makes a very nice christmas greeting card indeed!

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A few new species taken this Sunday at Chiemsee, Germany (1 1/2 hours from where I live). (Actually saw quite a lot of new ones but managed to take photos of very few.)

51.) Greylag Goose (Anser anser) / Graugans

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52.) Red-Crested Pochard (Netta rufina) / Kolbenente

 

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Posted (edited)

A couple of da capos (somewhat better) pics of species already posted, and some assorted stuff.

 

Common Coot:

 

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Great Crested Grebe:

 

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Not a bird, but ... uh ... it can fly - does that count? Great Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychloros) / Großes Fuchsauge

 

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Goldeneye & Friends

 

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Common Merganser

 

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This Common Buzzard seems to have lost part of its wing:

 

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Humblebee - apparently it´s impossible for it to fly according to science - but it does not know that.

 

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This one at least has a somewhat bird-like name - European Peacock (Aglais Io) / Tagpfauenauge

 

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53.) Willow Tit (Poecile montanus) / Weidenmeise

 

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54.) Great Cormorant (Phalocrocorax carbo) / Kormoran

 

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The Chiemsee colony in the background - note the trees.

 

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55.) Gadwall (Anser Strepera) / Schnatterente

 

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56.) Red Kite (Milvus milvus) / Rotmilan

 

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57.) Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) / Großer Brachvogel - you will just have to believe me that it´s there. :)

 

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58.) Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) / Buntspecht - my favourite catch of the day.

 

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~ @@michael-ibk

 

Gotta love the golden-eye image.

That's a species only known to me through field guides.

Never having seen one before, your fine, sharp image is beguiling.

Whether or not they're permitted as guests in the Big Year 2016 gallery, your butterflies are gorgeous!

Thank you for these!

Tom K.

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Posted (edited)

The goose seqeunce is stunningly good @@michael-ibk!

 

Wrt the gap-winged eagle: birds do moult their flight feathers quite regularly, and the various methods they use and how that affects or conforms to their lifestyles is actually quite interesting. Raptors tend to moult like this, one or two primarys at a time (although usually similar positions on both wings at the same time).

 

The other extreme is the females of most African hornbills, who moult all their feathers at once while ensconced in the nest by the male.

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