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    Another new bird for me. The collared aracari.

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      I miss labeled my previous humming bird photos. This is the little hermit humming bird and what a difficult one to capture he was. It was raining and heavily overcast so I had to really crank up the ISO and still had a hard time getting a semi-clear photo.



      I'm still working on the ID for the other bird.
      Last edited by pilotdane; July 11th, 2012, 01:48.

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        Slightly off-topic because it isn't a photograph but... the university of Exeter is tracking basking sharks off the west coast of Scotland.

        Follow each of the 8 (don't know what happened to no. 7 (dunno) ) on the map.

        Basking Sharks 2012

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          Thanks for showing this, Gaelsail. Shark 5 gets about a bit, doesn't it!
          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            Re: Photo Assignment : Animals

            Originally posted by wherrygirl View Post
            Thanks for showing this, Gaelsail. Shark 5 gets about a bit, doesn't it!
            Think Shark 5 may have the same navigational difficulties that this household sometimes suffers from - perhaps holding the map upside down?
            Cheers,

            Mark.

            www.pologlover.co.uk

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              No, it just wants to see what is on the other side of the wave!
              Ivy

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              Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                Dane, your humming bird photos are really very good. I wonder if anyone has ever timed the number of wingbeats per millisecond! What a contrast to the static aracari with its vicious looking beak. Whatever does it eat - tree-trunks?

                Thijs, I never complimented you on that limpet at #207.2, it's superb. I love the composition.
                Ivy

                "To thine own self be true.......
                Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                  Re: Photo Assignment : Animals

                  Originally posted by wherrygirl View Post
                  No, it just wants to see what is on the other side of the wave!
                  Ahh - I understand. Sort of 'sharky' version of 'why did the chicken cross the road'.

                  I also like Dane's birdies - the one in 211 looks a bit vicious!! Cross between a chainsaw and a toucan.
                  Last edited by PoloUK; July 24th, 2012, 22:32.
                  Cheers,

                  Mark.

                  www.pologlover.co.uk

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                    Thank you for the compliments.

                    I think the acari eats mostly fruit with it's large beak, like a toucan. They are much quieter though, occasionally making a squeaking sound. Toucans make a "grinding" sound like a very loud, overgrown tree frog.

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                    I really notice a difference between humming birds. Those that summer in North Carolina (Ruby Throated) have a very fast wing beat with a very noticeable hum sound and they almost whistle as they cut through the air when flying fast. When out hunting I can hear their chirp and the humming of their wings as they weave through the forest. They are constantly chirping and fighting so there is no doubt they are around.

                    In northern Costa Rica most humming birds that I see are almost silent in flight. When they change direction or really maneuver you can hear the wings a bit but they are just big enough and their wing beat slow enough that you have a hard time hearing it.

                    Further south the humming birds are so large you don't really notice that they are humming birds until they hover in front of a flower. Their beak is longer than the entire birds I have at have at home. Their wings making a fast fwap, fwap flapping sound more like a normal bird's wings.

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                      Thanks for that info. Dane. You certainly know your humming birds. I know next to nothing about them and assumed that all had an extremely fast and probably silent wing-beat. I find it very interesting that the Ruby Throated one can be heard so clearly even when not right close up to you. Thanks again.
                      Ivy

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                      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                        Re: Photo Assignment : Animals

                        Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
                        I also like Dane's birdies - the one in 211 looks a bit vicious!! Cross between a chainsaw and a toucan.
                        Oh lovely. That'll keep me laughing all day.
                        Ivy

                        "To thine own self be true.......
                        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                          Re: Photo Assignment : Animals

                          A little puddy tat' I saw...


                          A bigger puddy tat'...


                          Pretty Flamingo's...


                          Wahey, it's dinner time says the Mara...
                          Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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                            Originally posted by SaintsFCFan View Post
                            A little puddy tat' I saw...
                            Beautiful shot, and a great puddy-tatt....
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                              Beautiful shot, and a great puddy-tatt....
                              It was indeed a big puddy-tat, big teeth too! lol
                              Infamy, Infamy.... They've got it in for me! Said The Laughing Assassin.

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                                Originally posted by SaintsFCFan View Post
                                It was indeed a big puddy-tat, big teeth too! lol
                                Hope he didn't bite!

                                Reminds me of a documentary I saw a few nights ago, on NG Channel... a lion had tried it's luck on a hippo.... this would be the doom of the lion, because the hippo bit off the whole mouth of the lion... the lion could no longer bite, eat nor drink and was effectively sentenced to death... this scene is really glued to my mind.
                                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                                Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                                Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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