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  •  Thank you, Kestrel, for a great diary and pics. (11+ / 0-)

    And thanks to all for the additional pics. I have only seen one yellow-billed magpie, and it was out of its habitat, flying home, when it stopped to rest on a neighbor's roof in Rohnert Park, CA. Since I had never seen one before and it was too special to ignore, I was thrilled to spot him there.

    Just wanted to mention for nature cam watchers  that Pete's Pond in Mashatu, Botswana, has a live cam again now, just Google it and you will find it. Here is a Pied Kingfisher screen grab from Pete's Pond, a few years ago:

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    by martyc35 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:51:58 AM PST

    •  Hey Marty (7+ / 0-)

      Thanks. Appreciate the kind words. I will check out the nature cam. Very cool and thanks for the tip. Hope you've recovered and are enjoying life again!

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      by Kestrel on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:15:06 AM PST

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    •  have a sequence (discovered that function) (4+ / 0-)
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      on my camera that will take a whole bunch of pictures in sequence...so I tried it on a fishing Kingfisher....12 tries later I finally got him in a focused sequence, zoom, bam, splash, zoom!

      That was pretty much it, too far away to post, doesn't blow up as it's not a big camera, but he's like a dart in the pictures! Last week's DCh kingfisher pictures were perfect from the kayak, never will see better!

      The one that lives on the beach near here is too shy, closest is about 150'...I may have to resort to wrapping myself in washed up kelp and crawling near his perch and waiting for him :>

        And from Eureka here's the Song Sparrow on the pole in front of the Holly Tree there from last summer, what an infestation of them there was, such great singing, they are very neat!

       

      Is that a Song Sparrow, I really don't know...

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      by KenBee on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:48:29 PM PST

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      •  KenBee - looks like a White-crowned Sparrow (2+ / 0-)
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        They have a beautiful song, too. In my area, they are only here during the winter.

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        by tgypsy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:44:45 PM PST

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        •  YUP. White Crowned Sparrow it is. (0+ / 0-)

          They come to my feeders and yard every day all winter, here in Eureka. Good luck with the Kingfisher, Ken.  WCS in my yard:

          W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

          by martyc35 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:04:21 AM PST

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