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Pileated Woodpecker. I see them from time to time and they are quite large - easily 1.5 feet from beak to tail.






 

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BTW for those that care those are taken with a Canon 5D Mark III with a 400mm f/5.6L lens with a 1.6x TC which is the same setup I used for the eclipse pics.
 

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Cool!

This reminds me - where's Joe been?

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Cool shot, slap a spoonful of peanut butter next to the pecked place, they love it, but so do the squirrels. I hang my bird treats on a tree.

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Joe makes an occasional comment on Facebook and does post there. I have not seen him here in a bit. Maybe he'll chime in?
 

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Very nice, we don't get them downunder but here's a shot of a Crimson Rosella I took last week. He's in a Rosemary bush in my garden.

 

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Nice stuff. We really don't get much colorful birds . here. Black ravens and , brown sparrows and finches. Some groups of vultures that circle in the updrafts. A few red tail and kestrel hawks. Oh and a rare to see barn owl. All browns and black.
 

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We do have some colorful birds here in Australia.
This is a Rainbow Lorikeet also in my garden.



... and a Blue Wren.

 

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Here's a frequent visitor on our deck.

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Fantastic birds! Don't see 'em often around here.

When we do, they're almost always in pairs. And you got a soloist. Rare, indeed!
 

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We get them quite often here. Very cool birds. They aren't very subtle or restrained when pecking away at the wood for insects etc. They're more like a chain saw with huge chunks flying off while they do their work.
 

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Eden, Australia...it looks like a very tropical climate.
 

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Eden, Australia...it looks like a very tropical climate.
Small coastal town half way between Melbourne and Sydney - too far South to be tropical.



That wharf in the picture has now been extended so cruise ship passengers can disembark here.
 

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Bruce, that looks like a beautiful spot!

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Go Magpies!
You asked for them!



I've been feeding this same adult pair for about 6 years now.
They'll happily sit on me.
I left a back door open one day and they came inside the kitchen.
Males have a solid white back - females have a lighter, dappled white back... (she's sitting above him in that picture)
They are delightful birds but notorious for 'swooping' humans in mating season - unless you make friends with them, if you gain their trust they'll leave you alone.
 
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