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Some Recent Bird Pictures From The California High Desert

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by James B., Jun 10, 2011.

  1. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    Hello everyone!

    Greetings again from the Mojave desert. It's getting warm out here! LOL. We've had a really varied spring; lots of cooler weather and even rain. Anyway, here's a few new bird pics and stuff. I will post these as thumbnails so hopefully this thread will load reasonably fast for those with lesser bandwidth (eg: dial-up). So please, just click on the thumbnail to see the pic full size...if you like. :)

    This is a neat bird. The Phenopepla. It has a very mild and pleasant song.
    Phenopepla.JPG

    These House Finches are sad - they look sad! - because they just lost their nest and eggs to an invader.
    I felt sorry for them.
    House Finches.JPG

    What a cool and mellow snake, this Rosy Boa (maybe 3 feet long) lives in my front yard. It is a top ranked mouser! LOL.
    Rosy-Boa.JPG

    Another hard working desert bird; the Ladderbacked woodpecker with it's amazing high-speed drilling beak!
    Ladder Backed woodpecker.JPG

    Here's another image of the woodpecker - I think it was very aware of me as I was taking the pic.
    Ladder Backed woodpecker 2.JPG

    Alright, here's some flowers to round out the first post.
    flowers.JPG

    And this, edited with Gimp using the "cartoon" filter and stuff.
    flowers 2.JPG
  2. seedling

    seedling VIP Member

    Thanks for the great pictures. Really enjoyed seeing them all. Those birds have sharp eyesight! We notice the crows watching us here.
  3. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    Hello seedling...so nice to hear from you. :) Thank you for the nice comment. Hope you are doing well.
  4. seedling

    seedling VIP Member

    Good to see you again too. I'm better than a year ago with a long way to go still, but, can see the progress happening. Thanks for the pictures to brighten things up, enjoy your special talent.
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  5. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    So happy to hear this seedling. Very glad your hard work is paying off!
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  6. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    Well, gotta show off my Beavertail cactus. This is one of the plants I rescued last year; it was getting buried in sediment. So I dug 'em out, built a stone retaining wall and watered them a little, especially during the driest part of last summer and..shazam! Look out! LOL. Nice blossoms huh?
    Beavertail-cactus.JPG

    Here's a lucky shot of a kinda rare bird, I think. It's a Say's Phoebe. Odd name. Nice bird about the size of a sparrow.
    Say\'s Phoebe.JPG

    And finally a good detail of Gambel's quail. They pretty much "own" the neighborhood. LOL. This image, ity had a strange effect on me...I stared at it. The bird sort of appeared slightly human or like a "relative" Odd.
    Gambel\'s Quail.JPG
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  7. seedling

    seedling VIP Member

    The quail made me think of Genghis Khan for some reason. It looks highly dignified. Do you have any odd urges to gallop horses across grasslands and invade other tribal lands?
  8. Sammy

    Sammy dog mom Premium Member

    Great pictures! Having never been to the desert, they are very fun for me. Good to "see" you again.
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  9. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    Hello Sammy! So nice to hear from you. Seedling - lol - nope, sorry...(too funny) no relation to Genghis Khan that I know of. The quail do seem very dignified though! A few more...

    Major cactus blossoms.
    blossoms-1.JPG

    Joshua tree national park blossoms.
    blossoms-2.JPG

    For all the snake lovers; Rosy Boa.
    rosy-boa-full.JPG

    Sharpshinned hawk on patrol. Taken yesterday PM.
    Sharpshinned hawk.JPG

    Five, count 'em 5 super cute baby Gambel quail chicks - brand new! This image is bit rough - shot with max zoom. The parent Quail were nervous enough with me that close.
    5-Quail-chicks.JPG
  10. intothelight

    intothelight Totally Quackers Duck Staff Member Premium Member

    Hi James,

    Good to hear from you. Great wildlife shots! Although I am glad I don't have a snake in my front yard!

    Debbie
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  11. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    Thanks for all the nice comments and messages, everyone. Hope everyone is doing alright. Things with me are going really great - very lucky. Anyway...how 'bout a few more pics? :D

    This is Mt. San Jacinto plastered in winter dress - taken from my front yard with a tripod.
    San-jacinto-winter.JPG

    The smallest non-hovering bird in North America: Verdin.
    verdin.JPG

    Spring was super-intense here - much rain bringing many blossoms. This is a Yucca blossoming in full.
    Yucca-Blossoms-1.JPG

    And another Yucca in full bloom.
    Yucca-Blossoms-2.JPG

    Some kinda "artsy" self portrait.
    Self-portrait.JPG
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  12. goingonhope

    goingonhope Member Premium Member

    :) Hello James, when looking closely it looks to me like the woodpecker is observing you through its peripheral.

    Smiling, and Always I enjoy you pic's! Today I'm noticing that I can view them as a slide-show.

    Hope
  13. James B.

    James B. New Member Premium Member

    Thank you Hope.

    And yes, I believe you are right. The woodpecker was perched (clinging) very close to the ground, so I could see it, and it could see me too - pretty sure. Normally I find them up high near the top of a power pole or tree. And yes, isn't the image viewing slide-show/software very nice? Really works great.
  14. goingonhope

    goingonhope Member Premium Member

    The cactus is lovely James, I really like its look.

    And, Gee you made me LOL.

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