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Here birdie birdie

A couple days ago, while Tor and I were working on some welding lessons, we had a visitor come to sit in our Very Big Tree™. It even ignored the noise of our metal grinder as we worked, before we noticed all the neighbors out staring up at our tree. It sat still long enough for me to grab my binoculars, my camera, and a quick panic trip to find a CF card.

So you guys get to see this pretty birdie. A neighbor's kid looked it up in a bird book and says it's an Osprey.

Osprey looking regal

Osprey taking off


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Oct. 14th, 2005 07:37 am (UTC)
Yes, that is indeed an Osprey...

What's an Osprey doing in Silicon Valley?!?!

Humm...(Check web for US bird-rages)All About Birds: Osprey

Well, well! I did not know they wintered here...

More proof that I live in a cave... -.-
Oct. 14th, 2005 08:46 am (UTC)
It's a new one on me too!
Oct. 14th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
He is indeed an osprey, and those are fabulous pictures of one! I love this ocean predator. You become used to birds of prey being the colors of the forest that to see such a stark black and white one is a delight. :)

We have occasional osprey sightings here... we're close enough to the gulf to have them near the city. I love the brief glimpses I get of them in the distant high trees as I bike past on the way to the post office. :)
Oct. 14th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
If I'd remembered, I could have lowered the ISO back down to 100 and had somewhat better images. On the other hand, I only got the taking-flight pic because my shutter speed was up at 1/400th sec.

Meh. I always think of how to take better pics after the moment has passed. :)
Oct. 14th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not suprised it ignored the noise of your tools. When I was doing geophysics in Nevada we'd see a lot of raptors sitting in trees near the drill rigs, and those rigs were noisy. Nothing like the sound of a 5000psi air line being vented to wake you up. All the ruckus didn't seem to bother the birds one bit, although just after the drillers opened an air line or did something else particularly noisy you'd often see the birds take off in pursuit of some small animal that'd been startled into moving. Between that and the way they arrived along the road just at shift change, I think they considered humans and their mechanical contraptions less of a disruption and more of a lunch wagon. :)
Oct. 14th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)

Still wish you'd gotten those pictures of that bobcat. };)
Oct. 15th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
You, too, have raptors! --Neat! We are having few birds in the back yard this week. Ever since the hawk took a bath in the bird bath, the other birds have been scarce. I understand the hawk has been roosting in the trees around here. We saw it flying out of one of the big trees near our yard last night.

However,tonight right at dark, a covey of quail carefully dropped into the yard for a bite to eat.
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