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      Whatbird Forums Rules   01/08/17

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ANOTHER fabulous thread!  The pics so far are incredible! 

Thanks for starting it...I hope I can contribute something too sometime soon!

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Dord - what an absolutely stunning picture!

Lycee - thanks for the compliments, and I must say it was a catch of a lifetime, wish I knew what it was when it was happening. Was VERY far away (thank God for telephotos!) By the way, was taken up in your neck of Florida at the Preserve around the Space Center.

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Entree and customer, click on the picture for a closeup.  I split a log and found this carpenter bee larvae, I left it lay there for just a few minutes before the customer came by.    

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Bugs for lunch.  Western Kingbird, Western Tanager, Western Bluebird, Laughing Gull.  (Please correct and IDs)  That bluebird isn't focused very well, but that bug seems to stand out pretty well.

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And the last of my series, one of my friends from around the house.  This Cactus Wren provides a great pest control service. 

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Matt:
Barn Owl lunch remnants.  Eat it whole and chuck back up what you don't want.

owl pellets are so educational.  i've found small turtle shells in them, lots of fish bones, snake backbones and ribs, and of course, rodent bones.  all the ones i found were from barred owls. 

i never knew that loggerhead shrikes 'produced' them until one day i saw one spit-up something while sitting on a fence.  i went and found a small kidney bean-sized pellet on the ground.  the contents were not near as interesting as one from an owl, beetle wings only, the whole thing.  this was during the summer though, in winter when easy insect prey is not available, i'm sure that a pellet from a shrike would be full of mouse and small bird parts.

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I came across this pair on the beach in Florida.  The Great Blue was less than 10' away from the man.  I walked up to the fisherman and asked him if he was enjoying the company.

He went off....  Stupid bird, doesn't want to fish on its own!  Every time I stand up to bring in a fish it gets into my bait bucket.

I chuckled and walked back to take the shot.  Note that there is a casting net in the bucket and no lid.  Sitting on that thing could not be comfortable, no wonder he was pissed.  

This bird was smarter than a bird brain.

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LOL!  I had a heron watching me fish once.  I landed a decent-sized fish and tossed it to the Heron instead of throwing it back.  I was sure it was too big for him, but he grabbed it right out of the air and choked it down.

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