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  1. #2281
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    I really like the 2nd one sir les, I wish I could come home and find some cool looking birds sitting in my front yard!

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    Thanks, guys. I must admit the kookaburras are somewhat of a rare sight. It's more usual to see magpies or big, black, shiny crows like the one below.
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    I have been watching this Red Shouldered Hawk nest a few miles from my office since I noticed it on a bicycle ride a couple of months back. The nest is about 40-50 feet up and at least as far from the road. Today I finally caught the two chicks. They look about ready to fledge any day now. Tough to hand hold and even tougher to focus on the birds and not the nest, but I will take what I can get.
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    Nice shot, Ken -- especially considering it's 600mm equivalent focal length and hand-held! One question: were you dangling 40-50 ft up in the air at the time?
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    Yes it is a good capture kg just shows what a bit of planning gets. I'll echo Les' question, how did you get that close at that angle if it was 40 feet up?
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    The tree base is slightly downhill from the road, but still about 20-25 feet above the road level. It is a bit deceptive as the chicks are on the edge of the nest peering out. The nest is a bit higher on the front than the rear. From the look of the wing feathers in this shot I am betting they will be flying this week.
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    Very nice. Hopefully they will stay there for a little while longer so you can get some more photos.

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    Nice shots KG. The only raptors nesting in my area are Peregrine Falcons, on top of a multi-story building. There are others in the surrounding areas outside the city but as I don't drive I can't get where they are. So, I shoot what I can.
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    Kookaburras eat snakes, lizards, bugs etc. Not aware of eating fish since there's so little groundwater in this country.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kookaburra

    Nice shots all.

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  10. #2290
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    A couple birds at the Zoo digging through the dirt trying to find some dinner.


    Birds diggin' for food by Switchblade906, on Flickr

    I like how i caught the dirt being thrown out of the way.

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