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I was visiting my family in The Villages, FL.  We went for a little walk and found some owl watchers.  If I had known we would be going bird watching on that trip I would have brought a bigger lens!

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I had to go to a zoo to find something other than the usual colorless birds that bless the semi-arid desert biome that we live in out here. 

 

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From the coloration, it is either from Mexico or Italy...based on their flags.

 

Dave

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I put this whistling kite in a club nature exhibition.   It was taken December 2019 and only recently edited.

 

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From these ...

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to these. Guinea-fowls I encountered on a visit to the 'Red Stag Deer & Emu Farm' in rural Victoria (Australia)

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6 hours ago, boeckli said:

And of course - there had to be emus!! RX030696.thumb.JPG.4f364817cd1d9521613832b77fca69f4.JPG

 

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 Love that face looking straight down the lens.

 

There is a fair bit of evidence that they react negatively to their own reflections in Windows, sunglasses, or even camera lenses.

 

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2 hours ago, Docker123 said:


 Love that face looking straight down the lens.

 

There is a fair bit of evidence that they react negatively to their own reflections in Windows, sunglasses, or even camera lenses.

 

 

Don't think I was close enough for that to be a problem (we were warned to stay well clear of the fence due to potentially aggressive stags being in the paddocks as well)

 

I decided to have a bit of fun with that shot 😉

 

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On 5/15/2021 at 5:23 AM, pierces said:

I had to go to a zoo to find something other than the usual colorless birds that bless the semi-arid desert biome that we live in out here. 

 

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From the coloration, it is either from Mexico or Italy...based on their flags.

 

Dave


I believe it is a white fronted bee-eater. From Africa. 
 

it reminds me of the Rainbow bee-eater here in Australia (not my photo)

 

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4 hours ago, Docker123 said:


I believe it is a white fronted bee-eater. From Africa. 
 

it reminds me of the Rainbow bee-eater here in Australia (not my photo)

 

 

 

Good call! You spurred my curiosity and a bit of research confirmed your identification of my little friend as a White-fronted Bee Eater, native to sub-equatorial Africa. Since I saw him in San Diego, I can only imagine how tired his little wings were! 🙂

 

Dave

 

 

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