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Filter’d Out #3 [Hatching]

May 23, 2011

Blog posts I found enlightening* last week:
* Including but not limited to: entertaining, challenging, informative, inspiring, alarming, and/or simply speaking to me.

For the week ending 21 May 2011 I’ve Filter’d Out:

Golden Eagle vs Raven
Alex Lamoreaux, writing for The Nemesis Bird
I don’t follow the NFL enough to know who typically wins, the Ravens or the Eagles, but this photo-essay has nothing to do with football. It’s got everything to do with being in the right place at the right time to see a pretty amazing altercation. Nice shots!

While driving up a canyon road into National Forest land a few days ago, where I was going to be doing a Flammulated Owl survey that night, I spotted an adult Golden Eagle flying along the cliffs walls to my right. I quickly jumped out of the car to start taking photos, meanwhile a group of Common Ravens had also spotted the eagle and were hot on its trail. The following series of photos shows one of the more daring ravens going after the Golden Eagle.

Every shade of Green
Mike McDowell, writing for The Digiscoper
I’ve only been to Wisconsin once in my life, but Mike’s regular posts and spectacular photography allow me to know the Pheasant Branch Conservancy like it was my own patch. And I’m not over-exaggerating when I say Mike’s photography is spectacular – click through to discover for yourself, if you haven’t already.

American Redstarts and Chestnut-sided Warblers are the dominant wood warblers at Pheasant Branch Conservancy right now, which signals only a few weeks remain of spring migration in southern Wisconsin. From lime to emerald, most every shade of green is represented in the spring woods. It may not be quite as breathtaking as fall’s fiery colors, but it has a newness and crispness that’s unique during the month of May. By June, the darker summer greens will begin to take over the forest landscape.

A Close Look At How Egrets Eat Crawdads
Steve Creek, writing for Steve Creek Outdoors
There’s no need to clutter a post with words when five images can tell the story, and what beautiful captures they are. Plus, who doesn’t love a post about crawdads, especially when they’re the main course?

When the Great Egret catches a Crawdad I notice that it moves it around in its beak making sure it is crushing every part of it.

Cornell Lab teams victorious in World Series of Birding!
Hugh Powell, writing for Round Robin
A round up of the Cornell Lab’s experience at this year’s World Series of Birding, including a look to inspirational competitors.

We covered a lot of ground to get 144 species, but we were even more inspired by some of our competition—particularly the Monarchists, who limited their route to just half of Cape May itself. Their team features some of Cape May’s very best birders, and they were able to coax 115 species from a route less than 20% the length of ours. Their focus on skill, observation, and thorough coverage—building a rich list from intimate knowledge of a place and its birds—is the most compelling aspect of the Carbon Footprint approach, and one that anyone can emulate, in whatever patch of ground or window of time we have available.

What makes a real conservationist?
Laura Erickson, writing for Laura’s Birding Blog
The beginning of what could be a very long, but a very important, look at what makes one a conservationist.

You know you’re a REAL conservationist when you:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 11:37

    Thanks for the mention and I am glad you enjoyed the Egret photos.

    • May 24, 2011 23:13

      Hi Steve, Glad to include such a spectacular post – egrets may be common, crawfish may be common, photographing each may be common, but you captured it all in such a fascinating way! I hope more folks will check out your blog. First I was interested in the “Arkansan” (Arkansawyer?) connection being a Razorback and married to a Natural State native, but now I follow you with photographic interest. Keep up the great work!
      -Mike

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