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Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Jul 21 11:11 am
by stumblingpiper
Since the other challenge is slowing down as we get down to the "hard to find" birds I thought I would post a new challenge: "BC Birds with Bugs" ... This is for pictures of Birds with food ... I called it bugs, but it can be anything they've caught or are holding. Here's my first post ... Black-capped Chickadee with a Cicada. The only stipulation would be a BC bird ... doesn't matter which year. This is just for fun!

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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Jul 21 4:21 pm
by zwest
I saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher with a bug this morning!

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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Jul 21 5:10 pm
by jewill
Now here's 1 that I can get into!

An American Robin with not only some bugs, but worms as well! I actually have quite a few photos of Robins with worms but I will show some restraint and post only this one :mrgreen:.
ImageAmerican Robin by Jewill on Flickr

A Barred Owl with what's left of a black squirrel.
ImageBarred Owl by Jewill on Flickr

A Male Northern Flicker with a beak full of suet.
ImageNorthern Flicker (Male) by Jewill on Flickr

And finally a Northwestern Crow with a clam.
ImageNorthwestern Crow by Jewill on Flickr

I have many more but I will hold off until I see other posts - I don't want to hog the topic.
Cheers!

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Jul 21 5:17 pm
by jewill
Okay, I just had to add this one because it is so bizarre!

Glaucous-winged Gull with Sea Star.
ImageGlaucous-winged Gull by Jewill on Flickr

There are 3 other shots of this scene on my Flickr page. I've never seen anything like it!

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Jul 22 10:54 am
by northvanrob
This my most recent bird with a bug photo!

Cliff Swallow feeding juvenile a yellow Mayfly

ImageCliff Swallow adult feeding juvenile a mayfly by Rob -Alexander, on Flickr

A Yellow-rumped Warbler about to catch a Bumble Bee

ImageYellow-rumped Warbler male chasing Bumble Bee by Rob -Alexander, on Flickr

American Dipper with a Sea Slater in it's bill

ImageAmerican Dipper with isopod by Rob -Alexander, on Flickr

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Jul 22 11:08 am
by stumblingpiper
Wow! Those are great shots everyone!

How about a Pygmy Nuthatch with a pygmy nut! :mrgreen:
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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Aug 23 2:40 pm
by Steely
Finally got a few minutes to put up a few to keep this thread moving. It's an interesting one and seeing what is going into the mouths of our subjects gives us insight into their habits. Some of these are taken yesterday and some are from a while back...

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Eastern Kingbird tossing dinner to get a better angle for entry...

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Down the hatch...

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Canyon Wren with more than he can chew...

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Lark Sparrow near Vaseux Lake

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Mountain Bluebird on Anarchist Mtn.

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House Wren with who knows what...

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Yellow-headed Blackbird with an aquatic insect in Oliver

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Western Tanager gleaning a meal from the leaves at Haynes Point

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Aug 24 8:06 pm
by stumblingpiper
Steely wrote:
Aug 23 2:40 pm
Finally got a few minutes to put up a few to keep this thread moving. It's an interesting one and seeing what is going into the mouths of our subjects gives us insight into their habits. Some of these are taken yesterday and some are from a while back...
Those are awesome, Ian! Nice shots!

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Aug 25 11:04 am
by stumblingpiper
No bugs were injured in the shooting of these pictures ... only fish! lol. Here are some shots I have of mom/dad feeding their young (Western Grebe ... at Salmon Arm).

"Here take this one!"
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"I got it!"
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"Whoops ... it got away!"
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"Try this one!"
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"(glub, glub) Success!"
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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Aug 28 7:16 pm
by jewill
Such great pictures so far, but that Eastern Kingbird in mid-toss is exceptional! Talk about timing...congrats Ian (Steely).
Here's a few more from my collection: birds eating bugs, birds, fish, nuts and berries.

Tropical Kingbird eating a wasp.
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Bald Eagle eating an American Wigeon (kind of gruesome, I know)
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Bald Eagle eating what I think was a Glaucous-winged Gull Image

Common Merganser eating, or attempting to eat, a really big fish.
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Steller's Jay with a peanut.
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And finally a Bohemian Waxwing eating a juicy berry.
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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Aug 30 10:10 pm
by stumblingpiper
Awesome pics Judy ... a bit gruesome ... but great. haha.

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Oct 01 9:04 am
by stumblingpiper
I snapped this guy earlier this year ... near Munson Pond in Kelowna. Dragonfly for dinner!

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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Oct 01 9:09 am
by stumblingpiper
Oh, and one more! This Western Meadowlark found something good to take to its nest ... snapped near White Lake Road last year (near Penticton).

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Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Oct 18 12:15 pm
by northvanrob
Was at Trout Lake and Hermit Thrush were out in the open feeding!

Caught this Hermit Thrush with what looks like some type of dark brown inchworm!

ImageHermit Thrush finds something good to eat by Rob -Alexander, on Flickr

Re: Challenge #2 (2019): BC BIrds with Bugs!

Posted: Oct 20 1:23 pm
by stumblingpiper
northvanrob wrote:
Oct 18 12:15 pm
Was at Trout Lake and Hermit Thrush were out in the open feeding!

Caught this Hermit Thrush with what looks like some type of dark brown inchworm!
That is cool, Rob ... I only see those Hermit Thrush like a Sasquatch ... my photos are blurry and they are usually moving away from me. haha.