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Today's Backyard Wildlife

DLJeffs

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Sat out on the deck for 20 minutes trying to get both the lesser goldfinch and the hummingbird in the same shot - they were both feeding on the cosmos flowers. Gave up and just got the goldfinch.

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Heard the juvenile great horned owl screeching. The parent was perched on the stump in my neighbor's yard. I didn't see the exchange but at some point the parent flew up to my neighbor's roof, called up the juvenile and gave it dinner. Can't tell for sure - might be cottontail, might be spotted ground squirrel. Definitely mammal versus avian dinner.

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Very cool - as long as it doesn't learn there's food inside. Then it becomes very messy and costly. I think in many places people would be surprised who's checking out their backyards at 3:40am.
 

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Hate them bird feeder thieves. I have to bring mine in every night or them distant cousins to the bears - raccoons, would get the food. I have squirrel proof feeders, but apparently they are not coon-proof. And probably not bear proof!
 

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Been liking your shots. What camera are you using?
I mostly use a Canon 7D with a Canon L series 100-400mm zoom. I wish I could afford a better zoom lens. This one works fine in good light but evening shots (like the owls) it can't get sharp enough. The juvenile owl eating dinner on my neighbor's roof is a good example - see how grainy it looks? That was shot at dusk and the owl was around 40-45 yards away.
 
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big wildlife no shooting zone behind us-hills and timber. Moose-elk-bear-yotes and cougars. when we get a lot of snow the moose and cougars move down here. Never seen the elk down here but have seen in woods and smelled them. Son put a trail cam near a spring for 2 weeks. got 5 different moose - and a few deer in first 4 days but then a bear decided to readjust camera. great shots of ground after that. He has it higher now- waiting for new shots. He wants to picture a cougar, he will plenty of them up there.
 

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big wildlife no shooting zone behind us-hills and timber. Moose-elk-bear-yotes and cougars. when we get a lot of snow the moose and cougars move down here. Never seen the elk down here but have seen in woods and smelled them. Son put a trail cam near a spring for 2 weeks. got 5 different moose - and a few deer in first 4 days but then a bear decided to readjust camera. great shots of ground after that. He has it higher now- waiting for new shots. He wants to picture a cougar, he will plenty of them up there.
I'd love to see a puma in the wild. Never seen one but I think they've seen me.
 
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