Sunday, October 15, 2006

Take a Guess #32

33 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

First of all, to answer yesterday’s question, no my daughter doesn’t take swim lessons in the lake at the park. We just stopped by there for awhile to do some shooting. Actually, there’s no swimming allowed anywhere in the lake. You can fish and boat all you want, though, from sun up to sun down.

OK, today’s Take a Guess is a little bit different. I don’t want any guesses, I want stated knowledge. I headed down to the Guinea Neck portion of our peninsula this morning, and in two different locations I saw this “mystery bird” that I had mentioned last week or the week before. I took this shot in the afternoon at the end of Sand Bank Road. It is appropriately named, as there was a bank of sand at the end of the road that was higher than my van when I parked next to it. Behind the bank is the Chesapeake Bay and all the birds. In this shot, (that the lab ruined with those funky marks in the corner) there are four species of birds. I can identify the seagulls and the pelicans. So, what are the other two birds, the one on the tallest pylon-type thingy and especially the dark one stretching his neck to the left of him? THAT’s the bird I want to identify. He’s a noisy son-of-a-gun, and they were everywhere, in large numbers, this morning. They’re very flighty, too. I can’t get close enough to them. They usually fly off even before I run out of land.

So, can anyone help me out?

9:54 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

sorry micki, absolutely no idea....would ask tom sheehan if i were you...nice one anyways....8/10

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Patrick Chu said...

Nice Photo. Is it Lake Michigan or something?

11:54 AM  
Anonymous anton said...

No idea, but great shot.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous hendra said...

Hello Micki,
Same here, no idea about the species of the mystery bird, unfortunately. But that place seems to be a great place for bird photography outing. Thanks for sharing.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

As always, no clue!

1:02 PM  
Blogger P.J. said...

I know nothing about birds. :(

But I like the photo a lot. Good shot. I think someone must know birds well enough to tell you!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Roberto said...

Very nice shot MIcki

2:04 PM  
Anonymous daniel said...

good one

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Sorry I'm no help either!

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

I think that the dark bird is a cormorant, but i am not sure!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

I have no clue but I'll venture a guess that its of the flying kind of birds :P

4:39 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

My guess on the dark bird is a cormorant. The clincher would be if you see them sitting with wings stretched out to dry : they have no oil glands and need dry their wings, half open, in the sun.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Oh man look at the variety of sea birds! I see sea gulls,swans and can't forget our own Canada geese
here in my part of the world.I can't help you out on this one but I can say
what a GREAT photo!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

wow...i got a tough quiz today..i have to pass it:-P no idea what kinda bird, but i always like bird on the piling:-) i will come back and check yr answer tomorrow:-))

8:22 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. The one on the left definitely looks like a cormorant to me and the other one is a gull - specific name unknown. If you go to http://www.geocities.com/rainforest/canopy/6181/gray.htm and look at the photo, you'll see one very similar in the middle of the group. I love seabird photos and this is a good one.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Yup...agree with Chris. A Cormorant...they are very noisy and they destroy the tops of evergreen trees in Ontario for some reason. The other one I would guess is a gull of some sort...would have any idea what specific species though.

Love the shot!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Beautiful image...

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Solaria said...

I am terrible at identifying plants and animals...
I do recognize the pelican and gulls, and have to say this is a really beautiful photograph.
Nicely done.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The black one on the left appears to be a comorant (spelling?), the other one not sure about.

Great shot. I've done a series of these called "gulls on poles", I think there is just something very amusing about the way they gather like that. You were lucky enough to find other than just gulls on poles. I haven't seen that here.

10:47 PM  
Blogger fotojo said...

I don't know the bird, but I love the different height levels in this pic and the wide range of birds you've captured.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Olivier said...

Nice shot Micki! I'm agree: Cormoran and gull!

11:59 PM  
Blogger Kimberley said...

I havent a clue but Its not low tide...Great shot never hte less !

1:20 AM  
Blogger manju said...

Nice shot, though I have no idea about the bird !

3:06 AM  
Blogger Reflex said...

It looks like a cormorant like mentioned :)

Very good shot :)

4:11 AM  
Anonymous Fantom Poet said...

Nice looking shot. If it had been taken in the UK then I would be pretty sure its a cormorant as its over the water I'm not sure. But as you say they are very noisy chaps

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Huh, the Subster take a guess at the name of a bird, I am laughing myself silly here, they all look alike, thought there was only one specy of birds, BIRD. LOL

Lovely shot.

Suby

7:14 AM  
Anonymous david said...

now although it could we be a cormorant, it could be an anhingus! we saw the latter in Nicaragua and look similar to these, don't know about geographical distribution though.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Joel Reynolds said...

Cool shot, man. I would have said it was a pelican - shows what I know.
Joel

9:08 AM  
Blogger Don said...

No clue here. A great shot though.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous johnz said...

well, I can say for sure that this is a nice shot

9:27 AM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Lovely shot here. I have no idea what kind of birds these are, but I can say they really make the shot come alive, literally. Very well done.

9:55 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Absolutely, without question, a cormorant - dozens of these intrepid fishing birds can be found along the Cape Cod Canal. They travel impressive distances underwater in search of food before surfacing to stretch out their wings to dry.

7:51 AM  

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