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| p.1 #1 · Sitting in the rain in SF |
Ah, the Bay Area...it's lovely this time of year. Pouring rain, gale force winds...can't wait to try to take off later this afternoon for the trip back east A quick weekend trip to visit my west coast living son as he moved to the big city from the burbs. Hopefully I will get to post some shots from our excursion yesterday where we managed to get 2 hours of no rain and even a little sun...but no card reader with me so you all have to settle for stuff from my portable hard drive which I did bring knowing I might have some time on my hands.
Hopefully you all skipped over that first part because that was a wasted 30seconds of your life you will never get back.
Ok, now to the good stuff...well, ok stuff I suppose. I really love Bateleur Eagles (Bateleur is French for tight rope walker...not sure how they got that name but I'm sure Wiki has some great made up stuff that will give us the derivation...maybe the outfits tight rope walkers wear...yeah that's it...oh I just made that up so don't quote me )...great looking birds that are basically scavengers. They are often the first at a kill so following them sometimes yields good results. Other times they just soar...and in this case that's what was happening. I have been trying to figure out what's in its talons but don't have a clue. Many are big crops but for me the interesting thing is how much the light changed going from the first to last shot...the sky is so much bluer and interesting (right UT!). I said I wouldn't post my grey hornbill...so call me a liar...but it was processed so what the hey! And the grey louries aka "go away" birds are also amongst my favorites. Just love their "mohawk" hairdoo.
And just to make it a ligit eyelaser post...a real close up....this is the star of "Eye of the Leopard"....Lagedema with probably the most famous whisker spot...sort of like Cindy Crawford's mole...
Enjoy and hope you are all having a great weekend.
6 Grey Lourie (not to be confused with Peter Lorre from the Maltese Falcon and Casablanca)
7 Grey Hornbill
8 Lagedema close up...note the single whisker spot between the top and second row of whisker spots...that is how she can be positively identified in a matter of seconds.