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Postby Ron Evers » Dec 12, 2008 3:41 pm

The male Redbelly came back again but took of as I approached the door & was replaced by a couple Starlings. I opened the door to scoot the Starlings & Ms Harry was not concerned about me so I went back inside retrieved the camera & went back outside the door to shoot her.

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Re: Ms Harry

Postby joan w » Dec 12, 2008 5:01 pm

Shoot her?!!! Shoot those lovely starlings? I attached a square suet holder to the bottom of a feeder, which is easy for the wee birds but not so easy for the glutonous starlings.

Nice pics Ron.
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby Ron Evers » Dec 12, 2008 5:08 pm

I would like to shoot the damn Starlings Joan & not with a camera.

I guess Himself stayed back until herself had a feed & then he came in.


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Re: Ms Harry

Postby bluebird » Dec 12, 2008 5:26 pm

Nice captures Ron!!
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby Smitty » Dec 12, 2008 5:28 pm

very nice!!!!
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby kelly_m » Dec 12, 2008 8:58 pm

Yup...you did good!! I like the close-up of the Mrs!!!
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby Eeyore » Dec 12, 2008 10:59 pm

Are you saying those are Hairy's? The look an awful lot like Downy's.... What's the difference?
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby Laura » Dec 13, 2008 7:28 am

Me thinks the male is a Downy he is smaller than the female Hairy.

Nice pictures Ron.Hope you get some shots of the Red-Belly's.
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby Ron Evers » Dec 13, 2008 9:04 am

Eeyore wrote:Are you saying those are Hairy's? The look an awful lot like Downy's.... What's the difference?


Harry's are twice the size of Downy's but look the same to me. I am sure there are other differences that BB could tell us though.
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Re: Ms Harry

Postby bluebird » Dec 13, 2008 9:57 am

Oh..I didn't realize that Ron was thinking the male Downy was a Hairy as he had already posted the male Downy in a previous post...I thought you were showing the differences between the Hairy and Downy in this post. Ron has one of each.

Yes, the first photo shows the larger Hairy Woodpecker, a female as she lacks the red patch on the head. The relative size of the bill to the head width is another easy way to tell the two apart as Ron's photos so nicely show. Note how much smaller the Downy's bill is in the second photo compared to the much larger bill of the Hairy.

In the second photo, the Downy Woodpecker also shows another good field mark, the tiny black dot/bars along the white of the tail feathers. Hairy's lack these marks.

And while it doesn't always show, Hairy's often have a black bar/line that comes out onto the breast at the shoulder area.

And, while the Hairy is larger than the Downy, size is often relative and one can't always see that as birds don't tend to land on rulers...but as they both landed on the same suet ball, you can easily see how much smaller the Downy is by these two great pics.
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