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The Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is the biggest owl in the world and a rare sight! I was lucky to see a pair of them, and even though the image quality is very poor (they were far, far away), I want to share two pictures of these beautiful birds.

This is the second post in a series of photos taken in Algarve, Portugal.

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The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a small, very cute owl! Little Owl was the wisdom’s bird among the Greeks who engraved its effigy on some of their currencies. It was also Goddess Athena’s companion, from whom it got its generic name.

This is the first post in a series of photos taken in Algarve, Portugal.

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Last month I posted a picture of a juvenile bird and said I’d post a another one of an adult later. Well, now it’s later ;) so here’s an adult European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) I photographed in the South of Portugal where I spent the beginning of October. Quite some transformation, right? :)

More pictures from Portugal will follow in the next coming posts.

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I’m still learning how to use the SX60.. Here are some bird pictures I’ve taken this week-

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Since the text in the slideshow doesn’t show very well, I list the birds below as well:

1. European Robin (Erithacus rubecula),  2. Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), 3. European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), 4. Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), 5. Common Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), 6. Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), 7. Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Oh, happiness! :) I finally found one! This Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) was seen in the Amsterdamse Bos. I struggled with my new camera, wasn’t able to get a good shot, but at least I got one. Isn’t he gorgeous?

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I got the new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS! Here are the first test shots, taken today in Amsterdam:

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The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a quite common bird, but they are shy and difficult to get close to.  Their favorite food is acorn (oak seeds) so I went to a place where there are many oak trees and, this time of the year, many acorns on the ground. I was lucky! Got to see and study several jays, they were eating acorns and also burying acorns in the ground for later use during the winter. Smart little birdies, thinking forward. ;)

I was hiding on the ground quite far away, making sure I didn't disturb or scare him away

I was hiding on the ground quite far away, making sure I didn’t disturb or scare him away

Look at his throat! He just swallowed an acorn and looked like he was choking, but he was fine

Look at his throat! He just swallowed an acorn and for a scary second it looked like he was choking, but later he was fine

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When the birds don’t cooperate it’s nice to have the macro lens in the camera bag, so you don’t have to come home empty handed ;)

Five pictures taken yesterday in Amstelveen:

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A juvenile European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), seen in Diemerpark in Amsterdam. Juveniles are duller than adults and lacks face pattern. Soon though (~October), it will be one of the most colorful birds around. I will try to get a new picture then, to show what a big difference a couple of months make!

In the past, European Goldfinch’s populations declined due to illegal trapping for cage-birds trade and also by poisoning due to the pesticides. But now it’s a protected species and the populations are stabilized. I was happy to see a flock of ~20 birds the other day!

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Birds I photographed during my vacation in Washington state:

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As you can see, not all are identified. If you have any information, please use the comment field below!

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