Photography of Birds – Set # 102

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Set # 102 Ruddy Turnstone Ruddy Turnstone Ruddy turnstones engage in a variety of behaviours to locate and capture prey. These behaviors can be placed into six general categories: Routing — The turnstone manipulates piles of seaweed through flicking, bulldozing, and pecking to expose small crustaceans or gastropod molluscs hidden underneath. Turning stones — As suggested by… Continue reading Photography of Birds – Set # 102

Photography of Birds – Set # 103

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Set # 103 American Oystercatcher American Oystercatcher American oystercatchers first breed at an age of 3-4 years. When courting, the birds will walk together and make a single piping note. This progresses to leaning towards each other, extending and lowering the neck, and running alongside each other while calling. The pair may then burst into flight and… Continue reading Photography of Birds – Set # 103

Photography of Birds – Set # 105

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Set # 105 Indigo Bunting Indigo Bunting The brown-headed cowbird may parasitize this species. Indigo buntings abandon their nest if a cowbird egg appears before they lay any of their own eggs, but accept the egg after that point. Pairs with parasitized nests have less reproductive success. The bunting chicks hatch, but have lower survival rates as… Continue reading Photography of Birds – Set # 105

Photography of Birds – Set # 107

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Set # 107 Ruddy Duck Ruddy Duck Their breeding habitat is marshy lakes and ponds. They nest in dense marsh vegetation near water. The female builds the nest out of grass, locating it in tall vegetation to hide it from predators. A typical brood contains 5 to 15 ducklings.  Pairs form each year. They are migratory and… Continue reading Photography of Birds – Set # 107

Photography of Birds – Set # 109

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Set # 109 Laughing Gull Laughing Gull It breeds on the Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Northernmost populations migrate farther south in winter, and this species occurs as a rare vagrant to western Europe. The laughing gull’s English name is derived from its raucous “kee-agh” call, which sounds like a high-pitched… Continue reading Photography of Birds – Set # 109