Winged Wednesday 11/20/2019

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  1. Eric Gofreed

    Eric Gofreed Well-Known Member

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    I have two photos for today’s Winged Wednesday. The first photo is a White-line sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) and the second is a Water-Boatman. The White-lined sphinx moth hoovers over flowers much like a hummingbird earning the nick-name, Hummingbird moth.”

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    The second photo is the common Water Boatman. Regrettably, his wings are not visible. The boatman was captured in my pond with a net, rinsed with distilled water a few times then placed in a wine glass with filtered distilled water for the photograph.

    Boatman bugs make the jerking movements during swimming with their long, hairy and oar-like hind legs. This Boatman is up-side-down. Water Boatman are true bugs, they have long spiked mouth parts for puncturing and sucking prey. I don’t recommend handling these bugs because their bite is as painful as a bee sting.

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  2. AlanLichty

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    Beautiful shot of the sphinx moth with the wings stretched out for display. I can't say that I have ever spent any time studying insects like the boatman before so I learned something new this morning. Sounds like I should keep my distance if I should encounter one.
     
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    Yesterday was a bit on the gray side but I decided to shoot anyway and got a twofer with a seagull and a black oystercatcher perched on the rocks along the shore.

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    Thanks for starting this Eric. That moth looks like a bird at this size. Great work as always.

    Here is a shot of an adult Grebe carrying one of its little ones on its back as the other sibling paddles alongside.

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  5. Littlefield

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    Here you go mixing it up.
    Dash Aerosports L-39 Albatross, and its named for a bird. LOL
    Don

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  6. AlanLichty

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    Nice job of panning for that shot. Nothing says that the wings in this thread need to be able to flap :)
     
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  7. Eric Gofreed

    Eric Gofreed Well-Known Member

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    impressive photography, Alan
     
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    A few wings here...

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  9. Eric Gofreed

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    Applause!!! Great shot of the grebes. Eye-level and exquisite details
     
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    That's a wonderful photo, Kyle. Exceptional work!
     
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    I was expecting more planes and I am so please you posted this awesome photograph. Highest compliments, Don
     
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    I don't know where they came from, although I suspect the city water supply, but a couple years ago I found two of those boatman bugs in my pool right after filling it. When I scooped them out with the net and threw on the ground they were making very angry hissing noises. I didn't even know what they were until I looked them up.
     
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    Burrowing Owl.

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    Very nice Douglas. Fun to see one of these guys off the ground and on a perch.
     
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    Playing It Coy...……..

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    Your basic backyard buddy...

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    I know there is a Gaggle of Geese... but is it a Daggle of Ducks?

    I shot this today in New Mexico.

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    Ha ha Done! Well, someone had to do it some time, so I am glad it was a cool one like this. :)
     
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