Aerie…

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This eagle’s nest (aerie) is about 60 feet up in a tall tree. The nest is huge, at least 4 feet in diameter. In order to get an angle which allowed me to see the eaglet pop his head up I had to get about 200 yards away. The photo is extremely zoomed in so is not really sharp. This nest is on the Arkansas River near Tulsa.

Update: This is not really a young eagle, but actually one of the parents probably tending an egg. Here is a video which shows the same nest with the mom and dad changing places.

Stuff of legends…

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The Perkins building in Coffeyville, KS, dating to 1871, is most famous for the events that took place on October 5, 1892. On that day the members of the notorious Dalton gang decided to try to outdo the Jesse James gang by staging a broad daylight robbery of two banks simultaneously. The Condon bank was in this building and the First National was next door. Since they were known in town, the Daltons wore fake beards. Unfortunately for them, they were still recognized and some of the citizens and lawmen were arming themselves while the robbery was in progress. The resulting prolonged gun battle left four gang members dead as well as several townspeople shot. You can read their story here and even see a photo of the bodies. Several movies have been made about the Daltons.

House Finch…

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He loves sunflower seeds. The industrial strength beak is perfect for cracking seeds. His girlfriend is behind, being shy.

Drip…

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If you zero in on a melting icicle and examine the droplet closely, you may find another world where everything is upside down. I’ve been wanting to get a shot of this lensing effect for quite a while. I’ll try it again this spring when there are some nice flowers or something.

Hold the gravy…

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I had some leftover biscuits which the Red-bellied woodpeckers really went for. This one would keep flying off with pieces which he would poke into the crevices of trees, presumedly to feed on later when times get hard.

Harlan’s Hawk…

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I believe this is a Harlan’s Hawk, due to its coloration. Some experts consider this to be a sub-species of the Red-tailed Hawk, others think it is a separate species. First described by John James Audubon in 1829. He referred to it as Falco Harlani (after R. Harlan, a physician and naturalist).

Style…

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I was near the Tulsa airport and heard an unusually loud aircraft on final approach. I looked up to see this very odd business class airplane and was able to get a quick shot as it went overhead. It’s hard from this angle to tell which direction this thing is going! After some research I find that this is an Italian made pusher type turboprop, namely the┬áPiaggio P180 Avanti II. Not surprisingly, one of the principal owners of the company is named Ferrari. This baby will carry up to nine of your favorite business executives to the corporate hunting lodge in style, cruising around 463 mph at 41,000 feet. About $6 million will get one for your very own. Truly a unique design.

Dappled Bison…

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Tulsa has it’s sponsored penguins on many street corners which benefit the city zoo. Bartlesville started this campaign of buffaloes which you see in several parts of the city. This one is for the Kiddie Amusement Park. The park has been in operation for 70 years and is still growing.

TV Rescue…

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A friend asked me to help him repair his flat screen television. He had sent in in to the factory a year ago when it died but they kept it a couple of weeks. When it went belly up this time he found an online discussion where they indicated that a common problem with this model was one of six transformers going bad. He found an online store that had this $6.00 part and wanted to see if I could take out the old and solder in the new part. I was able to identify which one was bad and replaced it. Took about 30 minutes. The internet is a wonderful resource! Anyway, it gave me a chance to practice some macro photography. By the way, the picture is quite a bit larger than the actual part.

Aloe vera…

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This succulent plant is thought to have originated in the African Sudan. It is known to have been used for its medicinal properties since nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, many wild and fantastic claims are being made for its usage…everything from diabetes to herpes. While these claims are mostly dubious, its effectiveness in treating minor burns and skin conditions is pretty well proven.

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