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Salt & Pepper

The annal migration of Snow Geese is underway! This was near Eston Saskatchewan last weekend. The darker ones are called the Blue Goose, their darker variant, and I think there are a few smaller Ross Geese mixed in here as well.
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The Hunter
Here's a photo in honour of an active birder and photographer on G+, and the only guy I know with his own birthday hashtag.

May all your hunts be successful, happy birthday +Sumit Sen!
#happybirthdaysumitsen
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Southern Royal Albatross
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The last photo I have for this grouping is a Southern Royal Albatross, also "vulnerable" on the IUCN redlist.
Very similar in size to the wandering Albatross, this 20 lb bird has an average life span of 58 years, when they don't run afoul of careless long-line fishing.

+Threatened Thursday curated by  +Diego Cattaneo +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher #ThreatenedThursday
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Wandering Albatross

Banking into a turn with a wingtip inches above the water, these graceful flyers have a 10 ft wingspan, perfect for flying for days at sea. Compare this pose with the awkward landing photo posted earlier.

+Threatened Thursday curated by  +Diego Cattaneo +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher #ThreatenedThursday
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Salvin's Albatross

Here's a close-up view of the Salvin's Albatross, a very distinctive bird!


+Threatened Thursday curated by  +Diego Cattaneo +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher #ThreatenedThursday
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Salvin's Albatross

These graceful flyers use the energy from waves to boost themselves to a higher speed, and cycle effortlessly in an easy rhythm. They are Critically endangered in New Zealand, but classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN redlist.


+Threatened Thursday curated by  +Diego Cattaneo +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher #ThreatenedThursday
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I'm an Albatross!

First a double splash, then a bounce, then a right , then left, before an ignoble splashdown, these Wandering Albatross struggle a bit with their landings.
They are now on the IUCN redlist as "vulnerable" since they attempt to eat fish caught on long lines. What we can do about it is look for fish caught from fisheries that practice sustainable techniques to lower bycatch.

For  #threatenedthursday  I'm going to post a few Albatross photos from our New Zealand trip last February, if you would like some background music suitable for viewing them, check out the 1970 song from Fleetwood Mac 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Viqr6KHwJjc

If you are into more recent music and feel inclined to run around your room flapping your arms, listen to AronChupa - I'm an Albatraoz 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bznxx12Ptl0&list=RDBznxx12Ptl0#t=11 

+Threatened Thursday curated by  +Diego Cattaneo +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher 
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So I've been challenged to the  #fivedayblackandwhitechallenge thanks to +Sandra Parlow, who let me procrastinate for a day after asking nicely.

Here is a photo for day 1, which I think is a Lesser Adjutant of the stork family, although the chest and forward wing markings don't look right to me. Maybe one of the bird experts out there can check the ID on this? It was circling the canal we were boating down in Cambodia. I see it's listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list due to habitat destruction, and harvesting of eggs and chicks. 
Update: Thanks to +Sumit Sen for the ID of this bird as a Painted Stork, which fits well with our location on a canal on the east side of Tonle Sap lake.

Its also a post for +Threatened Thursday  #threatenedthursday  with +Anette Mossbacher +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis 
No pressure, but perhaps +Anette Mossbacher would like to join the fun with this challenge? 
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And the winner is:

The bird firmly anchored to the tree won this discussion. I'm not sure what started it, but suspect it was a brotherly tussle over nothing, since they both moved on in the same noisy flock after.

Edited: Thanks to +Walter Catlett for identifying this as an Eastern Kingbird and not the juvenile Gray Jay I thought I was seeing.

+BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by  +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide
+Birds GALLERY curated by  +Heinrich Wagner #birdsgallery
+Birds4All curated by  +Walter Soestbergen #Birds4All
+BTP Bird Pro curated by  +Rinus Bakker +Jack Stepanyan +William Joers #BTPBirdPro
+HQSP Birds curated by  +Anja Wessels +Suzi Harr +Mark Rayner +Andy Brown #hqspbirds
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Gray Jay, Whiskeyjack

Here's another view of my lunch buddy from Sunday's Ski to Rummel Lake.

+BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by  +Robert SKREINER #birdloversworldwide
+Birds4All curated by  +Walter Soestbergen #Birds4All
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