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    Co-Moderator, Photography as Art forum megan's Avatar
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    Predator bird!

    When we were at the Annaberg ruins on St. John, we noticed a few of these small falcon-like birds hanging about. I was able to snap this one - I was sadly sans zoom lens - with my Stylus. It was patient enough to let me get a great one in profile, but only one - then it flew away. We later discovered that at least 4 were nesting in the ruins. I'm sure Paul can tell us exactly what type of taloned bird it is.

    Second is a pelican we watched for about 10 minutes after we hiked down the Reef Bay trail - again on St. John. At one point a seagull piggy backed on the pelican for a minute! Unfortunately, neither Reg or I caught it.
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    simply didn't do enough

    Paul would have suggested climbing the rock scraping every last inch of visisble skin and camping out in one position overnight simply to get a shot of the Caritalofalcon looking thing...and for the Pelican shot you and Reg should have taken turns breathing thru a straw while holding your Stylus above the water line to get the shot...

    Excuses for lack of zoom are so dissappointing especially coming from you...tsk tsk ;)

    BTW still pretty cool shots and I'm still jealous...
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    Yeah but

    There was a bee's nest between me and the winged ones at Annaberg! I'll scrape knees, but I don't mess with bees.

    Reg had his zoom lens, but hasn't developed his photos yet. I promise you AND Paul in advance, should he have gotten a close-up of the pelican, I will post it! He was having trouble tracking the pelican - they dive so fast!

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    clause 1743 article 56

    of the Photographers Rules of Outdoor Shot Engagement Ritualization Manual
    (aka PROSER --not to be confused for prozac) specifically states that when faced with a potential sting from a bee's nest because of the location of the subject matter you must resort to a significant other or other present person to take the shot thus enabling you to move on to safer shots...

    so you are excused... will look for Reg shots...
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    Quote Originally Posted by megan
    When we were at the Annaberg ruins on St. John, we noticed a few of these small falcon-like birds hanging about. I was able to snap this one - I was sadly sans zoom lens - with my Stylus. It was patient enough to let me get a great one in profile, but only one - then it flew away. We later discovered that at least 4 were nesting in the ruins. I'm sure Paul can tell us exactly what type of taloned bird it is.

    Second is a pelican we watched for about 10 minutes after we hiked down the Reef Bay trail - again on St. John. At one point a seagull piggy backed on the pelican for a minute! Unfortunately, neither Reg or I caught it.

    A SEAGULL....... what are those? no such thing, but a GULL piggy backing i would love an image of ;)

    i think your bird may be a FEMALE kestrel , but the size is a bit hard to judge the species from ;)

    YOU DID FINE!!!!!!!! with that camera in hand, BUT bees aren't an excuse ;)
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    'mibad!

    Thanks! The bird [kestrel?] was defininitely no taller than 12". It would make sense that it's a female, as when we turned the corner, we noticed them nesting in some holes in the wall.

    I'll have to look at my pics again - I may have one [alas, from a distance] of the gull landing on the pelican. It was so cool watching the pelican diving for food.

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    well.. 12 inches and DEFINITELY a "falcon".. american kestrel,merlin, eurasian kestrel or hobby would be my guess. I have no clue which of the SMALL falcons migrate/ breed there.

    I would say.. KESTREL is a safe ID though ;) and kestrels do nest in cavities ;)
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    I googled it....

    ...and indeed, kestrels are mentioned as part of the fauna of the US & British VIs. In my perception, they actually looked about 9" high, and that falls right into the size that the website I found said [kestrels] are. I wish I had seen a frigate or two - maybe I did and didn't realize it!

    Thanks for the ID Paul!

    Until my next brush with nature...

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    your specs on size are RIGHT ahhhhhh frigate, maybe next time
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