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Old 07-27-2014, 09:42 PM
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Talking Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

No joke, Kiwi's stunning plumage and charming nature attracted another dinosaur over today (I don't call him the tyrannosaurus K for nothin!), I guess you never know what you'll see in the great Pacific Northwest...

Anyways, me n Kiwi were enjoying a smoothie on the patio and all of a sudden we get buzzed by this utterly MASSIVE flying beast from out of nowhere. I think poor little Kiwi just about leapt out of his feathers (I know a few words of an... inappropriate nature escaped my lips). I rushed Kiwi inside and snagged my camera to capture 'proof' of said "birdzilla". Got covered in stickers since I jumped into the overgrown yard/forest behind the house, but I got some awesome shots! I'm actually not sure what it is, maybe a heron? Whatever it was, I think it was after the smoothie, because it buzzed my head AGAIN while I was photographing it

What I captured flying away from my deck:


I wanted to get his attention, so I started whistling and making kiss noises. This is how birdzilla responded:




He was absolutely massive, and way up a tree by the time I got outside with my telephoto lens:







Buzzed again by the bird from the land before time:


For comparisons sake:
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:49 PM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

Great Blue Heron baby ? Very cool, i bet Kiwi was ducking for cover. I know jake would have freaked out.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:02 PM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

Let's just say one second he was happily on my knee, the next he was trying to crawl up my shirt to get away from it. I wish I had my camera (when will I learn to have it on me at all times???) because it was on the deck for a second.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:13 PM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

wow, that think looks very scary :0 just be glad that that dino didnt grab kiwi
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:16 PM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

WOW! That thing was freakin' huge! No hyperbole there, huh?

Love the pterodactyl comparison photo! Haha!
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:26 PM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

Awesome pictures! I can never get good pics! It looks somewhat like the herons we have here in Ohio...but I've never seen one close up before. Poor Kiwi...that will be a story you will laugh at many times over the years!...Lol. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

Quote: Originally Posted by babybirdie View Post
wow, that think looks very scary :0 just be glad that that dino didnt grab kiwi
I don't think it was a predatory bird, but it was HUGE and very responsive to my calls.

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WOW! That thing was freakin' huge! No hyperbole there, huh?
It was very very large. The biggest bird I've seen yet are hawks and crows, which are about the size of Kiwi. Thats why this flying giant took me by utter surprise. I know big water birds exist, but I've never actually seen one before, and certainly never been in close proximity to one

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Awesome pictures! I can never get good pics! It looks somewhat like the herons we have here in Ohio...but I've never seen one close up before. Poor Kiwi...that will be a story you will laugh at many times over the years!...Lol. Thanks for sharing!
In other news, my neighbors may think I'm bonkers because I was out in a patch of blackberry bushes whistling and making kiss noises and hollering because I wanted it to look at me My legs are all scraped up and full of stickers, but there is no way I was going to let that sucker get away without a photo. Especially since it "started it" Never would have noticed (in the dense forest here) if it was just sitting in a tree, but it came down to say hello.
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

They aren't predatory and captain is right, that's just a baby. Great photos!
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:08 PM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

I was gonna say baby Blue Heron also. The guy looks so fuzzy! He probably just fledged Cute baby Pterodactyl! I love how he flys with legs straight out like the Pterodactyl...
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:28 AM
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Re: Kiwi attracted over a "pterodactyl" today!

I wouldn't say they aren't a predator. great Blue Herons will eat about anything they can choke down. Things i have personally seen them eat,,, snakes,2 lb fish,small turtles, baby sea turtles, baby alligators, small birds,frogs,lizards and even baby quail and ducks.
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