Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

This week’s photo challenge is: Scale. Oh, I knew I would have fun with this one. Nature is full of interesting differences in size. And then there’s the effect of perspective, where nearer objects appear larger and distant objects smaller. Here are my entries for the week.

Either this is a Condor in a giant’s hand or, it’s a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird while being harmlessly banded for migration studies.Β This juvenile’s ruby throat isn’t fully formed yet. He later flew away unharmed.
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American White Pelicans together with Laughing Gulls. The Pelicans average about 20 lbs. The Gulls average 10 oz. That makes the Pelicans 32 times larger than the Gulls! There are three more species of birds in this pic. One is hard to see because the photo size has been reduced. Two others are clearly visible. Can you identify them?
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Okay, so Pelicans are BIG! So Seagulls must be small, right? They’re actually kinda big birds. Here’s a Laughing Gull (juvenile plumage) beside Least Sandpipers. The Sandpipers average 0.9 oz compared to the gull’s average 10 oz. That makes the Laughing Gull 11 times larger than the Least Sandpiper!
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Uh…yeah. Despite their size, Hummingbirds are pretty bold. This one was harassing a Red-Shouldered Hawk. David and Goliath in the bird world.
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Not all ducks are the same. At top: Gadwall, At right: Bufflehead (F), At bottom: Bufflehead (M), At left: American Coot.
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T-Rex’s are big, but when they’re the size of a hotel, well that’s just disturbing.
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Look for more photos answering the week’s challenge right here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/scale/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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11 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

  1. julie says:

    These are amazing! you know so much. =)

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  2. Debbie Smyth says:

    I adore the first shot – so cute, and absolutely perfect for the challenge πŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      πŸ™‚ When I saw the challenge, I knew immediately a few pics I wanted to include. That’s one of them. I’m just glad this guy had clean fingernails. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. afairymind says:

    Wonderful pictures. That first shot is just brilliant but they’re all great illustrations of scale. πŸ™‚

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  4. Lyn says:

    That first one really shows the difference between the little bird and the big bad human πŸ™‚ I’m glad the little one flew away safely. The gull looks as though it could swallow the Sandpiper in one gulp.
    I wish I could take wonderful photos like this.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Lyn! Luckily, Seagulls don’t eat other birds. The Human was actually rather kind. He was quite gentle with the hummingbird. The idea is to track the mysterious hummingbird migration patterns, so it wouldn’t do to harm it in any way. Thanks so much, Lyn. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. πŸ™‚

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  5. pattisj says:

    These are great. The gull and sandpipers is my favorite! Nice shot.

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