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    After 35 years of birding... finally got a Henslow's Sparrow(#626) today!!!!
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    Yep, this is what I do sometimes too...if the subject is cooperating and time allows. My husband used to ask me, ''Do you really need 702 shots of the same bird? '' The answer, ''Absolutely! Out of 702 shots, there may be only 2 that are ''good''.'' 🙂 I just have a point and shoot [Olympus SP-565UZ] ...I set my camera to take 5m [2560x1920] photos which will make nice 5x7 photos if you want to print them. It also allows you to crop nicely without too much distortion or graininess. If I do crop a photo it is only to get rid of excess background usually and to make a better composition if I can. But, I always crop to an evenly sized frame 3m [2048x1536] or 2m [1600x1200]. I never just crop willy-nilly...the reason is that if you want to print them sometimes the photos are very poor quality. This is an example of how/why I crop. The original photo is not what I would call desirable. 🙂
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    Ornate Hawk-Eagle from Costa Rica, where I'm spending the summer. Needless to say it's been pretty great.
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    I've had Mourning Doves give me the broken wing routine when I've gotten too close to their nest. But always on the ground.
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    Why do you say this? Pretty sure one can not really age this bird. @Mike Tricolor yeah it certainly looks wet and possibly stunned from a window strike and just hanging on...
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    Kingbird Security.
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    Like others, I tend to not crop unless I am trying for better composition or to hide "ugly" around the edge(s) of the shot. I also do what pictaker mentioned earlier, on flying birds I might crop to give a sort of illusion of movement from one side of the photo towards the other. If a bird happens to be looking towards one side of the shot, I might "move" the bird away from where it is looking. As for closeups, I find it best to not crop because the quality/resolution of the end product tends to suffer. This swallow shot is just "zoom" to get the closeup, but it helps that the swallow landed about 10 feet from me and posed for a few seconds 😄 On the bald eagle shot, I did use cropping to get the shot I wanted. The whole point was getting the talons on an eagle about 75-100 feet away, so I cropped it to better see the talons instead of feathers and twigs 🙂
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    Just sharing. My daughters and I were strolling on Jekyll Island here in Georgia yesterday. A park ranger caught our attention and showed us the plover chicks. They had hatched just the day before! Cute little buggers. I could not get close enough for decent pictures, but at least you can get an idea. Wilson's Plover parent and chick by midgetinvasion, on Flickr Plover adult and chicks by midgetinvasion, on Flickr One day old Wilson's Plover by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
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    Nice shots! I saw 4 chicks and an adult on Hunting Island, SC a couple weeks earlier 🙂 I'd never seen the young ones before and according to Audubon it was the first confirmed Wilson's nest on our island in "several years" which was cool too
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    Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. I still do mine the old fashioned way, write them down in a notebook of My Lifelist. I have been noting for the past few years where and when I get a lifer (which are getting fewer and farther between since I don't get out birding much anymore). So when Creeker IDed it I was able to look it up in my lifelist and had the place and date,(which matched the place and date on the photo info) since it was a lifer for me. I just had failed to tag the photo on my 'puter. I have a few thousand bird photos in my computer files, with the most of them tagged, but still have a few I missed at the time. That's what I was working on when I ran across the untagged photos above and wasn't sure of the ID.
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    Thanks for the ground hog/wood chuck identifications. I did some more checking after I posted and realized this is not a hedge hog. That's what my parents called them so I'll have to let them know what they really are. Big sucker this ground hog!
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    Hooded Oriole by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr
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    I'm only filling my one big feeder once a week with BOS, and they're generally clearing it in a matter of a couple days (it holds about 5 lbs). I've got Grosbeaks, grackles, Titmice, Chickadees, both White Breasted and Red Breasted Nuthatches, various woodpeckers, House and Purple and Gold Finches, and probly more I'm forgetting right now.
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    116: Chimney Swift.
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    Yes the key word is mostly and shouldn't be only.
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    Cooper's Hawk cooling off in the birdbath today "Come on in! The water's fine!!!" IMG_2113-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr "I've had enough!" IMG_2114-001 by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
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    Why so serious?!? Immature Cooper's Hawk - DuPage Co., IL Quick story on the title as he/she WAS quite serious. I was wrapping up a walk through a local forest preserve walking down a path lined by mostly maples; it's almost like a tunnel (trees 20 feet apart and leaves full, so 12 - 20 feet above). Being a typical bird-watcher, I was looking up. I glanced in front of me and freaked when I see this bird swooping up the path straight in front of me and directly at eye-level. It veered off and up less than 10 feet away! As I checked that my feet were still in my shoes, I noticed this young one in a tree, so I got this shot. As I was trying to get other angles, I was swooped at two more times. I'm assuming my encounter was the parent(s) of this one and left them in peace (and me with clean shorts!)
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    I've been seeing Grey Catbirds around my property for years, but never got the chance to take decent pictures of them. This year I set myself the challenge to do just that. I know there is a tree in my back yard that they like to nest in and I also noticed that they like to feed on those red berries, not sure what they're called. So I set up a little twig from that bush fairly close to the tree in my back yard and waited with my camera. While being out observing and waiting for the birds, I also noticed more catbirds in the bushes right behind my "trap". There must be a lot more catbirds around than I first anticipated. Well, after a couple evenings, I finally got the shot: Please feel free to comment!
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    Blue Heron Fort Worth botanical gardens
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    MN. 6-16-19 It seems like I get to see these guys about once a year, and it somewhat startles me at first. I figured I'd ask what planet he came from but I figure he'd just say their kind just taps into a worm hole, or something - but I don't know that much about space travel, so I just drop it. Looks kind of new somehow.
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    Is it okay if I'm jealous of spending a week in south FL and two more in the southwest?
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    Steens Mountain Mustangs in Oregon
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