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  1. Funky and challenging lighting, but I kind of like how sepia toned this shot turned out to be. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426799811
    12 points
  2. Nothing great, but my first eye level view of a RTHA. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426737271
    11 points
  3. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426785681 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426785551
    10 points
  4. 9 points
  5. Wow, I've never seen one of those before! With those big eyes, it looks like an alien! Here are a couple local birds from northern Arizona this morning: a Western Bluebird and a Dark-eyed Junco. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426736151 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426736041 I feel like I don't have a great grasp on light. I like the lighting on both of these, but I took some others which I felt were well-lighted that I was disappointed with. Is there a "best" light? It was around 10am and there were some thin clouds.
    9 points
  6. Although this thread shows signs of going downhill fast, it's fine to discuss how you use the reactions. It's NOT fine to criticize how other people use them, MUCH LESS make assumptions about their negative (attentions sorry, typo...) intentions because they do or don't click on reactions. They mean very little in the great scheme of things, and are not worth stressing about. Calling people stingy and accusing them of not clicking reactions for nefarious reasons is unacceptable, and if it continues users will be moderated, and we'll lock this thread if necessary.
    8 points
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  8. 7 points
  9. I see a similarity here to an incident in the past where a member was comparing themselves to another member based on what parts of the forum/threads they did or didn't participate in. We ALL use the forums for our OWN enjoyment, in our OWN ways. Comparing how one member behaves and judging them against how I behave, well, we all know that I behave better than everyone else all the time, or at least most everyone else most of the time, so everyone should behave like me, right? 😜 Sorry, I understand being curious about why people use their reactions, or don't use them, but I don't understand why it bothers you because some people get them but don't give them.
    7 points
  10. 7 points
  11. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426971681 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426971691
    6 points
  12. When you have an open wing shot such as the first one, the upperwing pattern is diagnostic. White limited mostly to the secondaries and diffuse in the primaries indicates Lesser Scaup.
    6 points
  13. 6 points
  14. What's the minimum number of reactions someone has to give to not be regarded as stingy? Not everyone comes to a so-called 'social' site to be social. For example, I don't 'Follow' anyone; why bother when I'm going to read the topics that interest me and mostly ignore those that don't, regardless of who posts them. Some folks are here only for information, some to share their entire lives. People have no control over who attached icons to their posts. I don't see why a lack of reaction would be held against anyone, but I really don't understand how many 'Likes' a person has plays into it. If I have hundreds of 'Likes', how is my failure to react more offensive than someone with no 'Likes'? Neither of us is reacting, and I didn't deliberately solicit the 'Likes' others gave me. I'm not sure what 'difference' you're trying to make. Since others don't know what your intention is, I'm positive it goes without notice. Yes, you have. You seem to be finding offense where none is intended. A lack of reaction doesn't mean someone is deliberately snubbing someone else.
    6 points
  15. 6 points
  16. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/427058721
    5 points
  17. Young Anhingas! Sure are crazy looking things compared to their parents, aye?
    5 points
  18. 5 points
  19. I still think it's worth recognizing people for their great photos, but maybe focusing more on people who aren't on the top photos as often.
    5 points
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
  22. Since reactions don’t mean anything, I give them out all the time and I don’t lose sleep if I make a post and don’t get any. I don’t really care if it’s a good post, or an amazing photo, it’s just fun reading and looking at other peoples birding adventures that they were excited enough to share and I want to acknowledge that by ‘liking’ it. I do sometimes get ‘like fatigue’ or whatever and just scroll along especially if I haven’t been on in a while and there’s lots of posts to sift through. Though I always make sure to react in someway to someone who is interacting directly with me to make sure they know I read it.
    5 points
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  25. 4 points
  26. Boat-tailed Grackle stealing turtle eggs. A woman watching was literally crying as momma sat nearby guarding other eggs and was helpless against the thief. I talked some people passing by out of scaring the bird away, as this is how nature is supposed to work. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/427052421
    4 points
  27. 4 points
  28. https://ebird.org/checklist/S105241778
    4 points
  29. Strong mallar stripe, structure, a ‘dirty’ appearance, and rufous eyeline.
    4 points
  30. Hi folks. I’ve taking your advice on getting good views in the field vs bad photos, but only bad photos was the option here. I went on the same trail where I had seen the sparrow the other day, and around 100+ feet away was another sparrow. I didn’t have my scope, so I couldn’t get good looks. Awful photos, is this identifiable to RCSP? Perfect habitat for one, seen here at the top of this. Seen today Orange, Ca. Thanks!
    4 points
  31. The one on the the far right is a Turkey Vulture, the rest are Black Vultures.
    4 points
  32. Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler
    4 points
  33. Posted this pic in another thread several months ago. It goes well in this topic.
    4 points
  34. 4 points
  35. 4 points
  36. I agree with both. The long tail and dark inner wings are good marks for the harrier. Adult female, with buffy streaked underparts? The pale breast and head, not contrasting much if at all with the throat, are good for the the Western Kingbird. Nice shots!
    4 points
  37. It would be HIGHLY UNUSUAL to see an Osprey eating anything other than a fish.
    4 points
  38. Also, Anhingas have straight bills while Cormorants have the hook.
    4 points
  39. 4 points
  40. Yes, a Varied Bunting.
    3 points
  41. I'd have to say yes, there is a best light. It comes a little earlier than 10am though. 😉 While I am seldom awake enough to take advantage of it, the Golden Hour is considered the best light for wildlife photography. It's that first hour after sunrise and can really help add that extra wow to a photo. The same applies to the last hour before sunset but I find the birds much more active first thing in the morning. Getting the birds to pose in the right position to best take advantage of the light is probably the hardest part about getting a well lit shot in the field, a turn of the bird by just a few degrees in relation to the light and camera can make a difference too.
    3 points
  42. Or like this . Posted this in the "Really Cool Birds" thread too.
    3 points
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