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  1. 11 points
  2. Ok, I finally got to drawing it. Hopefully someone else also enters.
    7 points
  3. Finally finished, I think. Color pencil, on 6 x 8 paper
    6 points
  4. This is probably going to be the biggest checklist submit ever in this thread (at least in the US). An 150 species day! Amazing fallout at S. Padre island. Have a lot of photo editing to do later. https://ebird.org/checklist/S107525833
    6 points
  5. # 345! American Golden-Plover!
    6 points
  6. Before: After: Notice how I removed the blue color cast from the leaves and the bird.
    5 points
  7. Almost better than a mirror! (thanks @Charlie Spencer for making me aware of this topic) https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437748731
    5 points
  8. 5 points
  9. A friendly Willet https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437367331
    5 points
  10. Grasshopper Sparrow!
    4 points
  11. This is extremely variable and is not reliably used in the field with the exception of birds on the far end of the spectrum. Aside from individual variation, dowitcher bill length varies by sex.
    4 points
  12. Two from this morning https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437793431 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437793441
    4 points
  13. Indigo Bunting vs Blue Grosbeak
    4 points
  14. 4 points
  15. I think these can go here! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437749861 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437751231
    4 points
  16. Egret twofer - Great & Cattle
    4 points
  17. Finally managed to get photos of a Calliope Hummingbird from my patch. They're quite rare in the county, and my patch is definitely the best place to look for them. They're very hard to photograph though. I only saw 24 there before I managed to get a photo of one!
    4 points
  18. Sounds like a Long-tailed Duck to me
    4 points
  19. I took this photo almost a month ago, but my life has been incredibly hectic and I'm just now going through the photos I took that day. I simply love the subtle colors surrounding this Black Phoebe.
    4 points
  20. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437443121
    4 points
  21. 3 points
  22. Scarlet Tanager at South Padre Island https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437953501
    3 points
  23. Hey @Connor Cochrane, you see that Alex Lamoreaux just found a Kelp Gull at the Brownsville landfill? Just wondering if you’re still in the area and wanted to chase or something.
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. "Good" as in a rare bird.
    3 points
  26. 3 points
  27. What 60x, if I may ask? I've birded with only a camera when I've had no choice. It's definitely not my preferred method, but ... Start with your camera already zoomed about halfway in. When you see the bird with your eyes, notice prominent branches, rocks, or other features nearby. Keeping your head still, bring the camera up to your eye. Look through the viewfinder for those features you picked. Once you find them, then finish zooming and shoot. Practice with slower birds - herons and egrets are great subjects. If your camera has digital zoom, use it to magnify the bird beyond 60x. Digital isn't worth much for pictures but it's good for looking for large field marks. But there's no way around warblers, kinglets, and many other fast movers being difficult to observe with a camera. If you have $150 available, consider a pair of 8 x 42 binos. B&H or Adorama have great, affordable used gear. It's much faster and easier to find a bird with binos; they're made for it and cameras just aren't. You can get more recommendations than you'll need if you start a discussion in the Equipment forum.
    3 points
  28. Pectorals, bigger than the least and the they’ve got yellow legs.
    3 points
  29. I like what you did there ?
    3 points
  30. My best photo is of my lifer! Flew in at the Banding Station on top of Mt Mansfield. Would've been soooo cool if we caught it.
    3 points
  31. Least Bittern at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach FL on April 14 2022.
    2 points
  32. First two photos are of a Nuttall's Woodpecker and the last is a Downy.
    2 points
  33. 2 points
  34. Nikon COOLPIX B600. I did a lot of research and decided on the best point and shoot. I got this last summer before I considered myself a birder. I bought it to also photograph other wildlife. I disabled digital zoom so as not to degrade picture quality when at max zoom. I'd rather get better pictures of what I can, rather than miss a few IDs. Appreciate the photography advice. One of these days, I'm going to upgrade to an SLR where I can add lenses, get much better than 60x zoom, and change aperture and shutter speed. I'm hoping to get something that I can comfortably use with a next strap on long walks. I'm most-likely going to stay with the Nikon line when I upgrade, and may ask advice in the equipment forum when the time comes. I'm going to pass on the binoculars for now. Although my nature walks have turned into dedicated birding trips and am always excited to add to my small life list, I'm more interested in getting better pictures of what I can see with my equipment and don't to have something else to carry.
    2 points
  35. This is no doubt a tricky bird. It's at least a SY bird, and it's transitioning to alternate plumage, which makes some of the of the ID features much more difficult, if not useless. That being said, the combination of characteristics including the fact that it's fairly white below (use with caution on birds transitioning into alternate), the uppers are contrastingly dark, it appears that there are spots on the sides of the neck versus barring, the loral angle...combined with range, point to this being a Short-billed Dowitcher, likely griseus, although the ssp. designation is really based on range, not ID features. As as been pointed out before, voice is the most reliable ID feature for dowitchers unless they are in full alternate, or are juveniles. The pattern on the underwing lesser coverts is also diagnostic as far as I'm aware, but this is a feature not often seen in the field.
    2 points
  36. https://ebird.org/checklist/S107307738 Ended up going to a local park, found FOY Pine and Palm Warbler, and Purple Martins.
    2 points
  37. Only a handful of breeding pairs in Vermont.
    2 points
  38. Robin this morning https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437525361 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437525341
    2 points
  39. 2 points
  40. I'll be sharing a lot of Muscovy Duck pics to this thread. Thay are always very cooperative. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437431631
    2 points
  41. A bird I have seen in both Colorado and Florida plus in a variety of habitats including Mountains above timber line and in the Plains including lake shore and short grass plains, road side near grassy plains and tended business park lawns. Photo below above timber line Mountains.
    2 points
  42. I really like the feel to this. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/437141501
    2 points
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