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  1. Went out on a solo night hike looking for Screech-owls and ran into this Mottled
    11 points
  2. Eastern Bluebird? Asking if it is, not saying it is.
    10 points
  3. Blue Grosbeak https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620475638
    10 points
  4. I have not seen many of these as they are rare in my portion of Florida though this photo happens to be from my backyard. (You have to love when rare birds show up in your own yard) South Florida they are easier to find. They were also rare in Colorado where I lived previously. This is close to a best for me for certain but I picked it more because it is a favorite. It's in my backyard and it's a two-fer. Two dove species one photo.
    8 points
  5. I think it's a Western Wood-Pewee.
    7 points
  6. These were everywhere in SE AZ https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/619096921
    6 points
  7. 6 points
  8. Typically have to go out to the desert to find them here (which I've only done once so far but intend to do many more times). https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/615455676
    6 points
  9. 6 points
  10. Nelson;s sparrow
    5 points
  11. No words needed... https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620432630
    5 points
  12. Got this one visiting friends in Austin, TX.
    4 points
  13. I can see a lot of fun in this game but I can see where it might get frustrating too. I think this game will require waiting for each question to be answered before the next question can be asked fairly. As an example, if the answer to @Charlie Spencer's warbler question turns out to be a yes, then one of the 20 questions would be wasted by asking if it's a sparrow, which @kansabirdguy has done. The players will need to show some patience here, both in waiting for an answer and waiting for a chance to post the next question, by the time we see the answer we're waiting for, the next question may have already been asked and we may have to wait longer before we get a turn to play/guess. The Game Master answering the questions will also have to pay close attention to the game so that the answers are prompt enough to keep the game moving along at an fun pace. I suggest clicking the follow button for both player and Game Master, but it'd be helpful if the Game Master of the moment followed the game so they are alerted when their answers are needed. Food for thought.
    4 points
  14. 3 points
  15. Working on the feathers ... showing off the red tail
    3 points
  16. If we don't need to ask 'yes or no' questions, my first question is going to be, 'What's the name of the bird we're trying to figure out?'.
    2 points
  17. 2 points
  18. birdie πŸ¦… #758: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  19. birdie πŸ¦‰ #758: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  20. I used that method myself until I got frustrated with situations similar to @Charlie Spencer's, where the camera produced different exposures because of the lighting changes in the background, not because of the lighting on the bird. My thinking at the time was, if exposure compensation increases my ISO up or down for brighter or darker exposures, why am I pushing the exposure compensation button before I increase/decrease my ISO when I can do that without pushing the extra button. Admittedly I botched a bunch of photos because it's harder to get the right exposure with a DSLR than when shooting with mirrorless cameras and the electronic view finders that allow you to see your exposure before you take the picture. The, 'What you see is what you get', feature of modern cameras makes manual exposure much easier for me than it used to be with a DSLR. I admit that I am constantly turning one adjustment or another depending on the setting, but I don't think that's much different than using exposure compensation all the time for the changes in different backgrounds. I can't emphasize enough that our choices for how we set our cameras are personal choices. This is part of the how/why I do things, it's not intended as a criticism of other methods and I hope it doesn't come across that way.
    2 points
  21. 2 points
  22. Here's a pic from a one tree rookery we found Thursday.
    2 points
  23. I’d recommend to never max out saturation, doing that amplified the color cast on the yellow of the bird and made it look super green. It also just doesn’t look that natural imo.
    2 points
  24. This Pine flatwoods hotspot is a treasure! Thirty-four species for the middle of June in South Florida is a great find. This is the most species anybody has reported here since April 7th. I saw five out of the seven Florida woodpeckers, avoided precipitation, and overall had a great time: https://ebird.org/checklist/S181613532
    2 points
  25. What's a $1 bill, Grampy?
    2 points
  26. Didn't use the sound snippet. birdie πŸ¦… #757: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  27. Until I kicked off this discussion, I didn't exposure comp. worked by adjusting the ISO.I never gave it any thought. In hindsight I see that it, combined with auto ISO, caused the lightening and darkening that this . Oh, no; of course not. I've thought of you as a pompous ass long before this thread.
    1 point
  28. 1 point
  29. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620475640 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620475639
    1 point
  30. Didn't you see my special pet rock next to it for comparison Grampy??😊 I usually would use my Leatherman for such things. I am never without it, took it off just for a couple hours yesterday while I was in my brother's wedding ended up reaching for it several times and got asked for it once in that short time. It has actual measurements on it but it didn't cross my mind that it would be useful in this case.
    1 point
  31. BRDL 874 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ¦ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have seen this bird, a few times
    1 point
  32. Creative edits can be fun to play with and leave you with some interesting photos when you're done, but at a certain point the photo becomes art and if your art doesn't represent the subject accurately, it shouldn't be used that way. Sharing a creative edit on Whatbird for some fun discussion is one thing, posting a blue headed bird with parrot green coloured belly and under wings and then saying that's what a Great Crested Flycatcher looks like is something totally different. I'd see nothing objectionable about a photo like this on a photo sharing website, but I can see why posting it to Macaulay might not be such a good idea.
    1 point
  33. Agree with @MichaelLong. eBird specifically asks you NOT to do this to photos. I say, have fun with pics in your post-processing platforms, but don’t add them to Macaulay, especially after significantly altering them.
    1 point
  34. Turkey Vulture started circling low over the freshly cut hay field and provided a closer than normal photo opportunity this morning. It got to the point where it was so close at times that it was hard to frame the shot and keep the bird in the frame, so I salvaged a poorly framed shot with a tighter than usual crop.
    1 point
  35. birdie 🐦 #757: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
    1 point
  36. Nice rimlight on this one https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/620446062
    1 point
  37. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #757: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› https://birdiegame.net/
    1 point
  38. Because its parents weren't Gull-billed Terns. 🀩
    1 point
  39. 2 lifers (and photo lifers) in 1 pic. Recent trip to Maine coast. Black scoters and Surf Scoter.
    1 point
  40. I have gotten in the habit lately of leaving my aging tripod out on the porch where it gets most of it's use. When it's not in use, I just close up the legs and tuck it in beside my chair. It was Monday afternoon when MJ pointed out that there were spiders on the tripod. These cell phone photos show only a small portion of the spiders that I had to relocate, the biggest cluster was tucked up out of sight until I disturbed them, Luckily I had separated the web from the post and moved the tripod away from the porch before the mass of spiders exploded all over the place. Here's a shot of some the spiders after the tripod got dragged through the long weeds.
    1 point
  41. American Oystercatcher
    1 point
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