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  1. The fall "western" immature,non breeding,can be pretty dull as they migrate through... https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Palm_Warbler/id
  2. NOt sure if it is,but,there was a tundra bean goose in Pa about that time....was quite the rarity,lots of peeps saw it...
  3. Looks like a Broad winged to me, but I suck at identifying anything..LOL
  4. Heres a snappy head shot of a male... one of the few times I nailed the exposure on them
  5. Heres a pretty good look at a first year vs second year bird that i took in the spring, the first year is on the right,second year on the left, my flickr page link is in my sig, I have lots of eagles in my stream.. @kevin, I am working 7 days a week and have no time to shoot,I missed all spring migration and right now looks like fall will be out also....sucks , because I use photography to destress...
  6. I would call it a second year bird,lots of white on the belly.Beak has plenty of purple/black on it also ,... Its not unusual for Immature bald eagle's to play with one another, they form hunting parties and will use each other to tire out prey. In the winter here in jersey they have roosting areas were you can find upwards to 30/40 immatures together.
  7. So many things I could tell you, let’s start with steadiness, most peeps who take clean crisp images start with a mono or tripod, the steadier you are the better your pics will be. Even leaning the camera on a fence or car will help you. The next is distance, taking a pic of a small bird a hundred feet away and expecting it to be sharp when you crop it is crazy. The farther away the bird the less you can crop, so I always say, get as close as you can, that doesn’t mean bothering or frightening the bird, most birds have a limit to human interaction, but some birds have become acclimated to people and will not be frightened by your presence, parks, local hangouts, beaches, stuff like that can provide excellent places for closeup shots.Next, know your equipment, I shoot with a d500 myself and it’s a great camera, but like all crop sensors it has its limitations. Light is your friend , high iso is your enemy, higher iso will result in lower quality images, even with the topaz suite , it’s hard to sharpen high iso images. Slower shutter speeds will help with iso as long as the camera is steady, higher shutter speeds are great if you have the light, I try not to take flight shots if I can’t get at least a 2000 shutter speed... the best advice I ever got was to practice. As you learn the camera and settings you will find what works for you and what your trying to take pics of, links to my flickr page and Instagram are in my sig below, most of the pics on Flickr for the last year or so were with a d500 and 600f4, before that it’s mainly a d500 with a nikon 200-500. I am unfortunately on a bit of hiatus shooting, work and family have me too busy and it kills me to miss spring migration but stuff happens, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask...
  8. The one on the right looks like a immature or female surf scoter to me...
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