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  1. 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...
  2. Looks like a Broad winged to me, but I suck at identifying anything..LOL
  3. Heres a snappy head shot of a male... one of the few times I nailed the exposure on them
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. The one on the right looks like a immature or female surf scoter to me...
  8. Yes... I see many at a rookery here in jersey, and the plumage varies considerably this time of year..
  9. Finally an ID we can all get behind....
  10. another short eared owl, here it is april and they still are here...crazy
  11. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/salmonella-infections-eight-states-linked-wild-songbirds-cdc-says-n1262868 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate salmonella outbreak that the agency believes may be linked to wild songbirds and bird feeders. Nineteen people in eight states have been infected with salmonella, bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps from six hours to six days after exposure, the CDC said Thursday. They range in age from 2 months old to 89 years old, according to the agency. "Epidemiologic and laboratory data show that contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders is likely making people sick in this outbreak," the CDC said. Infections have occurred in California, Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Kentucky. The first cases were reported on Dec. 27, according to officials. So far, eight people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. In Oregon and Washington, the salmonella found in sick or dead pine siskins, a songbird species noted for its yellow-streaked feathers, was closely related to the one found in infected people, according to the CDC. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in February it was "inundated" with calls from residents who reported sick or dead pine siskins, which were found to have salmonellosis, the disease caused by salmonella Birds can contract the infection when they eat food, drink water or come into contact with objects like bird feeders contaminated with an infected bird's feces, according to the department. Infected birds "often appear weak, have labored breathing, and may sit for prolonged periods with fluffed or ruffled feathers," the department said. The CDC recommends people wash their hands after touching wild birds, bird feeders or bird baths. The agency also advises people to clean and disinfect bird feeders and bird baths weekly or when they are visibly dirty. Most birds die within 24 hours of infection, while most people recover without treatment. Some severe cases can require hospitalization and antibiotics.
  12. Thanks, the black head cap is just stained also?
  13. Taken today in south jersey, probably just a black duck hybrid but the coloring is crazy,not sure if the coloring is stained feathers from feeding or natural
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