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  1. I believe these are Carpenter Ants on this sunflower
  2. Yeah, but I was brand new at birding. I had just taken an ornithology class and one of the assignments was to photograph and identify 30 different species of bird. I enjoyed it enough that I continued after the class. All I had was the snapshot function of a dinky video camera. The crash happened around a time when I was unable to bird and when I came back the new forum was going and I just assumed it had updated.
  3. Sounds like you've never lost your phone...or any of your appendages
  4. The saying "Opposition in all things" clearly includes ducks
  5. Get out of the way, I can't stop!!!!!
  6. I liked @Bird Braincaption best. Well done my friend
  7. WAIT, WISHES! I'll grant you 3 wishes!
  8. its not an animal but this looks like a stealth motorboat, something I've never heard of before. Cape Canaveral a few years ago
  9. Melbourne/Palm Bay. I attended Florida Institute of Technology. I moved there after finishing at BYUI in Rexburg Idaho and before that Oakdale, CA, where I mostly grew up. Now im in South Texas
  10. Me too. We lived in Florida for ~3 years and my wife has never seen a living one. I've only seen a handful of living ones
  11. Hooray! I first heard that phrase from a Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strip. Here's the next photo
  12. Great photos! What are they, Cedar, Birch, Ponderosa, and Grass?
  13. Inability to get the AF to focus on the bird and not on the branches is my biggest annoyance with bird photography (my current camera has no manual focus option). The only remedy I have is to AF on something the camera will allow that is about the same distance away as the bird, hold the picture button down halfway then point at the bird for the pic. Another big AF annoyance is when the bird is almost in focus and the AF decides to go as far as possible in the other direction before coming back. Why?
  14. I've learned a few things to help me get closer to a bird without flushing it (if you don't have a meter long telephoto lens). 1) Most birds, it seems to me, get nervous at my presence at either 10, 20, or 30 yards. Birds used to human presence will let me get much closer. 2) When trying to get closer, don't walk directly towards it or even look at it. Instead, walk straight but at an angle, at a constant speed, and not looking at the bird. I find stopping with my back to the bird for a bit helps de-threat me. Tacking the other direction if you still need to get closer. 3) Using a bush, mound, or other cover to hide your approach helps. This is how I got close enough to photo the Blue-winged Teal below. Actually, I couldn't show myself at all. I had to get right to the edge of the cover and wait for the bird to come around the corner
  15. I can imagine how hard it was, and how many failed pictures it took, to get a photo like this. Well done!
  16. I could have, but since I saw them while birding, put them here. The canyon and the condor are at the same place: Marble Canyon, AZ.
  17. Yeah! This year has had little time for anything but university. In fact I don't even have time right now, but it's Friday and I'm being sluggish
  18. This bird has an interestingly shaped wingspan ?
  19. Yeah, the eyes look fake, which I'm sure they aren't
  20. Correct! Actually, that is a Great Blue Heron. Not sure how you got a mule deer out of that one. ?
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