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  1. GracesWarbler

    Sexual dimorphism in birds

    Wonderful examples so far. I like how the male Rose-winged Parakeet looks like it has a a goatee. Here's a female and male Gambel's Quail:
  2. There is a fantastical variety of birds, and some species have notable differences between the males and females. Post your best photos showing these differences. Having both birds in the same photo is great, but not required. I'll start. Here's a male and a female Red-winged Blackbird:
  3. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    It amazes me how birds can manage to eat such large fish! Here's another one from the Phoenix Botanical Gardens. It's a Cactus Wren!
  4. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    How did this story end? I went down to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix yesterday. Good birds there, and some let you get a little closer than normal, probably because they like the plants so much. Here's a lifer for me: a Verdin.
  5. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    From a couple weeks ago: Mountain Chickadee Lesser Goldfinch fledgling Western Bluebird
  6. Yeah, I was curious/worried about it, so I took a close look, but after a minute or so I left and gave it space. I figured it would be best not to crowd it. Hopefully it's growing up alright!
  7. I was birding a couple days ago (October 6) in Flagstaff, AZ, and I saw a tiny fledgling bird on the ground (first two photos). I saw a Lesser Goldfinch nearby (third photo), which I thought might be a parent. Two questions: 1) Is the little bird a Lesser Goldfinch? 2) Is it normal for a bird this young to be on the ground? It could flutter a little, but only fly a foot or so in the air. It hopped around a little, seemed unsure of what to do (but didn't seem too afraid of me), and chirped loudly. Do the parents come and feed birds in this situation? It was such a tiny little bird, so I was a little concerned for it.
  8. GracesWarbler

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    Went out to my favorite birding spot last weekend. Here's a hummingbird. Is it a Broad-tailed (this is in Flagstaff, Arizona)? Here's a female Yellow-headed Blackbird. I've seen a bunch of males (to be fair, they are quite distinctive), but this is my first time noticing one of the females. I'd never seen one of these before. It's a Sora, and it ran off into the reeds practically as soon as I took this picture.
  9. GracesWarbler

    High-altitude Arizona birds near water

    A Yellow-headed Blackbird! Just when I feel like I'm getting a hang on identifying some common birds, the lady-birds throw me off. Thanks. Actually, I'd never heard of a Sora before, before I went looking through the bird book for this one.
  10. Hi all. I went out to a pond near Flagstaff, Arizona yesterday morning. The sunflowers were blooming and I saw a lot of birds. 1) This one was clinging to some of the sunflowers. A Brewer's Sparrow? 2) This one was hanging out in the cat-tails near the water. 3) I spotted this one running through the reeds. I only got a quick look at it, and it ran off. Is it a Sora? 4) There were a few of these hanging out in the sunflowers. Is it a lesser goldfinch? 5) This one was also in the sunflowers, but I saw it earlier than the one above. It looks like the same species as 4, but 4 looks yellowish while I don't see as much yellow here, but maybe that's just me. Is it also a Lesser Goldfinch? Thanks!
  11. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    That is a magnificent and stately bird.
  12. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    Thanks! I'll definitely keep working on it. For now, how about some yellow! (Yellow is one of my favorite colors, so I'm glad some of the birds decided to hang out near the flowers.) More yellow, for good measure:
  13. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    P. S. In regard to the Osprey photos above, does anyone have tips for keeping flying birds in focus? I really wish I hadn't missed the focus on the bird above, but I took about ten photos of it and none of them are completely sharp. I'm using Nikon's auto servo autofocus, which is supposed to switch between single-servo and continuous-servo as appropriate. I've also been using a single autofocus point and trying to keep it centered on the bird. My aperture is wide open, which I guess isn't helping either. Should I be trying a different focusing technique (e.g. continuous-servo, dynamic-area instead of single-point, and/or smaller aperture)? I've seen some fantastically sharp flying birds in this thread!
  14. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    I've recently been enjoying watching Osprey fish. They slowly circle overhead and, once they see something, they stop circling and begin descending. Slowly at first, then quickly into the water. It's interesting because you can tell when they see something, just by the way they fly. This one seemed interested in me too. I wonder what it was thinking as it flew by, watching a person on the ground staring up at it.
  15. GracesWarbler

    Share Your Best Photo of the Day

    How close did you manage to get for this shot? After wanting to see one for nearly a year, I finally got a look at some Black-crowned Night Herons! This was in the evening, but there's a lot of grain. Anyone have tips? The first one was shot at 1/200 second, wide open (f/6.3) and 6400 iso. That's a very high iso, but I feel like the shutter speed was already a bit low as it is. The second was 1/60 second, but that was after I'd gotten my tripod out. Is the best solution just to go out when there's more light?