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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. I am pretty sure that @Kevin or @Aveschapines would fix the date for you if you asked nicely. I agree that the time travelling typo made for some fun but I think accuracy on the date of the sighting should trump the fun, especially when questioning the age of birds. That's just my thoughts but it's not my post. It's your post @Ken Nielsen, although you can't edit it, you can ask a Mod to help and do it for you, but you need to ask. 😉
  2. This is how some others have been embedding their images from ebird.
  3. Okay, you asked for it. I think there's enough individual variation with Dark-eyed Juncos, and many other birds, that the only way to be sure of any questionable subspecies is with DNA samples. Trying to figure out if a bird fits neatly into xxxxxxxxxxyz or xxxxxxxxxzy subspecies from photos might be entertaining, but I don't think it can be anywhere near conclusive. I also don't think birds can be identified strictly by range either, which makes me think that those questionable subspecies are virtually impossible to ID conclusively. Just my opinion.
  4. Oops, I totally forgot about this. Let's see what I can find.
  5. I once watched a Red-tailed Hawk skewer a cottontail rabbit on a barbed-wire fence. Unlike the shrikes, the hawk didn't return for the meal. This happened totally by accident when the hawk didn't have enough lift to get the rabbit over the fence in time. The hawk was clearly carrying it's maximum limit, or close to it, and only had enough runway to get itself over the fence. It might have gotten away with the rabbit bouncing over the fence if the barbs weren't there to snag it from the Red-tailed's grasp. Just speculating, of course, but I suppose the tree might have been similar to the fence and been an obstacle that a bigger bird of prey might not have cleared with it's prey. I could speculate a few dozen other scenarios too, so...
  6. I really wish I had access to a nice sandy beach right now. I'd build a sand sculpture that looked like the Pied Piper and wait for the gulls to poop on it a few times. Then I could take a photo of a, wait for it....a spotted-sand-piper. 🤪
  7. Same here, @Aidan B, I see 7 blank boxes where photos should have been.
  8. Both Dark-eyed Juncos and Eastern Phoebe should be in your area, @ccb. Dark-eyed Juncos have a lighter coloured bill than the Eastern Phoebes though so you can probably rule out Juncos because of the bill colour. There may be other options based on your description, but I can't come up with any but someone else might have another suggestion.
  9. I think a lot of us noticed that. Welcome back, @Seanbirds, just want to point out that you don't have to like ALL the posts you missed to let us know you're back next time. 😉
  10. They have always waited when someone shows an interest in adding a new drawing. I'm sure they'll wait for your entry if you announce your intent and approximate time required.
  11. I understood the fo' part but I had to google 'shizzle'. Made for a totally different translation than Snoop-Dogg-ese.
  12. Do you have a protective filter attached to your lens, @BlueJay? I ask because of the way the texture (for lack of a better word) of the background looks. If you do have a lens filter attached, I'd suggest removing it and comparing some similarly composed photos with and without the filter. While I like the idea of an extra layer of protection on a lens, I have found that I don't like the effect the filter has on my images. If you don't have a lens filter attached, this won't apply to you but maybe others might consider whether a protective lens is worth it. I was always in favour of attaching a lens filter as soon as I bought a new lens, until I took the filter off and noticed the difference, particularly in the backgrounds. If you, or anyone else, has never used a lens without a filter attached to it, I'd suggest trying without a filter for comparison. I like your edit over the original and think you did a good job. I'd suggest cropping a little to make the bird stand out more though.
  13. I like the the manually adjusted edit. The AutoLevel has just a bit too much saturation(?) in my opinion. The manually adjusted edit might benefit from a just bit more contrast and/or saturation though. This comes from a guy that doesn't really know what to do when editing his own photos, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. On second thought, you might want to keep that salt for de-icing walkways and roadways.
  14. Is that the same "program" that left the "h" out of when? I suggest putting photos on a separate line from any text with a full blank line separating text from photo and/or photo from text. Trying to put photos and text on the same line can cause the "program" to put the photo right in the middle of the text sometimes. 😉
  15. Welcome to WhatBird @Tanager 101. I'm one of the older ones that @PaulK so kindly referred to as "young at heart" (Some might say creepy old people 🤔) who occasionally gets drawn into the young birder's discussions. 🤪
  16. I took the first cell phone photo from the open front door yesterday morning. Notice that there was very little snow on the ground, not even covering the grass or plowed field on either side of the driveway...The second photo was taken from the open back door just after 9am this morning while the snow is still coming down pretty good. I know we aren't getting it as bad as some others, so I hope everyone stays safe and warm. Yesterday's front door view Today's back door view
  17. "I don't think it has been posted but..." who wants to scroll through a dozen pages, with dozens of links on them, to find out for sure.
  18. Photo editors have come a long way since I first started editing photos using the Healing and/or Cloning tools. The software almost always gets it right the first time when using the Healing tool, blending things together as if the removed item wasn't even there. Comes in real handy for removing an ugly piece of garbage, or branches and wires, in what would otherwise be a beautiful setting.
  19. Yeah, I guess the photos aren't all that similar, but it shows the difference of what the ice actually looked like, sort of. The issue with the photo loading must have been a glitch on my end as it is now loading the whole image. As for navigating Flickr, in this case it was simply a poorly worded suggestion of clicking on the image which would just take you to the photo where it's hosted on Flickr for a complete view, if the image here was comprised.
  20. I don't know why but the first image is only partially loading for me. If others have the same problem, clicking through to Flickr will show the rest of the photo.
  21. Here's a prime example of going too far down that rabbit hole we call editing. Back in 2010 MJ and I were up in Algonquin Park where I set the camera up on the tripod with the timer and took a shot similar to the first photo below. I can't find the original photo quickly but the scene is pretty much the same so I am working with similar and not original photos here. The photo shows MJ and I at the shoreline of a small lake with Molly posing with us. Molly passed away in 2011 so I started going through some of her old photos to make a collage as a memorial type thing. My editing skills were in the early stages and I found myself down the rabbit hole with just a few more tweaks to get to that decent photo to be just what I wanted. One tweak lead to another and before I knew it I had ruined the original photo. The landscape, or in this case, the icescape needed a bit of healing, or so I thought. I can't remember if I tried to clone sections of ice or if I tried using the healing brush, but I definitely went way too far. As you'll notice in the second photo, the ice looks wavy in the middle right and the branches I tried trimming on the left of the image ruined the ice beside us. I still like the photo but can't help but think that if I were to try jumping down that rabbit hole just one more time, I just might be able to bring it all together and finally make a decent photo out of it.
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