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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. We don't see Bald Eagles all that often so when I spotted this one across the road this morning, I just had to hobble out and get a few shots. Wish my back had of allowed me to take the DSLR with me, but I was glad to have the extra reach of the super zoom.
  2. I have tried a few remote control apps and just couldn't work with them for bird photography. They come in handy for a remote shutter release when using long exposures on stationary subjects, but, as we all know, we don't use long exposures when shooting birds that aren't stationary. The apps are fun to play with now and then, but they're more of a toy than a tool, in my opinion.
  3. I have dozens of photos of Great Blue Herons, and one photo I've processed a dozen different ways.
  4. Did you by chance take more than one photo? Extra photos can often change an ID from a maybe/probably to an absolutely/definitely.
  5. I agree that it looks like a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It's quite possible he is just migrating through, possibly after fighting severe weather that may have blown him off course.
  6. I don't know how long it would have taken me to find a suitable photo. I started looking but there doesn't seem to be much of a selection between the obvious blurd photos and the impossible to find bird photos in my catalog. ?
  7. I'm lucky if I see a Bald Eagle once or twice a year, and I get photos even less often. This photo was taken from one of the Botanical Garden parking lots approx 10 years ago. After lugging my camera gear along the trails to get long distance blurry photos of the first Bald Eagles to establish a nest along the north shore of Lake Ontario in decades, and then lugging it all back to the car, we were graced with this flyby just before I we got back in the car. The visual in my head is far superior to the image I captured with the camera.
  8. Sometimes you have to create light where there is none/little. Have you considered using flash?
  9. Wildlife has long complained about idiots trying to manage wildlife. Wait, wildlife can't complain, they just get killed off and then someone realizes they might have actually had a role to play in keeping the balance of nature. A prime example is the eradication of wolves in Yellowstone Park and how it changed the ecosystem, and how their reintroduction helped change it back. Let's kill the birds off so they don't deplete the fish supply, after all, it's our right to deplete the fish supply, not the birds!!! *sarcasm emphasized*
  10. This Downy Woodpecker didn't understand what I meant when I asked him to pose for a head on shot.
  11. That's a good question, one I hadn't considered. I know that owls breed earlier than most other birds, but I hadn't considered the variable timing amongst the different species.
  12. This is the solicitation call from iBird/WhatBird that I compared my recording to...any thoughts? https://assets.whatbird.com/api/sound/birds_na_147/sound/7647
  13. Well, my suspicions were off. Since I have heard the Who Cooks For You hooting of the Barred Owl a few times, I thought this might have been the female solicitation call looking for a mate. Thanks for the better ears.
  14. Let me know if this works any better. NightSound.m4a
  15. MJ and I heard a bird last night that we need help identifying. It was calling repeatedly from 8-10pm, when we went to bed, and was calling again/still this morning when we got up at 5am. I have my suspicions but we'll see if those suspicions are supported by better qualified ears. Hopefully the audio file works, the call is faint but can be heard multiple times. North of Waterloo, ON, close to the Grand River. Well that didn't work...I'll try again NightBirdAudio.m4v
  16. The photo that was posted on Oct 21, 2020 is identical to the photo posted above, you must have mistaken when the photo was actually taken. Nice shot, by the way. Posted Oct 21, 2020 Posted Tues. Nov 10, 2020
  17. There's a discussion regarding the posting of photos in the Site Problems and Questions for the Moderator thread, @VRVan. The discussion starts here...
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