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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. I don't think the Bankers up here are licensed to do that. 😄
  2. Hey guys, it's another birder with a camera. Take cover quick before he can focus on the rest of you.
  3. I'm not sure what name to use, @Charlie Spencer, but I'm considering using a fire extinguisher as a profile pic thinking I might need the protection. *ducks for cover behind the fire extinguisher* 😜 On a serious note, Happiest of Birthday Wishes, @Aveschapines. 🙂
  4. Be careful with @Aveschapines candles, @Seanbirds, with that many candles you don't want the overworked firefighters thinking that there's another wildfire starting up. *ducks for cover*
  5. The Great Blue Heron's dancing skills weren't enough to keep the audience interested in remaining for the entire performance.
  6. I think you are seeing the wire part of the fence, @FlowerShooter, not a part of the bird.
  7. That bird looks an awful lot like cut pieces of wood to me. The strips are too long for any feathers, aren't they? Never mind, what I thought was cuts in a piece of wood are actually branches in front of the bird? Pay no attention to me.
  8. That's a good question, I don't see a bird in the picture myself. If someone does see a bird, could they orient it for the rest of us so we know where the head and tail is in the image.
  9. Two advantages I see in favour of the Tamron 100-400, it's lighter and it has the closer minimum focus distance. I don't think that would be enough to make me choose the much shorter lens though. If you're looking for a birding lens, longer is typically better, all things being equal. The 100-400 is not any faster/brighter than the 150-600, both having F/6.3 aperture at max zoom. If I was spending your money and had to chose between these two lenses for the purpose of birding, I would buy the 150-600 for the longer reach.
  10. To add to what has already been said, the 4th shot with the raised tail shows the outer tail feathers are shorter than the inner feathers, which is another feature to help separate Coopers from the similar looking Sharp-shinned Hawk.
  11. That big mouth gull isn't taking me without a fight.
  12. The ABA Rare Bird Alert seems to support my opinion that birds don't pay attention to range maps or statistics. In the first three weekly reports for June alone there are dozens of birds that have decided that they don't want to follow the scientific norm. https://www.aba.org/rba/ Bottom line to the point I am trying to get across, if someone closes their mind to the possibility of a rarity showing up somewhere unexpected because a bar chart says it has never happened before, they run a good chance of dismissing a possible rarity and never realize it.
  13. Let me start out by saying that I am not trying to be misleading, I am trying to point out that there are exceptions and a blank bar chart does not eliminate the possibility of those exceptions. I can speak from personal experience regarding rarities and range maps, take from it what you like. I can't provide specific dates but about 5-10 years ago, I thought I saw a Painted Bunting in my Southern Ontario backyard. The bird landed on the top rail of a chain link fence right outside my patio doors. I had only ever seen pictures of Painted Buntings before and was pretty sure they weren't in my range but I was CERTAIN that I was looking at a beautiful male Painted Bunting just like the photos I had seen, and it was only a few feet away from me. I reached for my camera but the bird flew off before I could get a photo so I only had a few seconds of viewing this bird. It was easy to verify that Painted Buntings were way out of range so I started looking for more likely candidates. I couldn't find anything that matched the bird I saw but the closest candidate I could come up with was a molting Summer Tanager. I reluctantly dismissed my rarity as wishful thinking and kicked myself for not being able to get a photo. It was months, or possibly a year later when I discovered that a Painted Bunting had been documented wintering in the next county over from where I lived. Did I see a rare Painted Bunting in Southern Ontario the same year that one wintered here? Hindsight tells me that I did actually see a Painted Bunting, range maps told me to dismiss that possibility though, which I believe ultimately lead me to the wrong ID at the time. I think the fact that we know there will be shifts and changes in the graphs and charts is reason enough to be open to the possibility that those shifts and changes can happen before the charts and graphs reflect those shifts and changes. I am not saying to ignore the charts and graphs, I am suggesting that an open mind should be used when interpreting them.
  14. I agree that bar charts can be a useful tool. I'm not sure how a blank bar chart is useful in ruling out a rarity though. There would be no point in looking for rarities if they're ruled out by a blank bar chart, would there? Wouldn't ALL rarities show up as a blank bar chart right up until that rarity is reported and accepted? I am not suggesting that a rarity should be considered in this, or any uncertain ID, but ruling out a rarity based on a blank bar chart rules out the possibility of finding ANY rarities, in my opinion. As it has been stated in different ways before, birds don't follow range maps and they don't pay any attention to past statistics, they are game changers that don't give a damn about our interpretation of the rules or the boundaries of the game we play. 😉
  15. Welcome to Whatbird @Stacey. It looks you have two Dark-eyed Juncos with the second one being leucistic, which is a loss of colour pigment in some of the feathers.
  16. I can swallow a fish this big, or a french fry that big.
  17. I was tracking swallows flying across the field when this deer came wandering through and stopped long enough to pose for a few shots before moving on.
  18. @xpoetmarcr gets the win and gets to pick the next photo.
  19. I was going to suggest the possibility of them growing into the red eye with age but thought I'd better look it up first. My iBird app said juveniles have dark eyes so I checked with Cornell and found the white eyed variant. Definitely a cool bird.
  20. I was curious and had a quick look and found this. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Towhee/photo-gallery/64991931
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