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lonestranger

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  1. Sorry, I thought that had already been determined. Yes, your hawk is a young Cooper's Hawk.
  2. It's probably one of my better bum shots, but it was ALMOST a good shot.
  3. It means that your bird has wings that are too short and a tail that's too long to be a Red-tailed Hawk.
  4. I should have also mentioned that a tripod AND burst mode are recommended for GIFs like the rabbit. The more frames you can capture, the wider your options are when deciding the sequence, which doesn't necessarily have to be in the same order the photos were taken. You can also use the same image in multiple locations within the GIF or repeat the same image multiple times to simulate a change in speed. As an example...if I capture two, (or more), shots in burst mode with a bird perched on a branch and one shot has the bird looking left(L) and in the other shot the bird has turned it's head to the right(R) I can use those two shots to make the bird turn it's head L(left) and R(right) and keep it simple, a bird turning it's head L,R,L,R,L,R,L,R....etc. I could also get creative and have the bird look L,R,L,R,L,R,L,L,L,L,L,R,L,L,R,R,R,L,R,L, or any other arrangement I wanted to make the bird seem more animated, if that makes sense. Now, having said that, burst mode is not always necessary, as you can tell by the GIF of the Nuthatch transforming into a Chickadee and back again just by turning it's head back and forth. In that case I had the camera set up on the tripod and was shooting birds all around the yard, it just so happened that the two birds had posed on the same perch, which left me with two very similar shots taken minutes apart. You'll notice the branch doesn't line up perfectly from one shot to the next and the lighting changes, but it was close enough to have some fun with.
  5. I made an animated GIF file using multiple still shots. All you need is two or more shots that are framed the same way, (think tripod) and software that combines the images into a GIF. For this GIF, the rabbit had been eating dandelion leaves and I just kept shooting after the leaves were gone. I took dozens of shots and picked a handful of the them and played around with the sequence and timing until I ended up with a rabbit that looks to be talking. There are various websites that allow for making GIFs online, or you might have to download software if you don't already have it. Photoshop can be used to make GIFs and some other photo editing programs may have that ability too. There's lots of tutorials on youtube for making GIFs, just be aware that some of the programs are designed to work with video files instead of still images. Here's a simple GIF with just two photos.
  6. This guy is doing his best impersonation of a laughing gull.
  7. If memory serves me right, the white on the tip of the tail feathers is subject to wear so it needs to be used cautiously as a field mark. I think it's one of those timely features that can be helpful if interpreted properly but is most accurate when the tail feathers are new.
  8. The Juncos are still hanging around here. *sigh* Wish I had some new arrivals to report but it looks like the other birds are waiting until the Juncos leave before they show up.
  9. Here's a tip for shooting birds on the ground. The closer to the ground you can get the camera, the better the photo usually is. Even crouching down a bit can give you a better angle on the bird than standing straight up, but getting down to ground(bird) level usually makes for the best shots. That's not always practical depending on the circumstances, but when time and location are cooperative, getting down and dirty can provide for some great shots. https://www.maxwaugh.com/2016/10/19/getting-down-and-dirty-photographing-wildlife-from-low-angles/ Nice shot BTW.
  10. Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and he'll steal your fishing spot.
  11. So what rules out a female Coop's or male Sharpie?
  12. I thought you were getting dinner for two.
  13. I couldn't come up with anything other than, Awwwww for your photo. They were just too cute for a caption...wait there's my caption, Too cute for a caption.
  14. There's a big difference between a hunter and an idiot with a gun, hunters know what they are shooting and don't pull the trigger if there's ANY doubt. Unfortunately, there's no way of telling if there are hunters or idiots with a gun out in the field until after someone gets shot, dress accordingly.
  15. Yes, this is a female Red-winged Blackbird, which is often confused for a sparrow.
  16. I have a different opinion about cryptic responses, I think they're frustrating. I don't understand why Tony couldn't have explained the bar chart in his post, the way @Hasan and @Trevor L. did in their posts. As it was pointed out, there was no need to complicate the answer with bar charts and links when a few words could have explained it quite simply.
  17. Great shot @Doug Herr. What shutter speed did you use to capture the motion blur? Was it an attempt to freeze the wings with a fast shutter speed or intentionally slower shutter speed to capture motion blur?
  18. Sorry, I forgot about this. My caption would have been... Are you gonna share or not. Although they were all good, I have to give this round to @xpoetmarcr,
  19. I was trying to be funny and tell you what you wanted to hear, while at the same time trying to tell you that the birds aren't Sandhill Cranes. Sorry.
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