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  1. 50 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

    If I was better at photoshop, I would only have added saturation to the bird and left the background vegetation duller so the bird would stand out more.Β Β 

    Using one of the selection tools, like Magic Wand or something similar, will allow you to separate the bird from the rest of the image and apply adjustments to just the selected area. I find that adjusting the brush size appropriately, and using the shift/alt keys to add/remove small sections at a time is less frustrating than trying to select the whole bird at once when playing around with these kind of edits. Inverting the selection will allow you to edit the background while leaving the bird untouched. I explain how I have done similar edits in the Before and After thread, which may,Β  or may not, be of interest.


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  3. 3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me how this bird could be identified from the first photo.

    Lucky guess is one way. 😁 I know, I know, not the answer you were looking for, but it's not a wrong answer. 🀣

    I only know what Audubon, and other sources suggest, <Β "The secret to identifying adult shrikes is all in the face."Β >

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  5. 8 hours ago, Tifford said:

    Red Bellied Woodpecker but the tuff sticks up

    Welcome to Whatbird @Tifford.  Many birds can have a crested look without actually being crested. Birds can raise their normally flattened head feathers at will, sometimes in territorial display or courtship, not just looking crested but sometimes showing hidden features when the feathers are raised. As @The Bird Nuts has already mentioned, it's not uncommon for birds to have bad hair days too, especially in wet weather. In this case, it looks to me like only a few feathers on one side are out of place, almost like he had just scratched an itch and couldn't be bothered to comb his hair afterwards. 🀣

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  7. On 5/28/2024 at 5:11 PM, Birds are cool said:

    Song is faster than it's brother sp. Smaller than it's brother sp as well.


    1 hour ago, Birds are cool said:

    Clue #2. Bird breeds on the eastern half of the US. Very vocal during certain times, but very rarely seen.

    Orchard Oriole?

  8. Male and female Red-bellied Woodpeckers were side by side when they flew from the tree to the feeder at the exact same time, which is unusual, they usually choose different feeders when they both show up at the same time. Then they both left the feeder, with a seed in their mouths, at the exact same moment. Their timing allowed me an equally unusual opportunity for a two-in-one flight shot.





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  9. 47 minutes ago, Galen Frantz said:

    Any idea who/why gulls are banded?

    Researchers band all kinds of birds to help determine all kinds of stuff, including the bird's sex and other details recorded at the time of banding, and future data such as the travel patterns necessary for the always changing range maps. They can also learn the age/lifespan of the bird by counting the years/months between the time of banding and the most recently reported sightings. It's all about learning more, and there's lots of Gulls to learn about and a lot more stuff to learn about them than the few things I listed here. Gulls might not be an interest of mine, but they're still a bird of interest.

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  11. I have gotten in the habit lately of leaving my aging tripod out on the porch where it gets most of it's use. When it's not in use, I just close up the legs and tuck it in beside my chair. It was Monday afternoon when MJ pointed out that there were spiders on the tripod. These cell phone photos show only a small portion of the spiders that I had to relocate, the biggest cluster was tucked up out of sight until IΒ disturbed them, Luckily I had separated the web from the post and moved the tripod away from the porch before the mass of spiders exploded all over the place.





    Here's a shot of some the spiders after the tripod got dragged through the long weeds.


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  12. 4 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

    This will be my first trip to South America, so there will be possibilities for a bunch of lifers

    Having never heard of the majority of target birds on your list, I can't help but think that a bunch of lifers would be more than a possibility for a first time visitor. Hopefully your biggest bunch of lifers comes more from the birds on your target list than the many(1600) other birds not on your list.

    " with more then 1,600 bird species found throughout the small country, Ecuador has the world's highest density of bird species found per acre."

  13. 11 hours ago, dragon49 said:

    My mistake in having deleted all copies of the original RAW file

    I would suggest keeping all the RAW files that you save as JPGs. Over time, as your editing skills improve or your style/preferences change, you may want to rework some of your older photos and that is much easier to do with the original RAW file.

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