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lonestranger

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  1. No, Pixelmator is not free, it's a reasonably cheap Mac alternative to photoshop type programs. There are free photo editing apps that can do the same things though. I believe Gimp https://www.gimp.org is still rated one of the best and Paint.Net https://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html is another free one. Take note that Paint.Net is the name of a program, not the URL of the website.
  2. I'm curious how people are using the" Like" button now that there's an unlimited supply. I have never been overly generous with my "Likes", in fact, I seldom ran out of likes before the limit increase. There has always been far too much good content posted on the website for me to like everything worthy of a like. So, instead of using up my daily quota of likes, I would only like posts that hit a chord with me for one reason or another. I'm not sure my habits will change that much now that there's no limit because I always considered the "Like" button to be used for those special posts, and not to be tossed around casually. So, I guess I am curious how others decide what to like and how they use their unlimited likes. Do you like someone's post if your name is mentioned? Do you like someone's post if they voice agreement with you? Do you like a post because of a great photo or does it have to be a photo of a great bird to get your like? Do you like a post because the info/ID provided is accurate? Do you like a post just because no one else has liked it and you don't want anyone to feel left out? Do you like almost every post you read just because you can? Do you like explaining what you like? Go for it. 😁
  3. I haven't been out with the camera much this winter so I have been revisiting photos from the past and reworking some of them. I blurred the background a bit on this shot from 2013 so that the branches were less of a distraction. I like the results much more than the original and since it was so easy to do, I thought I'd share the procedure. I used the Quick Selection Tool of my photo editor(Pixelmator) to select the Wood Duck. By setting the Selector size towards the minimum, I was able to select small sections to add or remove parts of my selection as needed. Using the shift or alt keys while making the selection usually adds to, or removes, the selection in most photo editors. I suggest clicking repeatedly with the shift and/or alt keys to add small sections instead of trying to do the selection in one go by clicking and dragging over the entire thing. If over selection happens, and it usually does for me, I can always use the Undo command in the Edit tab. Once I had selected the bird I went to the Edit tab and used the Invert Selection command so that everything but the bird was selected. I now had the entire background selected and used the Gaussian Blur tool to smooth the background and make the tree branches less distracting. I used Invert Selection again to select the duck and tweaked the sharpness just a little bit. I then exported the image to my testing folder and opened it in another viewer. The entire process took less time than it took me to type this out explanation. I know many people can't be bothered with post processing, but if you play around with your photo editing software you can create something very artistic or maybe just lessen a distraction so your subject stands out a bit more. Disclaimer:) I am NOT an expert at photo editing and do not strive for perfection when I do edits. I mostly stumble through and learn as I go from experimental trial and error. Before After
  4. Welcome to WhatBird @Pegger. Nice photos of a nice bird.
  5. How's your bowling score? I suspect auto correct put a b in front of owling, but maybe your bowling score is worth mentioning.😁
  6. Size can be very deceiving in photos like this. Birds can appear larger when they are closer than other birds they are being compared to. In this photo, I can't tell which bird is closest or which is furthest away. In a two dimensional photo it's hard to determine if one bird is bigger than the other birds or if it just looks bigger because it's closer than the others. A crow can appear the same size as a raven that's further away, or the crow could even appear larger than the raven if the raven was far enough away from the closer crow. Size matters but it's hard to judge, probably more so in photos than in the field.
  7. When they said, "may the wind always be at your back", I didn't think they meant until my back feathers were out front.
  8. I just realized I haven't contributed any of my critter photos to this thread. Here's a few of my favourites. After an afternoon of hiking the trails and hand feeding the birds 10 years ago, we spotted this young coyote on the drive home and realized it wasn't alone. My brother was kind enough to pull over and let me out of the truck to get a few shots of these white-tailed deer back in 2013. I don't think I have seen more than one deer at a time since them.
  9. So just to be clear, BN#2 birds every single day for 5 years, and has a list count that is 2 less than BN#1's count???...That window must provide a pretty good view. *wonders if the nature channels on TV sometimes gets confused for a window...says nothing, and whistles innocently* 😁
  10. Spinning Woodpecker. Pileated woodpecker. Back-headed Woodpecker. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Red-bellied Woodpecker
  11. There was a time when I would salute myself in the morning too.
  12. It's been a while since I've I gotten a shot of Pine Siskins, and even longer since I've gotten a good shot. This one goes back to 2009.
  13. Here's a prime example of how we sometimes read things differently than they were written. 🙃
  14. Does this lipstick make my mouth look big?
  15. What's this?...No photos of the house sparrows???? I don't usually point my camera at them either.
  16. By shortening the time frame, I think you'd be short changing those people that might not have a photo of a particular bird and could otherwise use the whole week to try to get a photo of the desired bird, or get a better photo if they already have one. Just my thoughts.
  17. I printed the ABA checklist and ticked off the birds I knew I had ID'd just to see what kind of count I might have in comparison to others that were talking about their life list numbers. I can't be certain of the number at the time, I think it was 172 but I didn't write it down or keep the checklist so I can't be certain. I did this once, and only once, and that was close to 10 years ago. I have no interest in using eBird to document a list for me. My interest in birds is in watching them, not counting them or listing them. I guess I am what most birders would call a bird watcher, which is a title that accurately describes how I enjoy the birds. To me, lists add a competitiveness to birding that takes away from my enjoyment. Just my spin, which I have said before, isn't always the popular view.
  18. Perhaps, in the future, gradually showing a little bit more of the bird instead of revealing the ID all at once might be more helpful/educational, and more fun, for those eluding IDs. Just a thought.
  19. If "our age group" is the one where you feel older than you are and always thought the aches and pains you're suffering were for older people, then yeah, I'm in that age group.
  20. You crack me up @Charlie Spencer. I don't know what you put in your coffee this morning but it definitely made me laugh. Hmmm, maybe it was what I put in my coffee that made me laugh...ummm, *said in my best Rosanne Rosanna Danna voice*...Never Mind.
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