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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. This one was a too close mistake on my part back in 2009. I was walking the edge of a roadside picnic site looking for something to photograph when I heard birds making a commotion and sounding alarm calls. This piqued my curiosity so I wandered towards the sound to see if I could figure out what the commotion was all about. Well, it turns out that I was the cause of the commotion, or at minimum, added to the commotion. I was unknowingly getting closer and closer to this Yellow Warbler fledgling that ignored mom and dad's warning calls while I was misinterpreting them.
  2. Are you saying @The Bird Nuts is a poor artist?...or....
  3. There was more than one oddball in this flock of Canada Geese. Gives a new meaning to, landing gear up.
  4. All I have to do is move a little bit and the nice sharp photo of the branch is ruined.
  5. Welcome to WhatBird, @Lisa NJ. Eastern Towhee was my first thought too. The example in the linked photo might match the orange breast and wing bar you referred to. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/275903281
  6. Nice photos @BigOly, but the bird of the week is Common Yellowthroat.
  7. I only see one advantage to a separate Gull sub-forum, I wouldn't have to wade through all the gull IDs that I have no interest in. Nothing against gulls, it's just that I seldom see them and have no interest in learning the subtle differences for the odd time I do see them.
  8. I have better shots of Common Yellowthroats, but I always liked this shot of a male feeding it's adopted, and much larger Brown Cowbird.
  9. Aw shucks, all this attention is embarrassing.
  10. What's Facebook? Is that a typo that was supposed to be Facebird? Typo or not, I'm not interested in websites with names that suggest getting in your Face.
  11. Wild Turkey was my first thought, but that's just based on the vibe I get from the photo, not because of any discernible ID features.
  12. That is not unique to other birding sites, it happens here on Whatbird too. Some birds are initially misidentified by enthusiastic members that want to be the first to guess the right ID, without knowing that they don't have the skill to do so accurately. Sometimes it's newer birders testing their skill and sometimes it's birders that think they know more than they actually do. The wrong ID is usually corrected, and usually pretty quickly, but I am sure there are occasions when the initial ID is viewed and accepted as accurate without the thread being revisited to see the corrections. I don't frequent other bird forums so I can't say why this one is better than others, but we aren't immune to people making IDs without having any experience or personal knowledge of the bird. Just saying.
  13. This link might help you in your list making decisions, @IKLland. It's the ABA's guidelines/rules for submitting lists, which, unless I am mistaken, are the same guidelines that most serious birders follow when counting or listing birds. I'm not one of those serious birders, I'm a bird watcher not a bird counter/lister, but I'm sure those that are listers/counters will correct me if I'm wrong. ABA rules/guidelines are the standard in the birding community. https://www.aba.org/aba-recording-rules-and-interpretations/
  14. 3(male hoodies in the photo) + 1(not pictured) = 4(male hoodies courting 1 female).
  15. I was just fishing with a hook on the end of a stick when all of a sudden I caught a fish. As soon as I pulled the fish out of the water this Osprey swooped down and took my fish away. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!. 🤥
  16. I am curious @Charlie Spencer, did you get your new camera for Christmas? If so, what did you finally decide on, the P950? How's the manual focus working for you, is it what you were hoping for as far as ease of use goes? Let us know your first impressions, good and bad. I know you haven't had it long but I am sure you've figured out what you really like so far, and what you don't like, if anything. Curious minds want to know. Hmmm, maybe putting an "s" on "minds" is stretching it a bit. 🤔
  17. Welcome to WhatBird, @Peter H. I think you have to download the Photo Sleuth app for iBird but I have no idea how it works. Try this link for more info. https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?app=core&module=system&controller=redirect&do=advertisement&ad=4&key=cacbfda796fa4277a1cb928d6c2dba91047d9dacf04af1b5261da2908ff86c6e You can always upload your photos to the ID forum for help with bird IDs.
  18. I agree, very tough to pick just one photo as my best ever. I have photos with close ups of Owls, photos with Loons dancing on the water, photos with baby birds being fed, photos with birds in flight, photos with birds in fights, photos with birds bathing and splashing, etc., so you might wonder why I'd pick a Blue Jay feeder shot as my best photo ever. Well, some tough choices come down to just one deciding factor....eeny meeny miny moe. 🤪
  19. I agree that Belted Kingfisher's are tough to photograph. I got lucky with this shot shortly after joining Whatbird back in 2009, and have not gotten a decent photo of one since.
  20. This probably my closest closeup, taken back in 2014. 800mm(400mm + 2x extender) from about 12-15 feet away.
  21. I had that combination and loved it. The 100-400mm mark 2 is a beautiful lens to work/play with. I particularly liked the close minimum focus distance of only 3 feet, made it a great lens for frame filling closeups of dragonflies, butterflies, caterpillars, frogs, snakes, and all the other small stuff that you would usually use a macro lens for.
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