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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. Thanks for pointing that out RobinHood. I had never thought to rewind the video before but very glad I did. The bobbing and weaving at 02:53(as displayed in the bottom of video when you move your mouse/tap the screen) was comical, and it just so happened to sync up pretty good to the music I was listening. That's right, the owlet was dancing to my music for me...LOL Since the owlet that was on the roof last night appears to be gone this morning, I'll have to watch the video through to see when/how he/she got off the roof.
  2. Welcome to WhatBird, @DanInWI. I'm going to toss out the possibility of Brown Creeper. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Creeper/ Edit: Gut reaction based on behaviour but doesn't really match up to the description.
  3. Forgive me for this off topic post, but it's time sensitive and I want it to get as much attention as possible so I'm posting in the most popular forum. The owlets on the Cornell webcam are now outside the nest box and going to be gone from camera view VERY soon. If you want to watch them stretch their wings and enjoy their clumsy beauty, check out the exterior cam before they fly out of view.
  4. I think they are all photos of the same bird, with the exception of the hawk photo. Starting a new thread for extra photos of the same bird would be counter productive, I think.
  5. Welcome to WhatBird, @Xenopia. You should be able to copy and paste your photos right into the message box, at least that's how I've been doing it lately.
  6. We had our first Ruby-throated hummingbird of the season show up this weekend in rural Erin township, Ontario. I was sitting out in the porch with the door open while drinking my coffee on Saturday morning when I heard the distinctive sound of a hummer buzzing by. Sure enough he was looking for the feeders and flowers we had hanging last year. I grabbed the camera and took a quick picture before going out and removing the snow and mixing up some fresh nectar(sugar water). I was looking out the kitchen window this morning and saw him defending his territory and chasing away all the goldfinches and chickadees that got anywhere near him. Always entertaining when watching these little guys, even if you're not quick enough to photograph all of it.
  7. Welcome to WhatBird @Kathleen. If the bird can fly, even short distances, you're best to leave it where you found it. It may still be relying on it's parents for food and while you may not see them around, they'll be looking out for their young. Give the bird lots of space so it's parents won't feel threatened and keep any cats indoors, watch from a distance. This link is very helpful when dealing with young and/or injured birds. https://forums.whatbird.com/index.php?/announcement/3-what-to-do-if-you-find-a-baby-or-injured-bird/ As for the identity of the bird, a photo would definitely help. Young birds can be tricky but a photo, even a poor one, or a good description, will give the members something to work with.
  8. Looks like a hybrid between a hummingbird and the bat signal.
  9. When I had a long lens to carry, I used to rotate the tripod collar so the foot was right on top of the lens out of the way of all controls, and then I could use the tripod foot as a handle for carrying the camera. When the tripod foot was too small to use as a handle, I used a 4 or 5 inch extension plate lengthening the holding/mounting area. When I used a camera strap, attached to the camera, it was a wide deluxe model that I would swing off to the side and then help support the lens with my hand. I prefer the strap attached to the tripod foot, but haven't always been able to connect them that way.
  10. I think Rose-breasted Grosbeak fits better for being at a feeder though, and their song is similar to that of an American Robin. I agree that it's probably a long shot, but we'll see what else @Dave Roper has to say.
  11. My first thought was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Edit: I admit it doesn't match up perfectly but it was a first impression comment.
  12. Perhaps you're hearing young owls still in the nest who are just learning to use their voice and haven't quite got it right yet?
  13. So you DO think that we should all learn the same method as you use. Read a field guide and memorize everything in it, range maps, subtle plumage variations, behaviour, etc. Thanks for your input but I think I will learn from those that include an answer with their helpful tips. You should try it sometime, an answer and how they got it seems to work for most everyone else.
  14. Are these types of responses suppose to be helpful?...Or is it just an opportunity for you to frustrate those of us without your knowledge, and/or those of us that don't have the desire to become as knowledgable as you? Seriously though, do you feel ALL birders should have to learn how to ID birds to the same extent as you before they're worthy of a direct answer?
  15. Just for the sake of discussion, is it possible this is a leucistic Gray Catbird? The dark eyes and tail shape seem like a possible match to these untrained eyes.
  16. Maybe it was named after a romantic encounter???? ?
  17. I suspect that the Barred Owls you're hearing, @tclarkwood, have already taken up a nest and are possibly already raising their young. All About Birds has live nest cams from Indiana with two chicks just hatched on April 11, 2020. With incubation being 28-33 days, that means these eggs were laid sometime back towards the beginning-middle of March. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/barred-owls/ Keep your eyes, and ears, open, you may be able to get a glimpse of the adults flying to and from the nest as they feed any young they might have.
  18. Feeling left out, Melierax? Seriously now, and don't take this personally, but I'd rather not welcome you into the unanswered club, although I think it's inevitable.
  19. After me joking about you getting her gender wrong, yeah you're suppose to know ...before that, well, never mind.
  20. I doubt that @Aveschapines would leave over some silliness arising from accidental hiccups in the forum, but SHE might leave if SHE keeps getting called a he. ?
  21. That sounds awfully Adult like for a young birder's forum. Are you sure you're young enough to still act like a kid? Oh wait, that's exactly what we're doing here, isn't it? ?
  22. @Aveschapines, this is what happens when someone quotes from a quote instead of quoting the original content.
  23. Okay, I admit that I might have exaggerated a bit there. The theory is to set a base exposure using a mid-tone subject, something that's not bright or dark. When you change your aim to something that is brighter or darker than your base line, it will appear brighter or darker in your photo but hopefully still look natural, mostly, and not too far on either end of the baseline. You didn't end up taking more photos of black cats in a coal mine, did you? ? If you want your dark areas to be as bright as the the baseline shot, which admittedly you'll want to do at times, you just have to turn the dial a bit. Knowing when and how much to turn the dial is something that only practice can really teach, but it sounds like you're already picking up on that since you've been monitoring your meter and checking results as you go. You can read a lot of valuable tips on many websites, and I did, but I still don't know what I do wrong to ruin a picture until after I've already ruined the picture. Sometimes I find out my shutter speed was too slow because the bird turned it's head a bit, other times I might realize that I could have lowered my ISO and eliminated some of the graininess, quite often I wonder if the photo would have been better if I did this or that before I pushed the shutter button. Photography is one of those things in life where we often get the test before the lesson. Don't give up on it. Making mistakes is all part of the learning process and since they don't cost anything with today's cameras...I won't charge you the $0.02 because of the mistake you made by listening to me. ?
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