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  1. Camera only has a screen, no viewfinder. My eyes are fine, except for reading. 🙂 Currently using +2.0 reading glasses and will probably be adjusted up a bit after next year's eye doctor visit. Not sure if this has anything to do with needing to adjust the screen settings, but I'll look at the manual. I'll take a look at the focus settings and see if I can tweak accordingly. Ty
  2. Point and shoot Nikon Coolpix B600 - 60x Optical Zoom (I disabled digital zoom to keep better quality - not much need to zoom past the max) with a bunch of auto-modes. I generally use the either "Sports" mode, or "Auto Scene Selector," mode, then zoom in, then, if necessary, adjust lighting, focus and press to shoot. Been carrying extra batteries and using "Sports" mode a lot now for birds to get the best poses. Very aware I'm limiting myself by not being able to adjust aperture or shutter speed. Main problem is that I'm also out for exercise and needed something that I could comfortably carry around on 5–10-mile 3–7-hour hikes. No problems with this setup and a good neck strap. Too many opportunities would be missed if I carried something much bulkier in my backpack. With tax and shipping, I spent about $350.00 on the camera, + a little more on a few third-party straps until I got the right setup with rings. Didn't feel like spending thousands on a better camera + lens. I hooked and will be a "birder" for life. If I ever decide to go for a camera upgrade, I'll ask for advice here. I'm going to try your advice on first focusing on the trunk and see how it works out. I've only had my camera since the end of July and am still a relative "newbie." After setting an auto mode, after I zoom in and if need to, adjust the lighting, I press gently to try and set a focus area, then press harder to take the picture. In the past, with small Loggerhead Shrikes, I knew the picture was going to be out of focus from the preview window. That's why I gave up on them for a while and was excited with yesterday's good pic that I showed off.
  3. Ty - looks like my camera is smart enough to know where to focus when a small bird is perched on a barren branch and it also does a great job with larger birds no matter what the cover is, but I need to do some more work when trying to capture small birds with leaves or shrubbery around them.
  4. Ty - I'll try this next time a small bird is perched with shrubbery behind it and/or to the side.
  5. I have such a hard time getting my camera to focus on small birds, that I sometimes walk past these without even attempting to get a good shot. I'm pretty sure that the lack of shrubbery behind the bird made this one easier to focus on, as the subject was apparent. I love the way the small feet can wrap around the tiniest of branches.
  6. Good point. I do walk much farther than most and except for a few distance bicyclists, nobody at all was walking where I saw today's Cattle Egrets.
  7. Not accusing the Roseate Spoonbills of being "snowbirds," but I've only seen them in the cooler fall and winter months here in South Florida:
  8. I'll take opinions on the back bird as well, but I stopped asking "is this mottled or mottled x mallard" a while ago, as it appears extremely difficult to tell the two apart. Taken this afternoon in Boynton Beach, Florida.
  9. Ty - Only birds on my trail that are wary of humans. They let me get within 20 yards of them, then fly far enough away in a straight line for me to have to walk for another minute, then land and then repeat the process. This can go on for a while. I do try not to disturb the wildlife and will aways walk away if I'm disturbing any animal that is off the side of the road while I taking pics, but I do have the right to stay on the trail. 🙂
  10. Bad poses and crappy lighting. Taken this morning in Boynton beach, Florida:
  11. Maybe I need to add some trails to my repertoire. In the wild, as well as some more civilized trails, I see Cattle Egrets and Great Egrets almost every trip. Last week I saw a (lost?) lone Cattle Egret in a parking lot. Odd to me, as these guys are usually in in good-sized congregations. The Snowy egret was indeed new to me until yesterday.
  12. Ospreys rule this pole. I've never seen any other birds on top of it.
  13. I almost didn't go "birding" today, but think the decision got me a second new ID. Taken this afternoon in Del Rey Beach, Florida:
  14. Awesome! I just edited my signature to add another lifer and an addition to the Year List!
  15. Hoping so. I haven't had any new IDs since November 6th and have been going through new ID withdrawal. 🙂 Taken this afternoon in Del Rey Beach, Florida:
  16. Caught this Blue-winged Teal at the end of my walk today:
  17. Ty - My IBird Photo Sleuth App is normally extremely reliable, but I doesn't know the difference between a Double-crested Cormorant and a Neotropic Cormorant. I get excited with the bad IDs as I've never seen a Neotropic, but you guys bring me down to earth. 🙂
  18. Ty - Pls clarify that by inference you are confirming a Double-crested.
  19. I think it is, but I don't want to lose a fight with my iBird Photo Sleuth App which gives: Neotropic Cormorant - Confidence 81% Double-crested Cormorant -Confidence - 18% Anhinga - Confidence - 0% Taken this afternoon in Boynton Beach, Florida:
  20. I feel as if the Ospreys and Red Shouldered Hawks on my trail are always looking back and me and wondering what what the heck my camera is for. 🙂
  21. Hey - I learned something on a Sunday night. 🙂 I'm in the good habit now of taking a lot bird pics in "sports" mode. Takes a bit longer to sort through everything when I get home, but It's well worth it when I get gems like this. Spare batteries are cheap and easy to carry as well.
  22. This was part of a burst I took yesterday. The bird looks normal in all other pics. Did I indeed capture it in the middle of a blink, or did some quirk of the lighting cause the eye to look like this?
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