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  1. If it immerses its head in that beer I'll be doubly impressed!
  2. I saw this bird yesterday near Corolla, NC (Outer Banks). The bird was flying on a south-to-north beeline over Currituck Sound. I'm thinking it is a Mississippi Kite, but this is a bit out of range for them. eBird shows only a few historical sightings for the Outer Banks in May so I thought I'd post to look for some confirmation. The second picture shows a hint of banding on the tail, so maybe a juvenile? Thanks in advance! Both pictures are cropped and brightened (the bird was backlit).
  3. lonestranger's thought it might be a bird flying the other way got me thinking about challenging what I was first seeing. Now I'm also thinking what first looks like a black bill might not even be part of the bird. I was thinking it could be something floating in the water, but John's idea of a small fish could do it too. Based on Benton Lake's bird list, I'm leaning towards Western Grebe and assuming we don't actually see its bill. The good news is I got much better pictures of a Western Grebe on this trip so its not a lifer. I don't need to sweat this one.
  4. Wow, I just downloaded the "original picture" back off the site as well. The upload really did mess it up. It looks nothing like the original. Unfortunately, I don't do flickr. I think the picture in the OP is as good as i can provide. Zooming in on the original picture is not much different than the crop in the OP.
  5. Here is the original picture (uncropped and unedited). Maybe it will zoom better. This boardwalk is a National Recreation Trail and whenever I am on one, I take pictures to post on the NRT database so hikers can preview the trail. I didn't notice the bird until I was posting the picture.
  6. This was taken at Benton Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Montana last summer (July 20). I didn't actually photograph the bird, but noticed it later in a landscape shot. So I never zoomed in on it. Here is a cropped shot. It sort of looks like a pied-billed grebe to me, but the white throat is throwing me off. The bill looks too short for other grebes. Any thoughts on it? Thanks in advance!
  7. These pictures were taken at Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta on July 22. On my first pass I was thinking they were the same bird and decided Yellow Warbler was the best fit based on field marks from both pictures. However, as I'm going back through and checking, I realized the pictures were taken 10 minutes apart. Therefore, they could be two different birds. Now I'm not sure about either. Both pictures are cropped but otherwise unmodified. Bird 1 has me confused. Looks like it is molting which isn't helping. The tail looks yellow which is good for Yellow Warbler. However, it is showing a lot of white on its underparts. Can Yellow Warbler have white underparts like this? On the other hand, is there any other bird with a yellow tail like this? Bird 2 still looks OK for Yellow Warbler to me based on yellow edging to its wings and its overall yellow color. However, if it is a different bird than Bird 1, I no longer have the tail as a field mark so I am less sure. I'd appreciate help on both pictures. Thanks in advance! /edit: Unfortunately, no other pictures than these two. Bird 1: Bird 2:
  8. I took these pictures this morning at Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida on the park's Osprey Trail. I scored a nesting triple play... three large predators nesting within roughly 1 mile. First pic is a pair of Osprey (one is hunched over on the nest). Second pic is a female Great Horned Owl. A ranger told me she has been nesting for a couple of weeks but nobody has spotted chicks yet. I saw the male in a nearby tree. Third pic is a Bald Eagle adult and its chick. The adult has just landed carrying a tasty fish. There are at least 2 chicks in the nest.
  9. Just saw this Sanderling a few days ago at Fort DeSoto Park in FL. I didn't notice the band at the time, but discovered it when I was going through my pictures. It was banded 5-30-16 at Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan and has been seen every year since in the Fort DeSoto area.
  10. Funny you should ask. I just took this picture today in Clearwater, FL.
  11. This is probably the ugliest picture on this thread. But I had waited over 2.5 hours to get a picture of a male Painted Bunting. I barely got this shot before he hopped around to the far side of the feeder and did not show itself again. Bad picture, but it is my favorite shot of the day!
  12. I already had some nice Osprey pics from this trip and the sun was not in a good spot for this one. So I wasn't going to stop. Then I thought "Wait. This could go on the Bird on a Wire thread". The Osprey doesn't look particularly impressed with the opportunity to gain Whatbird fame.
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