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  1. Thank you! Awesome hour or so, I also watched an osprey catch a fish and a bald eagle delivering a large branch to the nest. Made up for getting rained on lol
  2. Do have these right? Peregrine Falcon in flight, and American Kestrel perched? Both seen about half an hour apart in the same area, Hunting Island SC this afternoon Thanks in advance!
  3. Wow, had no idea. I live on the island and this would be a "lifer" for me 😄 I must not have been looking in the right places
  4. Would a Black Tern be expected at Hunting Island (Beaufort County), SC?
  5. The routine gulls in coastal SC are ring-billed and laughing. I saw these 2 birds today and they confuse me. Is a time of year or molt phase thing? The first 2 pics, the bird was much larger than one of our routine gulls. Is it a greater black-backed? And the other two pics, looks like molting going on but the mostly black feathers just seemed weird. Any help would be much appreciated! Sorry for the lousy focus, they were a good distance from me
  6. It looks an awful lot like the one I posted today that was ID'd as a red-shouldered.
  7. Seen this past weekend in Franklin Virginia. Is this just a red-tailed? The only observation that stuck out to me that it seemed "small", but that might be due to distance.
  8. Like others, I tend to not crop unless I am trying for better composition or to hide "ugly" around the edge(s) of the shot. I also do what pictaker mentioned earlier, on flying birds I might crop to give a sort of illusion of movement from one side of the photo towards the other. If a bird happens to be looking towards one side of the shot, I might "move" the bird away from where it is looking. As for closeups, I find it best to not crop because the quality/resolution of the end product tends to suffer. This swallow shot is just "zoom" to get the closeup, but it helps that the swallow la
  9. Nice shots! I saw 4 chicks and an adult on Hunting Island, SC a couple weeks earlier 🙂 I'd never seen the young ones before and according to Audubon it was the first confirmed Wilson's nest on our island in "several years" which was cool too
  10. Roseate Skimmer? I saw this today on Hunting Island, all I can come up with is a roseate skimmer. But when I look it up, SC is not supposed to be in its range. Anyone know dragonflies? Thanks in advance 🙂
  11. Cool followup The area where these birds were found is the very north end of Hunting Island. Audubon, FWS and SCDNR have been monitoring both ends of the island for various migratory shorebird species for a few years. A couple years ago, we got signs to put out on the beach designating this area as a sensitive habitat. Since then, there is no longer any vehicle (golf cart) traffic allowed past the signs. Also, nobody can walk a dog past the signs, even if on a leash. We can take an ATV out there, especially if we see dogs or golf cart tracks past the signs. Today I just happened to h
  12. Is this just a sanderling? Forgot - taken today on Hunting Island, SC Thanks!
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