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  1. Photo taken mid-April in southern Ontario. This one is for a friend so I would like to be sure. Thanks.
  2. Hmmm - is it safe to go any closer. They started off deep in the reeds and very slowly moved closer and closer. Some male plumage characteristics starting to show on the little ones?
  3. Thanks Connor - my research and findings were similar. Unless it was the lighting I am fairly sure there are three juveniles as it would not make sense to have two adult males in a family setting and they appear to be the same age. (I'm saying juveniles as I believe they would have adult plumage by the second year). I will try to keep a closer eye on them over the next week or two. Thanks again for the input.
  4. I was just about to post but how do you follow that. More details of the juvenile required - male/female, weight, incubation period (on time etc.) etc. Congratulations - the fun begins!!
  5. Further background. I've attached a typical recent photo of what I believe is the adult female (top left with solid blue neckband) and juvenile female (lower right with rufous/blue neckband) although one of my guides seems to suggest a rufous/blue neckband is normal for the adult female. There appear to be mixed messages about the use of a double crest for ID. purposes. Usual disclaimer - my recognition of subtle colour differences is extremely suspect. However, all the adult males I have ever seen have a solid blue neckband so I think the first photo has to be two juvenile males? Any thoughts appreciated.
  6. Southern Georgian Bay during the past few months. I have been following a pair of Kingfishers since they returned in the Spring and have lots of photos of them with a single female juvenile. I've only seen three birds together at the one time but of course they are very active and regularly relocating (typically the adults fly off and the juvenile tags along a little later). One day the male chased off another male so presumably another pair nearby. Yesterday I took this photo at their favourite fishing location near the presumed nesting site. Sorry for the long winded intro. but I was quite surprised to suddenly see two males together suggesting there may be more than one juvenile. (I would think it is unlikely that two families are sharing fishing territory near the nest area). So my question is - are the two males together both juveniles based on the somewhat mottled neckbands? If so there would be three juveniles. Thanks.
  7. American Redstart - very first bird to greet me this morning just after sunrise.
  8. Marsh Wren - an old one but one of my favourites.
  9. Yellow Warbler spring of 2019.
  10. @HamRHead. California Dreaming? (same era but a bit pathetic compared to yours which I actually started singing to myself).
  11. No explanation other than your usual breeding birds may not have survived the winter. These are the eBird sightings (red are within the last month) for your area. I have been seeing fairly typical numbers wherever I have been.
  12. Screech-Owl from Sunday evening.
  13. Red-breasted Merganser maybe (eye colour) covered in oil? Definitely in distress and probably not a happy outcome. Very sad.
  14. See seven posts above ( I have no self control). I thought I would get in before you did but seems there was no need 🙂.
  15. Unfortunately this may be the case. Because our eyes adjust to the ambient lighting it is not always apparent how dark it is in the morning and evening. The smaller the sensor the worse the performance in low lighting. The move to higher MP sensors, reducing the size of the pixels, also doesn't help as big pixels are better for light gathering. I'm a little surprised your maximum ISO setting is 3200 although 6400 would probably be the practical limit anyway, but this would give you 1/125 in your example, possibly enough to give you a usable photo, certainly for ID purposes. Good luck with your testing. I think you are on the right track and finding the limitations of the camera (which cannot be over ridden by the mode selection). You can't fight physics. @Kevin, I know, I know!! PS. Happy Fourth of July to those south of the border.
  16. I can see you, can you see me? Eastern Screech-Owl at sunset yesterday (ISO 51,200).
  17. Some days it's just one thing after another!! Not sure what caused the first thing but fairly sure it wasn't moulting.
  18. You got me interested Connor and I was wondering why it would be rare in this location. Sibley shows this area comfortably in range, but not too common. eBird gives me this 👇: Did you have a filter on?
  19. Territorial dispute this morning - the last time this happened it resulted in a significant loss of plumage for one of them.
  20. Southern Georgian Bay yesterday. Distant so heavy crop. Thanks.
  21. If anyone is still interested I've added the first sighting photo (part shadow) which had me leaning towards female. Also just found and processed a more recent one (daylight) which backs up the thoughts of von Humboldt. As Benjamin says the lighting makes quite a difference. Also agree, and possibly the best clue, that the males are typically found together now, so "male". Thanks for the input.
  22. Thanks. I was between Purple and Cliff and the chunky looking body steered me towards Cliff.
  23. I think I must have juvenile bird fever/confusion - I thought the yellow around the bill (gape?) was more distinct than normal for an adult and they were both more approachable than usual. Thanks.
  24. Southern Ontario this morning. Different birds - are they both juveniles (didn't see any adults)? Thanks.
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