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Everything posted by meghann

  1. I believe this one is a Vermilion Flycatcher, as well.
  2. I actually had one this past Wednesday up at Mistletoe State Park, but didn't get a picture, so just didn't report it.
  3. I meant don't solely rely on my opinion. Lol.
  4. Do not go off me, but that bill looks chunky enough for a Caspian, to me.
  5. Welcome to Whatbird! It might be too big to upload directly here, but you could throw it on youtube or the like and link it here.
  6. My gut says it's a Summer, but I'm not sure I'd bet money on that based on this photo.
  7. If you remember the wing color, that would help. Scarlet tangers have black wings.
  8. Female American Redstart is what I thought of with the yellow on the wings, but that doesn't fit exactly right, either.
  9. That looks like a female Red-breasted Grosbeak!
  10. Also, anyone signed up for rare alerts in your state and/or county was sent your report, so it wasn't just sent off into the oblivion of your reviewer's inbox. 🙂
  11. Ebird does have the Rare alerts thing. When I view the one for my state, it shows all rare reports from the past week, both confirmed and unconfirmed. You could look at the one for Arkansas and then look at the ones for the surrounding states.
  12. Yeah, the bill looks Rusty-ish to me, but I am not 100% confident. It's a gut instinct thing.
  13. I could see the first being a Solitary, there is a nice bright eyering. The second, I'm getting female Yellow-rumped vibes.
  14. Pictures, even terrible ones, often are much easier than text descriptions! Can't wait to figure out this mystery bird!
  15. Yep, Pine Siskin. Just a nice and bright one!
  16. Random stuff from me, basically the cliff note version of what I teach my students the years I do a high school photography class. (some of this might have already been talked about above, but I'm lazy and didn't read all of it.) ISO-these days, it's essentially how sensitive you want the sensor to be. High ISO=very sensitive, which is great in low light, but it also makes for more noise. Aperture-the higher the number, the more of the photo is in focus. (i.e.-depth of field). But with how physics works, to get more of the photo in focus, the hole needs to be smaller, which means less light is let in. Shutter speed-self explanatory. Slower means lets in more light, but things blur, because they have time to move before the hole closes. You shouldn't ever go below 1/60, unless you are using a tripod. There is a thing photographers refer to as the triangle, which is essentially the three items above, and how they interact with each other. I won't get into it, though. Shoot in JPEG. (RAW is really for pros. Amateurs that aren't printing the photos shouldn't even worry about it.) If you aren't objectionable to a bit of adult language, there is a GREAT site I can message you that is very easy to understand and very informative. DSLRs can be used just like your point and shoot, with a bit more control of focusing, and you can take multiple pictures in a row pretty quickly. Ok, /random rambling from me.
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