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Everything posted by meghann

  1. 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.
  2. Whoa. Maybe it was exhausted from migrating, and/or already dead? I think Palm Warbler, although I wish I could find my Peterson's Guide with the undertail plates to be certain I'm not missing something.
  3. I like highly leucistic bluebird, here. The wings aren't long enough for a Purple Martin, I believe, and the bill shape doesn't seem quite right. Neat bird!
  4. This is indeed a wren, and with that dark coloration and short tail, I do believe you are correct with Winter.
  5. In my opinion, Least is on the table. I see an eyering and a short primary projection.
  6. Seems your peep picture didn't come through, but I agree with Lesser for the Yellowlegs.
  7. I can only give this a resounding "maybe", so let's chuck this one back to the top of the forum for someone else to take a stab at.
  8. I have two guesses out of left field: A Red-throated Pipit, or a Wood Thrush with something on its chest.
  9. Look up the call of the male summer tanager. I usually hear the males before I see them. 🙂
  10. Well, another new one for me. We had a Black-throated Blue Warbler on the hummingbird feeder. I didn't have my phone with me to get a picture, sadly.
  11. Oh yeah, a mudflat during migration? Definitely worth a look!
  12. That does sound like a phalarope description, particularly the head and neck pattern. It is hard to know whether to chase something or not during migration. Could still be there, could be loooooong gone. I chased a pair of Glossy Ibis yesterday that HamRHead found here in our town on Tuesday, to no avail.
  13. Wait for others to confirm, but that's what I would call it!
  14. This is a Shrike. Where did you see the bird, as there are two kinds, Loggerhead and Northern. I'm kinda leaning Northern on this one because the beak looks a bit small, but location might help narrow things down.
  15. If it makes you feel better, the wings are too thin to be a kite. I still have yet to see a Peregrine, but I know long, thin, pointed wings are one of the field marks. And, when kites are soaring, the back edge of their wings is extremely straight, or slightly concave, this bird has an ever so slight convex curve to it. It's slight, but it's there. I watched a kite today, so the image is still fresh in my head.
  16. Welcome to Whatbird! This is a Spotted Sandpiper. He is in non-breeding plumage, which is why he doesn't have his spots.
  17. Today, Augusta, GA. Terrible photos, my apologies. He was on the tree, being harassed by the other bird, and then he was in flight, and then gone.
  18. Agree with Indigo Bunting. Looking on ebird, it seems there are a handful of April arrivals of those guys occasionally up there.
  19. For what it's worth, I agree with Common Yellowthroat.
  20. This is a Northern Flicker. I would contact the folks here: https://www.aark.org If they aren't close to you, they would probably know who is.
  21. I'm leaning Barn, but wait for someone else to confirm.
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