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3 minutes ago, IKLland said:

A below average day…at least I got the palm warbler…but if you read my comments for it hopefully you’ll learn a lesson!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S131786960

What’s an average day like?!?!?? 

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Estimate. Wasn’t paying attention to the swallows that weren’t on the lake.

The lesson is that you should pay attention to all birds! :classic_biggrin:

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9 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Accidentally deleting photos of a rare bird!! 😱 That's going to give me nightmares tonight.

I always do…especially when your camera takes 30 photos a second, and the bird is just sitting on a perch…all the photos would look the same. Who needs 120 identical photos? You just need one or two, especially if they’re all the same angle. In this case I accidentally hit “delete entire scene” which delete all similar photos taken within the same couple of minutes. 

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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

I always do…especially when your camera takes 30 photos a second, and the bird is just sitting on a perch…all the photos would look the same. Who needs 120 identical photos? You just need one or two, especially if they’re all the same angle. In this case I accidentally hit “delete entire scene” which delete all similar photos taken within the same couple of minutes. 

So you use burst a lot?

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26 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I've tried it a couple of times but it tends to get very grainy. I'm also still a little bit confused on how to deal with it since it shows up as a video file.

Have you tried reading the camera manual? I think I remember that camera manual being quite good informative. You can also look up some YouTube videos about the camera. I don’t have my copy of that camera anymore, since it broke. 

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3 hours ago, Snake Fingers said:

What’s an average day like?!?!??

Birding near or on the coast and birding inland is totally different. I would guess that species counts are probably somewhere around 20-30 lower inland, than on the coast. 

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Today was a dedicated lifer day.  I was out to get 3 lifers, as well as a county lifer.  No county lifer, but I’ll get a local Wild Turkey soon enough.  I thought I had 2 of the lifers until I got home and saw that Ebird is characterizing my Red Junglefowl as Exotic: Escapee, and for this observation, the site didn't add 1 to my overall species observed count, so I'll adhere to Ebird's standards and not claim a lifer.  Great day, nonetheless.  I put 167 miles on my car and submitted 4 checklists while I was out for nearly 9 hours.

This is supposed to be the place to go at sunrise to see Blue-crowned Parakeets flying over the lake at sunrise, so I got there on time looking for the lifer but didn’t have any luck.  It was a decent checklist, but one of my rare non-illustrated ones, as no photos were worthy of sharing:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S131742534

I then drove to the other side of the lake and walked around a little looking for the Blue-crowned parakeets, but they weren’t here.  It was an OK checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S131747058


This park and the previous location have more to offer, but I had other lifers to chase that would be easier to find, and I strongly suspected that the later it got, the worse my chances were to find the parakeets I was looking for, so I moved on to here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S131763745

Not a ton of species, but not bad for a parking lot.  Any checklist with a lifer is a great checklist though!  I did get the Common Myna I was targeting, but unfortunately my “Exotic: Escapee” Red Junglefowl doesn’t count.  I suspect and hope that eventually these birds will breed so much (I did see 13 chicks today 😊) that Ebird will reclassify them as “Exotic: Naturalized,” and they will count as a lifer.  I did get some great photos of the birds though.  Take a look.  I told a bunch of random shoppers in the parking lot that they were looking at the original chickens.  Most of them didn’t care.

I then moved on looking for a Wild Turkey County Lifer.  If I weren't so tired, I would have stuck around longer to look.  No rush, as I'm not worried about getting one locally.  It was an OK checklist.  Not too many species, but I only walked the area where somebody recently saw the bird I was looking for.  I'd only seen Snail Kites twice before.  Today, I got my best photo of the species.  I'll be back if I don't get a county Wild Turkey somewhere else first:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S131783993








 

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A failed mission to get a great Horned Owl lifer.  I was in the right place at the right time.  I did get some intel though on a nest in plain view not too far away.  Gnats and mosquitos are now brutal as soon as dark approaches in South Florida, so I was out in long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and a mesh jacket.

A good checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S132011654
 

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47 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

A failed mission to get a great Horned Owl lifer.  I was in the right place at the right time.  I did get some intel though on a nest in plain view not too far away.  Gnats and mosquitos are now brutal as soon as dark approaches in South Florida, so I was out in long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and a mesh jacket.

A good checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S132011654
 

Nice Merlin shots! I think you could definitely lighten them more. 

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26 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Nice Merlin shots! I think you could definitely lighten them more. 

Ty - You are right.  The originals were very dark, as I took them 3 minutes after sunset and didn't lighten them enough.  Are these what you had in mind?  

They are the same picture, just 2 different crops.  I'll probably go ahead and delete the first, darker set.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/550531821

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https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/550531831

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