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@Connor Cochraneand @Tony Leukering, I posted that crop on a photography web site to support my position that a photo doesn't have to be 'great' or 'sharp' to be 'identifiable', that a lousy photo can still be useful for tagging a lifer. 

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64542294

After several skeptical replies doubting my ID (see the posts between the one above and the one below), I encouraged those questioning to post to a bird ID site and see what others said.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64545293

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64545985

FYI, here's my original, uncropped photo.  For the record, it was Jan. of 2018, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, near Augusta GA; here's the checklist with the attached photo:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S42124158

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10 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

? ? ? ? 

@Connor Cochraneand @Tony Leukering, I posted that crop on a photography web site to support my position that a photo doesn't have to be 'great' or 'sharp' to be 'identifiable', that a lousy photo can still be useful for tagging a lifer. 

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64542294

After several skeptical replies doubting my ID (see the posts between the one above and the one below), I encouraged those questioning to post to a bird ID site and see what others said.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64545293

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64545985

FYI, here's my original, uncropped photo.  For the record, it was Jan. of 2018, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, near Augusta GA; here's the checklist with the attached photo:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S42124158

Haha!  It's the clearest blurry Yellow-breasted Chat I've ever seen! ? Definitely not a Yellow Warbler or parrot or goldfinch...and it's not even a Common Yellowthroat.

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15 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Haha!  It's the clearest blurry Yellow-breasted Chat I've ever seen! ? Definitely not a Yellow Warbler or parrot or goldfinch...and it's not even a Common Yellowthroat.

And provides one of the umpteen bazillion reasons to know more than just the one or two standard field marks for species.

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I had a hard time convincing the shutterbugs that for my purposes (bird ID), this photo is satisfactory; crummy but quite useful.  No, it's not the ONLY evidence I had - I had location, environment, time of year, and behavior.  The field marks for their suggested alternatives/ guesses just weren't there.  (Parrot?  Seriously?)  But even without the supporting information, or being able to see the entire bird, you can see enough of it to tell what it is.

This all came from my asking for thoughts on two superzoom cameras I'm choosing between.  I decided I'll be getting the one with the longer zoom but smaller sensor.  Most of the participants were emphatic the model I rejected would give sharper images over all.  I agreed, but my stated primary goal was to be able to get IDENTIFIABLE pictures as far out as possible.  Grainy, obscured, or out of focus birds are still identifiable, even if the photos aren't fit for anything else.  For me at this time, it's all about the range, baby.

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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I had a hard time convincing the shutterbugs that for my purposes (bird ID), this photo is satisfactory; crummy but quite useful.  No, it's not the ONLY evidence I had - I had location, environment, time of year, and behavior.  The field marks for their suggested alternatives/ guesses just weren't there.  (Parrot?  Seriously?)  But even without the supporting information, or being able to see the entire bird, you can see enough of it to tell what it is.

This all came from my asking for thoughts on two superzoom cameras I'm choosing between.  I decided I'll be getting the one with the longer zoom but smaller sensor.  Most of the participants were emphatic the model I rejected would give sharper images over all.  I agreed, but my stated primary goal was to be able to get IDENTIFIABLE pictures as far out as possible.  Grainy, obscured, or out of focus birds are still identifiable, even if the photos aren't fit for anything else.  For me at this time, it's all about the range, baby.

Do they winter in the south? I thought they moved down to the tropics in the winter.

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3 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Do they winter in the south? I thought they moved down to the tropics in the winter.

eBird has them as occasional through the South over the last 10 years.

https://ebird.org/map/yebcha?neg=true&env.minX=-175.11567259452312&env.minY=-25.406230199386428&env.maxX=-5.2212705673930015&env.maxY=70.15336127001362&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=12-2&bmo=12&emo=2&yr=last10

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