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12 hours ago, IKLland said:

Did you get an external flash unit with your new DSLR purchase or have you been using the camera's built-in flash? Either way, I agree with @The Bird Nuts, your use of flash makes things look unnatural. When used properly, fill flash can turn an average shot into an eye popping photo, using flash as the primary light source seldom produces pleasing images though and usually just ruins the picture, in my opinion.

As far as rating your photos go, if you start off giving yourself 5 star ratings on all your photos, you're bound to be disappointed when the rating has nowhere else to go but down.

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Glad I brought extra batteries with me. ūüôā¬† Actually, I only used one today, but am always comfortable taking lots of shots because I do bring the extras.

I salivate when approaching trees like these.  I find the local Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures don't mind crowded conditions:

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Posting my best pic of the day, and asking a question.  Is the Juvenile White Ibis holding a long, thick worm, or some kind of oddly shaped fish?

In any event, not even sure whether the bird ate the creature, as while I was watching, it seemed like it didn't know what to do with it.  It either dropped it a few times, or threw it out of its mouth, and then kept picking it up.  Don't remember whether the bird walked out of my viewing range, or I just got bored and didn't wait out the conclusion.

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1 hour ago, BirdNrd said:

Looks like an eel to me for some reason. Maybe @Seanbirds knows?

 

1 hour ago, Seanbirds said:

Looks like an eel or an amphiuma.

Ty guys.  The bird obviously needed to get part of whatever it was into its mouth.  I'm then assuming the beginning of the digestive process would kill it and make the rest of the job easier.  From what I saw, I now think it was too slimy to get a proper beak grip.  If the either eel or amphiuma were alive and squirming around, it would have made the job even harder.

 

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2 hours ago, dragon49 said:

From what I saw, I now think it was too slimy to get a proper beak grip.  If the either eel or amphiuma were alive and squirming around, it would have made the job even harder.

 

That sounds like an amphiuma all right. They are the toughest critters in the world to grab, as many herpers can testify!

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