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I saw these Double-crested Cormorants down in Gilbert, AZ on Sunday.  There were some others nearby with blue mouths and breeding plumage.  If some are in breeding plumage and some aren't, does that mean that these are female, immature, slower to grow that plumage, or something else?  Anyway, big water birds are great!

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Just now, Birding Boy said:

Thanks man! White-breasteds are usually pretty friendly around here, its the Red-breasted that are hard to get decent photos of.

White breasted here are not friendly. This is the best I have.

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As for red breasted, well….they’re super uncommon here and I’ve yet to see one.

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2 minutes ago, IKLland said:

White breasted here are not friendly. This is the best I have.

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As for red breasted, well….they’re super uncommon here and I’ve yet to see one.

Yeah, it helps that they're super abundant here, and especially friendly if you have a feeder setup.

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Just now, IKLland said:

Which are? White breasted are common here, I just don’t have a good shot. 

Oops, White-breasted, yeah Reds definitely aren't common, it's about a 50 to 1 ratio in the winter, and RBNU are practically absent in the summer.

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I’ve always considered nuthatches very tame.
In certain parts of my city red & white-breasted nuthatches will land on you even if you don’t have a hand full of seed. 
Not that I have any photos to prove it, but this one park you will be harassed by chickadees and nuthatches whether you like it or not.

Of course that’s a direct result of people feeding them for many years, but even at my cabin which is more isolated, they still land and forage within about 1 foot from me. 

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10 hours ago, IKLland said:

White breasted here are not friendly. This is the best I have.

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As for red breasted, well….they’re super uncommon here and I’ve yet to see one.

What do you mean nuthatches aren't friendly?

Here is my one, and only photo of a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, see how personable it is? Does it not just look cooperative as can be? 

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12 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Oops, White-breasted, yeah Reds definitely aren't common, it's about a 50 to 1 ratio in the winter, and RBNU are practically absent in the summer.

At my house I regularly see both white and red-breasted year-round. There at our feeders usually everyday, multiple times a day. I've gotten really good looks at both species. This photo can work as proof you can get close. this was at Tawas State Park, not my house though. It was taken at 300mm. Most of the time at mine house they're a bit too far for 300mm. With a 600mm you can get amazing photos of both white and red-breasted. These are some of my better white-breast ones. 

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20 minutes ago, Tanager 101 said:

At my house I regularly see both white and red-breasted year-round. There at our feeders usually everyday, multiple times a day. I've gotten really good looks at both species. This photo can work as proof you can get close. this was at Tawas State Park, not my house though. It was taken at 300mm. Most of the time at mine house they're a bit too far for 300mm. With a 600mm you can get amazing photos of both white and red-breasted. These are some of my better white-breast ones. 

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Nice photos. FYI, the first one is red breasted. 

I have a 600mm lens on a crop sensor camera, meaning i'm technically shooting at 960mm. Even I still struggle to get bird's close up sometimes. I'm sure @Birding Boyhas had the same experiences, as he has the same lens on a different crop sensor camera. 

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7 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Nice photos. FYI, the first one is red breasted. 

I have a 600mm lens on a crop sensor camera, meaning i'm technically shooting at 960mm. Even I still struggle to get bird's close up sometimes. I'm sure @Birding Boyhas had the same experiences, as he has the same lens on a different crop sensor camera. 

Wait sorry did I say the first was white-breasted? I knew it was red...I've never heard of a crop-sensor camera. Sounds cool. I need a longer lens so bad.....300mm is not so great to work with.....

 

Edit: FYI the white-breasted's were taken at my house

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1 minute ago, Tanager 101 said:

Wait sorry did I say the first was white-breasted? I knew it was red...I've never heard of a crop-sensor camera. Sounds cool. I need a longer lens so bad.....300mm is not so great to work with.....

 

Edit: FYI the white-breasted's were taken at my house

A crop sensor camera is a camera with a smaller sensor, therefore it only captures the center part of the file that you would see with a full frame. Canon crop sensors have a 1.6x magnification factor. The other brands, Sony, and Nikon, have a 1.5x. 

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2 minutes ago, Tanager 101 said:

Wait sorry did I say the first was white-breasted? I knew it was red...I've never heard of a crop-sensor camera. Sounds cool. I need a longer lens so bad.....300mm is not so great to work with.....

 

Edit: FYI the white-breasted's were taken at my house

What camera do you use?

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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

A crop sensor camera is a camera with a smaller sensor, therefore it only captures the center part of the file that you would see with a full frame. Canon crop sensors have a 1.6x magnification factor. The other brands, Sony, and Nikon, have a 1.5x. 

Cool I wish mine had this feature.

 

1 minute ago, IKLland said:

What camera do you use?

My parent's Sony alpha with a 300mm lens. I want to get a nikon.

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3 minutes ago, Tanager 101 said:

Cool I wish mine had this feature.

 

My parent's Sony alpha with a 300mm lens. I want to get a nikon.

Canon has some good stuff too. A canon eos 70d(what I use) with a 75-300mm could get you shooting at 480mm.

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