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More Nanday Parakeets on the way. 🙂 I also had the good fortune to watch the flock fly over to the wire to perch.  This cleared up some frustration, as I see these birds in flight all of the time, but crappy lighting conditions have always hidden the colors and I had no idea what they were as I hadn't been able to capture any pics.  Now that I know the flighted wing pattern and shape of the birds, I'll be getting more IDs.

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8 hours ago, IKLland said:

Those are incredible. Those were setup perches, right? I’ve done it with HOFI in my yard and the WCSP, but siskin….

Yeah, I’ve had one up there for a while, but usually chickadees just use it. So it was pretty awesome to have these guys land 10 feet away from me in decent lighting....

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9 hours ago, xpoetmarcr said:

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These are a cool looking bird but have you noticed they are not necessarily easy to get a good photo of? I like a photo where the eyes of a bird are clearly visible. But on birds with dark heads like Magpies that can easier said than done. You got this ones eyes nicely.

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8 hours ago, Clip said:

These are a cool looking bird but have you noticed they are not necessarily easy to get a good photo of? I like a photo where the eyes of a bird are clearly visible. But on birds with dark heads like Magpies that can easier said than done. You got this ones eyes nicely.

Good point.  Even discounting the eyes, the high contrast of the black/white feathers also makes it difficult.  Most of my shots of magpies lose detail, if not in the whites then in the blacks.  It's rare for me to get one where lighting is just right to give an acceptable balance.

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