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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

Why? We are well within the time frame for Rufous. 

I have never seen a photo online or a bird in person that was positively ID'ed as a RUHU with that much green on the back and hindcrown. Also, you live in the absolute center downtown of ALHU-ville. So, the chances that this is an adult male Rufous Hummingbird on the very, very extreme end of the green-backed spectrum are quite slim. You are safe calling this bird an Allen's.

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23 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

I've still got a bit of Florida  photo backlog to get through, here's two of a Little Blue Heron! Sadly messed up the framing of the second one (Worried about gators, Lol) so I had to crop it down a little. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/426425991



Wow, I've never seen one of those before!  With those big eyes, it looks like an alien!

Here are a couple local birds from northern Arizona this morning: a Western Bluebird and a Dark-eyed Junco.





I feel like I don't have a great grasp on light.  I like the lighting on both of these, but I took some others which I felt were well-lighted that I was disappointed with.  Is there a "best" light?  It was around 10am and there were some thin clouds.

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1 hour ago, GracesWarbler said:

  Is there a "best" light?  It was around 10am and there were some thin clouds.

I'd have to say yes, there is a best light. It comes a little earlier than 10am though. ? While I am seldom awake enough to take advantage of it, the Golden Hour is considered the best light for wildlife photography. It's that first hour after sunrise and can really help add that extra wow to a photo. The same applies to the last hour before sunset but I find the birds much more active first thing in the morning. Getting the birds to pose in the right position to best take advantage of the light is probably the hardest part about getting a well lit shot in the field, a turn of the bird by just a few degrees in relation to the light and camera can make a difference too. 

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