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Hi, today in Comox BC. I was giving my camera's digital zoom a workout trying to ID birds way out too far for my 8x25s to handle. I'm assuming most of these are unidentifiable, but you folks are wizards so it's worth a shot. Please let me know if any of these are identifiable in any way.

1. Harlequin? ID based largely on them being washed off the rock by an enormous wave and hopping right back up.

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2. Ring-billed?

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3. Bonaparte's? There were a pile of them around inshore, this could have been a separate group.

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4. This was flying like a turkey vulture but I now think it's a raven - can't decide whether to go with my eyes or the photoDSCN5207.thumb.JPG.1d5b3b215c3f7570b7054caea5b0dc4a.JPG

5. A gull? Something? It looks odd to me but I can't figure out why.

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6. Glaucous-winged?

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33 minutes ago, Bird-Boys said:

although the photos are less than ideal.

Hahaha, absolutely not ideal. This was the bird at max zoom on my lens. Above photos are cropped from the full digital zoom of my camera added on top of that. I assumed this would likely be impossible going in.

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On 10/20/2021 at 2:20 PM, PaulK said:

Hahaha, absolutely not ideal. This was the bird at max zoom on my lens. Above photos are cropped from the full digital zoom of my camera added on top of that. I assumed this would likely be impossible going in.

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On 10/20/2021 at 4:20 PM, PaulK said:

Hahaha, absolutely not ideal. This was the bird at max zoom on my lens. Above photos are cropped from the full digital zoom of my camera added on top of that. I assumed this would likely be impossible going in.

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what are the two birds on the rocks to the right of the bird in question?

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2 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Why in the name of Charles Darwin would you even go there?  :classic_blink:

I wouldn't do anything in his name... just wondering if he cropped the picture in we may get a better view of birds that look like possibly the same species. even if they are not, he my be able to ID whatever they are.

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4 hours ago, kansabirdguy said:

what are the two birds on the rocks to the right of the bird in question?

They were all I think the same in a group. Got swept off a rock by a wave, and one ended up on one and two others on the other. For some reason I thought harlequins when looking at them live but that was largely because I've personally seen them climb up onto rocks and I've never seen scoters do the same. And no, I don't have any useful photos of them...

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