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4 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

If that is the eye... where is the beak?

Haha the red marker obliterated they actual eye. I think the eye is above the red circle, and the beak is a little lower to the right.

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Posted (edited)
 

I think the eye is above the red circle, and the beak is a little lower to the right.

I think your "eye" and "beak" are part of the wing. The bird is flying away from the camera on picture 1.

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8 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

I think your "eye" and "beak" are part of the wing. The bird is flying away from the camera on picture 1.

Yes.

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If that is the eye... where is the beak?

 

Where's its bill?  Assuming we can see an eye, we should be able to see a bill.

That's what I wondered too!

 

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10 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

I think your "eye" and "beak" are part of the wing. The bird is flying away from the camera on picture 1.

Away????? Not left to right?  If that isn't the leading edge of the right wing, with the primaries pointing down, then I have been up too long and don't have a clue what I'm looking at again.

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3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Okay, maybe I've just had a long day at work but if that blob in the upper right of the second photo is a bird, I'm John James Audubon.  And what's that white sail-looking thing in the first photo?

 

3 hours ago, HamRHead said:

I'm pretty sure that blob in the upper right of the second photo is a narwhal. Habitat is a bit off but everything else fits.

You guys made me laugh so hard! 😂 

But seriously, these are obviously game cam type photos with the shutter speed too slow to catch a bird in flight (especially when being chased by sasquatch) - hence the hideous distortions. 😯 

 I'm pretty sure you have two shots of the same bird heading towards the upper right and away - taken a few seconds apart. 

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My take on it before reading anything was that in the first picture there is an owl flying left to right

But there is some mysterious UFO floating above it

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If I open this thread again, would y'all please smear me with offal and stake me out for the vultures?

Thank you.  You're most kind.

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9 hours ago, HamRHead said:

Could someone lighten the photo?

Quick and dirty attempt to get some more detail but trail cam pics (with a time stamp of Jan 5, 2012?) so......may confuse things even more.

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I think it is an American Robin. The tail on the first photo fits with an American Robin and the way the wings are folded on the second photo is just like an American Robin.

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4 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

I think it is an American Robin. The tail on the first photo fits with an American Robin and the way the wings are folded on the second photo is just like an American Robin.

Yep, robin was my first impression.

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Could the streak perhaps be a feather? As it flew by one floated off and the trail cam has a small time elapse to cause the weird photo effect? It does remind me of a flying wig with the curly feathers at the back lol.

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I took a crack at brightening the picture.  Doesn't really look like an American Robin to me... but I'll defer to the experts.

 

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I have no comment on the ''bird blob'' but is it possible that the ''floating'' object is a smear on the camera lens, maybe bird splatter? 🙂

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The photo is a result of refresh rate I believe. The smear is the bird's wing, just in a different position. 

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33 minutes ago, lonesome55dove said:

I have no comment on the ''bird blob'' but is it possible that the ''floating'' object is a smear on the camera lens, maybe bird splatter? 🙂

Wouldn't it be present in the second photo?

 

28 minutes ago, Melierax said:

The photo is a result of refresh rate I believe. The smear is the bird's wing, just in a different position. 

If that was the case,wouldn't the rest of the bird be present too?

 

Hey, stop that!  Get your head out of my spleen!

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29 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

If that was the case,wouldn't the rest of the bird be present too?

No... if I'm right it's essentially taking a double exposure because the bird's wings are too fast. So it got the bird's body in one spot but the wings are in separate spots across the image. Does that make sense? Probably not. Oh well. 

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Posted (edited)

I think we can say with certainty that it is NOT an American Robin, those primaries are far too broad. I like Great Horned Owl here.

Also, OP said "crow size or larger"

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39 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

Also, OP said "crow size or larger"

That assumes the OP is an accurate judge of size, one of the more deceiving observable properties.

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38 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

 I like Great Horned Owl here.

And the sparrow (?) just sits by a a Great Horned Owl flies by? I was thinking Dark-eyed Junco.

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I think that the bird in both photos is flying away. And that the suposed bill is it's tail. It seems to long and thin to be any thing but a hummers bill. 

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