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Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 4, 2013 - 11:20am PT
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Credit: Mike Bolte
Wrentit
Wrentit
Credit: Mike Bolte
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 4, 2013 - 11:23am PT
That's the most awesome Wrentit shot EVAH! Were you holding his wife
hostage in order to get that shot?
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 4, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Dee ee, I'm just viewing from my phone, but that grosbeak upthread sure looks like a Rose-breasted to me.

Also, your sparrow is a Gambel's White-crowned.
john hansen

climber
Oct 4, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
Took this photo last april and never did figure out what it was.

But from Mikes photo above I would say Wrentit.



Credit: john hansen
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 4, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Yup John - Wrentit for sure!

Another tit: this time an Oak Titmouse from the backyard a few minutes ago.

Credit: Mike Bolte
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 4, 2013 - 10:17pm PT


Thanks for the photos, y'all. Hi Tony.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 4, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
Willoughby, thank you sir!

I started a birding class last night (10 weeks, I need the fundamentals) and had realized that the Sparrow was a White-Crowned. No black lores. I was going to correct that.

But, the Grosbeak I just assumed was a Black-headed. I didn't even look at the books. You know what they say about "assume." I have now and I believe you are correct. I really want to see a male.

It's nice we have real experts here.

I did get the Clay-colored Sparrow today down in Laguna Niguel Reg. Pk. with help from other experts.

ps. I've got a few more years to go before I receive expert status.

Riley Wyna- I think the bill is the most diagnostic difference between those two, except for the call.

The yellow of the Trop. KB was so intense that my camera kept freaking out. I couldn't get the proper exposure.

pps. I'm anxiously awaiting Tony's next installment.
ppps. Mike, that's a nice proud Wrentit.
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 4, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Ten weeks.
Most of the ones I've taken/seen are three to four weeks.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 5, 2013 - 01:24am PT
I shoot a Nikon D7000 plus the 300mm f/2.8

Very sharp lens with excellent vibration reduction and fast autofocus (the autofocus in a DSLR uses the wide-open aperture).

With the D7000 16Mpixels in an APS-C sensor, you have lots of resolution and can crop a lot.

I also try to be patient and slowly get close.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 5, 2013 - 01:44am PT
Riles, I think Dee has that Canon. I would agree it is the best value P&S.
But P&S's drive me crazy cause they take so long to turn on.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 5, 2013 - 11:40am PT
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 5, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Yes, I have the Canon SX50 HS. I kinda' like it!

It's not perfect though. The viewfinder is useless.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 5, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Dee don't you just use the digital back like a point and shoot though?

OK so in one week during fall migration I've seen THESE LIFERS
(all in one place)

BREWERS SPARROW
NASHVILLE WARBLER
AMERICAN REDSTART
WILLOW FLYCATCHER
YELLOW-GREEN VIREO
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
PRAIRIE WARBLER

YELLOW-GREEN WARBLER Oceano Lagoon, CA  ABA 3
YELLOW-GREEN WARBLER Oceano Lagoon, CA ABA 3
Credit: Slater

Anyone else getting some? Post some pics will ya?
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
I got one of those Cannons after seeing some of the pic's Dee and others were getting with it. Like he said , the viewfinder is useless, and it is very hard to get a bird on the screen when zoomed way in.

Probably takes lot of practice. Or very co-opprertive birds
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 5, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
Yes, the screen on back is good. Mostly getting good pics takes persistance. I get some good ones but I miss ALOT of good ones.

Great pic of the Yellow-green Vireo! I had a 2 second window when I saw the OC one last week. I got a nice pic of some Sycamore leaves. That bird was super nervous.

One thing I've noticed is that I don't have the instincts of a photographer. While I'm still trying to confirm the ID on binos I hear the guy next to me clicking away with his big lens! Damn, some of these folks are fast!

You never know what to do first. If you can get a good shot before the bird is gone you can always confirm the ID later. But sometimes the bird is gone before you get the shot or a good look and it's a missed chance. Sometimes I'm just a little too slow with either approach.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 5, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
DSLRS will ensure you get off a shot that's worth a damn.
They are just faster, and you don't have to muck around trying to zoom in/out etc. and then get the thing to focus. There is too much lag with those smaller cameras, BUT they have their benefits.

The Canon Powershot sx280 fits in my pocket and has a 500mm zoom (optical, not counting the digital zoom which I don't use).


Look for Great Blue Heron in middle of picture on far side of lagoon.
Look for Great Blue Heron in middle of picture on far side of lagoon.
Credit: Slater
Wide angle... Great Blue Heron in middle of pic.
Credit: Slater

Zoomed in. Same stance as the shot above. No photoshop or crop.
Zoomed in. Same stance as the shot above. No photoshop or crop.
Credit: Slater



Zoomed in 500mm... no photo manipulation or cropping.

When I'm focusing on birding, and not photography, this sucker is great for getting an ID shot, or capturing something far away so I can figure it out later. Wearing a camera and binos on my neck at same time bugs.

Less than $300. In fact it's currently $251.00 at B&H.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 5, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
...the photo discussion I've been waiting for, finally! thanks to all for posting up.

Ok Slater, here ya go, tomorrow's target bird - Lined Seedeater, a new sp for Costa Rica. Yet another South American vagrant (like the Maguari Stork).

Lined Seedeater, male, Playa El Rey rice fields, Oct 5, 2013
Lined Seedeater, male, Playa El Rey rice fields, Oct 5, 2013
Credit: little Z

it is wonderful to be connected these days, got word from the folks who saw it like minutes after the fact. Photo came in 5 minutes later. Luckily it is only about an hour drive from where I am working now. Was supposed to work tomorrow, but hey, it's Sunday, and I suddenly got religion!
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Ya gotta be quick...


Credit: john hansen
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 5, 2013 - 08:32pm PT
John, Roadrunner?
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Cactus wren
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