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Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 3, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
The Tropical is singing ?
How did they distinguish it from Couch's

I was at the dog park the other day, here in Texas, and heard a Tropical singing in the tree across the street.
I really love King Birds.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 3, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
Amazing pics everyone

tony - just incredible!!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 4, 2013 - 03:53am PT
great stuff.

Wow! first dee ee, and now Tony in OZ. This is going to be great. What is your itinerary Tony?

The major part of Team eBird is in OZ right now, holed up in Alice Springs. They are working with the ozys to merge their big public on-line listing program (Eremaea Birds) with eBird. Been fun following their eBird postings, though it has been pretty limited so far as they are in meetings now. Heard they are going south after the meetings to look for the Plains Wanderer. Is that in the cards for you Tony?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 4, 2013 - 08:20am 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 - 08:23am 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 - 08:31am 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 - 05:42pm 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 - 05:50pm 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 - 07:17pm PT


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

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 4, 2013 - 07:41pm 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 - 08:59pm PT
Ten weeks.
Most of the ones I've taken/seen are three to four weeks.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 4, 2013 - 09:53pm PT


Deedee - probably Couches' Kingbird aren't even an issue in Cali like they are here in Texas.
I forget so much...


Mike and Deedee - what are you guys shooting with?

Some of mike bolts pics of very tiny birds are very impressive.
Super, super hard to shoot a good pic of a Hutton's vireo.
Be cool if you have any of the wing bars?


This looks to be the best point and shoot out there right now.

http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/canon-sx-50-hs-for-bird-photography-i.html


what ya all think?
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 4, 2013 - 10:24pm 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 4, 2013 - 10:44pm 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 - 08:40am PT
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 5, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Yes, I have the Canon SX50 HS. I kinda' like it!

It's not perfect though. The viewfinder is useless.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 5, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Dee ee
It's absolutely incredible to me how far this has all come in ten years.
The focal lengths involved here are now blowing away the focal lengths that I worked very hard to achieve via digiscoping just ten years ago.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 5, 2013 - 01:48pm 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 - 02:12pm 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 - 02:21pm 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.
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