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03/29/2013 02:37:27 PM · #26
Originally posted by nygold:

Anyone ever see a bird that they couldn't identify?
About 15 years ago I had a duck in the canal behind my house.
I took a few shots and went to my bird books with no luck then off the the internet and still
couldn't find this duck. I was starting to lean towards some kind of hybrid but it just looked to neat.
It looked like it could have been some kind of Mallard mix but smaller.
So I sent the picture to I guy named Don Crockett for Virtual birder 2.0 and he identified it as a male Chestnut Teal. I live in Brooklyn and the Chestnut teal is from southern Australia.
That's quite a trip.:) Mr. Crockett said it most likely an escaped from a zoo. Either way it was a pretty cool bird to add to my list. We get some birds that stray too far north or south for instance we had a bunch of pelicans a few years back Brown & white. One spring I even saw a puffin but to see something form Australia is mind blowing.
Did anyone else ever have a situation like this?
Here is a shot of a Chestnut teal from wikipedia.
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Well being from Australia I recognised straight away :) These little ducks are so cute, quite timid but a real joy to watch. They seem to have a real bond with their partners and usually found in pairs.
03/29/2013 02:39:16 PM · #27
Originally posted by hahn23:

Originally posted by mariahdc:

So do they have to be taken during a certain timeframe like other challenges? I have very recent shots that are great.... Taken in March. Or is there a start and end date?

Thanks - I'm new to these side challenges. :)

My opinion: Images captured in April, 2013. The reason is to get us outside taking photos. No reason to dig through the old archives.


That's what I thought. So back out to get more shots in April. :)
03/29/2013 02:49:03 PM · #28
Originally posted by Stagolee:

Well being from Australia I recognised straight away :) These little ducks are so cute, quite timid but a real joy to watch. They seem to have a real bond with their partners and usually found in pairs.


It took me 2 weeks to find out what this guy was.
You guys in Australia have some of the nicest looking birds in the world.
I'm expecting great things from you.:)
03/29/2013 07:17:06 PM · #29
Another bump to see if there's anyone else interested.
03/29/2013 07:49:20 PM · #30
I'll play
03/30/2013 04:33:29 PM · #31
I enjoyed this last year, sign me up again.
03/31/2013 06:17:38 AM · #32
Sign me up sounds like fun
03/31/2013 07:39:29 PM · #33
We start tomorrow, so last call for participants...
03/31/2013 09:33:34 PM · #34
I've been away this last week so I missed this thread. I'd like to join if it's not too late! I enjoyed seeing so many new and interesting birds from other locations around the world last year.

Message edited by author 2013-03-31 21:48:49.
03/31/2013 09:40:20 PM · #35
You made it just under the wire. Actually if anyone wants to join in late, that's fine too.
04/01/2013 09:14:45 AM · #36
My first ones this month (in my sunny, but still cold garden)

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01. House sparrow

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02. Starling (in flight)

Are we posting here or are we moving to another thread?
04/01/2013 09:41:06 AM · #37
Nice start! I'm happy to post here unless there's a good reason to start a new thread. Either way.
04/01/2013 03:58:16 PM · #38
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01. Red-breasted Nuthatch

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02. Black-capped Chickadee

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03. Mountain Bluebirds, male & female

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04. Black-billed Magpie

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05. American Robin
04/01/2013 04:41:49 PM · #39
Lovely photos!

I have some questions:
1) can I enter a better photo of one I took, later in the month if I get a better shot? I took some today, on an overcast day with my camera inadvertently left at 12800 ISO. I'd like to post but have the chance to change later if I get a better one with more appropriate settings.
2) can we enter photos of the same species that have been entered, or is the point for it to be 'unique'?

Thanks. :)
04/01/2013 04:47:01 PM · #40
Originally posted by mariahdc:

Lovely photos!

I have some questions:
1) can I enter a better photo of one I took, later in the month if I get a better shot? I took some today, on an overcast day with my camera inadvertently left at 12800 ISO. I'd like to post but have the chance to change later if I get a better one with more appropriate settings.
2) can we enter photos of the same species that have been entered, or is the point for it to be 'unique'?

Thanks. :)

Of course! Take a better shot later and you should feel free to add to or replace an earlier shot. Each species photographed counts once.

Your species count is unique to you. If you've seen it and photographed a bird species, it's part of your count... even if someone or many have already posted the same species.
04/01/2013 04:54:06 PM · #41
01. Male osprey (fish hawk) - Pandion haliaetus

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02. Male mallard - Anas platyrhynchos

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03. Fish crow - Corvus ossifragus (could be an American Crow but I think it's a fish crow) (<- I've learned something already - never heard of a fish crow before)

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Message edited by author 2013-04-01 16:55:43.
04/01/2013 06:31:41 PM · #42
A few from around the feeder today:

01: White-breasted Nuthatch
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02: Red-bellied Woodpecker
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03: House Sparrow
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04: European Starling
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05: Red-winged Blackbird
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06: Brown-headed Cowbird
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04/01/2013 07:16:34 PM · #43
Also shot in the backyard today:

Mourning Dove
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Hairy Woodpecker
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Goldfinch
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Brown Thrasher
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04/01/2013 07:36:11 PM · #44
A pair of Mourning Doves zenaida macroura
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A male Mallard a female Mallard anas platyrhynchos
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A Male Common Redpoll acanthis flammea
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A Hoary Redpoll acanthis hornemanni
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A Male Downy Woodpecker picoides pubescens
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While I was enjoying these birds today I was talking with another photographer and we were about 10 feet apart. In the midst of our conversation a Merlin flies between the 2 of us, he was about 4 feet off the ground. He tries to grab a common redpoll in it's talons but just misses. The redpoll rolled a few times on the ground and flew away while the merlin swooped back to try again. It all happened os quickly that neither of us even lifeted our cameras. It was amazing.

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04/01/2013 07:37:04 PM · #45
Not good at Id'ing birds, mostly common geese, a duck and a couple of birds...., used to be president of a very knowledgeable wildlife photo club, none of it rubbed off....lol
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This last one is cheating a bit, took it last week and having trouble getting an ID, found it rooting in the snow
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Message edited by author 2013-04-01 19:44:30.
04/01/2013 08:08:51 PM · #46
Just came across this thread, I'll be following it and would like to join in when I can join in when I can.
04/01/2013 08:28:26 PM · #47
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I have a Mourning Dove nesting in my window. This pair of Doves nested here last season as well. I didn't have time to go out looking for birds today due to a heavy work schedule. This required ISO 2500
04/01/2013 08:30:11 PM · #48
at the days end

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04/01/2013 08:36:48 PM · #49
Hey PapaBob, and others looking to ID birds in North America... just ask if someone here can help , or this could help Bird ID
04/01/2013 09:23:43 PM · #50
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