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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:05 PM   #1
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Heron and Pelican...wanted to get closer, but it was fun trying

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PS - Yes, I know, I've got a little dust spot on the lower left of my sensor. I'm hoping it will fall of by itself

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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:14 PM   #2
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Top to bottom, Norm: Great Blue Heron, White Pelican, and a Northern Waterthrush. I'm pretty sure that's what the last one is but it'd be nice if Eric S chimed in and agreed with me :-) Really nice catch on that last bird!
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Thanks geoff, that little critter just wouldn't come out into the public forum. I knew it wasn't a female blackbird because it did a "chipping" sound. I knew that you guyz would figure it out.

Plus the fact that it's beak just wasn't blackbird stuff
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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:25 PM   #4
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nice shots....may i ask...

wat's the shutter arperture iso on the great blue heron?

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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:32 PM   #5
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Compliments of PSP 8:

ISO - 1000

Focal - 500mm

Aperture - 18

Shutter was also about 500

The 50-500 seems to work okay, even at higher apertures, with this cam.

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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:35 PM   #6
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I just love birds in flight. Nice captures. Especially the wing shape when they are about to land.

Unfortunately I'm not waterthrush expert. A quick look at my resources make me think its a Louisiana Waterthrush, but quite honestly I didn't find the Northern variety listed at the Cornell site (its mentioned in the Louisiana's description, but not as an individual entry.)

<quick google searching>

But I've just had a crash course on them. Now I get it. The Louisiana waterthrush isn't a waterthrush, it's actually in the wood-warbler family.

The big clincher is the legs. Are they dark or pink legs?

Louisiana Waterthrush = pink legs
Northern Waterthrush = dark legs

From that picture I'd call them pink, but that foot does look a little dark. Maybe you have another picture which clinches it.

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Old Aug 25, 2004, 10:39 PM   #7
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Eric, what clinches it is that the Louisiana Waterthrush would never make it up to Norm's neck of the woods. So, by default it's gotta be the Northern variety which commonly occurs where he is.

Also, my Sibley's field guide shows both varieties of Waterthrush to have the lighter legs...

(Hey, this is beginning to be fun again - I love the id exercises...)

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they look pink to me....but i do see dark toes...

What if it's a Northern Lousiana Waterthrush?

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Vito, let the experts argue amongst themselves, and let's just enjoy listening and learning. :-)
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haha ok

if i could find my bird book...i might be some help...lol

but i dunno where my dad put it :-\

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