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Nice light and great exposures, Birdie.
For #2, I would guess Short billed dowitcher or yellowlegs.
Greg, thank you very much !
I think expert might soon fit you birdied! These are nice.
Alan, you are far too kind !!!
#2 is a Lesser Yellowlegs. You can distinguish this from the Greater Yellowlegs by a couple things relative to the bill. First of all, the bill is roughly the same length from base to tip as the head is from the posterior most point of the head to the base of the bill. In a Greater Yellowlegs, the bill is about 1.5X as long as the above mentioned head measurement. Additionally, there is a relative upturn in the bill of a Greater Yellowlegs, while the Lesser's bill is straight.
There is also a notable size difference when they're side by side, but...Show more →
Ryan, thank you very much for the id. Some of these guys are hard to pin down on the id . I appreciate your suggestions on the crops.
You did so well, Birdie. Love the exposure, composition and all in focus you are the expert.
Thank you Tam, much appreciated. I wish I was an expert !
Exposures are spot-on with beautiful color, and detail is nice and sharp Birdie.
I've always enjoyed your compositions and feel like you leave space because that's what you want the image to be... not because you don't have the pixels to crop tighter.
Congrats on the Mallard IF, it's my favorite.
Just keep shooting, you produce very fine images. When I go to the ponds for ducks, I literally shoot several hundred images... lots are technically "keepers" but typically there are only a few that have everything I was looking for in the image and those are the few that I post......Show more →
Kirk, thanks for the kind words and encouragement There are many days that I come home and delete every shot I take. Oh well, if error is proof of trying , I certainly am trying
excellent job on the IFs Roberta
Thank you Kenny !
Nice set of IFs Birdie. I really like the GH Mallard.
Thank you Thomas
The techs for your shots are always good Birdie. That includes the comps. My one suggestion is to try to capture the flyers before they get past you. And as you know, that is not always possible... ~ Ron
Ron, always appreciate your suggestions and comments. Now I just need to train myself to react faster, dang these guys are fast !
One of the advantages of coming in late is most of the helpful crits are already given
You have made such great strides in your work Birdie, you should be very proud. Your willingness to listen and apply it to your work has really payed off for you.
You offer up to wonderful shots. To add to what has already been said. For 1 the techs are spot on. Flying away shots don't work as well as lateral or flanking shots coming in. That said sometimes they do work. This one is pretty good, he has a great expression, like is...Show more →
Tim, I appreciate your encouraging words and tips . You guys have helped me more than you know. Don't know why anyone would not try the wonderful advice offered here . Next lesson --- get them coming rather than going