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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 7, 2011
3:25 AM

Post #8797135

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1160814/#new

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

September 7, 2011
10:25 AM

Post #8797670

Good one Margaret! At least its a colorful bird!
Thanks for starting the new thread!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8797926

hmmmmm...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8797928

or this one...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2011
2:08 PM

Post #8797930

can't say I didn't try...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8797934

yup...lots of booty shots today! lol

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 8, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8798927

Wait, wait for me. lol I've gotten my shares of bad pix as well. Thank you Margaret for the new thread.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8799424

But what a cool angle!! Look how big those wings are!!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

September 8, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8800008

Thanks for starting the new thread with such colors! Margaret.
You certainly did try Nanny, lol, you must be getting better bad shot then me, cause Resin can still ID them.
Haaaa bad bird, he could have at lease, turn it's head around, so we could have a look at him. Kim.

Whoops, my excuse is, It's started getting cold up here, I shivered. lol

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8800265

LOL, Burn, the bird didn't turn around because of this fella. Not that it minded the photo op. lol. Heeeheee, Nan, his wingspan is big alright! BTW, burn are those some cormorants? Also how cold is it getting to be? It's in the pleasant 60'ish here during the nights.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 13, 2011
12:00 AM

Post #8806236

Your guess is as good as mine.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2011
11:10 AM

Post #8806822

LOL!!!

ehhh...quite hiding behind those leaves!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8820887

quite awful shot of an Eastern Wood-Pewee...I think!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 23, 2011
2:06 PM

Post #8820935

Awww, migration time right? Canadian Geese pair arrival. Only bad thing about this is ... the photographer didn't catch the pix in a presentable manner. lol

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8821272

Ya know I have not see or heard any geese. Seems like I see them in the spring but never catch them on the way back in the fall. Weird!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 24, 2011
3:57 AM

Post #8821606

nanny_56 wrote:Ya know I have not see or heard any geese. Seems like I see them in the spring but never catch them on the way back in the fall. Weird!


Not that unusual - birds often use different routes northbound and southbound, so as to make best use of different feeding areas and weather conditions. Maybe an area near you has very good food supplies in spring, but not in autumn.

Resin

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8822050

Thanks Resin...it has baffled ever since we moved...though we have lots of farm fields surrounding us. But lots have not yet harvested their corn and beans...so that may be the reason. I never thought about food supply.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 25, 2011
9:59 PM

Post #8824172

I thought this one was appallingly backlit and I,m appalled at the photo's you have all shared!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2011
5:13 AM

Post #8824350

Imagine that! So what's the saying? ... "One man's trash, another wowan's keeper". (well I've to change the saying a bit), 'cause I LOVE that shot! LOL, Burd, a Crow after the Hawk?
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 26, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8824383

Still a great action shot, Burd.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

September 26, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8824676

Yes on the Crow Lily...the Red-tailed Hawk was carrying what looked like a rock above a parking lot...or was it a Turtle...not sure but the Crow made a couple dives at it and I was shooting too close to the sunlight.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 29, 2011
5:13 AM

Post #8828872

See the white smudge? It's a cabbage white butterfly that flew in front of the camera when I was taking a shot of Dad Osprey landing on the nest.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 29, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8829609

WHAAAT...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8829616

Good bad ones, y'all! LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8829619

Okay, help me figure out what am I doing here? Over exposure? Or is that under? LOL

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8829627

Okay, what happened here? ROFL, I'm just out of lucks.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 29, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8829764

First is over-exposed, difficult to do anything with it. Second one there is very rescuable - brighten a bit, reduce blue tones slightly, bump up saturation a little, and straighten it.

Resin

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 29, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8829773

... and then remove it from this thread as it's now too good to be here.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8829799

Awwww, okay, okay let's move it to our daily thread. lol. Thanks Resin for your help. Thanks Margaret for the suggestion.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 14, 2011
10:22 AM

Post #8848767

Is it a Chipping, Fox, Song, or What? At least I am pretty sure it's a sparrow. The grass and corn looks nice. :P

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 14, 2011
11:18 AM

Post #8848819

I'm thinking probably Lincoln's, but not 100% sure on that pic

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 14, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8849067

Ok, it's my turn to share some ... a Northern Flicker which I was so happy to see and caught a glimpse of.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 14, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8849155

See my lifer? The Double-crested Cormorant. I am not sure I even want to explain, it's kind of embarrassing.

I was having a hard time because our new camera has a pretty good zoom and the bird was bouncing all over the place. Besides that, I was still figuring out all the buttons. Well, one of the birders loaned me their tripod so I could stable the camera. I didn't want to look too foolish. I have this cool camera, so should know how to adjust a tripod, right? :p Well, I couldn't get it to move to where I wanted it to, so I snapped the picture, poor and all.

But I think the trees are very pretty.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 14, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8849194

Tehehehehe, indeed, the trees are very pretty. lol with you.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8850910

Don't ya just hate learning a new camera! lol

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8851511

Myrtle Warbler was faster than my finger! lol

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8851513

so was this Blue Bird! lol

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 16, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8851639

Truly dreadful, one and all.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8851672

Though, I must say. The falling leaves are a good signs of Fall. Don't you think? LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8851688

Those black dots in the sky 'respresent' the Canadian Geese, honest. :)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 18, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8854216

The view isn't bad, but the pic. of the bird? Yikes!

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 21, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8858508


I hang my head in shame.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8858626

Whoa! At least I can almost "see" the bird zooming by with its catch there Margaret. :))

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8858704

haaa. I love that one.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8859619

yup...that one is bad Margaret! lol

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 30, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8869573

No shortage of Ruby-crowned Kinglets here...now if I could just get a could shot! lol

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8869586

Margaret, what kind of bird was it?

I knew this was going to be bad, but just HAD to get a shot of the Flicker in the feeder.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 30, 2011
4:32 PM

Post #8869596

Chillybean, it was the male osprey.

Bad pics nanny and chilly
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

October 30, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8869932

Ok locked on the bird everything looks good and Snap!

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 4, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8876046

I just discovered this thread and I'm cracking up. Such wonderfully bad photos and hilarious commentary. I'll have to start saving a few of the many bad ones I manage to get.

Margaret, The bird you started off the thread with is so beautiful. Any good shots of that guy I can see elsewhere?

Burn, Your "shiver" photo is so cool. I hope you got some good ones of that gorgeous light and those little cuties.

Nanny, That WHAAT image is quite artistic looking - like a painting. :-)

Lily_Love, This is probably more than you wanted and you might already know this, but ...
When you are shooting a bird with light colors on it (your heron) in a darker environment, you either have to use a spot meter on the bird or you have to set your camera to underexpose to get the bird exposed correctly. (the camera is "seeing" all that dark area and is exposing correctly to brighten it and results in overexposing the heron's light colored feathers).

And, just the opposite, when you are shooting those dark geese against a light sky, the cam is seeing all the light area and exposing correctly for it (beautiful colors you captured in the sky!) resulting in underexposing the birds. In that case, you have to set your camera to overexpose a bit before you shoot.

After a bit of trying, you will know how much to over or under expose to get the subject exposed right. Of course, in the heron shot, the foliage would all be pretty dark and in the sky shot, you would lose a lot of the beautiful color. It's all a trade off.

Patti

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8876420

Hi Patti! Yes do save some of those bad pics and share them here. Nothing like a little public humiliation!! lol

Did not notice that big branch when I looked thru the viewer at this Gold Finch... ;)

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8876424

nor in this photo of a possible Tufted Titmouse...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 4, 2011
12:29 PM

Post #8876429

can't say I don't try...Really Claudia??????

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
6:27 AM

Post #8877404

I wouldn't say this is my worst but...
The one bird looks to ready... aim...

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8877406

P_Edens,
I was just thrilled when I found this thread. I have so many more bad pictures than I do decent ones, so I feel right at home. I am glad you found it and am looking forward to seeing your bad pictures.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8879163

I got a few nice pictures of some Ring-billed Gulls and then I have this.

Oops.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8879345

oooo...that is really bad! lol

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 11, 2011
7:45 AM

Post #8885835

I guess this one belongs here . . .

Great Grey Shrike

Resin

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8886037

Oh my goodness...That truly is dreadful Resin!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 11, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8886051

LOL, good bad shots everyone. Patti thank you for the pointers. I just now returned to our thread from nearly a week of absence. Hah, it maybe more than I needed for right now. Given time, I maybe able to digest the helpful information once my head is cleared up. I've been more than the proverbial 'under the weather' kind of being. Be back soon with more aweful picies.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8886068

We will be waiting!!

Shaky pileated...

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8886149

Baad picture, Resin. The Pileated looks to have had too much caffeine, Nanny. :)

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2011
1:10 PM

Post #8886159

Terrible bad Pacific Loon.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8888502

Chillybean wrote:Baad picture, Resin. The Pileated looks to have had too much caffeine, Nanny. :)


LOL with y'all.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8888506

Some bad pic. in year past. Pic. was taken Sept. last year.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8888510

"Walking on water" litterally;

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8888513

Just in case if one's wondering what that was. It was one of these guys/gals which are my winter friends--the Snow birds American Coots.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 13, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8888595

This poor hawk didn't have a chance with the 30-35 mph wind gusts!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8888619

Pic. is too bad, I was reluctant to post it on the I.D. forum. Vulture?

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 13, 2011
2:02 PM

Post #8888621

I think so.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8888631

Thanks Nan. Here is more. Canadian Geese across the bank.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 13, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8888854

Lily_love wrote:Pic. is too bad, I was reluctant to post it on the I.D. forum. Vulture?


Turkey Vulture

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8888908

Thanks Resin. I thought of 'em being vultures for 1st I saw one, then two and the flock was a whoopy seven of them. They were flying overhead.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 14, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8889636

Taken through a screen and glass. It really messed up the colors of an already odd looking Junco.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 14, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8889639

LOL at Lily's Coot.

Here's mine. See the little head?

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8889694

Those watchumacallit "water chickens" are fun to watch, Chillybean. I just love them. Here is another of my favorites to watch for their antics. This one is intermittently coming in/out of the nest box for roosting place as the weather changes. The dark streak is an object on the widowpan. Ugh!

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 14, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8890318

Dreadful, Chilly and Lily.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8890643

I found a couple of baddies...

I enjoyed watching these two play king of the mountain, fighting over who got the best perch at the top of the pipe. I was busy snapping photos completely forgetting that the white feathers of the white morph Reddish Egret were going to blow out. While I can probably recover most of that detail, without getting seriously creative in Photoshop, I can't fix that horribly messy, littered shoreline. I never even noticed that trash until I got home and started looking. Yuck.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 14, 2011
7:56 PM

Post #8890645

And this one... Well, that is a Snowy Egret in flight. I promise. :-) And what about that wonderful, sharply focused marsh grass! Hah!

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8891019

P_Edens wrote:I enjoyed watching these two play king of the mountain, fighting over who got the best perch at the top of the pipe. I was busy snapping photos completely forgetting that the white feathers of the white morph Reddish Egret were going to blow out. While I can probably recover most of that detail, without getting seriously creative in Photoshop, I can't fix that horribly messy, littered shoreline. I never even noticed that trash until I got home and started looking. Yuck.


Easy to edit out the litter on the shoreline. Can't do anything about blown-out whites though. Or the old pipe (which is also litter) - if I edited that out, the birds wouldn't have anything to stand on!

Resin

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8891027

Definitely looks odd if one edits out all the litter!!

Resin

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
7:35 AM

Post #8891113

LOL. That's too funny. First one looks good, though.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 15, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8891926

Nice ones Patti. Nice editing job there Resin. Agreed with the littered pipe's usefulness for the birds. lol

Fish Crows do what they do best; fishing. :-)

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 15, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8891934

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker hung upside down on a branch for berries treat.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 15, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8891942

? Eastern Blue Bird.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 16, 2011
2:04 AM

Post #8892281

Lily_love wrote:? Eastern Blue Bird.


Yep!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 16, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8892654

Thanks Resin, lighting is not the best the last couple of days. It seems our dogwood berries are just in prime condition for picking. All kind of birds are after them, woodpeckers, eastern Blues, migratory warblers, sapsuckers all competing for the berries.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2011
7:04 AM

Post #8893994

Oh, Resin, you gave me a good belly laugh with your edit.

This was either a chickadee, tufted titmouse, or nuthatch. I cannot tell which.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

November 17, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8894844

MY, my, you guys are doing a good job on your bad shots.

How often, does it happen, to get 4 Cedar Waxwings on a dead tree in a shot? Well here they are, butttttttttttt...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8894857

tehehehehehe, that's pretty baaaaaad, burn. lol

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2011
6:38 PM

Post #8894862

Guess whooooo?

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 18, 2011
9:24 AM

Post #8895543

Why do I always here Michael Jackson's song "BAD" when I am here...lol

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 18, 2011
9:47 AM

Post #8895562

LOL with you Nan.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8898370

Newly returned Junco, then I found the 1st arrival White crowned Sparrow-- another 'snow bird' returning to the area for the season. Pic. isn't clear enuff for the daily thread. :((

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mnshutterbug
SW, MN

November 27, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8908367

I have visited quite a number of bird and photo forums, but this is the first I have ever experienced that had a thread for BAD photos. Admittedly, I'm sure we all get them from time to time, but I have never been inclined to share them. The real nasty ones usually don't even make it to my PC.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

November 27, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8908475

#$&%@#!!* wind

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 28, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8908649

Welcome Shutterbug, perhaps you now will save some of the really awesome bad pictures to share. LOL. Sometimes the badness is just too funny not to share.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 28, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8908904

Margaret, Arrrggghhh. That wind ruined what could have been an awesome photo. But, sadly, it belongs here. :-)

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8912394

Good bad pic. of the Osprey there Margaret. Got a good bad one on my Fish Crow going veggian.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8912406

I don't know if that is really bad enough for this thread Lily!!

Brown Creeper...and I had a dozen more shots just as bad!

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2011
8:09 AM

Post #8912424

I'd frame any bad picture I'd get of a Brown Creeper. I've been wanting to have those at my place for so long. :)
Mnshutterbug,
I feel at home on this thread because the vast majority of my pics are bad and always feel my "good" pictures are crummy after seeing others' really good shots.

Yesterday was a day for in flight photos... I have 3 of them.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8912426

I was thrilled to have a Robin come by yesterday and was even more so to find I had gotten Peanut (the Flicker), Red-bellied, a Junco and Robin all in one picture, bad as it is!

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8912427

My favourite of the bunch. I know it rates poor, but I was so happy to finally get a picture of Peanut's Yellow-shaftedness. :D

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8912974

LOL...we do have to reap our rewards where and when we can! There are some folks on the Daily Pics thread that I just won't post after...ya know what I mean!! lol
mnshutterbug
SW, MN

December 1, 2011
5:35 PM

Post #8913065

Chilly, I'm just surprised to see you have a tree in Iowa. :)

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 2, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8913508

mnshutterbug, Hahaha! My husband read that and wanted you to know that's not a tree, but a new hybrid corn they grow here now. :D Seriously, we do have a few trees, mostly around homesteads and creeks, but other than that a whole lot of cropland and some restored prairies.. At least in our area. Further east, there are a few more.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8913525

Lily, Fish crow pic is way too good. Looks like a pecan?
Cool!
Nanny, I'm with Chilly. I'd keep any Brown Creeper shot. Never seen one.
Chilly, That flicker is wonderfully awful. Must be so cool to see them.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2011
7:49 AM

Post #8913594

Yes, Patti, it looked very much like a pecan.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8913969

Here's my nemesis bird. When they see my truck, they fly away as fast as possible. I have lots of Northern Harrier derrieres.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8913980

Another Harrier Hiney

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
2:05 PM

Post #8913984

And a blurry who knows what from too far away.
There were Grasshopper Sparrows in this field, so maybe???

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 2, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8914245

Probably a Field Sparrow

Nice Harrier pics, they don't belong on this thread!!

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8914255

Thanks, Resin. For the possible ID and the kind words, but those are pretty bad to me.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
9:14 AM

Post #8914840

Either this Junco is inspecting bird droppings, or its saying we need to replace the feeder.

And replace the board we will when it warms again. It was a project done by a child and he used what we had on hand.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8915206

Chillybean, That's cute! It would make a good candidate for this thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1145176/

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8915330

P_Edens. Thanks for the link. It is hysterical.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 12, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8926800

Chillybean, that link is one of my fav. threads here. Okay, time for more bad pix. How I wished this Yellowbelled sapsucker would come out in hiding so I can see its winter plumage, it's gorgeous one but I can only take peek at his yellow and black and red coloring.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8928123

I am sure it was a beautiful bird. ;)

Well, this picture is BAD is more ways than one.

I am sure many of you know about the Snowy Owls by now. We are scouring the fields looking for one of these. Now that the snow is melted, they should be easy to pick out, if one is indeed there, right? We're flying down the country highway at 55 mph, when I spy something with a nice owl shape. I calmly tell my husband because there was someone behind us. He turns around, which puts us on the other side of the road from the field where I saw it. We have to be careful not to spook it. As my husband takes the picture a breeze blows our snowy owl around a bit. AAAH!! It's a grocery bag!!!!!!!! Sigh...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

December 13, 2011
1:55 PM

Post #8928160

That's really bad to the bones, urrrr BAG! LOL

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

December 13, 2011
5:13 PM

Post #8928398

O my...LOL!!!!!!

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 13, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8928756

Chillybean, Bad picture. But, oh so funny story! :-)
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 14, 2011
12:45 PM

Post #8929525

So funny Chilli, sound like something I would have done myself. But what a disappointment for the camera handler.

I took a lot of these, just like it.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 18, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8934508

I am not sure I can top my last bad one, but here is a couple from our CBC yesterday. Of course, this had to be the best Harris's sparrow pic we got.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 18, 2011
1:28 PM

Post #8934509

Here is a lifer for us, a Long-eared Owl. There were two there, but the second one is even harder to see than this one.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8934843

Oh, Burn, that's a heartbreaker. We hardly ever see them around here. Hope you got some good ones.

Chillybean, That Harris Sparrow is really, really bad! :-) But, the owl. I've never seen one. I'd be happy with that shot.

I went to Brazos Bend State Park today for three glorious hours. I saw a lot of birds, but only got a few good shots. I did however, get a whole bunch of bad, bad shots. I pared it down to the three worst of the worst.

This one, well, at least it's sharp. And half a bird isn't so bad, huh? Okay, yes, it's bad.


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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8934847

This time I got the whole bird, but what a blur. I don't know what I focused on, but it wasn't the bird. And got way too much clutter.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 18, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8934857

So much for Eastern Bluebirds. Here's a failed try at a Myrtle Warbler.

And, there were so many more ...

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

December 19, 2011
6:40 AM

Post #8935298

Good bad ones guys!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8942546

Our latest yard bird... Northern Harrier. My husband had troubles tracking it with the camera to get a shot.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 25, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8942549

The Bald Eagle was too far, but just HAD to get a picture.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

December 30, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8948334

Oh you guys, I feel for you, lol. See why I can feel for you all ?

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 1, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #8950468

LOL with you burn. I knew I had an unusual visitor, a female Common Merganser but ...

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 1, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #8950563

Some really bad ones here. Just like this.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 1, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #8950660

Happy New Year Margaret.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 1, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #8950664


Happy New Year to you, too, Kim.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #8951960

Lily_love wrote:LOL with you burn. I knew I had an unusual visitor, a female Common Merganser but ...


... it's a female Hooded Merganser ;-)

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #8952002

Oh thanks Resin.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #8955540

Horned Grebes, I think. After half a dozen try, I gave it up. This maybe best shot of the bunch.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2012
1:10 PM

Post #8955568

I thought this was cute, but the quality is not there.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #8955913

Lily_love wrote:Horned Grebes, I think. After half a dozen try, I gave it up. This maybe best shot of the bunch.


Yep!

Resin

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #8955945

Thanks Resin for the ID confirmation. Couple of Pekin ducks. The lense was to busy focusing on the dainty wispy willow branches instead. lol

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #8966425

I took over 600 photos in two days visiting a nearby park. I kept about 60 of them. Get ready... No, don't worry. I'll just share one of the discards. I thought it was cute in spite of being bad.

This little Ruby-crowned Kinglet just would not come out where I could photograph him. He would peek out at me, but stayed in that dense thicket. It was so dark in there, I had the ISO jacked way up, so the noise reduction destroyed any detail. Bad. But, cute!

Peek-a-boo

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #8966514

Aaw, that is very cute, P_Edens.

Taken Wednesday. The only window I could get this from was the kitchen and it has that unhandy screen there. I painted over what might make others squeamish. It was kind of messy. We didn't see the Cooper's catch the prey, but figured it was not a Goldfinch. It was a feeder watch day and there were 9 earlier and then 10 after the hawk left.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #8967268

Those kinglets are not usually very cooperative...still not bad!

Awesome pic CB!

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