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05-04-2017, 04:00 PM   #5821
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
GBH's are very satisfactory birds: big, willing to pose, reasonably colorful. Surprised Aslyfox doesn't see them much at his location. Just about every wetland in Florida will have several.
I've only been looking since August 2016

so that is why I am seeing things for the first time that may be common to those who have been looking a little bit longer


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And added blessing seeing this great Rock Kestrel, my first one in the wild-Rietvlei Nature Reserve.
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black snake - caught this one shedding...

we'll see these up to about 5' long...

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one side and the other

one side and the other

first photos shot from nearly underneath the birds, the other photos were taken from across the pond

not sure of an id, any one want to help, I thought mourning doves

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To get away from birds for one image. I was surprised to see this soft-shelled turtle (AKA Trionyx) out basking in the sun. They stay in the water more than most fresh-water turtles.
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Target Sighted, Ramming Speed

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Bontebok, or sometimes called Blesbok


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I think this is a female bay-breasted warbler, but I am warbler-identity challenged. I think the Bigma front-focused an inch or so leaving her feathers a bit soft.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
I am warbler-identity challenged.
I've always thought that Peterson's great gift to lazy birders like myself was coining, "Confusing (Spring/Fall) Warbler". He meant it as a category: for me, it's an ID.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
I've always thought that Peterson's great gift to lazy birders like myself was coining, "Confusing (Spring/Fall) Warbler". He meant it as a category: for me, it's an ID.
AMEN! But I thought he coined that phrase specifically for me (and the Universe was made for my amusement, and I am at the center of it).
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
AMEN! But I thought he coined that phrase specifically for me (and the Universe was made for my amusement, and I am at the center of it).
when attempting to id and record something, I am reminded of the story of the famous sports announcer's baseball scoring notation when recording the results of a batter making an out.

when asked later by the commentator why he had entered into his score card recording the play the notation -

DNS

as he recorded the batter making an out instead of something like 4 - 3 (2nd baseman getting to the ground ball and then throwing to first baseman before the batter reached first base)

the announcer stated it meant "Did Not Seen" the actual play

in other words, you do the best you can and that is all you do
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my audience while I was shooting the sunrise yesterday morning:

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A scruffy dusk visitor. Still has it's winter coat.
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