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by J-Miz
May 10th, 2017, 2:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Florida Invasives
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Re: RFI: Florida Invasives

Mtratcliffe- Thanks for the info amd warning on the heat. My biggest fear is exactly that- oppressive heat and humidity. We will be wandering around and just getting hotel rooms each night; it probably would have been better to rent a home and use it as a base for the trip (i.e. be active early and ...
by J-Miz
May 9th, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Florida Invasives
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

Re: RFI: Florida Invasives

PM incoming! To be honest, however, I don't know if we will make it that far north. I don't have a set itinerary, but there are a few spots I would like to hit. We are flying in Thursday, May 25 late, and returning home late on Tuesday the 30th. I plan on hitting the Everglades as well as the Fort M...
by J-Miz
May 8th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Florida Invasives
Replies: 5
Views: 1701

RFI: Florida Invasives

I will be heading down to southern Florida at the end of the month with my dad, pretty much exclusively for wildlife finding and photography (I'm a huge bird dork). Mostly, I am interested in native species but admittedly it will be hard to entirely pass on south Florida's vast collection of non-nat...
by J-Miz
June 14th, 2016, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in the Las Vegas Area (May 30 - June 4)
Replies: 11
Views: 4766

Re: A week in the Las Vegas Area (May 30 - June 4)

black-throated* sparrow.

Nice collection of cool critters. I like the lizards, especially that Yellow-backed spiny.
by J-Miz
April 12th, 2016, 5:26 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central...Fourth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 6531

Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central...Fourth Edition

This title has been released today. Description below: The new edition of this definitive guide reflects 25 years’ worth of changes in our knowledge of reptiles and amphibians. It includes descriptions of 122 newly recognized or recently established non-native species, updated maps, and new figures ...
by J-Miz
January 15th, 2015, 4:08 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Lizards: Least Favorite Herp of the United States and Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 3920

Re: Lizards: Least Favorite Herp of the United States and Ca

If you include all the non-native lizards in Florida, there will be substantially more!
by J-Miz
September 14th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Birds From Around Home
Replies: 4
Views: 3005

Re: Birds From Around Home

Nice variety of birds, and excellent photos!
by J-Miz
September 11th, 2014, 6:24 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

It's been five months since my last state lifer, but I finally got #293 today for Ohio:

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Whimbrel
by J-Miz
July 14th, 2014, 3:24 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand birds post / photo dump - Part II - South Island
Replies: 4
Views: 3401

Re: New Zealand birds post / photo dump - Part II - South Is

Wonderful post once again, Chris!

And cbernz: nice analogy, haha!
by J-Miz
July 12th, 2014, 4:19 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand birds post / photo dump - Part I - North Island
Replies: 2
Views: 2828

Re: New Zealand birds post / photo dump - Part I - North Isl

Great...now I want to go birding in New Zealand. Lovely photos. I used to have a pet Eastern Rosella (appropriately named "Rainbow"). I miss him! Such gaudy birds. And I really like that white-faced heron...what beautiful plumage. But all your finds are awesome...stuff I'll probably never see in per...
by J-Miz
July 3rd, 2014, 5:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Help me choose a Camera! Thoughts on the 1D mark ii N?
Replies: 4
Views: 2539

Re: Help me choose a Camera! Thoughts on the 1D mark ii N?

I myself would go with the 1DIIn. If you are interested in the Canon 60mm macro, keep in mind it only works on APS-C bodies (like the 50D) as it is an EF-S lens. No worries, though...I would recommend the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro (about $400 used) anyways. Then I would save up my pennies for a nice t...
by J-Miz
July 1st, 2014, 7:43 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Help me choose a Camera! Thoughts on the 1D mark ii N?
Replies: 4
Views: 2539

Re: Help me choose a Camera! Thoughts on the 1D mark ii N?

I've never owned a 1D MkIIn but I have owned its successor, which I still own (1D MkIII) as well as the 50D (sold). A lot depends on what you like to shoot. But for my use, I'd go with the 1D2n any day. There are two on amazon.com for $400; the second seems an awesome deal but the seller is untested...
by J-Miz
June 23rd, 2014, 5:12 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 75182

Re: What was your last lifer?

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel, Ohio. Found six or seven of these cute buggers.

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by J-Miz
June 21st, 2014, 4:54 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Which is best?
Replies: 8
Views: 4090

Re: Which is best?

Two
by J-Miz
June 11th, 2014, 5:34 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Awesome, Andy! I should get down there but lack the motivation. Did you get to see it, too?
by J-Miz
May 18th, 2014, 4:27 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 75182

Re: What was your last lifer?

Florida Panther! Frickin' awesome! And that list of lifers you posted on the birds forum has me wanting to see a forthcoming post from you.
by J-Miz
April 30th, 2014, 6:38 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some coastal migrants from Texas - photo dump!
Replies: 9
Views: 3392

Re: Some coastal migrants from Texas - photo dump!

Great shots, Chris. Can't wait to get out this spring.

Andy, I'll bet you regret not trying for the Swainson's at Headlands several years back!
by J-Miz
April 17th, 2014, 6:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
Replies: 9
Views: 3424

Re: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

Never used the Canon 100mm/2.8, but I have shot with a Canon 60mm macro and now use a Sigma 180mm macro. Macro lenses are all pretty sharp, no matter what the brand. The 60mm was good, but I wanted a bit more reach (and it only works on crop bodies). The 180mm is too long fairly often, but it allows...
by J-Miz
April 12th, 2014, 4:31 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Got a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher here in northern Ohio today. Very cool. Scissor-taileds are neat birds. Now you need your keen-eyed birder to pick out a Fork-tailed. ;) That would be awesome, but I'm guessing that's more likely in late fall. I might go back and see the scissor-tailed once more. You...
by J-Miz
April 11th, 2014, 11:59 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Got a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher here in northern Ohio today. Keen-eyed birders first spotted it yesterday and I was glad to get a chance to see this spectacular bird. Crappy shot, but at 80 meters you take what you can get. My 292nd bird species in Ohio: http://i441.photobucket.com/albums/qq131/swam...
by J-Miz
April 4th, 2014, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 9194

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

I checked out a spot in Cuyahoga and had lots of Spotted, Jeffs and weird hybrid thingamabobbers, newts, wood frogs, peepers, 1 leopard, 1 pickerel, several toads, a single gray treefrog, few redback sallies, and one leadback. But I'm jealous of that Smallmouth! On April 1st, I had two northern ribb...
by J-Miz
March 29th, 2014, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 9194

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

Seems like Cuyahoga County is more popular than I thought! Bummer indeed, Trey, but there will be more days! mfb- Are there any pure smallmouths in the county? I've seen one in central Ohio years ago but finding one close to home would be far more convenient. I typically see hybrids, such as this fr...
by J-Miz
March 28th, 2014, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 12205

Re: Australia trip Part 2

Part 3, Part 3, Part 3!
by J-Miz
March 28th, 2014, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 1
Replies: 24
Views: 5954

Re: Australia trip Part 1

AWESOME shots. I'm a big fan of stellar photography. This post makes me want to visit Australia. Just about to click on part two...
by J-Miz
March 27th, 2014, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 9194

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

Sorry, should have mentioned that was in Cuyahoga County, OH.
by J-Miz
March 27th, 2014, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 9194

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

I had some moving critters on Wednesday, March 19th and it wasn't even drizzling. It was cloudy and damp, with rain earlier in the day and more expected, but it was neat to see movement without any falling precip. We only were out for a quick looksie but did see a newt and about 6 or 7 Ambystomids. ...
by J-Miz
March 20th, 2014, 4:15 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: I don't often shoot birds
Replies: 4
Views: 2062

Re: I don't often shoot birds

Good shots. I especially like the eagle. Haven't gotten as good a shot myself...they are always skittish.
by J-Miz
March 13th, 2014, 2:00 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Know a good NE bird trip around the 1st half of April?
Replies: 13
Views: 3753

Re: Know a good NE bird trip around the 1st half of April?

I also second Andy's recommendations. The warbler fallouts in nw Ohio can be amazing, and yes...there are some good herps there, as well. If doing a northeastern trip in April, however, I again agree with Andy. I'd imagine shorebirds, waterfowl, and migrating raptors would be in good numbers.
by J-Miz
March 12th, 2014, 2:18 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Elk rut in Pennsylvania (mid-Sept, 2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 4994

Re: Elk rut in Pennsylvania (mid-Sept, 2013)

Berkeley--Glad you enjoyed it! I will try and see if I can upload a youtube vid soon. It was my first day with a Canon 5D2 so shooting video was not something I was familiar with. Bill- Good idea! I will travel downtown to witness the same behaviors in our own species and I'll document my findings h...
by J-Miz
March 10th, 2014, 7:48 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Elk rut in Pennsylvania (mid-Sept, 2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 4994

Elk rut in Pennsylvania (mid-Sept, 2013)

A one-tank trip I had been wanting to do for a couple years now finally came to realization last September, when my father and I traveled to Elk County, Pennsylvania, for the annual elk rut. The vast majority of my trips are for either birds or herps; a trip exclusively for mammal-watching was compl...
by J-Miz
February 18th, 2014, 2:45 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: I.D. please?
Replies: 7
Views: 3419

Re: I.D. please?

Another Red Knot vote.
by J-Miz
February 17th, 2014, 2:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Adobe Lightroom (full version) on sale at B&H for $69
Replies: 19
Views: 6179

Re: Adobe Lightroom (full version) on sale at B&H for $69

Thanks guys. I somehow missed the "boxed or download" part. I think I'll download that free trial copy and see what all the hub-bub is about!
by J-Miz
February 16th, 2014, 5:43 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Adobe Lightroom (full version) on sale at B&H for $69
Replies: 19
Views: 6179

Re: Adobe Lightroom (full version) on sale at B&H for $69

I know I asked this before, but I forget. I have CS4 which I use for editing (I shoot RAW and adjust WB, contrast, clone stuff out, etc). What does Lightroom have that CS4 doesn't? And is this deal available in the boxed version? I for whatever reason prefer a physical copy as opposed to a download.
by J-Miz
February 9th, 2014, 7:47 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Fun at Forsythe
Replies: 5
Views: 1854

Re: "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow + Fun at Forsythe

Your sparrow looks more like a Song Sparrow and your Brant looks to be a female Bufflehead.

That said, I am jealous of your location. Try Barnegat Lighthouse next...harlequin ducks, scoters, long-tailed ducks...and I think there may be a snowy owl or two hanging out there. Not far from Forsythe!
by J-Miz
January 30th, 2014, 2:52 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A Few Michigan Birds
Replies: 5
Views: 2452

Re: A Few Michigan Birds

Nice shots, young man...and plenty more on your flickr page.
by J-Miz
January 16th, 2014, 3:55 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Birds December 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 2172

Re: Costa Rica Birds December 2013

Arrgh! So jealous! The quetzals alone are enough to make me want to take the trip. The chlorophonia, toucans, hummingbirds, and tanagers are icing on the cake.
by J-Miz
January 15th, 2014, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Ohio, 2013
Replies: 29
Views: 7948

Re: Southeast Ohio, 2013

Cool stuff. Love all those southern OH species I can't get up here in Cuyahoga.

And did I read that correctly...no live garters for the entire year??
by J-Miz
January 13th, 2014, 5:50 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 30
Views: 23973

Re: North American big cats

Excellent story on that Jaguar. So cool. I guess all of us big mammal lovers are now going to bringing hound dogs out with us when in AZ...
by J-Miz
January 13th, 2014, 5:27 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 30
Views: 23973

Re: North American big cats

Joshua Jones wrote:A hunter's dogs treed a jaguar in Southern AZ after the hunter thought they were on a lion track...(
Are you sure that wasn't an ocelot?

http://www.adventure-journal.com/2011/0 ... n-arizona/
by J-Miz
January 10th, 2014, 6:27 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon mid-level DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 3060

Re: Canon mid-level DSLR

Indeed...tons of options. I've used the following Canon bodies, not all of them extensively, some just to play with briefly and sell for a profit: Rebels (1.6x crop): Xti, T1i Semi-pro 1.6x: 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 7D APS-H (1.3x crop): 1D Mark III FF: 5D Mark II They are all good cameras, perfectly cap...
by J-Miz
January 8th, 2014, 7:32 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon mid-level DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 3060

Re: Canon mid-level DSLR

Tons of options. Are you only interested in buying new, or are you open to buying used? What is your budget on the camera body only (remember-- lenses, flashes, cards, support, etc all add up more than the body)? I know nothing about Nikon, but why didn't the D5000 fit you?
by J-Miz
January 5th, 2014, 4:27 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A Few Pictures and Some ID requested
Replies: 5
Views: 2306

Re: A Few Pictures and Some ID requested

Red-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Great Horned Owl
by J-Miz
December 30th, 2013, 2:42 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Photographic Sampler of the Birds of Borneo
Replies: 3
Views: 2358

Re: Photographic Sampler of the Birds of Borneo

Wow is right! I like to disagree with people at times, but hard to argue with those pittas. They are my favorite of the lot, too! Wonderful photos.
by J-Miz
December 28th, 2013, 2:44 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Black vs. Turkey Vultures
Replies: 8
Views: 2627

Re: Black vs. Turkey Vultures

http://www.sacredfriend.org/pdfs/Black_ ... ltures.pdf

Blacks tend to be more aggressive and will drive away the more placid turkey vultures. Also, strength in numbers!
by J-Miz
December 24th, 2013, 2:55 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Cool bird on the Painted Restart. I've seen them in southeast Arizona and they truly are beautiful. Don't be depressed, Chris. I'll never get 350 birds in Ohio. Oh well. It's just fun to have lists, and right now I'm looking to get to 300 for the state. Once there, it won't be as much fun anymore!
by J-Miz
December 3rd, 2013, 7:14 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Ivory-billed Woodpecker sighting! (Oklahoma, Sept. 4, 1820)
Replies: 9
Views: 3893

Re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker sighting! (Oklahoma, Sept. 4, 18

Hmmm...I thought it was the other way around (breeding in Arizona and northern Mexico, wintering solely in Mexico). I think heavy predation by raptors was a big reason they couldn't be successfully established in Arizona.
by J-Miz
December 3rd, 2013, 2:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Ivory-billed Woodpecker sighting! (Oklahoma, Sept. 4, 1820)
Replies: 9
Views: 3893

Re: Ivory-billed Woodpecker sighting! (Oklahoma, Sept. 4, 18

Agreed...how cool would that have been to see Carolina Parakeets in the eastern U.S.! But let's not forget about the more recent loss of native Psittacidae : Thick-billed Parrot (southeast AZ). I always seem to forget about those. But back to the Ivory-billed Woodpeckers...what the heck is the deal ...
by J-Miz
December 3rd, 2013, 2:39 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Snowy Owls....on their way south
Replies: 12
Views: 4281

Re: Snowy Owls....on their way south

I got to see two this weekend at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland, right before heading to work. I heard some talk about Northern Hawk-owls potentially moving south...but forgot the exact context of which that was mentioned.
by J-Miz
December 1st, 2013, 3:35 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Pretty neat that the eared was a state-lifer for both of us. Eared Grebe isn't that rare in the state and with us both over 290 species you'd imagine one of us would have caught one earlier! I went out for about 90 minutes this morning before work, and while there were no lifers to add I did see two...
by J-Miz
November 28th, 2013, 6:06 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 205548

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Spent another enjoyable morning at Lake Erie today in Cleveland, OH. Found a state-lifer (#291 for Ohio): http://i441.photobucket.com/albums/qq131/swamp_ratter/EaredGrebewh_zpsd6e3d655.jpg Eared Grebe , picked out among the common Horned Grebes. And while not a lifer, this guy was entertaining birde...