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by J-Miz
December 6th, 2011, 5:55 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Birds of Bangkok (and a couple surrounding areas)
Replies: 9
Views: 3417

Re: Birds of Bangkok (and a couple surrounding areas)

I'd have to look those up, too...

but off-hand I know the long-tailed bird is a Shama (White-rumped Shama). At least I think so! The bird above it is a wagtail. The last bird I believe is a Coppersmith Barbet.
by J-Miz
December 4th, 2011, 11:22 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: S Texas, Fall '11
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Re: S Texas, Fall '11

Awesome stuff. Any serious birder needs to make it to the LRGV at some point. I've yet to go but salivate over the jays, orioles, doves, etc that you cannot find elsewhere in the US.
by J-Miz
December 4th, 2011, 7:01 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Duck ID please?
Replies: 3
Views: 1082

Re: Duck ID pleae?

Yep. Ruddy Ducks. The similar Masked Duck would have a white eyebrow (hence, two dark stripes on face).
by J-Miz
December 3rd, 2011, 2:35 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Off-shoe Camera Cord for Flash or wireless setup
Replies: 5
Views: 1796

Re: Off-shoe Camera Cord for Flash or wireless setup

There is a product, the Canon ST-E2, that is a wireless transmitter. Fits in your camera's hotshoe and will do the trick. The off-shoe camera cords are pretty cheap; I bought a cheap-o Chinese version and it has worked well for me.
by J-Miz
December 1st, 2011, 8:05 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Northern Mockingbird
Replies: 1
Views: 642

Northern Mockingbird

Haven't posted as I haven't been out. Did take a walk today and lugged the camera gear with me; I tried a 2x teleconverter for the first time, and it gave pretty decent results. Northern Mockingbirds are abundant in the south, but in northeastern Ohio I'd say they are pretty scarce and local. I usua...
by J-Miz
November 30th, 2011, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Year in Photographs
Replies: 36
Views: 8251

Re: The Year in Photographs

Looks like a pretty good year to me :thumb:

Awesome shots...I especially like the second Two-lined Sally, Red-cheeked Salamander, and the last (close-up) shot of the Pine snake.
by J-Miz
November 28th, 2011, 8:05 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Scrub Euphonia
Replies: 5
Views: 1378

Re: Scrub Euphonia

Nice-looking birds!
by J-Miz
November 25th, 2011, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Cell Phone Pics from Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

Re: A Couple Cell Phone Pics from Arizona

Sheesh...what type of cell phone were you using? Very nice shots.
by J-Miz
November 22nd, 2011, 4:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)
Replies: 68
Views: 9507

Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 2: GA and beyond (major DUW)

Those aren't southern two-lined sallies?

Great photos...you keep getting better and better :)
by J-Miz
November 18th, 2011, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sissy Herping in Paradise
Replies: 12
Views: 1613

Re: Sissy Herping in Paradise

That proboscis monkey looks like me!
by J-Miz
November 16th, 2011, 3:34 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Time for a macro lense but which one?
Replies: 9
Views: 2406

Re: Time for a macro lense but which one?

Canon 100/2.8.
by J-Miz
November 14th, 2011, 4:45 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Festival of the cranes
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Re: Festival of the cranes

There used to be a show called "Nature Scene" that I used to watch as a kid. Pretty much two naturalists visiting all sorts of parks across North America (and sometimes Europe) who just talked a bit about whatever they found. I really liked it. Anyhoo, they did a show on Bosque del Apache. As a bird...
by J-Miz
November 12th, 2011, 4:44 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A little ID help?
Replies: 4
Views: 804

Re: A little ID help?

Agree on American Wigeon...primarily due to the black border on the bill.

Other bird looks like a typical, everday American Robin.
by J-Miz
November 10th, 2011, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Breaking the Bet, Part 1: CA and AZ (DUW)
Replies: 34
Views: 4716

Re: Breaking the Bet, Part 1: CA and AZ (DUW)

Nice shots! I was wondering where you've been. It seems the herpers that I know in person post less and less.

Looks like you're getting some sweet shots with that 100-400. I love that beautiful Earless Lizard...and those colorful Collareds. And I don't see too many Bighorns on these forums :)
by J-Miz
November 9th, 2011, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Texas
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Snake ID, Texas

Huh...maybe I was right the first time? And yeah...what did happen to that tail :lol:

*Now that I look at the cross-section drawing, I don't think what I'm seeing at all applies to the illustration. Nevermind there.
by J-Miz
November 9th, 2011, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Texas
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: Snake ID, Texas

Or maybe a Great Plains Rat Snake. I was mistaken when I thought the original ID was Texas Rat...the first response as Great Plains Rat and that does sound pretty good. Now that I think of it, its body looks "ridged" in the center...kind of like those "loaf of bread" cross-sections you see in Conant...
by J-Miz
November 9th, 2011, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Texas
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Snake ID, Texas

I frequent a photography forum and recently checked out the wildlife threads. Someone was curious about a DOR snake he had photographed in Texas. He was given an identification of "Texas Rat Snake" but I'm not too sure. I thought it was a Prairie Kingsnake and asked for permission to post it here. W...
by J-Miz
November 6th, 2011, 12:06 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 221063

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Andy Avram wrote:
J-Miz wrote:Walter C. Best Preserve?
Get out of my head!
(Fingers massaging his temples, eyes closed...)

I'm seeing the Red Phalarope at Headlands Beach State Park...the Sabine's Gull at Eastlake Power Plant...no?
by J-Miz
November 6th, 2011, 12:01 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon EOS T3i question
Replies: 10
Views: 3088

Re: Canon EOS T3i question

Truthfully, any DSLR these days is going to be pretty good, and the T3i is no exception. When it comes to DSLR shooting, it is the lens that is far more important than the camera body. Unless you're offered a sensational deal, I might recommend picking up a different used body and using your availab...
by J-Miz
November 1st, 2011, 3:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Russet-crowned Motmot
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Russet-crowned Motmot

Uno minuto...they shape their tail feathers into rackets?? If so, I also find that interesting. I'm no motmotologist, but I think one of the field marks for the Turquoise-browed Motmot is a longer bare shaft on the tail feathers (separating rackets from rest of tail) than other motmot species. I won...
by J-Miz
October 30th, 2011, 6:52 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Russet-crowned Motmot
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Russet-crowned Motmot

Spectacular bird! I love motmots!
by J-Miz
October 29th, 2011, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick So. Il. Post
Replies: 13
Views: 1772

Re: Quick So. Il. Post

Very nice post, Justin. My favorite part though was the very end. I was lucky enough to get my lifer Kirtland's in Ohio last October. They really are fascinating! Hope you can get your hands on him in the future.
by J-Miz
October 26th, 2011, 3:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, lots of photos and long winded
Replies: 39
Views: 15216

Re: Costa Rica, lots of photos and long winded

Yet another great post from Costa Rica! Wonderful wonderful photos! Too bad about the ISO, but I cannot see the grain in any of the photos, to be honest!

:thumb:
by J-Miz
October 25th, 2011, 4:16 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 221063

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Andy Avram wrote:Red-necked Grebe. So I have now finished off all the North American Grebes! Time to pull that page of the field guide out.

Andy
Walter C. Best Preserve?
by J-Miz
October 22nd, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Rescue from fishing line
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: Rescue from fishing line

Good job, indeed!
by J-Miz
October 15th, 2011, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Francisco, East Texas, and the Blue Ridge
Replies: 21
Views: 2099

Re: San Francisco, East Texas, and the Blue Ridge

AWESOME. Love your photography. Great finds. Stellar post no matter how you slice it!
by J-Miz
October 10th, 2011, 4:39 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Ultra Wide Angle lens suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 4343

Re: Ultra Wide Angle lens suggestions?

About minimum focusing distances:

http://imaging.nikon.com/history/basics/19/04.htm
by J-Miz
October 9th, 2011, 5:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Gift of Herps
Replies: 6
Views: 1424

Re: A Gift of Herps

Haha...the thought of driving by and seeing a young boy with a 6' snake probably freaks out a lot of people.

Pretty awesome story; he is pretty lucky to have someone to show him the ropes as far as herping/etiquette go. Maybe somebody will even read this and donate a corn for this kid!
by J-Miz
October 9th, 2011, 5:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This Weekend at Snake Road
Replies: 22
Views: 2951

Re: This Weekend at Snake Road

Awesome! Wish it was my trip. I really like that Red Milk and the Copperhead. Hell, I liked it all :)
by J-Miz
October 2nd, 2011, 8:15 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Ultra Wide Angle lens suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 4343

Re: Ultra Wide Angle lens suggestions?

I may be of no help here... I originally bought a Canon 10-22mm lens a couple years ago, hoping to do herp-in-habitat shots. For some reason, however, I never really did anything with the lens. I think I tried to shoot a couple times and figured that it was too wide. I was also more interested in ty...
by J-Miz
October 2nd, 2011, 4:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Snake Road Trip
Replies: 42
Views: 3197

Re: My Snake Road Trip

Awesome! I am very jealous of the milk and the worm snake. I am glad you had a great time :)
by J-Miz
October 2nd, 2011, 4:19 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: It seems like all i do is ask for ID help....
Replies: 4
Views: 1001

Re: It seems like all i do is ask for ID help....

Mute swans are an Old World species. They are often used to "beautify" city ponds or private estates. You can expect them throughout the country but it is in New England and the Great Lakes region where they are now established in the wild. They will probably increase their range in the future, whic...
by J-Miz
October 1st, 2011, 6:33 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: It seems like all i do is ask for ID help....
Replies: 4
Views: 1001

Re: It seems like all i do is ask for ID help....

Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shoveler (at the male is)
Spotted Sandpiper
Mute Swan
by J-Miz
September 30th, 2011, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Garter Snake
Replies: 14
Views: 1484

Re: Eastern Garter Snake

I think Matt might be hinting that it is unclear what the point is of this thread. Not to be mean, but you didn't include any text at all in this post. I don't think a shot of one of the most well-known and frequently-encountered herps in the U.S. is going to get many comments...and those that you d...
by J-Miz
September 26th, 2011, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake road at larue
Replies: 38
Views: 2950

Re: snake road at larue

I was down there for a weekend in mid-October 2009. There were record low temperatures and we awoke to frost (luckily we stayed at nice hotels...skip the Lincoln Inn!). Anyhoo, despite chilly weather, I was blown away by the amount and diversity of herps. We had twelve species of snakes alone from "...
by J-Miz
September 25th, 2011, 1:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake road-Goals
Replies: 15
Views: 1593

Re: Snake road-Goals

You should do well. October '09 was my sole visit and in a weekend I had all these except worm snake, diamondback water, and mole sally. It really is a magical place--you are going to love it.
by J-Miz
September 19th, 2011, 6:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Dakine Photo bag, so good!
Replies: 6
Views: 2026

Re: Dakine Photo bag, so good!

I don't know if the price is outrageous, really. Look at Lowepro's top bags...or Tamrac's or Think Tank's, etc. I think the Gura Gear Kiboko, for example, is $399. The Dakine bag actually might be a more affordable option to many other bags, especially if it can hold a super-telephoto (500/4, 600/4).
by J-Miz
September 14th, 2011, 4:10 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Birding in the "slow season"
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Birding in the "slow season"

Damnit, all those LRGV birds threw me off!
by J-Miz
September 14th, 2011, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptiles are cool, and phibs, and birds, and spiders.
Replies: 5
Views: 1479

Re: Reptiles are cool, and phibs, and birds, and spiders.

I think it is a Banded Argiope, A. trifasciata.
by J-Miz
September 14th, 2011, 2:31 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Birding in the "slow season"
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Birding in the "slow season"

Texas RULES! I actually like fall migration more than spring. I find the warblers have a beauty all their own at this time of the year, and the shorebird migration in Ohio is MUCH better in the fall, too. Awesome list of birds...several would-be lifers for me! You might want to revise your list thou...
by J-Miz
September 14th, 2011, 2:24 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Chris, ID help please?
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: Chris, ID help please?

Amazon Kingfisher. The similar green kingfisher has white barring in the wings and are much smaller.
by J-Miz
September 14th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake-A-Thon Part 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1065

Re: Snake-A-Thon Part 1

Sweet. I've never done a big day, but I do know my most species diverse day in northern Ohio was 8 species. On a separate outing, my dad and I found over 120 individual snakes in a single day...and not one was a water snake. I'd be interested in hearing what everyone else's big days are...especially...
by J-Miz
September 12th, 2011, 3:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Quick ID help
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: Quick ID help

Andy's the man!

I'd agree with Great-tailed...although I see your location listed as SoCal and Cape Cod. If you were at the latter, then I'd go with Boat-tailed due to distribution. Females of the two species are pretty similar.
by J-Miz
September 10th, 2011, 3:34 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Dakine Photo bag, so good!
Replies: 6
Views: 2026

Re: Dakine Photo bag, so good!

That is one bad-ass backpack. I wonder how it compares to the Lowepro Photo Trekker AW II... Thanks for the link :)
by J-Miz
September 9th, 2011, 12:11 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Shorebird ID
Replies: 9
Views: 1856

Re: Shorebird ID

Chris, that "least sandpiper" appears to be a juvenile Spotted Sandpiper. Although out-of-focus, you can even make out the barred wing coverts. Some people like spring migration most, with the colorful warblers, tanagers, etc. But the fall you get a much lengthier migration, starting with shorebirds...
by J-Miz
September 9th, 2011, 3:40 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Shorebird ID
Replies: 9
Views: 1856

Re: Shorebird ID

General body shape is KEY. Do an image google search for "juvenile red knot" and I am sure you will agree.
by J-Miz
September 8th, 2011, 4:02 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Shorebird ID
Replies: 9
Views: 1856

Re: Shorebird ID

Another Pectoral:

Image
by J-Miz
September 7th, 2011, 6:27 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Labor Day birds
Replies: 5
Views: 1271

Re: Labor Day birds

Very cool, Chris. I'm definitely jealous of you for living in Texas while I'm stuck in Snow-hio.
by J-Miz
September 6th, 2011, 7:58 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A few birds from Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 983

Re: A few birds from Peru

I'll give it a go: 1. Black-fronted Nunbird 2. Trogon sp. (Black-tailed?) 3. White-fronted Nunbird 4. Boat-billed Heron 5. Cocoi Heron 6. Black Skimmer 7. Chestnut-fronted Macaw 8. Silver-beaked Tanager 9. Smooth-billed Ani 10. Cocoi Heron 11. Yellow-rumped Cacique 12. Mealy Parrot 13. Masked Tityra...
by J-Miz
September 6th, 2011, 7:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Shorebird ID
Replies: 9
Views: 1856

Re: Shorebird ID

Perfect example of a Red Knot.