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by J-Miz
November 18th, 2013, 6:44 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 210403

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Agree with Andy. Lake Erie is absolutely amazing. I also missed a little gull yesterday...and it was seen again today. Good job on the RT loon, Andy. I've never seen a harlequin, either. Our AC/refrigerant guy at the family business is a hunter, and he shot a female/imm. harlequin off Cleveland last...
by J-Miz
November 17th, 2013, 6:53 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 210403

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Andy, Cool, I should have called! Yeah, the Red-throated was at Sunset Park and the scoters at Sims. The pelican was my first new bird in the state since 2010...haven't been birding much as of late. I think you're going to get that loon real soon, Andy. Now's the time! And I'm jealous of that Pacifi...
by J-Miz
November 17th, 2013, 1:44 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 210403

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Excellent shot with that white-throated sparrow! I haven't been keeping a life list for years now, but I have been keeping an Ohio-only list. I found my 290th species in Ohio today, a Brown Pelican that has been present along the Lake Erie shoreline since summer. I then went on to miss would-be Ohio...
by J-Miz
November 12th, 2013, 3:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Unidentifed birds from Borneo
Replies: 3
Views: 1730

Re: Unidentifed birds from Borneo

I don't know what they are for sure, as I do not own a field guide to the birds of Borneo, but here are my guesses:

Yellow-bellied Prinia
Blue Flycatcher (Pale Blue Flycatcher or Borneo Blue Flycatcher??)

Just tossing that out there!
by J-Miz
November 8th, 2013, 7:15 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: looking at getting a macro lens
Replies: 11
Views: 4094

Re: looking at getting a macro lens

Sigma and Tamron, as well as Tokina, make high-quality macro lenses as well. I'd just go for the Canon 100mm f/2.8 (the non-L, non-IS version). A nice used copy will cost around $400. I'd use that for a while, steadying your rig on your camera bag for example. Eventually you're going to want an exte...
by J-Miz
October 26th, 2013, 3:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Forum and Costa Rica compilation
Replies: 16
Views: 4233

Re: New to Forum and Costa Rica compilation

That quetzal alone is enough to make me hate you forever!
by J-Miz
October 23rd, 2013, 7:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NE Ohio October Herp/Leaf Combos
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: NE Ohio October Herp/Leaf Combos

By the way, your photos are getting better and better!
by J-Miz
October 23rd, 2013, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NE Ohio October Herp/Leaf Combos
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: NE Ohio October Herp/Leaf Combos

Nice job. Cool trees...I'm actually going out early tomorrow morning to look at the trees. Love the rat snake...I finally found one close to home (Brecksville Reservation) this year, but it was DOR. Looked as though it was purposely run over, as well :(
by J-Miz
October 15th, 2013, 5:14 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: my trip to Hilton head
Replies: 3
Views: 1908

Re: my trip to Hilton head

Boat-tailed Grackle on your mystery blackbird. Looks like a fun trip!
by J-Miz
September 25th, 2013, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT CYRIL STEBBINS (1915-2013)
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Re: IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT CYRIL STEBBINS (1915-2013)

Very sad; I'm glad someone so gifted and involved in such wonderful things had lived a long, fulfilled life.
by J-Miz
September 23rd, 2013, 7:09 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Algonquin Provincial Park?
Replies: 5
Views: 5264

Re: Algonquin Provincial Park?

Curtis,

Thanks for the useful info. Very interesting about the winter-time carcass feedings. And I hadn't known many consider those wolves as a northern subsp. of red wolf, although I had heard of the possibility as a new species (eastern timber wolf).
by J-Miz
September 21st, 2013, 7:08 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Algonquin Provincial Park?
Replies: 5
Views: 5264

Re: Algonquin Provincial Park?

Thanks, Andy.

Still in the infancy stage, but at just under an 8-hour drive it seems like a no-brainer. Deciding when to go is the greatest question at this point. Wish I got paid to do this stuff!
by J-Miz
September 20th, 2013, 9:25 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Computer for photo editing
Replies: 6
Views: 3271

Re: Computer for photo editing

Thanks for the info, guys.

To be clear, I should have mentioned I am more interested in a desktop. My laptop is still fine for travel, but I never go anywhere with it anyways so I don't need another laptop. Never thought of building my own computer....I might be too dim-witted for that!
by J-Miz
September 20th, 2013, 11:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Computer for photo editing
Replies: 6
Views: 3271

Computer for photo editing

I've been using a 5DII the last week or so, as I found one at a price I could justify splurging on (or perhaps selling for a small profit). However, it is a big jump in megapixels from my 1DIII (10mp to 21mp). The files are gorgeous, but editing them is almost impossible. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 9...
by J-Miz
September 20th, 2013, 9:33 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Algonquin Provincial Park?
Replies: 5
Views: 5264

Algonquin Provincial Park?

Just curious if anyone has done and mammal- or birdwatching in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. I was tinkering with heading out to the Adirondacks perhaps next year, but then realized Algonquin is the same distance. The possibility of seeing bear, wolves, moose, porcupine, marten, fisher, etc ...
by J-Miz
September 20th, 2013, 6:29 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: The Fight for 500... (5/28/16 - FINISHED)
Replies: 29
Views: 15876

Re: 2013: The Fight for 500... (updated: 9/17/13)

Some awesome finds there, Andy. Would love to see those birds (Lewis's Woodpecker, the rosy-finch, etc). I was at 400 around the turn of the century...and haven't moved much since!
by J-Miz
September 12th, 2013, 5:25 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX...for herping
Replies: 5
Views: 3012

Re: Canon MT-24EX...for herping

Thanks, Chris. My MT-24EX just arrived in the mail today and it came with Sto-Fen diffusers. I immediately noticed how easy they are to accidentally knock off when adjusting the position of the two flashes. Unfortunately, I still have to get an adapter so I can attach the macro light unit to my macr...
by J-Miz
September 10th, 2013, 1:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX...for herping
Replies: 5
Views: 3012

Re: Canon MT-24EX...for herping

Jeez...excellent shots, Jason. Those shadows are much less noticeable than the ones I've been getting with a single flash attached to the hotshoe. Yes, a wireless model would be even better. I did a quick google and found the Nikon version less clumsy-looking. Those catch lights don't really bother ...
by J-Miz
September 9th, 2013, 2:13 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX...for herping
Replies: 5
Views: 3012

Canon MT-24EX...for herping

Just bumped into a great price on a secondhand MT-24EX with Stofen diffusers. I was wondering how many Canon shooters own this flash and what lenses you find it useful with. I know it often is used with the 65mm mp-e, which I do not currently own. Sample shots taken with this flash are more than wel...
by J-Miz
September 6th, 2013, 10:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ohio- County Record
Replies: 10
Views: 2310

Re: Ohio- County Record

Suh-weet! Which county was that found in, if you don't mind me asking?
by J-Miz
August 25th, 2013, 5:54 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Monkey's from the amazon
Replies: 6
Views: 4045

Re: Monkey's from the amazon

Awesome work! My favorite is the first, although they are all excellent. Beautiful golden-mantled tamarin!
by J-Miz
August 24th, 2013, 4:31 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Why I bring birding gear herping . . .
Replies: 2
Views: 1631

Re: Why I bring birding gear herping . . .

Suh-weet! Awesome shot; love that bokeh. And you're using the same equipment for bird shots as I am!
by J-Miz
August 23rd, 2013, 11:46 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best Editing Software
Replies: 10
Views: 3924

Re: Best Editing Software

I think I saw a special on Lightroom 5 for $99. I am using Photoshop CS4 (but I now think I bought a pirated version). I think it is awesome, but I do wonder what Lightroom 5 has that CS4 doesn't, and vice versa.
by J-Miz
August 23rd, 2013, 6:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My favorite shots this year from Carolina and Virginia
Replies: 9
Views: 1607

Re: My favorite shots this year from Carolina and Virginia

Looks like you've gotten used to learning that DSLR. Awesome shots, and awesome finds :thumb:
by J-Miz
August 22nd, 2013, 4:30 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Natural pest control in my front yard!
Replies: 3
Views: 1675

Re: Natural pest control in my front yard!

Beautiful! I can never tire of tanagers. Pretty neat caterpillar, too. Is that a hornworm?
by J-Miz
August 20th, 2013, 6:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring-Summer in Ohio
Replies: 16
Views: 4184

Re: Spring-Summer in Ohio

Tamara and Todd--Thanks! Carl--Thanks for your advice on herping southern Ohio. I may have struck out on that copperhead otherwise! Vic--Thanks for the compliments! I realize Ohio may sound boring to someone who's never visited, but there's something for everybody here! Kricket, Carl, and Andy--Than...
by J-Miz
August 17th, 2013, 7:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring-Summer in Ohio
Replies: 16
Views: 4184

Spring-Summer in Ohio

I haven't been on the forum in quite some time. I'm a workaholic so I do not have much to contribute, but I was bored and figured I would share a few mostly common finds from Ohio. Hopefully I can get out a bit more this fall. April this year brought the first real display of woodland wildflowers. L...
by J-Miz
August 9th, 2013, 6:46 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Sometimes you get lucky....
Replies: 4
Views: 2014

Re: Sometimes you get lucky....

Two excellent posts! I rather enjoyed both :)
by J-Miz
August 4th, 2013, 6:44 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Couple shots from my last trip to Ecuador
Replies: 8
Views: 3288

Re: Couple shots from my last trip to Ecuador

Love those shots...my favorite being that quetzal. Jealous of that trip, that's for sure.
by J-Miz
August 2nd, 2013, 5:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Rebel T5i of EOS 60D
Replies: 14
Views: 5151

Re: Rebel T5i of EOS 60D

Brick, If I were to choose between the two, I would pick the 60D. Image quality will be essentially the same on these APS-C cameras. But the 60D has a better built, more weather sealing, and about double the battery life (1100 shots compared to 550). I don't know you, but judging by your avatar I be...
by J-Miz
July 21st, 2013, 5:07 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: US Flamingo and nesting stilt- UPDATED with new photos 7/22
Replies: 12
Views: 6223

Re: US Flamingo and nesting stilt

As per usual, absolutely fabulous photos, Don.
by J-Miz
February 28th, 2012, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introducing new herper?
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Introducing new herper?

Okay--I have known of this guy for a while now...not personally but have bumped into him in the field a couple times. He's a very skilled wildlife photographer (generally bird photography) and he lives very near to my residence. He apparently is becoming interested in herps, and as I'm a friend of h...
by J-Miz
February 26th, 2012, 11:15 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Flying squirrels: How to find?
Replies: 18
Views: 7848

Re: Flying squirrels: How to find?

Thanks, all. Andy- When you observed them during the daylight hours, what were they doing? Scurrying across a tree trunk? High, low...? The amount of time I've spent birding over all these years, I am surprised I've never seen one. Do you remember what type of tree it was that you had success with? ...
by J-Miz
February 26th, 2012, 9:25 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Flying squirrels: How to find?
Replies: 18
Views: 7848

Flying squirrels: How to find?

I live within the range of the Southern Flying Squirrel, and despite hearing that they are quite common (some even say VERY common) I have never seen one. I am aware that they are nocturnal, unlike our other squirrels, which is one of the reasons I've never found one. I have heard that you might get...
by J-Miz
February 24th, 2012, 10:37 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Mole viewing techniques?
Replies: 10
Views: 3513

Re: Mole viewing techniques?

Andy-- I know you traveled to Costa Rica. Did you pick up a copy of Fiona Reid's Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico ? She has, in the introduction, included some information on catching small mammals. If you don't own the book, let me know. I can email those pages to ...
by J-Miz
February 23rd, 2012, 5:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Finally
Replies: 14
Views: 2553

Re: Finally

Sheesh...and I thought I was lucky stumbling across a Barred Owl roost while on a tree ID walk today. I've only ever seen one Snowy...and that was from quite some distance. Great shots, Pete. As well, that Ipswich Sparrow is something I've never seen, either.
by J-Miz
February 22nd, 2012, 4:42 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Color...A theme for my morning (Now more pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Re: Color...A theme for my morning (Now more pics)

Among my favorite birds are grackles. I was delighted to see my first-of-year common grackle fly over my home this morning. I really like the noises they make. When I hit Arizona years back, I remember how enjoyable it was to wake up at the hotel to the sounds of great-taileds. I don't remember ever...
by J-Miz
February 19th, 2012, 12:50 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: OT - The great mammal thread!
Replies: 149
Views: 28185

Re: OT - The great mammal thread!

stlouisdude wrote:Something I love eating
I don't believe you. Have any photos to prove it?
by J-Miz
February 19th, 2012, 12:20 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: More ID's!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2456

Re: More ID's!!!

And by the way--

Don't be shy about asking us for ID help. I thoroughly enjoy helping out, and I'm sure most others do as well.
by J-Miz
February 19th, 2012, 12:16 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: More ID's!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 2456

Re: More ID's!!!

Okay, so I don't have all the answers. But Long-eared Owl and Lesser Goldfinch. Western Buteo hawk identification is more difficult than that in the east. In southern California, I think your dark-phase hawks present this time of year would be Ferruginous and Red-tailed...with maybe a rare Rough-leg...
by J-Miz
February 18th, 2012, 6:48 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Color...A theme for my morning (Now more pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Re: Color...A theme for my morning

Gotta love Mexico (just not the part I ventured to).

What is that that you are feeding the cacique? Looks pretty good. Keep it up and I might wind up at your feeder.
by J-Miz
February 18th, 2012, 4:03 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: South Africa, Jan '12
Replies: 12
Views: 7623

Re: South Africa, Jan '12

Now THAT is what I call a sweet trip! Take in the birds, herps, insects, scenery...why, I think my head might explode :crazyeyes:
by J-Miz
February 18th, 2012, 4:02 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Yellowstone trip from '07
Replies: 6
Views: 2799

Re: Yellowstone trip from '07

Nice diversity of cool mammals.

Your hawk is a Swainson's.
by J-Miz
February 17th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: First...
Replies: 6
Views: 2425

Re: First...

Neat. I've never seen a flying squirrel...nor have I seen a woodchuck climb.
by J-Miz
February 15th, 2012, 6:55 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Bird hunting sweden 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 3082

Re: Bird hunting sweden 2012

PNWHerper wrote:Nice photo. I think he is nervous, you can tell by the exclamation mark above his head. Just like you see in cartoons... :lol: :D
Ha!
by J-Miz
February 15th, 2012, 4:00 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Photo test post
Replies: 3
Views: 3067

Re: Photo test post

I see it, I see it!
by J-Miz
February 14th, 2012, 2:36 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Can you find the birds? - new photo added
Replies: 12
Views: 2516

Re: Can you find the birds? - new photo added

Thanks Andy! I saw a couple other things and was thinking, "Is that the other owl?" I was way off!
by J-Miz
February 13th, 2012, 5:14 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Can you find the birds? - new photo added
Replies: 12
Views: 2516

Re: Can you find the birds?

:( I found the first one fairly quickly, but still am not sure if I have the second one...
by J-Miz
February 12th, 2012, 11:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where most field guides fail..
Replies: 15
Views: 1740

Re: Where most field guides fail..

Most of the state guides (perhaps all?) on herps that I have include possible, hypothetical, or unaccepted record lists. But they never do show detailed distribution maps for the area at the edges of that species range which nearly penetrate the book's said coverage. That does not bother me, however...
by J-Miz
February 12th, 2012, 11:41 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: First Official Birding Trip
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: First Official Birding Trip

Forgot double-crested cormorant (swimming birds). Yes on red-winged blackbird and great blue heron.