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Post by Matt Buckingham » December 3rd, 2012, 8:42 pm

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Post by chrish » December 3rd, 2012, 9:29 pm

Wow, Wild Turkey followed by Turkey Vulture. Hunter-MX should get extra credit for using the whole word rather than just the first letter!
periglenes wrote:Rats! I've been waiting to play an "R" because I have a herp in a bird photo... maybe R will come around again and I won't be so slow on the trigger.
Well, here's one for you...

Pacific Reef-Heron (since Reef-Heron is hyphanted, I say it counts as an R)

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Post by nightdriver » December 3rd, 2012, 10:30 pm

Block ;)

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Post by periglenes » December 4th, 2012, 5:08 am

Block ;)
No fair! :x I was :sleep: !

You owe me an R, nightdriver. :lol: :lol: :lol:

(Thanks for the soft pitch, Chrish!) :)

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Post by Hunter-MX » December 4th, 2012, 7:13 am

I am forgetting what I posted and in which thread...

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Post by chrish » December 4th, 2012, 11:11 am

I have an Eastern Rosella shot somewhere if I can find it. That would hand you another R, periglenes. I'm sure someone will intervene before then however.

EDIT - Can't find that photo and I don't have a European Robin or other such E-R offering. So here's my lifer Eurasian Jay to keep us moving...

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Post by nightdriver » December 4th, 2012, 10:11 pm

periglenes wrote:
Block ;)
No fair! :x I was :sleep: !

You owe me an R, nightdriver. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Sorry man, I had had to take my shot. :cry:

I've got an American Robin, Common Raven, and Greater roadrunner .......in the wings :lol: :lol:

Can we repeat birds others have used? :?

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Post by chrish » December 4th, 2012, 10:28 pm

nightdriver wrote: I've got an American Robin, Common Raven, and Greater roadrunner .......in the wings :lol: :lol:

Can we repeat birds others have used? :?
The goal was to try not to, but if we get desperate.....

Unfortunately, I stuck us with a J which was a letter which gave us trouble before. We can't use Jabiru since it is one word, but there are birds whose names start's with:
Jack, Jackal, Jackass, Jackson's, Jacky (hyphenated), Jamaican, Jambandu, Jambu, Jameson's, James's, Jandaya, Japanese, Java, Javan, Jelski's, Jerdon's, Jet, Jobi, Jocotoco, Johanna's, Johannes's, Johnson's, Jos, Josephine's, Jouanin's, Joyful, Juan, Jungle, Junin and last, but not least, the only North American J first bird name.....Juniper.

Anyone have a picture of Baeolophus ridgwayi? Someone out west must?

If nothing by tomorrow night, I can repost a J bird name.

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Post by nightdriver » December 4th, 2012, 11:24 pm

I knew I should have taken that titmouse picture when I had the chance :?

Man, I'm never going to be able to keep track of what's been posted. :roll:

I'm pretty sure I have a Xantus murrelet shot somewhere. Keep 'em coming guys. I love this.

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Post by Curtis Hart » December 5th, 2012, 8:16 pm

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I also have some Jackass Penguins if we get stuck again.

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Post by chrish » December 5th, 2012, 10:09 pm

Javan Munia, outstanding! I know they are trash birds in Java, but still great to get off the J!

Here'a Mealy Parrot from Ecuador.

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Post by chrish » December 5th, 2012, 10:11 pm

nightdriver wrote:I knew I should have taken that titmouse picture when I had the chance :?

Man, I'm never going to be able to keep track of what's been posted. :roll:

I'm pretty sure I have a Xantus murrelet shot somewhere. Keep 'em coming guys. I love this.

-nightdriver
The problem is you won't get to use that until someone posts a bird whose last name starts with X and none of us seem to be able to find our Plain Xenops photos!

Where were you when we were searching desperately for a Xantus Murrelet a few pages ago? :lol:

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Post by nightdriver » December 5th, 2012, 10:30 pm

Good thing you have J's, I have lots of Jaeger pictures. ;)

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Post by Owen » December 5th, 2012, 11:31 pm

Anna's Hummingbird

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Post by periglenes » December 6th, 2012, 4:27 am

How the heck does a hummer lose a toe?

Killer shot by the way!

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Post by chrish » December 6th, 2012, 10:58 am

periglenes wrote:How the heck does a hummer lose a toe?

Killer shot by the way!
I agree about it being a great shot, but I think the middle toe is just behind the lateral toe.

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Post by Owen » December 6th, 2012, 11:05 am

He's got all his toes:

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Post by Curtis Hart » December 6th, 2012, 5:40 pm

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Post by periglenes » December 6th, 2012, 7:50 pm

Point of order? Is it legal to play birds based not on AOU (or authority) names but on names of subspecies/races/regional populations? For example, can one play a Krider's Red-tailed Hawk for K, or Lesser Canada Goose for the current L? Or would that lead to chaos?

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Post by Owen » December 6th, 2012, 8:16 pm

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Post by nightdriver » December 6th, 2012, 8:26 pm

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Post by chrish » December 7th, 2012, 5:16 am

periglenes wrote:Point of order? Is it legal to play birds based not on AOU (or authority) names but on names of subspecies/races/regional populations? For example, can one play a Krider's Red-tailed Hawk for K, or Lesser Canada Goose for the current L? Or would that lead to chaos?
Only if we get stuck, oh what the hell, I guess valid common names for ssp. are OK since a few have passed already.

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Post by chrish » December 7th, 2012, 5:18 am

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Post by periglenes » December 7th, 2012, 5:41 am

American Robin ... er... American Goldfinch

Pick one, I guess...

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Post by periglenes » December 7th, 2012, 5:42 am

And I claim another bonus point.

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Post by Owen » December 7th, 2012, 9:03 am

and you can't post twice in a row, so setting up your 'R' doesn't work for you :(

Ross's Goose (the small one flanked by bodyguards) Sorry for the big pic. Hard to resize old ones.

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Post by periglenes » December 7th, 2012, 6:12 pm

I never even thought about the fact that I need an "R" and I was setting up and "R"!

Nice shot, Owen! Razor sharp. Nobody has been posting EXIF or camera data, but I think it might be really nice to know how some of these great shots were achieved. My old dSLR can't autofocus nearly fast enough to shoot flying birds, so I'm very jealous. What's your gear?

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Post by rip18 » December 7th, 2012, 6:56 pm

Yes, there have been some absolutely WONDERFUL pictures shared!
periglenes wrote: Nobody has been posting EXIF or camera data, but I think it might be really nice to know how some of these great shots were achieved. My old dSLR can't autofocus nearly fast enough to shoot flying birds, so I'm very jealous. What's your gear?

-Frank

I can help you out with what Owen was shooting on the goose shot... Sony A700 DSLR, 500 mm lens (for a 750 mm equivalent to a 35 mm), f/7.1, 1/2000th second, ISO 500, natural light.

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Post by rip18 » December 7th, 2012, 6:59 pm

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Post by Owen » December 7th, 2012, 7:25 pm

rip18 wrote:Yes, there have been some absolutely WONDERFUL pictures shared!
periglenes wrote: Nobody has been posting EXIF or camera data, but I think it might be really nice to know how some of these great shots were achieved. My old dSLR can't autofocus nearly fast enough to shoot flying birds, so I'm very jealous. What's your gear?

-Frank

I can help you out with what Owen was shooting on the goose shot... Sony A700 DSLR, 500 mm lens (for a 750 mm equivalent to a 35 mm), f/7.1, 1/2000th second, ISO 500, natural light.
Yeah that's a 2007 model camera. Lens is the Tamron 200-500mm f5-6.3. I almost threw up a Greater Roadrunner, but I didn't want to put that easy 'R' up there (plus that bird had been played previously).

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Post by nightdriver » December 7th, 2012, 8:26 pm

Hope this hasn't been used.

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Post by periglenes » December 7th, 2012, 8:32 pm

I think the "R" thing is over. Even if someone lobs one up there, my Red-tail eating a garter snake will not live up to the anticipation :lol: . So if I get the chance, I'll play something else that starts with R... actually almost everything I have that starts with R has already been played... :crazyeyes:

And here's W:

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Nuttals Woodpecker

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Post by Owen » December 8th, 2012, 9:25 am

OK, played the VR before, but a different bird, so... here's the R:

Virginia Rail

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Post by chrish » December 8th, 2012, 10:14 am

periglenes wrote:I never even thought about the fact that I need an "R" and I was setting up and "R"!

Nice shot, Owen! Razor sharp. Nobody has been posting EXIF or camera data, but I think it might be really nice to know how some of these great shots were achieved. My old dSLR can't autofocus nearly fast enough to shoot flying birds, so I'm very jealous. What's your gear?

-Frank
Frank,

If you use Google Chrome, there is a free EXIF viewer extension which will allow you to see the EXIF from any photo online by right clicking it.
For IE and Firefox, there is a free Opanda IEXIF extension you can download to give you the same capacity in IE and Firefox.
I don't know about Safari because I use computers, not Macs :lol: .

I use these things all the time to see people's EXIF data to find out how they took a shot.
Of course, some people strip EXIF data from photos before posting. Those same people are wary of black helicopters flying around their neighborhood as well. :shock: :lol:

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Post by chrish » December 8th, 2012, 10:19 am

Oops.....edit.....R, not V....

The safe way for me to make sure we haven't already used the name......use New Zealand bird shots.

Red-billed Gull (aka New Zealand Trash Gull)

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Post by chrish » December 8th, 2012, 11:11 am

In case you are wondering, we have managed to post photos of (in game order)

Round One - Any starting letter
Southern Royal Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Crested Guan
Dusky Grouse
Eastern Phoebe
Dunlin (oops)
Field Sparrow
Green Heron
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Inca Dove
Jabiru
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Southern Lapwing
Mountain Bluebird
White-tailed Nightjar
Ocellated Turkey
Karoo Prinia
Golden-headed Quetzal
Robust Woodpecker
Sandwich Tern
Tree Swallow
Upland Sandpiper
Volcano Hummingbird
Wood Stork
Yellow-headed Blackbird (as Xanthocephalus for X)
Yellow Grosbeak
Zenaida Dove

Second Round - First word of bird name
Anhinga
Burrowing Owl
Canada Goose
Double-toothed Kite
Eastern Screech-Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Green-headed Tanager
Gould's Wild Turkey (for G) (another oops)
Hooded Warbler
Ipswitch Savannah Sparrow (for I)
Jungle Mynah
Killdeer
Limpkin
Mottled Owl
Northern Jacana
Osprey
Pileated Woodpecker
Boat-tailed Grackle (as Quiscalus for Q)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Short-eared Owl
Tricolored Heron
Upland Sandpiper (second time)
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
West Mexican Chachalaca
Spotted Woodcreeper (as Xiphorhynchus for X)
Yellow-billed Babbler
Zenaida Dove (for Z again)

Round Three - Last Word of Bird Name
Collared Aracari
Least Bittern
Yellow-winged Cacique
White-capped Dipper
Martial Eagle
Vermillian Flycatcher
Hawaiian Goose
Tricolored Heron (again)
White Ibis
Pomarine Jaegar
Northern Black Korhaan
Rainbow Lorikeet
Russet-crowned Motmot
European (sic Eurasian) Nuthatch
Asian Openbill
Pyrrhuloxia
Singing Quail
Orange-fronted Parakeet (oops again)
Lilac-breasted Roller
Henslow's Sparrow
Tomtit
Umbrellabird (stolen from web)
Black Vulture
Whimbrel
Lesser Yellowlegs


Round Four - Using last letter of previous bird name - this one didn't work so well.
Andean Emerald
Double-crested Cormorant
Trumpeter Swan
Northern Bobwhite
Eastern Bluebird
Dunlin
Northern Cardinal
Little Blue Heron
Northern Mockingbird
Dickcissel
Least Sandpiper
Red-shouldered Hawk
Kelp Gull
Least Grebe
Eared Grebe
Eastern Meadowlark
Kirtland's Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird


Round Five - two part names, next bird with first letter of last name of previous
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Sandhill Crane
Carolina Wren
Wandering Tattler
Tufted Duck
Dusky Flycatcher
Florida Scrub-Jay
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Brown Pelican
Palm Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Scarlet Macaw
Mediterranean Gull
Green-breasted Mango
Mountain Bluebird (except they were Westerns!)
Bald Eagle
Eastern Kingbird
Kalihari Scrub-robin
Snowy Egret
Eastern Bluebird
Blue Bunting
Black Oystercatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wood Stork
Short-tailed Hawk
Harpy Eagle
Eastern Towhee
Tyrian Metaltail
Masked Tityra
Tree Swallow
Short-tailed Shearwater
Southern Screamer
Snow Goose
Greater Sapphirewing
Shining Honeycreeper
Hooded Merganser
Mexican Sheartail
Surf Scoter
Swainson's Hawk
Hooded Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
White Ibis
Indigo Bunting
Orange-breasted Bunting
Booted Racket-tail
Rufous Hummingbird
Hooded Merganser
Mute Swan
Smooth-billed Ani
American Bittern
Boat-billed Heron
Harris' Hawk
Hepatic Tanager
Tricolored Heron
Hairy Woodpecker
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
Squirrel Cuckoo
Calliope Hummingbird
Horned Puffin
Protonotary Warbler
Western Gull
Green Kingfisher
Kentucky Warbler
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Red-winged Blackbird
Blue-winged Parrotlet
Pacific Reef-Heron
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Golden-crowned Emerald
Eurasian Jay
Javan Munia
Mealy Parrot
Parakeet Auklet
Anna's Hummingbird
Horned Lark
Lazuli Bunting
Brown Booby
BUller's Albatross
American Robin
Ross' Goose
Green Heron
House Wren
White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuttal's Woodpecker
Warbling Vireo
Virginia Rail
Red-billed Gull

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Post by chrish » December 8th, 2012, 11:19 am

Or, if you want to know what taxa we have used, we have managed to scrounge up photos of 174 taxa so far.

Of those, onlyy 104 (just under 60%) have been species that regularly occur in the US.

Not bad for a bunch of herpers....or maybe we just have too much time on our hands?

American Bittern
American Robin
Andean Emerald
Anhinga
Anna's Hummingbird
Asian Openbill
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Black Vulture
Black-footed Albatross
Blue Bunting
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Blue-winged Parrotlet
Boat-billed Heron
Boat-tailed Grackle (as Quiscalus for Q)
Booted Racket-tail
Brown Booby
Brown Pelican
Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Buller's Albatross
Burrowing Owl
Calliope Hummingbird
Canada Goose
Carolina Wren
Collared Aracari
Crested Guan
Dickcissel
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-toothed Kite
Dunlin (twice)
Dusky Flycatcher
Dusky Grouse
Eared Grebe
Eastern Bluebird (twice)
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Screech-Owl
Eastern Towhee
Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Nuthatch
Fawn-breasted Brilliant
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
Field Sparrow
Florida Scrub-Jay
Golden-crowned Emerald
Golden-headed Quetzal
Gould's Wild Turkey (for G)
Greater Sapphirewing
Green Heron (twice)
Green Kingfisher
Green-breasted Mango
Green-headed Tanager
Hairy Woodpecker
Harpy Eagle
Harris' Hawk
Hawaiian Goose
Henslow's Sparrow
Hepatic Tanager
Hooded Merganser (twice - one male, one female)
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Warbler
Horned Lark
Horned Puffin
House Wren
Inca Dove
Indigo Bunting
Ipswitch Savannah Sparrow (for I)
Jabiru
Javan Munia
Jungle Mynah
Kalihari Scrub-robin
Karoo Prinia
Kelp Gull
Kentucky Warbler
Killdeer
Kirtland's Warbler
Lazuli Bunting
Least Bittern
Least Grebe
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lilac-breasted Roller
Limpkin
Little Blue Heron
Martial Eagle
Masked Tityra
Mealy Parrot
Mediterranean Gull
Mexican Sheartail
Mottled Owl
Mountain Bluebird
Mute Swan
Northern Black Korhaan
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Cardinal
Northern Jacana
Northern Mockingbird
Nuttal's Woodpecker
Ocellated Turkey
Orange-breasted Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Orange-fronted Parakeet
Orchard Oriole
Osprey
Pacific Reef-Heron
Palm Warbler
Parakeet Auklet
Pileated Woodpecker
Pomarine Jaegar
Protonotary Warbler
Pyrrhuloxia
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-billed Gull
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird (twice)
Robust Woodpecker
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Ross' Goose
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Russet-crowned Motmot
Sandhill Crane
Sandwich Tern
Scarlet Macaw
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Shining Honeycreeper
Short-eared Owl
Short-tailed Hawk
Short-tailed Shearwater
Singing Quail
Smooth-billed Ani
Snow Goose
Snowy Egret
Southern Lapwing
Southern Royal Albatross
Southern Screamer
Spotted Woodcreeper (as Xiphorhynchus for X)
Squirrel Cuckoo
Surf Scoter
Swainson's Hawk
Tomtit
Tree Swallow (twice)
Tricolored Heron (three times!)
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Duck
Turkey Vulture
Tyrian Metaltail
Umbrellabird (stolen from web)
Upland Sandpiper (twice)
Vermillian Flycatcher
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Virginia Rail (twice)
Volcano Hummingbird
Wandering Tattler
Warbling Vireo
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
West Mexican Chachalaca
Western Bluebird (entered as Mountains)
Western Gull
Whimbrel
White Ibis (twice)
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-capped Dipper
White-crowned Sparrow
White-tailed Nightjar
Wild Turkey
Wood Stork (twice)
Yellow Grosbeak
Yellow-billed Babbler
Yellow-headed Blackbird (as Xanthocephalus for X)
Yellow-winged Cacique
Zenaida Dove (twice)

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by periglenes » December 8th, 2012, 2:05 pm

If you use Google Chrome, there is a free EXIF viewer extension which will allow you to see the EXIF from any photo online by right clicking it.
For IE and Firefox, there is a free Opanda IEXIF extension you can download to give you the same capacity in IE and Firefox.
I don't know about Safari because I use computers, not Macs .

I use these things all the time to see people's EXIF data to find out how they took a shot.
Of course, some people strip EXIF data from photos before posting. Those same people are wary of black helicopters flying around their neighborhood as well.
Thanks, Chris!

I use a Mac with Safari, not a mere computer :lol: . I found a Safari Add-on that does the job. I'll probably install it if it looks stable. As for the black helicopters, since herpers try to keep locations secret (less of an issue for birds) and more cameras are adding GPS capabilities, it seems like stripping GPS coordinates is a good habit for herp shots.

Thanks so much for the game summary. Pretty impressive stats!

And that NZTG is killer. I love the red eye ring!

-Frank

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by periglenes » December 8th, 2012, 2:11 pm

Trying not to repeat taxa means we skip over better photos of used taxa in preference for lesser (in my case, crappy) photos of unplayed taxa...

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by Curtis Hart » December 8th, 2012, 4:10 pm

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by nightdriver » December 8th, 2012, 7:30 pm

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by chrish » December 9th, 2012, 3:31 pm

I was going to post a photo of an Orange Oriole, but since O is a tough one, I will go with:

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by Owen » December 9th, 2012, 5:52 pm

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Tags were reported and the young bird had fledged at a cliff about 10 miles north of where photographed.

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by periglenes » December 9th, 2012, 6:24 pm

I love the Prairie Falcon! Wonderful!

For F I have a Field Sparrow


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Re: Alphabirding

Post by nightdriver » December 9th, 2012, 6:42 pm

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by rip18 » December 9th, 2012, 7:08 pm

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As a side note for Periglenes - I shot this one a couple of days ago while out scouting for a potential visit by a herper/birder.... ;)

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Re: Alphabirding

Post by Curtis Hart » December 9th, 2012, 7:10 pm

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