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Old 02-05-2014, 07:47 PM   #11
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All this talk about the photo above, I decided to create this thread to discuss what makes a good photo:

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Don't get me wrong, I am very happy with the photo, I just didn't think I had much at first. Also, it could be that I took the photo later in the day after going through the first batch and finding nothing too spectacular.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:10 PM   #12
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Thank you so much, kchd!

I have another one of her (or is that an immature male?)...
It's a female. An immature male would have a dull grey bill. That orange bill is a giveaway
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It's a female. An immature male would have a dull grey bill. That orange bill is a giveaway
Thanks, kchd. I should know that--actually, I did know that when I was younger, but I've since forgotten (and was too lazy to look it up).

She seems to have a lot more color than I expected, but, then again, I usually don't get to look at them so close up.
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Here are my two submissions for the photo contest: a northern hawk owl, which is wintering in Vermont right now (life bird for me!), and a hairy/downy woodpecker female. I started out thinking hairy due to size, but wanted to change to downy once looking closely at the bill size. Help?
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I'm truly jealous of your Northern hawk owl what a shot Congrats! As for the wood pecker I'm leaning towards downy.
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disuhan, congratulations on your life bird--and the beautiful, excellent shot!
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I'd say downy too because of the shorter bill.
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It strikes me a hairy also but the beak isn't too visible
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Here are my two submissions for the photo contest: a northern hawk owl, which is wintering in Vermont right now (life bird for me!), and a hairy/downy woodpecker female. I started out thinking hairy due to size, but wanted to change to downy once looking closely at the bill size. Help?
Ooooh, dishuan! Northern hawk owl would be a lifer for me, too. Love the photo!!!

Re: your woodpecker, check this link out:
A new clue for identifying Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Sibley Guides
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Ooooh, dishuan! Northern hawk owl would be a lifer for me, too. Love the photo!!!
It truly is a beautiful shot. Great composition, great pose, everything.

I'd never even heard of a Northern hawk owl before...but, believe me, if I see one, I'd be thrilled. To get such a remarkable shot of it is just icing on the cake--thick, delicious icing.
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