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About AZLaurie

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    Photography: birds and an eclectic variety of other subjects. Also an avid, life-long Buffalo Bills fan and mental health advocate.

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  1. Good Camera For Beginning Birder?

    About a year ago, I upgraded from my beginner's Canon EOS T3i, which was actually very good, but had rather slow continuous shooting (maybe 5 fps) to a Canon EOS 7D Mark II. It was a great choice. There are dozens of combinations of ways to set the focus, from spot point to 64 point and 5 or 6 different methods to select the type of motion you're shooting. All of that is pretty complicated, and I haven't mastered it all yet (including the daunting menu), but nailing down the basics is easy. The best part of this camera for shooting birds, especially hummingbirds is it's speed. You can get up to 10 fps. That's pretty awesome. It's a bit heavier than what I was used but I can't imagine any better camera to capture motion.
  2. SEAZ quick trip recap

    I don't think you gave much of an effort in Madera Canyon. At different times of the day you'll see different birds at the Santa Rita Lodge feeding area. But you didn't seem to attempt any trails. Proctor Trail, for instance, is a great hot spot. Both there and at the beginning of the Mt. Baldy Trail, you could have searched for the Elegant Trogan. Madera boasts over 250 different species of birds (and 15 species of hummingbirds, depending on the season). I recently saw Lucifers, Magnificents, Broad-tails and White-eared hummers besides the ones you mentioned.
  3. What are the Best Birding Places in the USA?

    I recommend southeastern Arizona. Madera Canyon is widely considered one of the top three birding areas in the US. It is home to over 250 species of birds, including 15 hummingbird species. Besides Madera Canyon, places like Patagonia, Sonoita, Tumacácori and Nogales are birding hotspots. This is a Painted Redstart I got in Madera Canyon. Ourr proximity to Mexico allows viewing of an extreme number of birds not available in other parts of the country (not even in other parts of Arizona!) hotpots.
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    Thanks, folks. If it is indeed a female American Goldfinch it's an unusual sighting for this location. I checked on the ebird sightings and the most recent one anywhere near me was in February of this year. Even in the Santa Rita Mountains/Madera Canyon, the last reported sightings were in May 2016. Of course, I guess it's possible it could have been passing through my desert valley on it's way into the Coronado National Forest. There's a first time for everything. Btw, we just had a massive wildfire up there. About 60,000 acres burned - the 13th largest in AZ history. Just contained yesterday. This area is home to the only known jaguar in North America and also the only area in N.A. where all four big cats have been photographed (by the same camera in a 24 hr period!)
  7. I'm a bit confounded by this bird. It fits all identification markers for an immature lesser goldfinch...except the bill. I would have expected it to be straight and more cone-like. This one has a curve. Perhaps it's not fully formed but I could use either confirmation of my ID or suggestions as it may relate to other species. The photo was taken on 28 April 17 in Green Valley, AZ. That is about 30 miles south of Tucson and 40 miles north of the Mexican border at Nogales.