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  1. Cackling/Canada Goose in Austin

    Thank you!!
  2. Today. Both would be quite rare here. At first I thought Canada, because, as a Mid-Atlantic kid at heart, that's my go-to. But as I looked more closely, the bird seemed a bit small, the neck too short and the bill seemed stunted somehow. Regarding the bill, I can't be sure it's not a simple question of foreshortening, since I don't have great profile shot. When compared to the surrounding coots, this goose, just doesn't seem a whole foot or more bigger (I know all the caveats about judging size in the field). Any feedback would be great. Just a link to the collection of shared images, since there are a bunch. I've done nothing to them, not even a crop. https://www.flickr.com/photos/146575744@N07/shares/68dH74
  3. Muscovy duckling?

    Taken today in Austin. Have only seen adults, so the bill shape is throwing me off. It was at a pond with numerous Muscovy adults, but some domestic Mallards as well. 008
  4. Austin Towhee

    I like it!
  5. Austin Towhee

    Charlie, psweet, It's a Sony HX 400V, so while it's (very) good for what it is, there are some things I had to trade off on for not entering the DSLR market. Focus lock being one of them (and a tiny sensor being another). Besides auto, I do have manual focus and autofocus with manual assist (which I usually rely on). It's generally been fine, but it's these situations are vexing where my subject is just a (very) few inches behind some grass and the bird's moving too fast for me to get the right focus. It's just one of those things, I'm learning to deal with until I can move up. For now, it's hard to beat the quality I get for the affordability and portability. (low-light and fast-moving subjects notwithstanding). I do appreciate you engaging the problem though. Thanks much!
  6. Austin Towhee

    Thanks for your input everyone. I especially appreciate you taking the time just to find the bird in the shot. Been having issues with my camera's autofocus recently (esp. when grass or twigs are in the foreground.
  7. Austin Towhee

    Is there enough detail here to ID an Eastern Towhee? It would be rare here, but a pair has been reported here all week. I can't see any white spotting on the wing or the back (which would indicate a far more expected Spotted), in spite the horrible focus. This bird was also photo'ed in the same area as the confirmed sightings. It's the only shot I could get before it shot into deeper cover. 078-001
  8. Kingbird confirm

    Awesome, psweet. They're not unexpected here, but they have eluded me for three years now. Great to finally hang out with one. Thanks for helping out.
  9. Kingbird confirm

    Today in Austin. I'm fairly certain this is a Couch's kingbird. Found in some trees along a river. Generally quiet, though I did hear a call, that sounded nothing like samples of a Tropical king and closer to a Western kingbird's squeeks. On its several forays off the branch to snag a bug, I saw no white on the tails as I'm used to for the Western and the back was very distinctly greenish-grey. Bright yellow came up very high on the breast and whitish through contrasts with darker grey neck and face. 257 188 197 252
  10. Dowitcher

    Probably not enough to go on by sight, but is there anything visually to support my auditory memory? I'm very certain I heard the call of a short-billed several short irregular syllables, generally the same pitch, but with a slight descending pattern over the phrase. Nothing that sounded like records of long-billeds. SBDO would be a rare thing indeed here in Austin. (of course all the peeps are Leasts) 028 050 025
  11. Bunting? (images present now)

    Thanks for your patience y'all. I knew it was going to be trial + error before it got right.
  12. The pics are horrible (ISO waaaay too high) but is there enough here to figure it out? Color tone doesn't seem right for an indigo (female/immature) could this be an painted? (or something else entirely). Austin, today. 002 by AtxRva Byrd, on Flickr 004 by AtxRva Byrd, on Flickr
  13. A few confirms from Austin today

    Thanks so much, psweet. Always look forward to your responses (to mine or anyone else's posts.) I actually did the same thing with the bittern when I saw in in the field. It first registered as a Green Heron in my mind but then the patterns and colors were off just enough to look for other options. I think I'm going to call the ibis White-Faced. They're a common enough sighting here in October that it's a non-rare option and White-Faced/Glossy option isn't even available (we have a number of these options available such as for RTHU and BCHU). To report it any other way would invite critique from the hotspot moderator. I'll look for the BBCode next time I post. Until now I've just been using the share code to embed.
  14. Three different birds. One would be a lifer... Bird on the right, my guess would be a northern pintail, but in truth, I have no idea (I'm fairly certain the duck on the left is a blue-winged teal, there were close to 50 of them today) There might not be enough detail for an id... Is there enough here to confirm white-faced ibis? They've been reported this week by others and I'm assuming glossy would be just ridiculously rare right now for our region. Ibis with an immature little blue heron? Finally, and this would be a lifer, a possible least bittern. I'm looking at the white curve on the wing and the general tawny color. Besides, in real life, this bird was tiny. Much smaller than the myriad green herons I've seen before. It was able to hide almost entirely (until I found the right angle) behind a tree trunk 6-7 inches across. One last note, do any of you have any tips about how to share a smaller version of a photo from Flickr?
  15. western Palm? red eyed Vireo?

    Wow. that is an awesome, beautiful shot!
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