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  1. You're right. I thought faster than I typed and omitted that non-trivial piece of information. (Now where is that embarrassment emoji...?) Thanks for the correction. Corrected the original post
  2. I agree. We've had a bunch of eared grebes at hornsby this fall. If you're still in town, look up the triangle at the intersection of lamar and burnett. There's been a breeding pair there for at least a couple of years now. EDIT:...There's been a breeding pair of LEAST GREBES at the Triangle (thanks for the catch, JJA!) here's one of the parents from this fall:
  3. Thanks you two. not too uncommon in the winter here, but I haven't been able to catch one in several years--thus my being waay out of practice.
  4. Hi all. Don't know if there's enough detail in these shots for a confident ID. This bird was not the usual carolina or bewick's that we have in Austin (today or any time of year). This location is at the edge of a low-grass prairie where sedge wrens have been reported for the better part of the winter. The bird perched on this standing cypress for about a minute about an hour after sunrise and then dove back into the grass cover. The breast color was too pale for a carolina, upper parts not grey enough for a bewick's and the tail seems too short, as well. The habitat is wrong for both of those wrens anyhow. Some shots (tiny bird at about 100 ft.) seem to show some streaking on the wings and tail. Detail washed out of the upper parts and head--except for a faint supercilliary and eye line. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. I'm so impressed when you guys can 1) find the vireo and 2) focus and frame it fast enough to get shots like this. I always lose them in my viewfinder. Stunning.
  6. This is a ruby-crowned kinglet. Beautiful shots of an extremely hyper-active bird!
  7. These look like Americans (dark legs, well marked face, grey upper parts)
  8. Looks good to me!
  9. Thanks for the engagement on the question everyone. I was afraid it was going to be a difficult diagnosis and I appreciate the time you all spent on it.
  10. Thanks, both of you. What makes you think a muscovy cross, S.C?
  11. I don't have my hopes up too high that there might be some greaters in here, as they tend to be quite uncommon in Austin. Still, the flanks on many of these ducks seemed more clearly white and defined than the lessers we tend to see. Likewise, the heads wear quite rounded, cheeks more pronounced and the bills larger with a noticeable nail (not that these shots help much in that respect.) I'd love any input you might have. Thanks The selection is large, so we'll do a link to flickr this time:
  12. some kind of domestic (mallard?), I'm thinking. Huge ducks, very dark, green specula, two of the duck have green parts to their heads in the right light and one has a white collar. The final, horrible shot is one of the swimming. It dwarfed the scaups, shovelers and redheads about. The upsloped back is the key feature here, it seems. (Austin, today)
  13. Thanks guys! Funny how a drab little swallow can steal the show away from showy buffleheads.
  14. In Austin this evening. Heard squeaking overhead while trying to concentrate on some yellow-rumpeds. Looked up and saw what had to have been swallows, uniformly indistinct color above, light below. Too fast for more. then, as I turned my attention to some buffleheads, one of the swallows landed just above me. I don't what other kind it could be. there's far too much brown on the breast and face to be a bank. And yet it would be rare in our area to find a NRWS at this time of year.. Anyway, here it is...
  15. Concurring with the above, but also, compliments on the shot. Subject is isolated beautifully; nice, soft light; composition balanced with out-of-focused tree which also shows depth. Bravo.