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Sep 20, 2019 18:49 |  #19876

Not a clue what this guy/gal is. Potter's Marsh in the city of Anchorage

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Sep 20, 2019 20:06 |  #19877

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Wow Ray...all four of these are really nice shots, but my favorite is #1!

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Congratulations Paul; you have a wonderful post processing technique that gives this shot (I've also noticed it in other shots of yours) a very special look and appeal. The sharpness and contrast, plus whatever else you do, really makes this shot pop!!

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Not a clue what this guy/gal is. Potter's Marsh in the city of Anchorage

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Wow...what a cool looking shot, Robert. Both the bird and it's reflection together really made this a winner.


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Sep 20, 2019 20:23 |  #19878

MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #18930285 (external link)
Not a clue what this guy/gal is. Potter's Marsh in the city of Anchorage

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That's a winner! Love the reflection. A beautiful capture.

(Your bird's one of the yellowlegs - a Greater Yellowlegs, I think.)


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Sep 20, 2019 20:41 |  #19879

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18930132 (external link)
Really, really nice, Shalu. You've gotten so many nice shots of the kingfishers!!

Darrell e C wrote in post #18930173 (external link)
My word you sure have a bird photo talent many wish to possess. well done...........

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one of a kind.............xelle​nt

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Two beauties.
Exceptional captures.

MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #18930280 (external link)
Caught the speeder!

Thank you very much, Mike, Darrell, Richard and Robert!

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I believe it is a Greater Yellowlegs, very nice capture, Robert!

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Sep 20, 2019 20:44 |  #19880

Jack Dawe wrote in post #18930334 (external link)
That's a winner! Love the reflection. A beautiful capture.

(Your bird's one of the yellowlegs - a Greater Yellowlegs, I think.)

Jack, I've always had trouble telling the greater from the lesser yellowlegs. If they are both present, I go by size (the greater being a bigger bird). The bill on Robert's shot seems to show the bill kind of long, so I too think it might be a greater. The only other thing that I go by is the bars on the flank feathers, but this too is very often hard to discern.

What makes you think this bird is likely to be a great yellowlegs?


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Sep 20, 2019 20:51 |  #19881

shalu wrote in post #18930337 (external link)
Thank you very much, Mike, Darrell, Richard and Robert!

I believe it is a Greater Yellowlegs, very nice capture, Robert!

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Awesome shot of this male spoony just starting to color up, Shalu. It's simply perfect.

Out of curiosity, why do you think that Robert's yellowlegs shot is a greater rather than a lesser. I tend to agree with you, but I just wanted to know what you based your decision on?


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Sep 20, 2019 21:02 |  #19882

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Awesome shot of this male spoony just starting to color up, Shalu. It's simply perfect.

Out of curiosity, why do you think that Robert's yellowlegs shot is a greater rather than a lesser. I tend to agree with you, but I just wanted to know what you based your decision on?

Thank you very much, Mike!

For the yellowlegs, I go by this criteria I found on the internet: "The greater yellowlegs' bill is roughly 1.5 times the length of its head, while the lesser yellowlegs' bill is barely longer than its head length"


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Sep 20, 2019 21:07 |  #19883

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Thank you very much, Mike!

For the yellowlegs, I go by this criteria I found on the internet: "The greater yellowlegs' bill is roughly 1.5 times the length of its head, while the lesser yellowlegs' bill is barely longer than its head length"

Thanks for your reply, Shalu. I tend to also go by the bill length on this shot.


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Sep 20, 2019 21:12 |  #19884

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18930339 (external link)
Jack, I've always had trouble telling the greater from the lesser yellowlegs. If they are both present, I go by size (the greater being a bigger bird). The bill on Robert's shot seems to show the bill kind of long, so I too think it might be a greater. The only other thing that I go by is the bars on the flank feathers, but this too is very often hard to discern.

What makes you think this bird is likely to be a great yellowlegs?

Well, I have trouble too, partly because we only ever see them over here as vagrants. We get a few Lesser Yellowlegs every year, but Greater is exceedingly rare. We have two closely related species - the Redshank and the Greenshank (some old books call the American birds Yellowshanks - I rather like that). Lesser Yellowlegs looks somewhat similar in build to our Redshank, but is more dainty, with a thinner, straight, almost needle-like bill (in comparison). Our Greenshank is a more sturdy bird than Redshank and its bill is slightly upturned. Greater Yellowlegs has just a hint of both these features. The bill on Robert's bird has just a hint of the upturn and, more importantly, is deeper at the base than I'd expect for Lesser Yellowlegs. So I go on build and shape first of all - but it's all very subtle and I am often unsure. On Robert's bird the streaking on the head and neck seems quite marked, which tends me towards Greater. On the other hand, the legs do look long, which might favour the more lanky Lesser, but that might just be due to the effort of lift-off.


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Sep 20, 2019 22:33 as a reply to  @ Jack Dawe's post |  #19885

Thank you for your informative and interesting reply, Jack. I'm thinking, with all the subtle differences, I'll be doing a lot of guessing. :lol:


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Sep 21, 2019 00:53 |  #19886

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Great details here.

Thanks MedicineMan - I nearly didn't bother to post these in face of the excellent competition.

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18930324 (external link)
Wow Ray...all four of these are really nice shots, but my favorite is #1!

Thanks Mike. Yes I go for #1.


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Sep 21, 2019 03:11 |  #19887

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Great one Paul.

Thank you Robert.
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Sep 21, 2019 03:13 |  #19888

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18930324 (external link)
Wow Ray...all four of these are really nice shots, but my favorite is #1!

Congratulations Paul; you have a wonderful post processing technique that gives this shot (I've also noticed it in other shots of yours) a very special look and appeal. The sharpness and contrast, plus whatever else you do, really makes this shot pop!!

Wow...what a cool looking shot, Robert. Both the bird and it's reflection together really made this a winner.

Many, many thanks Mike.That's very kind of you to say.
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Sep 21, 2019 03:14 |  #19889

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Thank you very much, Mike, Darrell, Richard and Robert!

I believe it is a Greater Yellowlegs, very nice capture, Robert!

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Nice Sha, that's a real beauty.
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Sep 21, 2019 04:10 |  #19890

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Beautiful photo. Love these birds in their natural environs.
Weather effects can make for beautiful scenes. This is one.
Well done

Thanks so much, Richard. The gannets are definitely one of my favorite species to photograph. :-)


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