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Aug 13, 2016 15:50 |  #1

and way way harsh light :(

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Aug 13, 2016 16:14 |  #2

Wood Duck...not sure if it's a juvenile, male or female. My understanding is when the males molt they look like females. Talk about an identity crisis....lol.


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Aug 20, 2016 06:40 |  #3

My guess is Male wood duck molting. The juveniles take a bit to develop that bright orange beak and the black tip. Hard to know 100% but the beak and eyes certainly push me that way. Great shot in a vary natural setting for this duck!!




  
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Aug 20, 2016 22:19 |  #4

I would go with eclipse plumage of a Wood Duck drake. Great catch and well done with the lighting.


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Aug 21, 2016 23:45 |  #5

Thanks again. OK, so my first Wood Duck!


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Aug 21, 2016 23:57 |  #6

Sibley agrees, adult nonbreeding male wood duck (Jun-Sep). Nice shot.


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Aug 22, 2016 00:24 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #7

Archibald, do you take Sibleys on your Costa Rica trips?


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Aug 22, 2016 00:30 |  #8

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Archibald, do you take Sibleys on your Costa Rica trips?

No, that would make me too much like a birder! (Real birders are not photographers - they care about identifying birds and carry Sibley and their life lists when out.)

I used to take Sibley along on local trips but never opened the book. Then I downloaded bird guides onto the phone for use when travelling, and ended up never consulting those either. Photographers don't really need to make identifications when out. That can wait till later.

I still have the Merlin guide on my phone, and might as well keep it there just in case, but I doubt it will get much use.


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Aug 24, 2016 11:56 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #9

I am pretty close to this way, too. I do use the birds app's calls to entice birds out though.


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Aug 24, 2016 21:27 |  #10

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I am pretty close to this way, too. I do use the birds app's calls to entice birds out though.

Guilty of that as well, last week I played GHO sounds and Poof got to see (in dim Moonlight) a GHO glide overhead and disappear into the tree
adjacent to us. I was glad in being vindicated that they are in the neighborhood.
The best call I've use is the female solicitation call for Barred Owls; 3 weeks ago up at the cabin we had 3 Barred's in the yard at the same time.
I'm sure it can be overused though and in the big picture doesn't help the bird in question so we try to use the calls sparingly.


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