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AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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Went out on the bike with the 5DSR + 100-400mm II (no TC) over my shoulder this morning and came across skylarks. They are are such fun as they soar and sing. I was rather focal length limited as I can carry only lighter gear at the moment.
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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ISV, HELP! The beak? The coloration doesn't align with what I have in my book.View attachment 184592

Jack
I would suggest young female Red-legged Honey creeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus). The legs of the immature birds are brown, adults are with red legs.
Oh, if you have only male's image in your book - they are with azure-blue plumage (to confuse the ID :p).
Concerning the beak - typical for honey creepers. I hope I'm not confused by this one: it seems to have more gray on the upper-parts but it could be because of the immaturity...
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
I would suggest young female Red-legged Honey creeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus). The legs of the immature birds are brown, adults are with red legs.
Oh, if you have only male's image in your book - they are with azure-blue plumage (to confuse the ID :p).
Concerning the beak - typical for honey creepers. I hope I'm not confused by this one: it seems to have more gray on the upper-parts but it could be because of the immaturity...
Well it seems like a reasonable guess but I haven't been able to really confirm it. Thanks as always.

Jack
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
Search the Internet for pictures of that species. See this page for example: https://www.photobee1blog.com/2012/07/honeycreepers-of-costa-rica/
In Costa Rica they have 2 more honey creepers but only the females of the Green Honey creeper are similar. They don't have the pale supercillium above the eyes, instead they have yellow on the beak, especially on the lower mandible.
That was interesting and I'll go with your suggestion unless someone strongly disagrees and has a credible alternative. I had searched quite a bit but of course immature birds tend to be underrepresented.

Jack
 

AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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Beautiful shots of the skylark, Alan. I like the first one in particular.
Thanks dpc! The first one is satisfactory, the best posed and background of about 20-30 shots, all in sharp focus. But, it is the second one flying that is my favourite, and here is another one. Catching these small birds in flight isn't easy, and it was between 25-30m away. Yet, the 100-400mm II on the 5DSR handled it perfectly - every single one in sharp focus and the gear is sufficiently light to swing around quickly, with a wide field of view. This bird is only 440 pixels high yet the combo is so sharp that the image is acceptable.
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AlanF

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Nice shots RGB49. I saw many Tuis in NZ last year but found it very difficult to get a good shot of one.
 

RGB49

I'm New Here
Mar 31, 2019
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Alan, yes the Tui's seem to like being in dense foliage which does make it difficult, saw and heard lots of them but always a problem with enough light to photo them.