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usern4cr

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More redbud photos.
(R5 & RF 800 f11)


Carolina Chickadee:
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Female Northern Cardinal:
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Male Northern Cardinal:
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ISv

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WOW! I didn't realize I'm so back following the forum! Spent a lot of time watching beautiful photos to get up to the current page!
The reason for this: just busy and in the rare trips to shoot I didn't get anything interesting.
Yesterday at the end of ~2h walk I finally got +/- decent photos of fledgling Scaly-breasted Munia. In my next post I will try to show why it is that interesting.

"I can't swim and it looks dirty. No going there!!!"
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"But I can get cooled different way - from behind! WHAT?!"
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"Well, not effective but I'm not going there anyway. Don't push me!!!"
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ISv

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Well - not so far ago I saw a photo of "African Silver bill" taken on Oahu (posted on eBird) that was actually a fledgling of Scaly Breasted Munia. It wasn't first time and I decided to show some differences in case someone from this forum is going to visit Hawaii anytime soon (or later?!).

Lets start whit the African Silver-bill" young adult (adults are easy, very easy to ID!

Lonchura (Euodice) cantans - African silverbill 2_DxO_DxO.jpg


Adult Scaly-breasted Munia

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and the Chestnut Munia

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With the fledglings it's much more complicated and in many cases how you will see the colors depends on the light.
The African Silver Bill looks clear (or I may not got a look at very young birds!).

The Scaly-breasted Munia is discernible by the black bill (but you always can get some reflection from the sky!)

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The Chestnut Munia has from very dark gray to gray with blue tint bill. Be very careful about the light!
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And to make the problem deeper - the Chestnut Munia is very variable in the transition from fledgling to adult. I'm posting just one variant but they are many!

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AlanF

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Well - not so far ago I saw a photo of "African Silver bill" taken on Oahu (posted on eBird) that was actually a fledgling of Scaly Breasted Munia. It wasn't first time and I decided to show some differences in case someone from this forum is going to visit Hawaii anytime soon (or later?!).

Lets start whit the African Silver-bill" young adult (adults are easy, very easy to ID!

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Adult Scaly-breasted Munia

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and the Chestnut Munia

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With the fledglings it's much more complicated and in many cases how you will see the colors depends on the light.
The African Silver Bill looks clear (or I may not got a look at very young birds!).

The Scaly-breasted Munia is discernible by the black bill (but you always can get some reflection from the sky!)

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The Chestnut Munia has from very dark gray to gray with blue tint bill. Be very careful about the light!
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And to make the problem deeper - the Chestnut Munia is very variable in the transition from fledgling to adult. I'm posting just one variant but they are many!

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A satisfying end to the day getting those nice shots of Munias.
 

ISv

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A satisfying end to the day getting those nice shots of Munias.
Thanks Alan but I probably didn't express myself properly - only the fledgling of the Scaly-breasted Munia is from Sunday. All other photos are older (and taken with the zoom). The photo of the African Silver bill is may be the oldest. Later, when I found the right location to look for the Silver bill I got more photos.
 

AlanF

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Thanks Alan but I probably didn't express myself properly - only the fledgling of the Scaly-breasted Munia is from Sunday. All other photos are older (and taken with the zoom). The photo of the African Silver bill is may be the oldest. Later, when I found the right location to look for the Silver bill I got more photos.
I am not sure I would have been able to recognise a fledgling Scaly Breasted Munia. I saw an adult and a Red Munia in Mysore 5 years. ago. They were both tiny images, the Scaly using the 5DIII and 300mm f/2.8 II + 2xTC and the Red by my wife with the 100-400mm II on the 7DII, which were too poor to post. But, going back to them and upscaling them 2x and using better software, they are presentable. We have had terrible weather here for the past month and very few birds, so seeing the beautiful images in this thread perks me up and gives an excuse to going back to old ones of mine and reprocessing.

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usern4cr

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A Great horned owl's chick and her mom and dad. The baby was curious, mom was cautious and dad was on watch. They were taking turn and never lost sight of their nest. I found their nest by luck.
R5 + RF 800mm, ISO 2500 on a cloudy day and rather dark canopy.
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It's rare for me to see an owl, let alone a baby from a hidden nest. Well done, bhf3737!

Thanks, also, to Cog, ISv, AlanF, Click and all the others posting here. Seeing your birds from distant lands is wonderful.