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Offline Doodle

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For Ocho
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:12:09 PM »
Here ya go Ocho.  4 photos that only got me **this close** to IDing the gulls.
I am now reallllly leaning towards juvenile Herring gulls (after lots of help from some local people and me spending over an hour comparing the little details on these photos and the Stokes guide photos).
Thoughts?
Gull ID- Herring? 2 by T2i shooter, on Flickr
Gull ID- Herring? 4 by T2i shooter, on Flickr
Gull ID- Herring? 3 by T2i shooter, on Flickr
Gull ID 5 by T2i shooter, on Flickr
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Re: For Ocho
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2015, 09:32:26 AM »
Oh God, gulls!   :P 

You had to bring up gulls.

I think you've got it pegged with the herring gull ID, although I wonder if the first one could be a juvenile ring-billed gull?  It looks like it has a much shorter and thinner bill than the others.  If it is one it should have been noticably smaller overall than the herrings.

Sorrry, that's all I got.  One thing in your favor though is there are not a lot of likely candidates in your area this time of year.  For that you should be thankful.

BTW, 1 and 2 are very good shots with perfect exposure to see feather detail throughout.

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Re: For Ocho
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2015, 12:01:10 PM »
Oh God, gulls!   :P 

You had to bring up gulls.


I think you've got it pegged with the herring gull ID, although I wonder if the first one could be a juvenile ring-billed gull?  It looks like it has a much shorter and thinner bill than the others.  If it is one it should have been noticably smaller overall than the herrings.

Sorrry, that's all I got.  One thing in your favor though is there are not a lot of likely candidates in your area this time of year.  For that you should be thankful.

BTW, 1 and 2 are very good shots with perfect exposure to see feather detail throughout.
I knew you would love me for bringing these guys up. :)

And thanks. It was perfect shooting conditions to begin with and then when you bump up the clarity a notch or two, it's hard to have any issues with detail. I think a cheap P&S would have probably gotten as good of pictures, in all honesty.
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: For Ocho
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2015, 12:45:53 PM »
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I knew you would love me for bringing these guys up. :)

And thanks. It was perfect shooting conditions to begin with and then when you bump up the clarity a notch or two, it's hard to have any issues with detail. I think a cheap P&S would have probably gotten as good of pictures, in all honesty.
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Oh, I doubt that!

What do you think about the top one maybe being a juvy ring-billed?

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Re: For Ocho
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2015, 03:05:00 PM »
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I knew you would love me for bringing these guys up. :)

And thanks. It was perfect shooting conditions to begin with and then when you bump up the clarity a notch or two, it's hard to have any issues with detail. I think a cheap P&S would have probably gotten as good of pictures, in all honesty.

Oh, I doubt that!

What do you think about the top one maybe being a juvy ring-billed?

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Yanno...after looking at the guide again I have to agree.  I think what threw me off a little was the amount of black in the beak. Most of the photos I see show a tiny bit of yellow at the base of the beak (by the head).  The one in this photo is 100% black.  But..after doing a little Googling of images, I found a couple with pure black on the beak too. (also marked as Juvies)
I'll concur with ya on that Ocho. 
Since I already had a RB in my life list, I was safely able to add the Herring to it today. One more lifer already for 2015. Gotta love it!  <come on warblers now>
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Re: For Ocho
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2015, 06:49:45 PM »
Love the last shot.  I only have seen ring-billed gulls around here, so can't add much about ID.