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Recent content by MMinNY

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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    First post here in a very long time. Glad the discussion has remained civil. I'm on the fence about this one, although I think it must be either a RHWO or an IBWO. I'm leaning toward IBWO based on the appearance of the wings in the early frames, but I have by no means made up my mind. I have...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    I think it's somewhere between what you're suggesting and a side view. I'm not going to go through all the pale-billed images to come up with what seems like the closest match. The point is that the dorsal stripe on an IBWO can be obscured when the bird is viewed from a number of different...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Except the mystery bird in the photo is not rear on. It's much closer to being directly side on; the head is turned away from the camera, so the view of the crest alone is rear on. . . and if it were a PIWO, the head and neck ought to show a lot more white at that (or any) angle. Common sense...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Granted it's a different angle. I was about to post Dave's image, which is closer. As for the mantle being obscured, it all depends on wing position, as this image (look at the male) illustrates: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/10/11815871_3a6522241d_o.jpg I know it too is a different angle...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Re: "the neck stripe would extend down the mantle to join the white secondaries." The dorsal stripe is not necessarily visible on an IBWO: http://www.zeiss.de/C12568CF00206298/GraphikTitelIntern/MI_Tanner_7.gif/$File/MI_Tanner_7.gif Bill Pulliam discusses this with regard to other Campephilus...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    You have to download the loops for them to work. As I understand it, the camera was not a remote cam but a hand-held Canon.
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    An interesting footnote to this story: there's a letter from George Lowery to James Tanner in the Tanner files saying, essentially, that based on his personal knowledge of Fielding Lewis, if Lewis was lying, he'd never be able to trust anyone again. Tanner didn't have much to say in response...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    He also describes the Allen 1924 sighting as "the last sightings." This is statement is patently false; there have been numerous sightings since then, quite a few by very competent observers. Whether or not these sightings have been "confirmed" (and again, by whom?), some of them are highly...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Of the nearly 14,000 posts on this thread, this one is probably the most disingenuous. Confirmed by whom? Never mind that Tanner believed that Ivory-bills were present in Florida in the late '30s and accepted several reports from that state as valid, and never mind the multiple recent...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    And the credible reports I was discussing and that he ignored were from the 1930s. . .I think it's very clear from the available information both in Tanner's files and elsewhere, that the population estimate in his monograph is low, whether or not anyone has published on this subject is beside...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Actually, there's a letter in the Tanner files from one of his local informants reporting that a pair was present until late 1948 (November or December) but that they ranged more widely than in the past. This report, which apparently involved multiple sightings and people who knew Tanner and the...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    I recently spent a couple of days going through Tanner's papers, and I'm confident he grossly underestimated the '39 population for a number of reasons. 1. He missed places that probably harbored birds (in addition to the one Fred mentioned,) the Congaree in South Carolina is perhaps the most...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    It's not really about proving a negative. It has much more to do with how thorough search efforts have been and whether there have been any credible sightings. If you compare and contrast the IUCN entries for the C. Principalis and C. Imperialis, you'll find that they're vastly different. Here...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Fred's main point about patience is right on target, and it mirrors what the Red List editors have to say. The more relevant criteria with regard to extinction are these. Clearly, the standard for an EX designation has not been met: EXTINCT (EX) A taxon is Extinct when there is no reasonable...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Paint with a very broad brush much? Your summary is neat and all, but as my last post makes clear, there's a vast difference between Collins and Smith that calling them "cultists" can't elide. The Collins paper had to go through peer review and editing in order to get published. Thus, he...
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