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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 14th October 2020, 23:18
Replies: 12
Views: 401
Posted By Jim M.
Agree with Red-tailed Hawk, which is by far the...

Agree with Red-tailed Hawk, which is by far the most common buteo in the region at this time of year. Certainly look like patagial bars to me.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 11th October 2020, 01:49
Replies: 11
Views: 275
Posted By Jim M.
It is a fly in the frit or grass fly family, ...

It is a fly in the frit or grass fly family, Chloropidae, possibly Thaumatomyia glabra. Very cool.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 9th October 2020, 01:54
Replies: 8
Views: 225
Posted By Jim M.
Agree with Swamp Sparrow. Lincoln's would have a...

Agree with Swamp Sparrow. Lincoln's would have a buffy eye ring as well.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 5th October 2020, 16:29
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By Jim M.
White-throated and Swamp can be tough to separate...

White-throated and Swamp can be tough to separate sometimes, but that would be an unusually long tail for a Swamp Sparrow. Was the photo taken in a wetland or near water?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 5th October 2020, 14:35
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By Jim M.
All Song, except #3, for which I'd go for...

All Song, except #3, for which I'd go for White-throated.
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 14:07
Replies: 22
Views: 787
Posted By Jim M.
I've used the PH157Q two-way head on my 883 for...

I've used the PH157Q two-way head on my 883 for years and it works great for me – in my experience sturdier and/or lighter than Manfrotto heads. I have a carbon fiber Velbon tripod. Nick's...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Tuesday 8th September 2020, 22:34
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By Jim M.
Male Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)

Male Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Friday 4th September 2020, 18:44
Replies: 13
Views: 637
Posted By Jim M.
I just checked the description of Mute Swan, as...

I just checked the description of Mute Swan, as of this date it says "Native to northern Europe and Asia, but introduced in many regions."
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 19th August 2020, 18:55
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By Jim M.
Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 19th August 2020, 15:47
Replies: 17
Views: 980
Posted By Jim M.
I think the premise is dubious--would need to be...

I think the premise is dubious--would need to be convinced by tests, and expect it holds true, if at all, in only limited circumstances. For example, I know I get greater hand shake from the fatigue...
Forum: Conservation Thursday 13th August 2020, 00:32
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By Jim M.
It's great, but it's only a District Court...

It's great, but it's only a District Court opinion. Could be reversed by the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

And no, I don't think it has anything to do with the wind power exception and the...
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 5th August 2020, 18:49
Replies: 17
Views: 980
Posted By Jim M.
Despite being slower at low zoom than the...

Despite being slower at low zoom than the PL100-400, it is larger and heavier. So again there is the trend: Olympus makes the heavy lenses but the light bodies, and Panasonic does the reverse. That...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Saturday 1st August 2020, 22:59
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By Jim M.
Looks like a tachinid fly.

Looks like a tachinid fly.
Forum: Kowa Saturday 1st August 2020, 10:19
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Jim M.
I tried a 773 and ended up returning it for an...

I tried a 773 and ended up returning it for an 883. I think one of the main advantages of higher end scopes is the quality of the view at higher magnifications. And I didn't think I was getting...
Forum: Cetaceans & Marine Life Thursday 30th July 2020, 14:38
Replies: 10
Views: 359
Posted By Jim M.
Indeed. As the article notes it is the first...

Indeed. As the article notes it is the first recorded great white attack ever for the entire state of Maine, and only the second recorded shark attack.

What is happening, both in Maine and...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 8th July 2020, 13:48
Replies: 8
Views: 462
Posted By Jim M.
Hi, Actually, both of your examples of purported...

Hi,

Actually, both of your examples of purported inaccuracies are not correct. My first edition of Sibley shows that Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a regular migrant through eastern South Dakota. (It...
Forum: Olympus Thursday 2nd July 2020, 13:45
Replies: 44
Views: 2,697
Posted By Jim M.
Some apparent good news. It looks like Olympus...

Some apparent good news. It looks like Olympus has just issued a press release suggesting their lens development will mostly continue as previously announced. With the 150-400 zoom shipping this...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 27th June 2020, 13:40
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By Jim M.
Joining the ABA is much more than a magazine...

Joining the ABA is much more than a magazine subscription. From their website:

The ABA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge,...
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 24th June 2020, 22:30
Replies: 44
Views: 2,697
Posted By Jim M.
I think it's hard to know at this point how...

I think it's hard to know at this point how things will shake out. The market for higher end stuff like long telephoto lenses is also not much impacted by the shift to cell phones, so it may be one...
Forum: Olympus Wednesday 24th June 2020, 20:40
Replies: 44
Views: 2,697
Posted By Jim M.
Apparently being sold to JIP. More info here: ...

Apparently being sold to JIP. More info here: https://www.43rumors.com/it-happened-olympus-sold-the-imaging-business-to-jip/
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 29th May 2020, 09:37
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Jim M.
Thanks. The second photo eliminates Ovenbird.

Thanks. The second photo eliminates Ovenbird.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th May 2020, 18:40
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Jim M.
He said "Other pics are the same angle with...

He said "Other pics are the same angle with poorer focus. :)." The apparent rufous in the tail is not good for Ovenbird, so I'm not really pressing the issue.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th May 2020, 17:04
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Jim M.
They are rare but they do show up occasionally.

They are rare but they do show up occasionally.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 28th May 2020, 09:19
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By Jim M.
Any more photos? Looks rather like an Ovenbird,...

Any more photos? Looks rather like an Ovenbird, which would explain your impression of the small size.
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Monday 25th May 2020, 14:29
Replies: 9
Views: 914
Posted By Jim M.
Understood. But many, including myself, don't...

Understood. But many, including myself, don't care about size. Only weight--and weight is the same burden whether in the body or lens. Panny has done better keeping down the weight of lenses, Oly...
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