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    Today the park was all wet and muddy with a heavy fog and a light drizzle. Nonetheless I decided to embark into my local park, Alley Pond Park. I went in expecting nothing and I found a wet Osprey perching in a branch. After observing it for a few minutes it flew to another tree, obscuring it...
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    Today I took a stroll through Alley Pond Park starting at around 6:30pm. It started as a slow day with only Catbirds whining and American Robins singing. Half an hour later it seemed to pick up and I saw my first Tufted Titmouse. There were also some Black-and-White Warblers and American...
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    I'm new to photography and barely know the basics of my T1i Rebel by Canon. I was hoping anyone of you could give me some basic advice about the different modes, ISO, shutter speed, and anything else that could be useful. I currently usually shoot in either auto,macro (for butterflies), and...
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    Difference Between Monarch 5 vs Monarch ATB

    Any difference between http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/842499-REG/Nikon_7542_Monarch_5_8x42_Binocular.html and http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/671387-REG/Nikon_7297_Monarch_ATB_8x42_Team.html?
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    Bird Guide for North American East Coast

    Current I ordered the latest National Geographic and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. (Peterson's Eastern Field Guide is currently out of stock on Amazon) Were these two books good choices for beginners? Any other suggestions or tips?
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    Lens for Bird Photography

    I have had difficulty choosing a lens both based on finance and the various lenses available to me at around 1000 to 1600. From my research I found these five to be the best candidates -Tamron 200-500mm -Sigma 150-500mm -Sigma 50-500mm -Canon 100-400mm -Canon 400mm prime But I feel the...
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    Best Photo Editing Software

    I'm currently looking to buy in the near future photo editing software for either Mac or Windows based machines. I've had experience with C2 Photoshop a long time ago, but I am looking for something a little cheaper. I'm primarily concerned with re-sizing (mostly for posting pictures in the...
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    KEH.com and other websites

    Does anyone have any experience with KEH.com. I want you buy either a new/used lens from this website, but I'm unsure if it is a reliable website. Additionally can anyone recommend any other websites with great deals on camera lenses either new or used. Thanks for your time!
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    Hairy Woodpecker

    http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u456/Nature_Enthusiast/IMG_0616.jpg I believe this is a Hairy and not a Downy. It was a lot bigger than the usual Downy's I encounter. Additionally there were two males fighting for territory, but the pictures I got of them seem to unclear to properly ID the...
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    Greetings from the Big Apple

    Salutations all my fellow bird and nature enthusiasts out there! I live near Alley Pond Park, which is a park in Queens. I love to explore all of the paths and crevices of the park, while on the lookout for birds. I particularly enjoy visiting the ponds and marsh-like areas of the park for the...
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    NYC (Various Birds)

    I'm new to bird watching and I'm unfamiliar with many of the species I photograph, so I'm going to dedicate this thread to all the birds I need help identifying. Most of the photographs are taken at Alley Pond Park in Queens, NYC. Here are a few I need help with. Bird 1...
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    NYC Unknown Bird

    I have never seen a bird like this before. It seems to be some kind of pigeon, but let me know what you think. http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u456/Nature_Enthusiast/IMG_0524.jpg
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    Help with Lens and Binoculars for Birding

    Currently I have a Bushnell Hillary Legend (8 x 40), which is approximately 10 years or older. I see just fine with it, but I was wondering if upgrading to a better pair of binoculars is worth the money. Anyway I currently have a EOS Rebel T1I Canon camera with a 55-250mm lens. I want to...
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    Unknown Warbler (NYC, United States)

    http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u456/Nature_Enthusiast/IMG_0501.jpg Please help me ID this warbler. It doesn't seem like anything I am familiar with. It was taken at Alley Pond Park, Queens.