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  1. J

    Suriname: Honeycreeper?!

    Blue patch on the shoulder looks too bright and wide for Turquoise Tanager. The pale "belly" could just be part of the tree or a photographic artifact--similar to the appearance of long, curved bill. (If the pale belly is an illusion, Blue Dacnis fits.) I agree it might be Turquoise Tanager...
  2. J

    Suriname: Honeycreeper?!

    Blue Dacnis would be my guess; not sure there is enough for a positive ID.
  3. J

    Improving my iNaturalist Identifications

    FYI: I have never used Igoterra but know it is a pay site; iNaturalist is free and covers all taxa of living things. So if you are submitting more than bird observations, it offers a distinct advantage among the three sites mentioned. Very easy to use imo for submitting photo IDs--clunky if...
  4. J

    Improving my iNaturalist Identifications

    WPASA, My suggestion. When out birding, try to ID all the birds you can using field guides, etc. If you are uncertain, post photos of your problem birds once you get back home--this forum is as good a place as any to get IDs. (Or see what iNat's computer vision or similar apps suggest and...
  5. J

    Improving my iNaturalist Identifications

    Hi, eBird is the primary portal to submit citizen science bird observations, especially in the western hemisphere. It allows you to submit complete checklists, which indicate both presence and absence of species. iNat is great for everything else, i.e. except for birds. Jim
  6. J

    Help please, is it a Acadian Flycatcher? [ Point Pelee National Park, Essex, Ontario, Canada]

    Primary projection looks too short for Acadian. I would lean towards Alder/Willow – the week eye-ring supports that.
  7. J

    Lepidoptera from Tanzania

    iNaturalist suggests Policemen, genus Coeliades
  8. J

    White Headed Marsh Tyrant spotted in New York State??

    It's almost certainly a leucistic bird, i.e. a common bird with abnormal partially white plumage. These are rare but several show up every year.
  9. J

    Discount camera websites and resale sites?

    I should add that this is the US MBP site I was using.
  10. J

    Discount camera websites and resale sites?

    I've bought a used camera and lens from the aforementioned mbp.com and have been happy with both. They offer a 7 day return period and 6 mo. warranty (unless stated otherwise).
  11. J

    Clearwing Sphynx Moth? -Austin Texas

    White-lined Sphinx moth – Hyles lineata. Nice shot.
  12. J

    Does anyone have the updated Guide to the Birds of China by MacKinnon?

    FYI, the first paragraph of the main text states "The region covered by this new field guide includes the entire land and sea area claimed as Chinese territory on official government maps of China. This includes the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macao and the island of Taiwan."...
  13. J

    American White Pelican?? - Maryland

    AWPs are regular at Blackwater during the winter. Rare elsewhere in Maryland.
  14. J

    West Texas bird ID please

    Agree with Pine Siskin.
  15. J

    New OM-1

    Well, there is the 2x tc which can be used on the 300 mm f4 to give an equivalent reach of 1200 mm; maximum aperture drops to f8. I just got the 2x and am starting to experiment with it. I think with the 300mm plus two teleconverters, I'm not sure what other prime lens would be attractive or...
  16. J

    New OM-1

    A quantum leap because of the special settings/AI for birds, etc. or for other reasons? What if you are switching in the same outing from shooting birds to butterflies, to frogs, to mammals, to flowers, to beetles, etc.? I don't think there's a quick way to customize buttons to switch...
  17. J

    First serious birding camera advice (budget €2000 - 3000)

    I would recommend Micro 4/3 mirrorless (Olympus & Panasonic) if your goal is high quality images with a light carrying weight. Nikon/Canon will have significantly heavier lenses for an equivalent amount of reach (unless you exclusively go the Phase Fresnel lens route).
  18. J

    Chasing Alcids-- Looking for advice

    Pacific Northwest or southern California can be good, but afaik trips from around Monterey or Half Moon bays in California should give you the most diversity of pelagic birds/alcids in the US in a trip or two. I went in September and it was great; different times will give you somewhat...
  19. J

    New OM-1

    FYI GH6 continues the trend of m4/3 cameras getting heavier with each new model. It reportedly weighs 739g (gh5 630g) vs. 599g for the OM-1; so over 23% heavier than the OM-1.
  20. J

    Wha type of sparrow in NY taken today?

    White-throated Sparrow. They also have yellow lores.
  21. J

    glacier national park in mid-may?

    This is the kind of question eBird was designed to answer. Here is a link to a bar chart for all the Glacier National Park hotspots in the United States limited to the month of May and sightings since 2011. Click on the map icon next to the individual species name, and the pins on the map that...
  22. J

    Southern Ecuadorian reptiles

    Possibly Knobbed Pacific Iguana (Microlophus occipitalis) for the last.
  23. J

    New OM-1

    Plus special bird and mammal settings for autofocus – already introduced on the eM1-X (at least for birds), but I believe this is the first time on one of their "regular" models. They also claim a handheld high-resolution 50mp mode, which could be useful for any subjects that are motionless...
  24. J

    Is the IOC “the” Authoritative Source for Bird Names?

    There isn't a single authoritative source--there are several authorities. If you plan to use eBird, it may be more convenient to follow the eBird/Clements nomenclature/taxonomy that eBird employs. But in recent years they have taken steps to minimize the differences between them and IOC, so I...