I need a little help with some identifications. A few are 'nice' shots that are keepers, where I can't quite put my finger on the bird species...and I've also got a few junk shots, where I just wanted to get an identification of the bird, but the shots aren't keepers. So all bird experts and ID experts, your help appreciated in this thread!
First, a few shots that turned out OK, but I just wasn't quite sure of the species...A550 & Minolta 300mm F4 used...the first few are here in Florida.
I still don't have my warblers down yet - so I can't quite pin these as 'palm warblers' or 'yellow-rumped warbers'. Palms seem to sometimes have that yellow bit on their lower tail, but that's usually what makes me think 'yellow rumped'..any ideas?
Now for the ID shots...these ones didn't come out as keepers, but I still wanted to get IDs on the birds involved. This first raptor was pretty small - I was thinking kestrel or merlin - too small to be a red-shoulder hawk or northern harrier. I'm not as familiar with kestrels and haven't ever seen a merlin, so though this is not a very good shot, can anyone tell from the patterns what it is?:
This small little guy had something of a woodpecker look to him - but was so small and didn't have typical markings I'm used to for woodpeckers. It struck me he could have been a juvenile. Any ideas?:
This was another small raptor - I *think* this is a kestrel, and this one I could at least get some of the facial markings:
This guy I caught while on my cruise in Aruba. Right near the port in Orenjestad, and only armed at the time with my 18-250mm lens in failing light on an overcast day at 6pm as the sun was setting. I am not at all familiar with what type of hawks are typically spotted down there, but someone else tentatively identified this as a peregrine falcon. Any confirmations or corrections?:
Another one from Aruba...this was a strange dove that some other birders couldn't identify when I asked. I had thought it was a common ground dove - just from looking up common doves in Aruba...but the pattern was very strong and bold and didn't look like the photos. The other birders thought there was no type of ground dove that would have this pattern, neither seasonally, age related, or by sex...so now it's just a mystery dove. Some have suggested possibly an eared dove. Any ideas?:
And finally, I caught this little guy last weekend, at first thinking it was a myrtle yellow-rumped warber from a distance...but up close, i see no yellow anywhere on it. I don't know all my small birds, and wasn't even sure if this is a warbler at all. So I pose it here - does anyone know for sure what it is?:
All ID help appreciated!
Sony DSLR-A580 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Sigma 30mm F1.4 / Tamron 10-24mm / Tamron 200-500mm / Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony NEX5N / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / Pentax K adapter / Konica K/AR adapter / bunches o' Konica & Pentax lenses!