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Crappy photos

posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Thursday, January 26, 2012 

I have taken photos of birds that are so bad, out of focus, poorly exposed, wings cut off, etc. We all have, but why would anyone keep them? I delete them, especially when I can't identify them...hah. But I have to say, there are photos I should have deleted long ago that still sit in my collection. The Cooper's Hawk photo above is one of them....its small in the frame (I cropped this one) and not in great light, and I will delete it for good right after this post.

Anyway, I get a lot of e-mails of raptor pics for ID, and some of the pics are difficult mostly because its tough to see anything in the photo. I just thought, if anyone is interested in trying to get an ID on a raptor photo they are holding onto, feel free to e-mail it to me. Lets keep it to raptors, there are just too many other bird photos I will have no prayer of identifying. I'll pick a tough one sent to me, try to identify it, and blog about it.

Send pics to this e-mail (jerrylig@hotmail.com), I only have a gmail account because it is necessary for this blog, I never check it. And, feel free to send good raptor pics if you are wondering about the ID.

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Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

I just realized showing that pic at that size makes it a good quiz photo. In that pose and angle it looks stocky and Sharpie-like, but don't be confused by that. The tail is square since it is molting, and the outer primaries are molting too making it look more pointed-winged than usual. Good thing it swung around and smacked my owl decoy going "kak-kak-kak..." Either way, thanks for participating in the blog.

January 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

I changed the original photo so disregard my first comment...I think it would have just confused people. I still chose a Coop pic though.

January 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous m is for mike said...

Thanks for the invitation to carpet bomb your inbox with crappy pics. I just sent 3 your way. Plenty more where those came from, as your lousy ones are my keepers!

January 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM  

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