Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus, photographed at the Perry Nature Area near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Terry Sohl, 21 March 2010 [larger view]. You are encouraged to purchase photographs from this photographer. I am happy to email his contact information to you.

Canon 50D, 400 5.6L.

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Comments

  1. #1 blf
    March 31, 2010

    The short limbs it is showing give it away: T. rex.

  2. #2 Rob
    March 31, 2010

    Purple Finch, female-type. The strong head pattern is a good clue.

  3. #3 Bardiac
    April 1, 2010

    What a lovely shot! The beak and tail are also helpful for me.

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