Έγινε μέλος στις: Σεπ 02, 2018 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Φεβ 24, 2024 iNaturalist

Call me Kestrel. I specialise in globally IDing Falconiformes and Mustelinae. I also enjoy IDing other American birds, especially Accipitriformes, Cathartiformes, Strigiformes (for those 3, mainly familiar with species north of Mexico), Cariamiformes, and Zonotrichia sparrows. I am studying more every day and love to learn new taxa. My ultimate goal is to learn global raptor taxa (Accipitriformes, Cathartiformes, Strigiformes, Cariamiformes, and Falconiformes).

While a passenger on the road, I am on a constant lookout for raptors and do my best to observe them from the car. As pulling over is not always possible, the majority of my road raptors are photographed at great speed hence the resulting quality.

I live in the Chiwaukee Prairie Region and frequent the Lake Michigan coastal habitats to make observations. I do personal research using records from iNat, BugGuide, GBIF, my own observations, and other sources to compile checklists for my county. I have been working on a Kenosha County Lepidoptera list as well as a Plant list with the goal of verifying the presence of species within the county and making observations of them. This information will also be used to compile my own reference for local identification. Hopefully, I will be able to share these reference materials with others and increase the accessibility of identification knowledge.

I mainly use my Nikon D300 with a Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens for telephoto shots and a Tamron 90mm prime 1:1 f/2.8 lens for macro shots. I supplement my DSLR with my phone camera if needed.

Feel free to @ or DM me about observations and identifications. I am happy to give my attention to observations within my ID experiences and to review previous IDs and annotations at any time. I can communicate in English and Japanese (intermediate level) and will use translation apps for other languages. For research queries about my observations, please DM me for email contact. My media is available to use non-commercially with credit and I would appreciate being notified of their use. Thank you.

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