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Depicted is a bird perched in a tree under conditions similar to looking into a sunset. Is it a blue jay? For the reveal see page 16. Photo illustration by Carrie Snyder/The Pioneer

Flight Lines: Careful observation only way to limit identification mistakes

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Several years ago, I was made aware of just how bound some photographers are to certain light conditions. Early on that day, a friend and I were wending through some lush grassland; I was looking for birds, he was aiming and firing his camera at rich golden landscapes. Once the full disc of the sun had cleared the hurdle of the horizon, it didn't take long for my partner to stow his gear and call it a day.

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