Photography Tips & Selective Color

On Friday, May 28th, the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge is Selective Color. This means your photos need to be monochrome with a spot of the original color left in. Yesterday, I posted some tips using Corel PhotoPaint Pro 2021. Tomorrow, I will post some tips and tricks in Adobe Photoshop 2021.

I want to thank Cee Neuner with Cee’s Photo Challenges for her generous expertise in helping provide information that I could share with my followers. She has been posting a new series of photography tips to include black and white/selective color blogs that you may find useful in your photography and post editing process. Here are the links to her four recent posts:

Part 1 – Easy Techniques to Try

Part 2 – Post Editing Basics

Part 3 – Editing Using B&W Mixer in Camera Raw (Adobe Suite Program)

Part 4 – Selective Color

Cee mainly uses Adobe Camera Raw which is part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Camera Raw is a free plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop, however is not free, but can be purchased for $9.99 per month. You can try it for free for 7 days. Click here.

In terms of understanding the difference, Camera Raw is an image developer similar to when we used to get our 35mm film developed after shooting off a role. Photoshop is the image editor, but there are editing tools in Camera Raw that are quite useful and can be quicker than Photoshop. I find that I have more control in Photoshop, but I’m sure it is because that is what I’m used to using.

As I’ve stated in other posts, there is no right or wrong way. There are lots of ways to accomplish selective color using these digital editing programs.

Selective Color Tricks #1 – Corel PaintShop Pro 2021

How To Perform Selective Coloring In PaintShop Pro

There are many ways to do selective colors in all photo editing programs. Today, I’m going to show you one way to do it in Corel Paintshop Pro 2021.

Corel PaintShop Pro is fairly inexpensive and you can try if for FREE for 30 days. Click Here.

Selective coloring is a popular post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color.


In this tutorial, youll learn the techniques on how to apply color on selected part(s) of the image using layers and masks in PaintShop Pro.

Step 1 Setting up the file

Open an image file of your choice in PaintShop Pro by going to File > Open (Ctrl+O). In this tutorial were going to use SELECTCOLOR.JPG.

Step 2 Duplicate the background layer

Create a copy of the background layer by Right clicking on it then choose Duplicate. Double click the duplicated layer then change the name to BNW as this will become the black and white part of the image.

Step 3 Black and White

Turn the BNW layer into a black and white effect, choose the Black and White film filter by going to Effects > Photo Effects > Black and White Film. The setting should depend on your preference or by the suggested setting of PSP.

Step 4 Masking

Next step is to create a mask. Masks are used to hide part(s) of the image or the whole image. Masking is a very useful tool in image editing as it allows you to edit part of the image without having to worry that you will lose information, as masking can be done and undone just by using the paint brush.

To create a mask, go to Layers > New Mask Layer > Show All. Your layer palette should now have the following:


Using the Paint Brush tool and a black foreground color, brush over the pencil as shown below.


User-added imageIn masking, a BLACK mask reveals the layer underneath while a WHITE mask reveals the mask itself.

You can easily clean up the edge of the pencil by zooming into the image press and hold down the right mouse button. This will then add a mask back to the “unmasked” area.

Step 5 Merging and Saving

Merging the layers is an optional step. To merge the layers, right click on any layer then choose Merge > Merge All (Flatten) or go to Layers > Merge > Merge All. Now go to File > Save As Choose JPG then give it your desired file name. Save. If you wish to further edit the image in the future, do not merge the layers and save it as a .PSPIMAGE file.

FINISHED PRODUCT

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Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds beginning with a “G” In The Title

Welcome to Week #48 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #48 challenge is birds beginning with a “G” in the title (if a bird has more than one word of the name, you can use it as long as it begins with a “G”, ie: Green Heron or Common Gallinule).

The feature image is Ross’s Goose. I was on the search for this bird while visiting Sunset Park in Las Vegas. I was scanning the water pond intensely for a sign of this bird. With my camera draped over my shoulder and binoculars in the ready position, searching to no avail. My arms got tired and I lowered my binoculars and down at my feet…well, I had a visitor. The only one in the park that I could see.


Just a reminder that next week’s challenge is B&W with spot color. Your choice of birds. Can’t wait to see your creations.

Black-crowned Night Heron

On May 28th, the Bird Weekly Challenge is Selective Color. This means your photos need to be monochrome with a spot of the original color left in. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting guides for a couple of photo editing programs to help you with this if you have these programs available to you, there might be some new hints you haven’t tried. Stay tuned for those and I hope you will join us for that Bird Weekly Challenge.


Common Gallinule

Adult Common Gallinules with the brown and black bodies and red/yellow beaks and legs are feeding in the mudflats in Florida.

Above: These two adult Common Gallinules, AKA Common Moorhens were feeding on snails and other invertebrates in the mudflats near the Mangroves at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. They are quite common and live there year round. They are easily identifiable with their red and yellow beak and legs. Below: Two Juveniles hiding in the Mangroves not far from the parents.

Two juvenile Common Gallinules are hiding the Mangroves at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida.

Pied-billed Grebe

Two Juvenile Common Gallinules are caught looking at a Pied-billed grebe swimming by.

A Pied-billed Grebe swims in front of a couple of curious onlookers. Note that these two are the same two juvenile Gallinules above. Did you know that “grebe” means feet at the buttocks and they are appropriately named because their feet are located near their rear end. Their toes are lobed, not webbed and it helps propel them through the water. You will rarely see them in flight. They are divers and use their thick bill to kill and eat crustaceans, fish, amphibians, insects and other invertebrates.


Eared Grebe

Eared Grebe seen in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Eared Grebe is the most common grebe in the world. They breed in shallow wetlands in western North America. In the summer months, they dance and run across the water while courting. They breed by the hundreds and thousands and feast on brine shrimp before heading south where they turn gray and white in winter. We saw this grebe in Las Vegas in the spring.


Western Grebe

Western Grebe captured in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During breeding season, the Western Grebe is quite the dancer. It is known for its ballet-style courtship where both the male and female run across the water in synchrony with their long necks curved in an “S” shape. I’ve never seen this behavior but I’m sure it is a site to see!


Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner spotted at Lamb's Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Greater Roadrunner is found in the Desert Southwest of the United States and Mexico where they thrive. They have recently extended their range into Louisiana and Missouri. They are fast and if you blink, you will miss them. They are hard to photograph as they are usually a blur. I saw them often when I was a kid growing up in Texas. It had been many years since I had seen one until we were birding in Lamb’s Park in Las Vegas and saw this one streaking across the picnic area.


Great Egret

Great Egret that had just finished preening.

Great Egret’s are found on every continent in the world except Greenland and Antarctica. A real world traveller. They migrate south during the colder months, but may stay north in milder winters.


Geese

Geese hanging out at the fountain in Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An array of geese hanging out at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. The domestic geese were intertwined with the Canada Geese. This was the moment I was searching for Ross’s Goose before finding our feature image at my feet.


Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull flying over the sandy beach of Little Talbot Island State Park.

These two photos are the same bird. I captured this Laughing Gull in flight. He circled back and landed on the beach. I took about 50 photos of this bird because there were no other birds around at that moment. He was the star of the show that day at Little Talbot Island State Park.

Laughing Gull wading in the surf at Little Talbot Island State Park.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron in a mating dance on the Hillsborough River at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

Not a great photo! This photo was taken with my old Nikon D50, first digital camera and I was 3 stories high on a tower watching the mating dance of two Great Blue Herons. I was so mesmerized by the display that I was just firing off shots and not paying attention to my settings. It was nearing sunset and the noise was cray cray!


Green Heron

Green Heron stalking its prey in the mangroves at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

The Green Heron is small colorful heron but can camouflage itself in the swampy areas in which it habitats. They can be difficult to spot and a good pair of binoculars scanning an area near the surface of water will give you a better chance at seeking out this bird.


Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule feeding in the dense wetlands at Sweetwater Wetlands in Gainesville, Florida.

Purple Gallinules have been known to show up in Iceland, Switzerland, South Georgia Island, the Galápagos and South Africa. Scientists believe they are on the hunt for more adequate food as their habitat has been considerably reduced by development and severe drought conditions.


Gator

5-6 foot alligator was in pursuit of a family of Common Gallinules.  I was about 3 feet from him.

No, you are not seeing things. This gator was about 3 feet from me and since he starts with a “G” in slang terms and was chasing gallinules, I thought I would add it. It was about a 5-6 foot gator and was in pursuit of a family of Common Gallinules. They escaped into the Mangroves and the two parents and three babies were safe for another day.


Next time…Week #49 – Week #49 – Black and white photos of birds with a spot of color (technical challenge). (5/28/21)

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Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #47

Week #47 challenge was Birds with a color in their name.

Disclaimer: If anyone has an issue with me using their photos in the round ups, please kindly let me know. I haven’t had anyone say anything, but I don’t want you to think I’m using your photographs for personal gain. I’m here to show what great work you are doing with your photography by showing you off in these posts.

Many birds with a color in their name makes total sense. Like for instance, the Blue-footed Booby has blue feet, but a Red-bellied Woodpecker doesn’t have a red belly. On another trip down this rabbit hole, I want to research some history of why certain birds were given the names they were.

You all shared many shades on the color wheel this week!


Brian’s Scarlet Honeyeater
Sarah’s Blue-footed Booby (Boobys, Boobies???)
Susan’s Ruby-throated Hummingbird
I.J.’s Plum-headed Parakeets
Lisa’s Brown Creeper

I encourage you to visit these blogs if you haven’t already and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!


Next up: Week #48: Birds beginning with a “G” (if a bird has more than one word of the name, you can use it as long as it begins with a “G”, ie: Green Heron or Common Gallinule) (5/21/21)

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

Quote – Healing – Week #25

You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… Claim and consciously use your power.

LOUISE HAY

Written for Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #25: Healing

I’m going to stay with my family photo for the feature for another week. Mother’s Day weekend was a healing time for me. I have been heartbroken to not see two of my kids and my grandkids since January 2020. I’ve seen my youngest daughter on occasion because she lives in Jacksonville, but those times have not been quality times either, but it has been better than FaceTime only. No hugs, no hanging out for no reason…for over a year. Unfortunately, the pandemic has left us all feeling helpless and I know I’m not alone.

NO MORE; TIME FOR ACTION

I’m not a big proponent for vaccines, but Covid 19 is different. There was no question in my mind that I was getting the vaccine when it came my turn. I received my first vaccine 2 days after I was eligible. This was me doing something towards getting to see my family and healing my broken heart.

Two granddaughters playing a balance game.  It is a wooden ship with 25 pieces.  5 pieces of different cargo items are light and heavy weighted. Roll the dice to see what you have to mount on the boat without tipping it over.
Grampy playing the Boat Game with the girls.

Grampy, Payton and Kristen were playing the Pirate Ship balance game. It has a total of 25 pieces (5 of each of the following: gold bars, treasure chests, barrels, cannon balls and vases. Each item is weighted from light to heavy. Each person takes a turn rolling a die that has these images on each of the 5 sides with the 6th side as a wild pick and the person who rolls it can choose from what remains to try to keep the balance. This game teaches balance and has a bit of a strategy. Whoever topples the boat, loses. Kristen (in the middle) was the first out and then Grampy lost his balance near the end. Payton (on the left) won that game. This would have been great for Quotes on Balance but it hadn’t happened yet.

We played games most of the weekend. Games for the kids and games for the adults. Scrabble was the adult game and Payton joined in with Grampy the first night and my daughter Alecia the second night. There is no competitive nature in our family (cough cough with sarcasm). Payton will be 10 soon and she picked it up pretty quick. It is hard to beat my daughter. She is brutal. She beat me on Saturday night because I got stuck with the Q. Sunday, I won by 1 point. There’s no competition here! LOL!

I used my power as soon as I was able to change my situation to keep myself as safe as possible to receive the reward of spending time with my family. I came back from Tampa feeling restored back to my old self.


I hope you will be inspired to share your favorite quotes and join Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. Visit her page for upcoming challenge themes.

Instructions

  1. Pick a quote to match the week’s topic.
  2. Write a response on your blog with a title that suits your post.
  3. Cut and paste #WQWWC logo if you want to use it.
  4. Use #WQWWC hashtag to get more views.
  5. Paste a link to your post on my weekly post in Mr. Linky.
  6. Or past a link in my comment section. I will visit your blog and comment.
  7. Visit other blogger’s who have participated and leave them an encouraging comment.

#Write Photo – Tower – Haiku

Written for #WritePhoto – Tower

Photo by KL Caley
Hello Rapunzel!
Are you there my dear beauty?
Allow me to see.

Frustration lingers.
Shadows form in the window
Two figures in jest.

Storming the tower
Like a madman on a quest
Sought are the answers

Info for the Challenge

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a statue of King Neptune with his trident poised to catch a fish in a lake reflecting the green of the surrounding trees.

The regulars already know this bit, but for those that don’t:

  • Each Thursday at Noon GMT I will post the #writephoto prompt
  • Use the image and prompt as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.
  • Please have your entries linked back to the original prompt post by the following Tuesday at Noon GMT.
  • Link back to this post with a pingback (Hugh has an excellent tutorial here)  and/or leave a link in the comments below, to be included in the round-up.
  • Please click their links to visit the blogs of other contributors and take time to read and comment on their work.
  • Use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found.
  • There is no word limit and no style requirements, except that your post must take inspiration from the image and/or the prompt word given in the title of this post.
  • Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish, or you may replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work.
  • By participating in the #writephoto challenge, please be aware that your post may be featured as a reblog on this blog and I will link to your post for the round-up each week.

Quote – Beauty – Mother’s Day – Week #24

Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a Mother.

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Mother's Day photo of me and two of my kids, grandkids and hubby.
L to R – My son Freddie & Grandson Fred, Granddaughters, Leigha, Payton, Kristen, Me, my daughter Alecia and my hubby Frank.

Written for Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #24: Beauty | Mother’s Day

This is my family that I hadn’t seen in almost a year and half. It was so great and the only way it would have been better is if I had my youngest daughter there. She was unable to come to Tampa for the weekend and was back in Jacksonville. It was a beautiful weekend that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

I’m a week late posting this and that is okay. Sorry Marsha that I didn’t get it done sooner.


I hope you will be inspired to share your favorite quotes and join Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. Visit her page for upcoming challenge themes.

Instructions

  1. Pick a quote to match the week’s topic.
  2. Write a response on your blog with a title that suits your post.
  3. Cut and paste #WQWWC logo if you want to use it.
  4. Use #WQWWC hashtag to get more views.
  5. Paste a link to your post on my weekly post in Mr. Linky.
  6. Or past a link in my comment section. I will visit your blog and comment.
  7. Visit other blogger’s who have participated and leave them an encouraging comment.

Water Water Everywhere #78 – Greenway

Photos by Jez is the host of WWE that is a weekly challenge posted on Monday.

The view of where to launch a boat to explore Lake Ocklawaha near Orange Springs, Florida.
Looking out at Lake Ocklawaha

On our way home last Monday from Tampa, we took a normal 3 1/2 hour trip home and stretched it into 10 hours. We went exploring in the the northern central part of Florida. We just followed brown signs to different county parks, wildlife management areas and this incredible view where you would put your boat in at Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway that winds into Lake Ocklawaha near Orange Springs, Florida. We found this to be a great place for an upcoming visit with our inflatable kayak. That was the purpose of the day…to find fresh water to launch for a future time. The boat ramp was to the left of this photo. We can’t wait to go on our next adventure and see what this part of natural Florida has to offer.

Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds With Color in their Name

Welcome to Week #47 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #47 challenge is birds with a color in their name such as a Yellow Warbler or Great Blue Heron. As long as it is a color from the color wheel in the title of the name, it will qualify for this challenge. White is a color.

Speaking of Great Blue Herons, the feature image is a mated pair building their nest high up on a palm tree at Viera Wetlands in Viera, Florida.


Being a graphic designer, color is my thing. Being able to print out a specific color on a particular printer takes skill and a lot of practice because all printers are not created equal. Sometimes we just can’t accomplish it…that exact shade in someone’s logo.

Black-crowned Night Heron

On May 28th, the Bird Weekly Challenge is Selective Color. This means your photos need to be monochrome with a spot of the original color left in. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting guides for a couple of photo editing programs to help you with this if you have these programs available to you, there might be some new hints you haven’t tried. Stay tuned for those and I hope you will join us for that Bird Weekly Challenge.


American Idol

There was a special moment on American Idol on the last show. Since it made tears come out of my eyes, chills down my arms and involved color, I thought I would share the mentoring session and the performance. It was just that GOOD!

On Sunday night, Willie Spence had one of the best performances in American Idol history. Chris Martin of Coldplay was the guest mentor for the contestants for this week and he was humbled by what Willie did with his song, “Yellow”. Since this week for Bird Weekly is all about the colors of the name of birds, I felt the urge to share these videos with you.


NOW TO THE BIRDS

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This Yellow-rumped Warbler was a first time visitor to our feeders this spring. Frank and I call them “Rumps” for short. They have yellow on their underwings, but yellow under the tail feathers which give them their name. This warbler migrates by the tens of thousands of birds throughout the southern plains of the U.S., breeding in milder temperatures during the summer. We see them all over the area but this was a first to our feeders. This one thought he was the boss and tried to cover a large area of all the feeders without success. He would chase off the Goldfinches and they would leave, but they came back shortly afterwards…with reinforcements. We had a real battle ground out there for weeks. Bullies are not tolerated!


Yellow-throated Warbler

Yellow-throated Warblers have a bright yellow throat, black, gray and white body. This is a species that was given a proper name. This warbler species hops up the side of a tree much like a Brown Creeper and Black-and-White Warbler. This one just happened to be on the ground in the cover of grass. The one and only time I’ve ever seen one on the ground.


Black-and-White Warbler

The Black-and-White Warbler is one of the earliest warblers to migrate. They are combative and will fight other species for territory. Sound like someone else on this list? Their name makes since as they are fairly easy to identify with their black and white stripes.


Black-throated Blue Warbler

The Black-throated Blue Warbler is appropriately named with its blue back, white belly and black throat. They are difficult to photograph because they sputter around quickly. The black face with the black eye makes it almost impossible to get a clean shot at the face.


Eastern Bluebird

“You talkin’ to me?” What great personalities the Eastern Bluebird has! As with many species, the male is much more colorful than the female. They have a combination of blue on their head and back, orange chest and white belly.


White Ibises

These White Ibises were hanging out near the boat ramp at Lake Deaton in The Villages, Florida this past Monday. The two adults are in full breeding colors looking over their juvenile child who is beginning to lose the baby colors. I featured this on Carol’s Trio Challenge yesterday.


Red-bellied Woodpecker

Some birds may have a name that doesn’t make sense. Take the Red-bellied Woodpecker for instance…it doesn’t have a red belly at all. The patch underneath may be a gray, peach or yellow but certainly not red like what is on top of the head. I have so many Red-bellied Woodpecker photos, I could post one a day for 2 months and not repeat. This bird gets another go.


Blue-winged Teal

These Blue-winged Teals were camouflaged in the Salt Marsh and Mangroves at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. There were 6 mated pairs during migration where they eventually head north to the breeding grounds.


Red-shouldered Hawk

This Red-shouldered Hawk had a face only a mother could love. This was a juvenile that must have fledged recently. He was perched up on a stump near the entrance of the boat ramp at Lake Deaton. I snuck around the port-o-potty to get this photo. At the click of my shutter, he flew up into a tree but the movement was in slow motion. It took everything this bird had to get up in the tall pine tree to a safe high place.


Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbirds are some of the most vocal birds around. They are appropriately named as the males have that beautiful dark red spot on the wings. I supposed they could have been called Red-Yellow-winged Blackbird. If they had named this bird by the female colors, it would have been called something totally different. “Brown-striped Mama”?


Lesser Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs are very similar in appearance and difficult to identify. One is larger than the other. Despite this fact, they are not closely related. The Lesser Yellowlegs is closer related to the much larger Willet. They are so appropriately named with those very yellow legs!


Great Blue Heron

This Great Blue Heron thought he was hiding from me in the Florida swamp behind a Cypress stump. Nope!

Green Heron

The Green Heron is small colorful heron but can camouflage itself in the swampy areas in which it habitats. They can be difficult to spot and a good pair of binoculars scanning an area near the surface of water will give you a better chance at seeking out this bird.


Purple Gallinule

The Purple Gallinule could have been called a Rainbow Gallinule. This is one of the most brightly colored birds that is native to Florida. They are here year-round, but are not common. You have to know where to find them. If you ever visit and want to see this bird, check the different State Parks and Wildlife Refuges on Ebird.org for where they have been seen.


Pink Kite

Just for fun! When we were at the Blueberry Farm last week, they had a pink kite (not Kite as in the type of bird Kite, but a real kite made of Tyvek material) flying on a pole in the middle of the fields to keep the berry eating birds away. They also had a loudspeaker with birds of prey playing out of the surround sound. They are not a certified organic farm, but they do not spray their bushes.


Next time…Week #48 – Birds beginning with a “G” (if a bird has more than one word of the name, you can use it as long as it begins with a “G”, ie: Green Heron or Common Gallinule) (5/21/21)

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Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #46

Week #46 challenge was Birds perched on anything.

Disclaimer: If anyone has an issue with me using their photos in the round ups, please kindly let me know. I haven’t had anyone say anything, but I don’t want you to think I’m using your photographs for personal gain. I’m here to show what great work you are doing with your photography by showing you off in these posts.

Last week we shared birds in flight which is a bit more difficult than birds perched up hanging out. We have birds coming in from all over the world. I want to welcome the newcomers this week and I hope you will visit their blog. Perched is defined as: alight or at rest. Well, we know that while birds certainly perch to rest, they also perch to eat and perch to take a look around as they are always on guard, looking for predators.

This was our second highest participation in one week. Thank you all for sharing your birds with everyone through Bird Weekly!


Lily’s Hawk or Falcon. I think it might be a Prairie Falcon but hard to tell from the light.
Marilyn’s Gray Catbird
Brian’s Satin-Bowerbird
I.J.’s Bee-eaters
Carol’s Wild Turkeys
Woolly’s Lilac-breasted Roller
My Osprey
Marsha’s Galah

I encourage you to visit these blogs if you haven’t already and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!


Next up: Week #47: Birds with a color in their name (Yellow Warbler, White Ibis, etc.).

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

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