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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. I don't see any of your photos, @BirdNrd, all I see is links. ?
  2. I understand your reasoning for not posting your photos directly to Whatbird, the quality lost in upload is very disappointing. I'm not sure you're going to get a lot of views if you use a third party link like dropbox though. While I may click on a link now and then, I am not going to download every photo to my computer that someone else posts just so I can see their photos in an uncompressed state. Much like the links to ebird that some people have started using, if all that is posted is a link to photos, chances are I am not going to see those photos. Like I said, I will click on a link to see a photo once in a while, but I skip right past the majority of links to third party websites. I don't believe I am the only one that prefers to see the photos posted here instead of clicking on a link, so be aware that your links might not get much exposure.
  3. If I am seeing things right, the bird has it's back to the camera and what you are seeing is the white edges of the wing feathers, not the birds belly feathers. I think.
  4. That's what I find interesting about the photos. I KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, that both these pictures are of the same bird. I watched it land on the wire and no other birds were on or near the wire during the 9 seconds it took to get three photos. There was 5 seconds between the first and second photo, and 4 seconds between the second and third photos, I didn't post the third photo because it is nearly identical to the second photo. I can understand your suspicion of a different bird, but there was only one bird. It didn't look like a bluebird to me either and that's why I posted here, to see what other saw in what I consider a very deceptive photo. Thanks for the input.
  5. Thanks for the feedback everyone. I thought someone might have seen a Bobolink like I did, but I guess we just proved how deceiving some photos can be. When I first viewed the photo on the back of the camera, I zoomed in as much as possible and I thought I saw just the edge of some white on the head, and what many others thought were epaulettes, I thought was the white back of the Bobolink. At first I thought MJ had it right and we had heard a Bobolink, until I looked at the second and third photo and saw the obvious Bluebird.
  6. I will most definitely post the other photos but I want to wait and see how others see the photo now that there's a suggestion of it's true identity.
  7. The ID was actually the ABC bird so those that guessed XYZ guessed wrong. That's right, I got the bird's call right this time, MJ is usually the one to correct my hearing when it comes to bird songs. The two birds we considered at first were Eastern Bluebird and Bobolink. How does that sway the your opinion about the photo?
  8. MJ and I were walking down to the river on Friday afternoon when a bird singing as it flew over head caught our attention. We're in Southern Ontario, Waterloo area with the Grand River across the road, forests, farmlands, and meadows all around us. Based strictly on the birds call, and at the same time I was saying, "I think that's an ABC", MJ was saying, "is that an XYZ?". We both turned to look at the bird and watched it fly up the field and land on the power line. I powered on the camera and zoomed out to 800mm and snapped this backlit, underexposed, poorly focused photo. I knew as soon as I took the shot that it was underexposed, so I adjusted the exposure, zoomed out to 2400mm and snapped a second and third photo and determined the bird's ID. Upon reviewing the first photo though, it looks like it could pass off for the wrong guess. I don't want to influence anyone, but I'd like to know what other's see in this crop of a poor photo and if there's enough detail for the right ID, or if anyone else can see it as the wrong ID.
  9. I'm telling you now, it doesn't matter how hard you listen, you can't hear a fish fart.
  10. Bringing the photo back to the active page but not even guess from me. Oops, didn't notice it was already on this page.
  11. I should also point out that a 1.6(Canon) or 1.5(Nikon) crop factor is typical of most DSLR cameras, it's not a special crop body camera, it's just the crop factor relevant for most DSLRs, with the exception of full frame cameras, and possibly a few specialty cameras. The point I'm trying to make is that the crop body cameras are the ones most people use, and professionals will also use them on occasion over their full frame cameras just for that added reach because of the crop factor.
  12. Yes and no. First on the no side. A 200-600mm lens on a full frame camera is 200-600mm when comparing the 35mm equivalent, your camera has a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm. In that example your camera has the longer focal length. Now for the yes part. If you put a 200-600mm lens on a crop body camera with a 1.6x crop factor, that 200-600mm lens now has the 35mm equivalent of 350-920mm, out reaching your camera by 200mm.
  13. Sorry, I thought that had already been determined. Yes, your hawk is a young Cooper's Hawk.
  14. It's probably one of my better bum shots, but it was ALMOST a good shot.
  15. It means that your bird has wings that are too short and a tail that's too long to be a Red-tailed Hawk.
  16. I should have also mentioned that a tripod AND burst mode are recommended for GIFs like the rabbit. The more frames you can capture, the wider your options are when deciding the sequence, which doesn't necessarily have to be in the same order the photos were taken. You can also use the same image in multiple locations within the GIF or repeat the same image multiple times to simulate a change in speed. As an example...if I capture two, (or more), shots in burst mode with a bird perched on a branch and one shot has the bird looking left(L) and in the other shot the bird has turned it's head to the right(R) I can use those two shots to make the bird turn it's head L(left) and R(right) and keep it simple, a bird turning it's head L,R,L,R,L,R,L,R....etc. I could also get creative and have the bird look L,R,L,R,L,R,L,L,L,L,L,R,L,L,R,R,R,L,R,L, or any other arrangement I wanted to make the bird seem more animated, if that makes sense. Now, having said that, burst mode is not always necessary, as you can tell by the GIF of the Nuthatch transforming into a Chickadee and back again just by turning it's head back and forth. In that case I had the camera set up on the tripod and was shooting birds all around the yard, it just so happened that the two birds had posed on the same perch, which left me with two very similar shots taken minutes apart. You'll notice the branch doesn't line up perfectly from one shot to the next and the lighting changes, but it was close enough to have some fun with.
  17. I made an animated GIF file using multiple still shots. All you need is two or more shots that are framed the same way, (think tripod) and software that combines the images into a GIF. For this GIF, the rabbit had been eating dandelion leaves and I just kept shooting after the leaves were gone. I took dozens of shots and picked a handful of the them and played around with the sequence and timing until I ended up with a rabbit that looks to be talking. There are various websites that allow for making GIFs online, or you might have to download software if you don't already have it. Photoshop can be used to make GIFs and some other photo editing programs may have that ability too. There's lots of tutorials on youtube for making GIFs, just be aware that some of the programs are designed to work with video files instead of still images. Here's a simple GIF with just two photos.
  18. This guy is doing his best impersonation of a laughing gull.
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