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dpc

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Dec 11, 2013
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I took this one this afternoon off our back deck. The background is a bit busy but that's OK. I wouldn't mind if someone could improve my bird ID education. I'm not sure what this bird is. I'm assuming some kind of small warbler or flycatcher. I checked my Birds of Western Canada but couldn't see anything that looked like it. I probably just didn't look hard enough. Can anyone help?
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
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I took this one this afternoon off our back deck. The background is a bit busy but that's OK. I wouldn't mind if someone could improve my bird ID education. I'm not sure what this bird is. I'm assuming some kind of small warbler or flycatcher. I checked my Birds of Western Canada but couldn't see anything that looked like it. I probably just didn't look hard enough. Can anyone help? View attachment 180587
Good shot dpc! And very cute bird!
Yeah, most of the time they dictate the background but you did what you can do in this situation: I'm not sure you could get closer to the bird (less DOF, resulting in more blur in the background) - it's watching you!
Nice shot and I think the ID that you got from your "informant" is right (but again, I don't know much about your birds...)!
 
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Nat_WA

Thinking of a new line... Ow, that hurts
Aug 15, 2017
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I took this one this afternoon off our back deck. The background is a bit busy but that's OK. I wouldn't mind if someone could improve my bird ID education. I'm not sure what this bird is. I'm assuming some kind of small warbler or flycatcher. I checked my Birds of Western Canada but couldn't see anything that looked like it. I probably just didn't look hard enough. Can anyone help?
Very nice dpc! The bird stands out very well against the background.
Seeing in your next post that it wasn't taken at the far end of your zoom range, you might have zoomed in a bit more - it wouldn't change the background from being a bit busy (as ISv noted - you can't help that, the bird decides where to sit), but it would reduce the amount of 'busy' area ;).
On the other hand it would be a pity to lose too much "context" - I really like it that you can see shape and direction of what the bird perches upon... (y)
Wiebe.
 
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tarntyke

Triumph of enthusiasm over ability
Apr 15, 2015
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United Kingdom
@dpc you could try merlin bird Id app for iOS. It is by Cornell lab. It has a photo Id section where you upload a photo of your bird and input details of location, time of year and habitat etc. Obviously not perfect but helps when you don't have access to a reliable birder. Canon rumours has a wealth of people who are both expert photographers and birders and are willing to help anyone. That's why I keep on returning when I need to be amazed and inspired.
 
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dpc

EOS 5DS R
Dec 11, 2013
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Western Canada
It's an Audubon's. We have lots of yellow rumped warblers around here but I don't think I've seen this variety before, so I was unsure of the ident. I rechecked my Birds of Western Canada after my informant communicated with me, so the mystery is solved.

I would have liked to get a tighter frame on the bird, but it was moving about so frequently that I took the shot when I could. I zoomed out to catch the bird in the lens and then snapped the picture. That's a possible problem with birds and long lenses. They can be hard to find in the glass even though you can plainly see them otherwise. This is particularly so when they are moving so frequently. I missed a number of possibly good shots that afternoon just because I couldn't find the bird through the lens quickly enough. I could have cropped the picture but decided to go with what I had. Thanks for your responses. :)
 

Click

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Jul 29, 2012
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Hi dpc,

Is the Audubon's warbler a sub species of the yellow-rumped warbler, or is it a species by itself?
 
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tarntyke

Triumph of enthusiasm over ability
Apr 15, 2015
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Audubon's warbler is a sub-species of yellow-rumped warbler as is the Myrtle warbler. A further complication is that both sub-species can interbreed with each other and the main species. I agree with the ID of female Audobon's warbler. Congratulations on your photo and your determination to get an accurate identification
 
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ISv

"The equipment that matters, is you"
Apr 30, 2017
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It's an Audubon's. We have lots of yellow rumped warblers around here but I don't think I've seen this variety before, so I was unsure of the ident. I rechecked my Birds of Western Canada after my informant communicated with me, so the mystery is solved.

I would have liked to get a tighter frame on the bird, but it was moving about so frequently that I took the shot when I could. I zoomed out to catch the bird in the lens and then snapped the picture. That's a possible problem with birds and long lenses. They can be hard to find in the glass even though you can plainly see them otherwise. This is particularly so when they are moving so frequently. I missed a number of possibly good shots that afternoon just because I couldn't find the bird through the lens quickly enough. I could have cropped the picture but decided to go with what I had. Thanks for your responses. :)
Many small birds are very energetic - jumping from branch to branch (or in the grass) in continuous search for food. I use to find the bird at lower magnification and zoom after that (not always easy). Cropping more means that your bird is spread on smaller number of pixels. You can increase the size of the bird and blur more the background by cropping but you already have lost some detail and the noise is looking worst.
Otherwise - yeah, I have been in that situation countless times and it took me time to get fit for that "sport".
 
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Nat_WA

Thinking of a new line... Ow, that hurts
Aug 15, 2017
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Yellow-rumped warbler this morning out on a walking trail. 7DMII + Sigma 150-600mm C. I had the focal length set to 600mm but had to do a substantial crop since the bird is small and was at some distance. I hope I have the correct ID. :)
Cool shot dpc! :cool: Lots of detail and sharpness in this head on picture, I like it (y) (also nice with those early autumn colours)
W.
 
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ISv

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Apr 30, 2017
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One more hot day here, at ~ 1-2pm the birds were strictly in shade and preferably around water... At University of Hawaii campus (I had some short-time work there). Unfortunately I was followed in the location by so friendly feral cat that, I believe, scared the birds more than me (there were some Bulbuls there and they flush after the cat appeared).
I was planing two more pics here, but they do not go despite less than 1kb (and in separate post!). I may try to post them later.
 

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ISv

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Apr 30, 2017
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Second attempt to continue the story and wow - now it works (with the same files?!).
There was incoming noise from group of (military) choppers coming from behind of me (silenced to some extend from the building behind). The first bird flush and you can see the second one (from the previous series) is worried too. Of course it flush too but look at the next photo: did the birds figure out how to teleport themselves before the humans?! This one almost forget it's tail on the ground:unsure:!!!
 

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