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ISv

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There seem to be two approaches - enhancing colours vs natural colouring. I always try to have the colours as lifelike as I can remember. Here are some of my Northern Cardinals I took on one of my USA trips (all with the 100-400mm II + 5DSR) - had my second Pfizer today so with luck there will be more trips across the pond soon.


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I can add plenty of photos of that bird were you don't need to enhance the colors (because we have it here - on the island and it's not anything rare). On other hand every one has his different approach... Like it or not:)!
 
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ISv

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Hi Alan.
Has your 5G reception improved more this time than after the first jab? :unsure::unsure:

Cheers, Graham.
PS, Bill knows where you are! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
Don't be so fast - there is a lot of uncertainty so far: the things have to be synchronized between the governments and it will take a time (I afraid - a lot of time).
I'm suppose to be fully resistant (ha, ha - don't forget that 5-6%!!!) and still have a problem to think about going to Europe for example - I may have a problem to return!
 

ISv

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OK, I worked all the Good Friday and few hours into Saturday (I had to... Specifics of the profession...). Today was a day off (compensation, kind of...). Finally got my Wandering Tattler in the breeding plumage (almost or fully complete!). First photo was randomly chosen between many others of "non-breeding". The second is from today - finally! It's not rare migrant here but up to now I always had a photos taken from a lot of distance for the "breeders)! Compare the birds - it's the same species!
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Jack Douglas

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Interesting! I have to check this - at least for a birds that I have no idea what they are! On other hand - I have seen plenty of misidentified photos on the Internet and you easily can get in trouble... Sometimes the differences are so small and the info in the photo is just not enough.
I still think there is nothing better of few good books and careful reading (few books because in every book you may find some small things that can help you in case of doubt!).
Just for example: I don't believe a real ornithologist will use Bing to ID a bird:ROFLMAO:! It needs more than Bing. On other hand Bing I hope can help you to narrow the scope of your search if you use it with grayn of salt and... well you are again in the teritory of the good books!
Bingo, you hit it on the head. :D
 
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ISv

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Don't be so fast - there is a lot of uncertainty so far: the things have to be synchronized between the governments and it will take a time (I afraid - a lot of time).
I'm suppose to be fully resistant (ha, ha - don't forget that 5-6%!!!) and still have a problem to think about going to Europe for example - I may have a problem to return!
Oops. sorry - it has to be a comment to Alan's comment not to your comment... Damn it! - after that much comments I forgot what I'm going to comment on :mad:!!!
 
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ISv

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Now that Spring has finally arrived here in the PNW we are starting to get a nice variety of birds. This little Pine Siskin decided to drop in yesterday. They are hard to distinguish from the female House Finch. The beak is the giveaway but you can also spot a bit of yellow on the Pine Siskin's wings. View attachment 196767
The beak is there... I don't want to speculate about the yellows on the wings (simply because I don't see it on the photos!). But the forked tail is there and I can see it clear! Don't restrict your comparison to what you read in "All about birds" - they are taking short cuts time to time: because the "long ways" are really long and need some knowledge from the person who is doing it!
 

Dockland

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It's a joy to shoot with the R5 and this lens. Thank you for your encouraging words. These birds are kind of static and doesn't move that much. I'll try go get more action shots and post them in the BIF thread.
But anyway, great camera and lens. Just can't praise it enough

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usern4cr

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Bing has a handy website tool to look up varieties of birds. Just add your image and Bing will attempt to local similar images. This generally has links to websites with the type of bird. This is what I typically do when trying to find out the name of a bird. https://www.bing.com/visualsearch
Thanks for the link to Bing, macrunning. But I do have this question about it: When you upload a photo (for name recognition purposes) does it go into their photos which can be seen by others? If so, is there a control to disable that?
 

usern4cr

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I'm hoping that those seeing this can help me out? I've been asked to hang 8 photos for display in my little town's gallery over the summer. I have one (my kitten Ollie) going in for sure, and I'm going to use my bird photos for the remaining 7. I have 14 bird photos that I think might be the best received, so I have to choose 7 and not use the other 7. Some of my choices you've already seen, and some I haven't yet sent out. I'll post all 14 here (in 2 posts since we're limited to posting 10 per post) with numbers on the photos.

If you have the time to respond, let me know which are your favorites (or worst ones), or which 7 you think are best to show. I'd really like your feedback since my wife and I have different favorites (as others probably would, too).

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#6
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(#11:14 will be in the next post)
 
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usern4cr

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Number 5 and 13 :)
My favourites (not in any specific order)
1,3,5,7,10,12,13
All great pictures!!
Thanks, Dockland & Raptors!
Gee - this is fun!

But seriously, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I have to say that there are bird photos from others here that I really adore even more than what I've happened upon. And the colors in the wood-duck have set the bar so high for that, that somehow I don't think my backyard will ever even come close to it.

So, I guess it's time to travel! Oh wait, have they opened the borders yet? :LOL:
 

usern4cr

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Nice series usern4cr,

For my favourites, I'd pick: 2,5,7,12,14.

Good luck.
Thanks, StoicalEtcher!
I didn't know what would happen with responses, but I'm very thankful for all that I've got.
It's really interesting in such a short period. There are 7 of them that are neck and neck as far as the favorites that I've received, 5 of them that are the least favorites (by far), and 2 that are in-between. And one of the least favorites is one of my favorites (hmmm, it just goes to show ... )
But I do think that it will really help me show photos that are better received by those who get to see them (even in my little town). So thanks, again!
 
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