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Not every bird but the birds in some research programs are getting it. And not only rings - the species of bird below is coming to the islands even more heavily equipped: many of them are "armed" with radio transmitter (actually in some flocks you have to look for one without antenna - just to take more "natural" shot. It's how it was proven they fly from Alaska to Hawaii (~4000 miles!) nonstop...
And since you already have that app - no need to write the name of the bird - that photo has everything needed for accurate ID (and it's easy!):)!

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Here's a Condor high up in the Andes with a huge transmitter (5DSR + 100-400mm II +1.4x). The transmitter is so large that it is almost a feature.

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Not every bird but the birds in some research programs are getting it. And not only rings - the species of bird below is coming to the islands even more heavily equipped: many of them are "armed" with radio transmitter (actually in some flocks you have to look for one without antenna - just to take more "natural" shot. It's how it was proven they fly from Alaska to Hawaii (~4000 miles!) nonstop...
And since you already have that app - no need to write the name of the bird - that photo has everything needed for accurate ID (and it's easy!):)!

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Even if an app can easily determine the name of a bird, it's still nice if people mention the name of the bird (if they know it and feel like mentioning it) when posting. If they happen to mention their lens as well it's also nice for those that are considering what lens to use or buy (well, I'm always interested in the lenses used at least). I happen to probably mention too many details (and too many similar photos) and am trying to pare that down. I guess it's nice that we all have our own styles.
 
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ISv

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Even if an app can easily determine the name of a bird, it's still nice if people mention the name of the bird (if they know it) when posting. If they happen to mention their lens as well it's also nice for those that are considering what lens to use or buy (well, I'm always interested in the lenses used). To me, this information is easy to mention and is considerate to the viewers, so why not mention it?
On the first photo - Bristle-thighet Curlew. I took it with Nikon 200-500mm (not sure for the camera - most probably D7200).
Note the "bristles" hanging off it's thighs, there is no other Curlew with this feature. If the bird is in certain stage of molting you may not see the bristles and have to ID by other features...
 
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On the second post: first two are Common Waxbill after that Yellow-fronted Canary (D500/500mm PF).
 
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Very nice series, usern4cr.
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Wood Duck couple in aquatic plants
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Thanks, Click. Also, I've never seen such vivid variety of colors as on Wood Ducks from others who post here, and now your lovely photo reminds me of how stunning those birds are. I haven't been enough of a birder to want to track down certain birds just to see them, but I think I'd enjoy the effort to see some Wood Ducks myself one day.
 
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On the first photo - Bristle-thighet Curlew. I took it with Nikon 200-500mm (not sure for the camera - most probably D7200).
Note the "bristles" hanging off it's thighs, there is no other Curlew with this feature. If the bird is in certain stage of molting you may not see the bristles and have to ID by other features...
Thanks for the info, ISv. (By the way, I just meant my post as a comment in general, and it wasn't any kind of expectation. It's nice that we have this & other threads to post images and thoughts in all the different ways we care to at the time)
 

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So for the R5 users out there, I'm wondering if you ever experience issues with your photos and lines running across horizontally? I've been having this problem since I got the camera and noticed it with the RF 24-105 f/4 L and it's also appearing with the RF 100-500 L lens. So this leads me to believe it's a camera issue and not a lens issue. Below are both the processed image as well as a crop at 100% of the horizontal lines I'm referring to. Is this normal? If so is there a way to not have this happen? I've already had to send my R5 into Canon for an issue with it locking up just using the animal eye auto focus to track birds. they replaced the 'circuit board'. But that was all the details they gave me.
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So for the R5 users out there, I'm wondering if you ever experience issues with your photos and lines running across horizontally? I've been having this problem since I got the camera and noticed it with the RF 24-105 f/4 L and it's also appearing with the RF 100-500 L lens. So this leads me to believe it's a camera issue and not a lens issue. Below are both the processed image as well as a crop at 100% of the horizontal lines I'm referring to. Is this normal? If so is there a way to not have this happen? I've already had to send my R5 into Canon for an issue with it locking up just using the animal eye auto focus to track birds. they replaced the 'circuit board'. But that was all the details they gave me. View attachment 198674 View attachment 198675
Are you using full electronic shutter? What shutter speeds are you using? I've never seen anything that bad.

As far as locking up, I feel for you. Cameras shouldn't do this at all - I've heard too many say that it's happening to them with the R5.
Mine has never locked up, so I guess I just got lucky.
I hope that Canon has not started to cut corners in design or manufacturing.

As an aside, my profession was game design & programming of arcade games (and others). They designed the circuit boards with chips that were "out-of-spec" speed-wise for the big motherboard they built. In the factory, when certain boards wouldn't work, they'd swap chips in & out until they found combinations that worked and out the door they went!

Once, I tracked down an error when the main CPU sent data to the graphics CPU (both programmed by me). I hooked up maybe 80 or so wires on the motherboard on a big logic analyzer to track down the problem. Every once in a while (randomly) a single bit would be read incorrectly by the receiving CPU, which was enough to crash the system. I "proved" this beyond a doubt to the electrical engineer responsible. He just smiled, shrugged, and told me to "fix it". So for every byte of data that was received, I read it twice with a slight delay inbetween. If it read differently the 2nd time I would re-read it until it didn't - that trivial "trial" fix worked 100% and the factory lines kept rolling!
 
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macrunning

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Are you using full electronic shutter?

As far as locking up, I feel for you. Cameras shouldn't do this at all - I've heard too many say that it's happening to them with the R5.
Mine has never locked up, so I guess I just got lucky.
I hope that Canon has not started to cut corners in design or manufacturing.

As an aside, my profession was game design & programming of arcade games (and others). They designed the circuit boards with chips that were "out-of-spec" speed-wise for the big motherboard they built. In the factory, when certain boards wouldn't work, they'd swap chips in & out until they found combinations that worked and out the door they went!

Once, I tracked down an error when the main CPU sent data to the graphics CPU (both programmed by me). I hooked up maybe 80 or so wires on the motherboard on a big logic analyzer to track down the problem. Every once in a while (randomly) a single bit would be read incorrectly by the receiving CPU, which was enough to crash the system. I "proved" this beyond a doubt to the electrical engineer responsible. He just smiled, shrugged, and told me to "fix it". So for every byte of data that was received, I read it twice with a slight delay inbetween. If it read differently the 2nd time I would re-read it until it didn't - that trivial "trial" fix worked 100% and the factory lines kept rolling!
Yes, I was using electronic shutter to give me the 20 fps. I've been trying to make sure it's just not me being a bad photographer but the more I use it the more I'm wondering if my R5 is a clunker! I get some good shots but I think I'm at about a 10% keeper ratio. Is there anything else in the R5 that impacts the auto focus system besides the 'circuit board'?
 
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macrunning

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Here is another example. Just wondering if anyone else experiences this with their R5. I know this isn't a BIF thread but know many of you guys post in the BIF thread and also know this thread gets a lot more eye balls.
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Here is another example. Just wondering if anyone else experiences this with their R5. I know this isn't a BIF thread but know many of you guys post in the BIF thread and also know this thread gets a lot more eye balls.

I've noticed it a few times but only on one shot I was really interested in using. Fortunately for me there was another frame in the batch which had an almost identical wing position and comp but still I know it is a possibility. The interesting thing is how it doesn't affect the entire image but only few feathers which makes me wonder if its related to shutter speed and the electronic shutter speed. The notable one was 1/2500 if I remember correctly.
 

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Here is another example. Just wondering if anyone else experiences this with their R5. I know this isn't a BIF thread but know many of you guys post in the BIF thread and also know this thread gets a lot more eye balls. View attachment 198676 View attachment 198677
They look like a moire style false pattern issue due to specific interactions of shutter speed/readout speed and subject motion that are being exaggerated by sharpening to me. What do they look like with all sharpening turned off?
 

AlanF

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Thanks for the info, ISv. (By the way, I just meant my post as a comment in general, and it wasn't any kind of expectation. It's nice that we have this & other threads to post images and thoughts in all the different ways we care to at the time)
It also helps if people leave the Exif data and not strip it out. I always state the camera and lens, and have the Exif data so those interested can download the image and read it.
 
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