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ISv

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I've posted two pix (both 5DMk3 + 100-400 II @ 400).

I'm posting this for the benefit of the very few who post here who might know less than me.

Here's what happened.

There was an interesting set of bird songs emanating from the tree in our front yard...I went back to our family room to collect my iPhone--brightness was behind the tree and my eyes couldn't see much.

I dialed up Merlin...which has a component within it that allows bird identification by sound (this might be news to some...it was news to me a couple of months ago).

I clicked 'record' or something or other...and...

...the app suggested 'Carolina Wren'.

We've had a few Carolina Wrens over the years so the Merlin-assisted ID was helpful--I knew what to look for...and went back to collect my camera.

Two images that resulted are shown.

The first is OOC jpeg...with 2/3 stop brightness added on the camera.

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The second is the same photo...fixed up with Photoshop and then Picasa (I know I know...)

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...an additional observation: what I heard (before I grabbed my camera) was, in fact, the Carolina Wren 'duet'...where both male and female are heard...talking to each other?!

A neat experience for me...kind of multimedia in a way!
OK, now it is really interesting: I have pretty good visual memory but can't distinguish well the songs/calls of the birds. This could be helpful! Thanks!
 

JPAZ

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..........I dialed up Merlin...which has a component within it that allows bird identification by sound (this might be news to some...it was news to me a couple of months ago).

I clicked 'record' or something or other...and...

...the app suggested ..........
Great tip. Thanks, @josephandrews
 

ERHP

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One of my local favorites is back, a Loggerhead Shrike. I can usually walk up to it and one evening this last week, it was looking around before diving down into the bush it was on and tearing off a bit cached lizard. It brought out the back end as if to show it off before eating that as well.
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R5 600 II w/1.4X 1/1000 : f/9 : ISO 800

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R5 600 II w/1.4X 1/800 : f/10 : ISO 800
 

AlanF

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One of my local favorites is back, a Loggerhead Shrike. I can usually walk up to it and one evening this last week, it was looking around before diving down into the bush it was on and tearing off a bit cached lizard. It brought out the back end as if to show it off before eating that as well.
SDR14728A-4K.jpg

R5 600 II w/1.4X 1/1000 : f/9 : ISO 800

SDR14729-4K.jpg

R5 600 II w/1.4X 1/800 : f/10 : ISO 800
Fantastic shots!
 
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ISv

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I did a chaperone to a friends from Canada yesterday. Nothing interesting - just the very common wintering birds here.
First two are Sanderling (with plenty of light), after that Wandering Tatler in late, ~80% clouded afternoon: the reason for the strange colors...

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ISv

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And some from today - went to a beach park mostly for the walk. Fortunately my pocket size combo (D500 + 500mm PF:p) was with me. The birds are not interesting but I like the low level photos of the Pacific Golden Plover, especially the one with the red ring from a parked car in the far background.
The Night Heron? - Just to show I can take also a "high level" photos (just trying to incorporate a second layer in my humor!)!!!
On other hand you shoot what you have in front of you (the alternative is not to shoot at all - not my coffee!).

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AlanF

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And some from today - went to a beach park mostly for the walk. Fortunately my pocket size combo (D500 + 500mm PF:p) was with me. The birds are not interesting but I like the low level photos of the Pacific Golden Plover, especially the one with the red ring from a parked car in the far background.
The Night Heron? - Just to show I can take also a "high level" photos (just trying to incorporate a second layer in my humor!)!!!
On other hand you shoot what you have in front of you (the alternative is not to shoot at all - not my coffee!).

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I wish I had beaches like yours!
 
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ISv

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I wish I had beaches like yours!
Well, I would like to shoot in the nature you have like "given" - what is common for one is kind of precious for others! And I'm pretty sure you know it!
 
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