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Dave Williams

Yes, they certainly fit nicely on my screen...now I wonder if they look small on everyone else's!!

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I can't believe it has been 8 years already...   A New Year's Day walk was off, as the weather was not great, but the forecast for the 2nd was accurate, blue sky but a bit of a cold wind, so

The last 5 all taken from the car on the drive out. We also saw a buzzard, but it is bordering on the EBC, so can wait...   RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21   Canon 5D Mark

RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 2/1/21   Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1000, f7.1, 1/1600   7T4A7131 by tdgraves, on Flickr   8) Redwing

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When I compared your photo with registered sightings of the Siberian Chiffchaff, I felt your ID could well be correct. The Dutch sightings website has an 'automatic' bird recognition when you upload a photo and I took the liberty of trying this with your photo. Of course  I did not enter the sighting but I got a 100% certainty on the Siberian Chiffchaff ID. Though this recognition feature is by no means infallible, with such a percentage, I think you can be pretty sure you nailed it. Great find!

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Quite a lot of common ones got ticked off today, but this one is always elusive...(these are sized to 1500 @Dave Williams)

 

RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 2000, f5.6, 1/1000

 

50829212952_dd414a07f6_h.jpg7T4A7305 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

17) Eurasian bullfinch

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 500, f7.1, 1/2500

 

50828377578_781113363e_h.jpg7T4A7375 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/12500

 

50829129136_9ff0ac012b_h.jpg7T4A7400 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

18) Northern shoveller

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16 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

Yes, they certainly fit nicely on my screen...now I wonder if they look small on everyone else's!!

 

they certainly look small on the PC, but OK on the iPad. I'm wondering about the quality though...

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10 minutes ago, PeterHG said:

When I compared your photo with registered sightings of the Siberian Chiffchaff, I felt your ID could well be correct. The Dutch sightings website has an 'automatic' bird recognition when you upload a photo and I took the liberty of trying this with your photo. Of course  I did not enter the sighting but I got a 100% certainty on the Siberian Chiffchaff ID. Though this recognition feature is by no means infallible, with such a percentage, I think you can be pretty sure you nailed it. Great find!

 

thanks @PeterHG I felt like it looked the same as photos on the internet, but then again, I've felt that about other ID's which turned out to be incorrect! :ph34r:

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1250

 

50828377653_9fdb9ac4b3_h.jpg7T4A7381 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

19) Common goldeneye

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1000

 

50828377808_0cb65b0966_h.jpg7T4A7397 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

20) Eurasian coot

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1250, f7.1, 1/4000

 

50829213597_45316eb48d_h.jpg7T4A7410 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

21) Blue tit

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1250, f5.6, 1/800

 

50829214017_37cf96aa20_h.jpg7T4A7483 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

22) Great tit

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1600, f5.6, 1/800

 

50829214167_aefab7a639_h.jpg7T4A7496 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

23) Dunnock

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RSPB Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, 12/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 1250, f7.1, 1/1250

 

50828377493_fe39d1146a_h.jpg7T4A7370 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

24) Goldcrest

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And I am already accumulating duplicates. These two are better shots and mainly posted to wind up @Galana... :ph34r: virtually in adjacent trees!

 

50829129401_fed1c4cc0c_h.jpg7T4A7422 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

50829213822_bc2f48abce_h.jpg7T4A7432 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

and one for @elefromoz

 

50829213932_e6e5978029_h.jpg7T4A7467 by tdgraves, on Flickr

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Yes, photos don't quite fit on my screen but if I'm the odd one out so be it! Lucky you having an RSPB reserve open...they have been shut here for almost 12 months! Will put it on my list for my next visit down that way which may be some months away yet.

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20 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

Yes, photos don't quite fit on my screen but if I'm the odd one out so be it! Lucky you having an RSPB reserve open...they have been shut here for almost 12 months! Will put it on my list for my next visit down that way which may be some months away yet.

Do you mean the 1500 ones are also too big?

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Yes, but not that much .

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3 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

mainly posted to wind up @Galana... :ph34r: virtually in adjacent trees!

Nice to know you think of me for whatever reason.:)

 

3 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

I'm wondering about the quality though...

Looks OK to me on a PC. It's the subjects I don't like.

Nice bunch and well done with the Siberian CC

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Nice finds and photos!

 

The 1500 ones are slightly too large for my screen, strangely enough though they seem the same amount too large as your older 2k-odd shots. It doesn't really bother me with bird shots though, but it does detract from landscapes a little. The 1024 fits with room to spare. That's on my PC, haven't looked on the phone but I wouldn't optimise anything for a phone anyway. Don't have a Ipad, or anything else with a half-eaten logo on it.

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14 hours ago, PeterHG said:

The Dutch sightings website has an 'automatic' bird recognition when you upload a photo

That sounds interesting Peter, how accurate have you found it to be? and how does it handle less than perfect photos?

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13 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

Do you mean the 1500 ones are also too big?

 

I am a bit puzzled by this debate about photo size.

I am using a 13" Dell laptop for day to day stuff, including Safaritalk.

As all your posted photos are in fact links to your Flickr account they sometimes take a moment to show but I have never had a problem with image size. I just assumed that ST re-sized the image to fit the screen. :wacko:

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5 hours ago, Soukous said:

That sounds interesting Peter, how accurate have you found it to be? and how does it handle less than perfect photos?

It is pretty good, even with less that perfect photos. In those cases it will give you three of 4 possibilities with a 'certainty' percentage added. They do need the bird pretty large in the frame. I don't use it very often, but it can certainly help sometimes. The site is waarneming.nl and you can set the language to English. You do need an account to use it as this function means you are about to enter a new sighting and you can either type in a name or start by uploading a photo. You can remove the photo again before actually entering the sighting if yo only use it for ID purposes. I think they have an app, too for ID purpose, but I would have to look that up.

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I went for a walk on Tuesday, but it was cloudy and windy, so I didn't see very much. By contrast, it was a glorious day yesterday, after storm Christoph blew the clouds all away. I had some free time, so I went to Grafham Water. As this is only 8 miles from work, I think it is within the lockdown guidelines as a local drive for my 4.8 mile walk. I even managed a new bird! A couple of birders I met in one of the hides (socially distanced of course) mentioned that they had seen it close to the entrance, so I made sure to look carefully as I returned to the car. Unfortunately, the clouds reappeared as the sun went down, so this is not the best shot....

 

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire, 22/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 640, f7.1, 1/1250, EV +2/3

 

50866794437_5d834c7c93_k.jpg7T4A7737 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

25) Goosander

 

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Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire, 22/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 500, f7.1, 1/1250

 

50865724398_99e281f06e_k.jpg7T4A7519 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 500, f7.1, 1/2000

 

50866539552_915878f4ff_k.jpg7T4A7525 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

26) Mallard

 

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Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire, 22/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1250

 

50866539692_dc593f48b0_k.jpg7T4A7555 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

27) Greylag goose

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Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire, 22/1/21

 

Canon 5D Mark IV, 100-400 Mark II, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/1600

 

50865724783_1d4e04249d_k.jpg7T4A7559 by tdgraves, on Flickr

 

28) Canada goose

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