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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:12 PM

The rose-ringed parakeet in the UK. Fascinating — to me, at least!
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 04:58 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 15 May 2019 - 04:12 PM, said:

The rose-ringed parakeet in the UK. Fascinating — to me, at least!

This is another one of the hookbill species that is considered to be established in the U.S. as well. Rose-ringeds are mostly in California but also Florida.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 11:00 PM

I am a bit surprised that no one noticed what the bird was in the picture I posted. It was native to the US.
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 12:55 AM

View PostAnBr, on 15 May 2019 - 11:00 PM, said:

I am a bit surprised that no one noticed what the bird was in the picture I posted. It was native to the US.

Oh, come on, we've had our three guesses. So now now you can't keep it from us any longer!

I'm sitting this one out; I can't even identify half-a-dozen British birds!
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:10 AM

View PostAnBr, on 15 May 2019 - 11:00 PM, said:

I am a bit surprised that no one noticed what the bird was in the picture I posted. It was native to the US.

"Was" being the operative word!
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 11:31 PM

Wendy took this awesome clip. https://drive.google...h0drWElqNQqAfRQ

I took a pic of a little friend who joined me for brekas https://drive.google...CG_2P465uvfLNqF

and this guy a little later https://drive.google...TXxWoQzHvDlCp13

no idea what these are https://drive.google...CHwfRo846YIpI0M

And this one late evening https://drive.google...5CK7E3O9wF8Mh9d

Ended up spending all day just watching the birds. Nature, so peaceful and relaxing!
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Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:24 PM

The little guy on your book is called a Willie Wagtail. The big guy is an Australian Pelican. The black birds are some species of cormorant (not sure which) and the light ones are some species of gull (also not sure which).

Good stuff!
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Posted 23 May 2019 - 03:32 AM

View PostLFC, on 22 May 2019 - 05:24 PM, said:

The little guy on your book is called a Willie Wagtail. The big guy is an Australian Pelican. The black birds are some species of cormorant (not sure which) and the light ones are some species of gull (also not sure which).

Good stuff!
It sure makes a change from considering the doom of the World. Today the river was quiet. My little waggie friend was back of course but he rarely leaves. Wen and I give him treats and we all sing together. The neighbors already know we are crazy.
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Posted 23 May 2019 - 10:02 AM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 23 May 2019 - 03:32 AM, said:

My little waggie friend was back of course but he rarely leaves. Wen and I give him treats and we all sing together. The neighbors already know we are crazy.

You're not crazy until you start taking investment advice from him.
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Posted 23 May 2019 - 07:27 PM

View PostLFC, on 23 May 2019 - 10:02 AM, said:

You're not crazy until you start taking investment advice from him.
That is where you are so wrong! I do take investment advice from him and i just found out why it is 19x more reliable than most human advisers. The latest 2019 data from S&P indicate that - - well see for yourself below. My little secret weapon nods once for yes and twice for no and I pay him peanuts (crushed). I would protect my little buddy with my life.


"Similarly, over the 15-year investment horizon, 92.33% of large-cap managers, 94.81% of mid-cap managers, and 95.73% of small-cap managers failed to outperform on a relative basis (see red highlight in table).
Stated differently, over the last 15 years from 2002 to 2017, only one in 13 large-cap managers, only one in 19 mid-cap managers, and one in 23 small-cap managers were able to outperform their benchmark index. "

http://www.aei.org/p...als-cant-do-it/

But I did come across a seemingly good one over there if you are interested. Emperor Investments.
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Posted 23 May 2019 - 07:37 PM

I am going to start a tab on that report.
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Posted 28 May 2019 - 10:38 PM

LFC. You are the authority on bird watching so let me pass this one by you. There is a rotting post in the river about 300-400 yards out and it is used regularly by a bird of prey. Try as I will I cannot get a good picture of that critter. I am using a coolpix p1000 and it can go 125x. That corresponds to 3000mm. I am also using a remote. The results are really disappointing. Do you think 300+ yards is pushing it? I get the impression that is it going to get really expensive to get that shot.
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:38 PM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 28 May 2019 - 10:38 PM, said:

LFC. You are the authority on bird watching so let me pass this one by you. There is a rotting post in the river about 300-400 yards out and it is used regularly by a bird of prey. Try as I will I cannot get a good picture of that critter. I am using a coolpix p1000 and it can go 125x. That corresponds to 3000mm. I am also using a remote. The results are really disappointing. Do you think 300+ yards is pushing it? I get the impression that is it going to get really expensive to get that shot.

I used to give a program on my early experiences in bird photography. It was meant to give people a realistic idea of what they could expect. I created a set of rules, one of which was "Close: You Aren't". That level of zoom on that camera pushes physics pretty hard and is going to darken up what lands on the sensor which degrades your image. You also have to make sure the light is good i.e. behind you, preferable somewhat over one shoulder instead of directly behind, and early or late in the day so it's no harsh. That camera has a small sensor so you have to ensure your ISO doesn't go too high, probably no higher than 800 and preferable no higher than 400. Then add in camera shake, heat shimmer, and other atmospheric effects.You're basically lucky to get something recognizable at that distance. My guess is that to get a nice shot you'd have to line all that up correctly and be more like 50 yards or less from the subject.
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:32 PM

View PostLFC, on 29 May 2019 - 12:38 PM, said:

I used to give a program on my early experiences in bird photography. It was meant to give people a realistic idea of what they could expect. I created a set of rules, one of which was "Close: You Aren't". That level of zoom on that camera pushes physics pretty hard and is going to darken up what lands on the sensor which degrades your image. You also have to make sure the light is good i.e. behind you, preferable somewhat over one shoulder instead of directly behind, and early or late in the day so it's no harsh. That camera has a small sensor so you have to ensure your ISO doesn't go too high, probably no higher than 800 and preferable no higher than 400. Then add in camera shake, heat shimmer, and other atmospheric effects.You're basically lucky to get something recognizable at that distance. My guess is that to get a nice shot you'd have to line all that up correctly and be more like 50 yards or less from the subject.
That is pretty much what I am finding out. The low light performance of the P1000 is really bad, I mean awful. As you point out the P1000 has a small sensor. A practical point is the field of view is so small that anything other than a fixed position is out of the question, so no action shots. Yes, I get heat shimmer and wind vibration too. I have an old D90 somewhere and I could get a cheap high mag telephoto for it but as you suggest, trying to get good pics at 300m is still going to be a hiding to nowhere. I am glad in a way that it is not personal failure and the bird watching society accept 300m is beyond practical limitations.
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Posted 29 May 2019 - 07:59 PM

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 02:23 AM

I got that predator on the pole, but National Geographic quality it isn't. Confirms long distance is a bit of a waste of time. Yesterday I saw some black swans and was mesmerized by the gorgeous feathers. Breathtaking. Maybe I should grab my Lumix 1000 for the low light and quality. Sadly in a week I will leave this all behind if China let's me in again. Actually they let you in but if they do not like you then getting out is the big issue.

https://drive.google...Y596PQhjxqtWdSx
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Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:33 AM

View PostGeorge Rowell, on 31 May 2019 - 02:23 AM, said:

I got that predator on the pole, but National Geographic quality it isn't. Confirms long distance is a bit of a waste of time. Yesterday I saw some black swans and was mesmerized by the gorgeous feathers. Breathtaking. Maybe I should grab my Lumix 1000 for the low light and quality. Sadly in a week I will leave this all behind if China let's me in again. Actually they let you in but if they do not like you then getting out is the big issue. https://drive.google...Y596PQhjxqtWdSx

That's a cormorant but I don't know the species.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:36 PM

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— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:36 PM

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