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  1. Falcon/Hawk in northern Utah?

    Welcome to Whatbird, cjako. I have to admit that I am envious of your nightly visitor, and the clarity of the camera that caught these gorgeous images. If a second bird has joined the first to roost at night, there's a good chance they'll pair up('tis the season) and maybe even nest on the one of your pillars. If that does happen, you'll have to share a lot more photos/videos with us, us birders are greedy that way.
  2. Help with this sparrow

    I think you may have confused two different threads. The second bird is not a sparrow, it's a yellow-rumped warbler, as you have correctly labeled it.
  3. I think it all depends on what you're after. If you're doing scientific work and have a required structure for post processing or entering a photo contest with similar post processing requirements, well then you are bound by the rules of those specific events. If you are looking to improve your photo and make it look the best that it can look, whether you're going for a realistic look or an artistic flare, well, then set your self free of those other restrictions and post process until you get the image you're after. I think most people would agree that realistic looking birds are preferred, but I don't think anyone really cares if the exposure, contrast, saturation, etc., has been adjusted or not if the end result is pleasing to the eyes. This thread, Creative Edits, shows some of the photos I have manipulated beyond the basics in post processing, which should make you feel more comfortable if you want to enhance the yellow on your goldfinches.
  4. Which kind of yellow warbler?

    I'm not sure if you're safe calling your bird a female or not. Sometimes a male bird in non breeding plumage can look very similar to the female of the species making it hard to determine the bird's sex. I'm not sure if that's the case here but perhaps someone that knows what they're talking about can clarify that regarding your bird.
  5. Monopods

    I get far more use out of my tripod than my monopod. While the monopod does help steady the camera, it's not the solid kind of steady that you get with a tripod. I also like the fact that I can rest my camera on the tripod when I need/want my hands free, monopods fail miserably when used hands free.
  6. brown Pelican gulf coast

    I would hesitate to direct anyone to the Comments on Specific Birds forum, it's broken and has been for a long time. While you can start a new topic, there is no way for anyone to reply to any of the existing topics. Anyone asking a question on that forum will be waiting a long, long, LONG time for someone to reply.
  7. Lunch

    What are we looking at here, Dred? A beak like mouth on a fish?
  8. removing attachments

    WhatBird has a very limited amount of storage space for attachments/photos and the message is telling you that you have basically reached your limit. Using a different website like Flickr, Imgur, etc., to store your photos is the simplest solution. If you upload your photos to Flickr/Imgur you can then copy and paste the BBCode into the message box and your image will be displayed here while being stored elsewhere. I hope that helps.
  9. Refilling bird feeders, day or night?

    If going out to fill the feeders is going to disturb the birds, I would say that disturbing them in the daytime when they're active and alert is better than disturbing them at night when they are sleepy and further handicapped by poor vision in the darkness. A bird being flushed from the feeders and having to fly off to a tree branch for a few minutes is one thing, a bird being flushed from it's nightly roost and having to find somewhere else safe in the dark would be far more stressful, I would think.
  10. Wet warbler(?) ID

    I'm wondering if a female American Restart might be a possibility. I have no idea what a HY American Redstart would look like, never mind a wet one. I only suggest American Redstart for discussion based on the possibility that the outer tail feathers might actually be more yellow than white. Could it be a possibility?
  11. Back to basics

    I don't see your ISO setting listed in the exif info but whatever it was I would double it or triple it so I could double or triple the shutter speed, 1/200 is very slow for bird photography. Wow, I thought you had gotten your left and right confused based on the file size of the two images but I see that the right image has the RAW title to it. Your RAW image should always be the larger of the two files and if it's not I can't explain why.
  12. Back to basics

    I suspect that you have your camera set for RAW + JPG, but not on the largest JPG setting. RAW files are always set to the camera's maximum resolution but JPGs come with different size options. Regardless of whether you shoot RAW+JPG or straight JPG, I suggest using your largest JPG setting to maximize your resolution. You may not need a 4608x3456 image to post on the internet but if you plan on cropping 90% of it away to emphasize a small bird in the middle of the frame, you'll want to start off with as many pixels as possible.
  13. Back to basics

    Too blue or too warm refers to the colour temperature which is controlled by white balance settings on the camera or adjusted in post processing. If you have ever seen or taken a photo of a white bird that looked blueish or a winter landscape shot where pure white snow had a blue tint to it, those would be examples where the camera didn't quite get the white balance right and post processing may be able to improve the image. If you shoot in RAW then adjusting the colour temperature is fairly easy, JPG images don't process the same way and correcting the colour temp can be more challenging. As for choosing the right colour temperature/white balance, well that is a matter of personal choice, to an extent. Usually the camera gets the white balance right on it's own in Auto and post processing the colour temperature isn't often needed, but, if your whites aren't white and start coming up tinted blueish or yellowish, then an adjustment to the colour temp in post processing might be needed/desired and that is easier done when shooting RAW images. Shooting RAW images instead of JPG does not change the control of the camera in any way, except to change how the camera records the data. RAW files are simply ALL the unprocessed data the camera records when you take the picture, JPG files are processed and compressed with some inevitable data loss. The wrong camera settings will produce bad photos regardless of whether you shoot in RAW or JPG. Your photos may not improve when shooting RAW, in fact RAW images may look worse before processing, but there is much more flexibility working with RAW files than JPGs. Manually setting the camera instead of using Auto modes is where you take control of the camera and tell it what you want it to do. A few suggestions that might help with bird photography...Using single center point focus will help ensure that your camera focuses on the bird in the center of the frame instead of something the camera finds more interesting off to the side. Using spot or center weighted metering will help ensure that the exposure is based on the center of the frame where the bird is and not something brighter or darker off to the side. Manually setting your ISO to 400 or higher, depending on your tolerance for noise, will help ensure faster shutter speeds to prevent motion blur and or camera shake. Unfortunately none of those settings are possible if you're using Auto mode, those settings can be made in the semi auto modes like Aperture and Shutter priority though. I can only speak for myself but my learning curve went a lot quicker once I took the plunge into manual mode. It sounds scary going to manual mode when you don't know the basics, but as weird as it sounds I think that's the best way to learn the basics.There are a lot of helpful websites around that might help you through your learning curve, this is one of the websites that helped my learning curve. http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip .
  14. Best Birding Apps

    I use iBird Pro and think it's a great app, but I have no experience with other birding apps for comparison.
  15. Share your best photo of the day!

    I had no idea that is how it happened. All these years I thought it was the Stork that brought babies. I'll have to let my Mom know that she needs to learn her birds a little better to avoid further confusion.