Barn swallows in flight , Cormorant takes off

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ANAYV Forum Pro • Posts: 19,305
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Been practicing this past month, trying to catch the Barn Swallows.

Few more images here, too.

Cormorant taking off

Barn Swallow 1

Barn Swallow 2

Warbler (? )  at ISO 8000

Red winged blackbird

Barn Swallow 3

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The swallows look like Tree Swallows.

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Nice images ...your warbler very ikely is a Saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola)  a South American species quite common in aviculture....

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Hope you're enjoying your D7500 as I am. Terrific cam. In my opinion best bang for the money in its class, except for its Lv performance. It even does very well in 1.3x crop mode (800mm FL). I was a sceptic at first, but now I engage it frequently as it still brings out fine results. Hence my female shrike image in Pana Wildlife thread.

I have a chance to thoroughly test the P950 in-person but we're in times of Covid spreading hugely. Those official Nikon test copies are going from one journalist hands to another. Mind you, those folks don't care about the hygiene at all. And Covid virus can stay active on surfaces for several days. Maybe to disinfect it myself? Probably not as those disinfection fluids can harm the body surface ... We'll wait a bit.

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The last 3 are quality images ANAYV

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Nice images ANAYV, swallows are difficult to photograph they fly so fast (at least they are for me). You're practice paid off on these - good job.

The swallows are definitely American Tree Swallows. Now the yellow bird is a puzzle - its highly unlikely it is a Saffron Finch. I peaked at your profile - assuming you took these in Alaska - the Saffron Finch is found no where in the U.S. except Hawaii, and Puerto Rico where they were introduced years ago.  They are S. American birds that do not migrate.

I believe its an immature / juvenile something - but what, my guesses would probably be wrong.  This is going to bug me - I'll continue to try and ferret it out.  First thought, it is an immature Prothonotory Warbler - but their range does not extend to Alaska.

What kind of habitat was it in?

Stay safe - Ev

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hms917 wrote:

The swallows look like Tree Swallows.

You right!

I mixed them up..again

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drbird wrote:

Nice images ...your warbler very ikely is a Saffron finch (Sicalis flaveola) a South American species quite common in aviculture....

Thanks!

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all excellent images but my personal fav is the red winged black bird - who has remained elusive to me... Glad you got him though!!!!

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Avian2016 wrote:

Hope you're enjoying your D7500 as I am.

Yes indeed.

Terrific cam. In my opinion best bang for the money in its class, except for its Lv performance.

Video doesnt seem too great , as AF seems to wander...but we didnt buy it for video

It even does very well in 1.3x crop mode (800mm FL). I was a sceptic at first, but now I engage it frequently as it still brings out fine results.

I had mine set there ...for few weeks....but then...it seemed it wouldnt go back to non crop.

Could of been user error.

Might try it again. I always used EZ zoom crop on my FZ's.

Hence my female shrike image in Pana Wildlife thread.

I will have to check that out.

I have a chance to thoroughly test the P950 in-person but we're in times of Covid spreading hugely. Those official Nikon test copies are going from one journalist hands to another. Mind you, those folks don't care about the hygiene at all. And Covid virus can stay active on surfaces for several days. Maybe to disinfect it myself? Probably not as those disinfection fluids can harm the body surface ... We'll wait a bit.

Yeah...play it safe for now.

I most always take both with me.

Gained some patience , as AF and fps bursts buffer are not in same leave ( of course).

Stay healthy

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p900learner wrote:

Nice images ANAYV, swallows are difficult to photograph they fly so fast (at least they are for me). You're practice paid off on these - good job.

Thanks Ev.

The swallows are definitely American Tree Swallows.

Yeah...I mixed them.up..again

Now the yellow bird is a puzzle - its highly unlikely it is a Saffron Finch. I peaked at your profile - assuming you took these in Alaska - the Saffron Finch is found no where in the U.S. except Hawaii, and Puerto Rico where they were introduced years ago. They are S. American birds that do not migrate.

I believe its an immature / juvenile something - but what, my guesses would probably be wrong. This is going to bug me - I'll continue to try and ferret it out. First thought, it is an immature Prothonotory Warbler - but their range does not extend to Alaska.

What kind of habitat was it in?

Stay safe - Ev

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Oops...I think that shot was taken at a zoo.

Could be from anywhere if thats the case.

Enjoy your day...and

Stay healthy

ANAYV

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