Which Bird is this?

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Joel Klein
Joel Klein Senior Member • Posts: 1,000
Which Bird is this?

Skimmed across the lake, had to Topaz it to get it somewhat acceptable looking.

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archerscreek Contributing Member • Posts: 514
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Joel Klein wrote:

Skimmed across the lake, had to Topaz it to get it somewhat acceptable looking.

Looks like a Great Blue Heron to me.

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-blue-heron

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archerscreek wrote:

Joel Klein wrote:

Skimmed across the lake, had to Topaz it to get it somewhat acceptable looking.

Looks like a Great Blue Heron to me.

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-blue-heron

Oh wow. Thanks.

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Berend Botje Regular Member • Posts: 299
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Yes, a great blue heron it seems to me too.

Best, Jan

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j_photo Veteran Member • Posts: 5,833
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I was shooting a lot of birds last year. allaboutbirds.com had a really easy to use bird finder app that you can access on their website or download to your phone. If you plan on shooting birds, it's worth checking out.

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Berend Botje Regular Member • Posts: 299
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Some more great blue herons. Nothing special. My Tamron 100-400 is no match for my companion who likes to chase them off before I get to take a picture.

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Fazal Majid
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The Merlin app by the Cornell Department of Ornithology is a good resource to identify birds.

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Joel Klein
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Fazal Majid wrote:

The Merlin app by the Cornell Department of Ornithology is a good resource to identify birds.

Yep. I downloaded it. Turns out I was mistaken on some birds.  Especially the seagulls you see in Brooklyn, I didn’t quite looked exactly the same so I see the kids I shot was a Gull not a seagulls which are way bigger

Thanks!!

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Great Blue Heron's are such majestic birds with a pterodactyl style call.

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Berend Botje Regular Member • Posts: 299
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Thank you for posting this link. It seems a great app that covers birds from all around the world.

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PankajDubey Senior Member • Posts: 1,782
Google lens is ok too

Joel Klein wrote:

Skimmed across the lake, had to Topaz it to get it somewhat acceptable looking.

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TomS53 Senior Member • Posts: 1,904
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Audubon also has an app, to identify birds, that you can install on your phone. I use it, and the Merlin Bird ID App by Cornell that Fazal noted above.

It is also helpful to indicate where you took the bird photo; as bird IDs may change depending where you are in the US and or other parts of the world.

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Peter M J Contributing Member • Posts: 540
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Its a great blue heron

Regards Peter

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(unknown member) Senior Member • Posts: 1,958
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Peter M J wrote:

Its a great blue heron

Regards Peter

Your second picture taken with D850 looks majestic, crisp (despite of ISO1250 noise/grain) and well lighted with perfect white balance. The first picture taken with Z7 lacking all of this. Is there something you want to tell us?

butterflyman Forum Member • Posts: 86
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So is a real field guide.

butterflyman Forum Member • Posts: 86
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Good but not always correct.  You have to set it up properly to get mostly correct answers.

butterflyman Forum Member • Posts: 86
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Technically there is no such thing as a seagull.  The gulls around NY would be Herring, Ring-billed and possibly Bonaparte's, Great Black-backed Gull and maybe Lesser Black-backed Gull.  In winter a few other rarer species may show up.

butterflyman Forum Member • Posts: 86
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Yes, one of the first things to look at is where you are.  This narrows the field down considerably.  This is one of the problems new users of apps have, they do not set up the location and leave it at "world".

ARClark
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The great blue heron is a fascinating bird. I enjoy watching them fish. This one has coiled its neck getting ready to strike.

BTW, I have iBird and Peterson’s guides on my cell phone.  Peterson’s is a basic guide but good if you want to browse for an unknown bird.  I like the photos in iBird for verifying IDs.

Alan

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ARClark wrote:

The great blue heron is a fascinating bird. I enjoy watching them fish. This one has coiled its neck getting ready to strike.

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Wow, that's a fantastic photo! How close have you been / which lens did you use?

Here is the continuation of the story (OOC P950, taken from the other side of a river):

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