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Recent content by theveeb

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    Ivorybill Searcher's Forum: Insights and current reports

    What are folks wearing for camo? I find even when videotaping common birds that a face mask has a remarkable effect. Often get more of a curious reaction than alarm even when in close. When I was in the Cache NWR I had a mink walk up within 10 feet, stop, and look right at me. I could see...
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    Ivorybill Searcher's Forum: Insights and current reports

    If you have longer optics or a higher resolution sensor it is essentially equivalent to reducing the distance between you and the bird. With the addition of a 2x multiplier to the front of your camcorder you would get 4x the number of bird pixels at the same distance from the bird, or you would...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Most song birds (e.g., Northern Cardinal) learn their songs which account for regional dialects. I'm guessing woodpecker calls are not learned but correct me if I am wrong. BTW: "The Singing Life of Birds" by Donald Kroodsma is a great book to read if you are generally interested in this...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    I asked a simple answer, but didn't get a simple answer (i.e. no), so I assume that the answer must be a yes, or a complicated no. Any encounter details you are willing to divulge? Or are you waiting until you have a decent image or set of images? I can wait. the veeb
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Looking at this post and what I remember of Tim's descriptions/clues I'm guessing that you might be his "informant." Are you? Any descriptions of what you saw that you can provide if you are (don't need to know where your encounters were though I'm guessing WEST of the Choctawhatchee.) Just...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Keep in mind that "IBWO doesn't like people" so increased and more visible effort may not result in better results. Or at least that's what could be argued if results don't materialize. But the questions should be asked. Hopefully searchers will produce the goods this season wherever they are...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    I mentioned earlier that a fixed 300mm or 400mm is the way to go for flight. Having a little weight and length actually make it easier to get on and stay on a bird in flight. Here's a brief discussion on the topic from a professional bird photographer who uses Canon equipment...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    I'm sorry but I find this comment a bit lame and insensitive. Come on people, how about using a dSLR camera with a 300mm or 400mm lens? That's what I used when I was in the Cache. A dSLR has the advantage of having line-of-sight optics which means that if you fix your gaze on the bird in...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    If they can be observed they can be photographed. I hope that the people involved will contact talented bird photographers/videographers and put this to bed if it is real. Get people with skill and extensive field experience at photographing birds in flight or perched at a distance and get some...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    From "The Grail Bird": "I'm sure it landed on a tree trunk about fifty feet away, because I lost it for about three seconds, then I had it again, moving in a straight line through the woods, going up the bayou for another 50 feet or 60 feet, then landing again. It must have hitched around the...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    The questions as posed refer only to objective evidence such as photos or video that can be independently assessed. The rating (and I'm not taking this all that seriously) is based on where the prevailing arguments after a prolonged discussion end up. The Luneau video of the bird launching and...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    A few thoughts in anticipation of new evidence being presented. Having a stellar publication record and having a stellar field identification record are 2 different things. I'm not saying that the publication record doesn't hold any weight, but I would look at what the publications are. Just...
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    Ivorybill Searcher's Forum: Insights and current reports

    Good luck! Safe travels. don c.
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    Ivorybill Searcher's Forum: Insights and current reports

    As requested I have reposted my previous post from this discussion to the discussion/debate thread. Mike, maybe you can comment there on the main point of that post which was the image processing steps that I took to simulate low-res video and the shape distortion that added to a known image...
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    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Sorry meant to say it might be jarring if you weren't following it before. I'll edit the post to reflect that. don c.
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