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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

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  1. BryanP

    Costa Rica birding advice

    Birding by ear is probably the most common way the locals identify birds here. If you’ve seen 30 species in a single morning I can almost guarantee you’ve missed another 40 by ear, ask me how I know😉 My own ear is getting better but I’ll still use Merlin. It seems to hover around 75 to 85% for...
  2. BryanP

    Poncho vs. Rain Jacket and Pants

    Yeah, the umbrella hat did look like it was a bit small for protecting a camera from the rain. My search did turn up a very large umbrella hat but unless they’ve designed it to be as light as possible it looks like it might strain the neck muscles. I’ve been doing a bit of research lately into...
  3. BryanP

    Poncho vs. Rain Jacket and Pants

    The hands free kit looks like it’d work nicely. For fun I did a search for “hands free umbrellas” and clicked on image. Wow, folks have given the whole hands free thing a lot of thought. I even found the classic “umbrella hat” in camo! Some of them smack of a solution in search of a problem...
  4. BryanP

    Poncho vs. Rain Jacket and Pants

    Good to hear, the camo is a nice touch. On one bird count someone brought a hot pink umbrella, Hummers were a bit curious but not sure if it kept the passerine’s away or not. Saw a guy photographing Quetzals who had a big umbrella clamped to his camera and tripod, looked professional and comfy...
  5. BryanP

    Poncho vs. Rain Jacket and Pants

    Interesting topic, I’m friends and acquaintances with a cross section of field guides, local birders and biologists in Central America and every one of them packs an umbrella as their primary wet weather gear. Very few rain jackets, sometimes a light poncho but only as a “let’s just give up and...
  6. BryanP

    Back in Western Mexico

    Missed the Flammulated Flycatcher when we were there, in fact I dipped on quite a few species in Mexico so hope to go back someday. The Tufted Jay being pretty high on that wish list. Were you able to visit Peregrine during the lockdown? Copernicus was on the hard in Nova Scotia when the...
  7. BryanP

    Alternatives to Raven or Audacity for iPad?

    You’re welcome! 😉 Yeah, I’m surprised none of the iPad apps are including spectrogram viewing, seems a pretty basic requirement. It’s a shame the Audacity developers don’t have the resources to build an iPad version but those open source developers have their hands full just keeping up with...
  8. BryanP

    Back in Western Mexico

    Hi Sue, Hope you nail it soon. Dipped on both species when we were in Barra de Navidad. Did see the Black-throated in Bandaras Bay and like you the White throated in Hualtulco. Costa Rica is outside the range of the Black-throated’s so I’m out of luck seeing them here. Was in Guanacaste last...
  9. BryanP

    Alternatives to Raven or Audacity for iPad?

    For my simple needs I’ve been editing audio files in LumaFusion on my iPad since I have it anyway. I’d say it’s adequate but is a little more basic than LogicPro or Audacity. Unfortunately no spectrogram viewing as I recall. A feature I do like is once I‘ve cleaned up a video file”s audio...
  10. BryanP

    Impressed by sound I’d in Merlin app

    Lately we’ve been using it almost every day here in Costa Rica. Birding by ear is a thing in this part of the world and I’d say it’s been correct between sixty to seventy percent of the time. I can’t fault the Ai or algorithm for the percentage though since the local bird species here can have...
  11. BryanP

    Topaz AI Tools

    I use DeNoiseAi and SharpenAi on my old pull start, 2 stroke MacBook Pro and it slows to a crawl as well. DeNoise produces decent results for the most part, on rare occasions it will go a little crazy and add noise in parts of the photo. Still, I’m pretty happy with it. I agree with the...
  12. BryanP

    Spinning Top

    Wonderful watercolour, love the monochromatic qualities. Surface textures of paint and paper are something I miss these days. Adulting can often get in the way of arting for sure.
  13. BryanP

    A few neotropic bird paintings

    Thanks Jurek, I’m compelled to keep this kind of advice in mind. I don’t work from any one photo for these paintings. I “invent’ the pose and proportions from a blank page which increases the chances for making colour and proportion mistakes. This is why I’m absolutely reliant on as many...
  14. BryanP

    A few neotropic bird paintings

    Thanks Swampy Sam, I get the time vs frantic sketching comment, My first life drawing master had us do many many 5 second posed drawings of the model. Sure kept us on our toes! I was old school materials for 40 years but full time travelling on a small sailboat required I adapt to alternatives...
  15. BryanP

    A few neotropic bird paintings

    Been a while but here’s another painting from the collection of the regional endemics of Central America. Fulvous Owl ( Strix fulvescens ) Sometimes called the Guatemala Barred Owl. The Fulvous Owl is related in a small way to the Barred Owls of North America. In this case the Fulvous is a...
  16. BryanP

    A couple of field sketches from the backyard.

    Very charming sketches Swampy Sam! You’ve inspired me to give field sketching a go. Thanks and cheers,
  17. BryanP

    Why can’t I find a store that stocks Zeiss SF?

    The closet retailer I could find to your location is Time & Optics in Millersburg, Ohio. No affiliation to them but have dealt with them in the past, honest folks. https://shoptimeandoptics.com/
  18. BryanP

    Comment by 'BryanP' in media 'Male and female Collared Trogon'

    You’re very welcome. These kinds of small local groups can have a tough time with councils and developers. The Quebradas organization approached the local water authority a while back with a view to some sort of mutually beneficial collaboration with maybe some finances and resources thrown...
  19. BryanP

    New Prostaff P3/P7 with large FoV

    At this moment B&H is showing the P7 8x30 as in stock but only the 8x30. all of the P3 iterations are still on preorder. Nikon Canada is saying both the P3 and P7 are still on preorder.
  20. BryanP

    New Prostaff P3/P7 with large FoV

    Excellent and thanks @yarrellii The photos helped me sort out where I’d gone wrong with the original comparison illustration. The DBHD in that version was inadvertently made a wee bit too large. (I blame the touch interface of the iPad) 😉 When I fixed that everything else fell in place and the...
  21. BryanP

    Comment by 'BryanP' in media 'Shining Honeycreeper waiting in line for the banana feeder'

    Thank you both, he was pretty close so I managed to get a lot of pixels on him which helped with the details!
  22. BryanP

    Comment by 'BryanP' in media 'Shining Honeycreeper waiting in line for the banana feeder'

    Thanks Kits, they always seem intense while waiting for an empty table at the banana feeder!
  23. BryanP

    Comment by 'BryanP' in media 'Shining Honeycreeper waiting in line for the banana feeder'

    Thanks KC, their easy going tameness makes getting a decent portrait pretty easy!
  24. Shining Honeycreeper waiting in line for the banana feeder

    Shining Honeycreeper waiting in line for the banana feeder

    This male is one of six that will frequent the feeder multiple times a day. They tend to visit seasonally and disappear outside of that window. While here they are very tame. We’ve only had all six visit at the same time once. That was a good bird feeder day.
  25. BryanP

    New Prostaff P3/P7 with large FoV

    @yarrellii Happy to help. Comparison photos of the Vortex and Traveller would be great. When I was putting this illustration together I kept rechecking the size of the traveller as compared to the other bins it just didn’t seem accurate. If it is spot on then the Traveller is one compact 8x32
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