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Picture Bird App (1 Viewer)

uk2usa

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I always have trouble with correct IDs because I am color blind. No matter how many other distinguishing features of a bird I look at, color always plays an important part. For that reason I post after nearly every outing in the Bird ID thread, so that I can maintain an honest record of my sightings.
Just recently it was suggested to me that I use Picture Bird... I can take a picture with my camera, then snap a pic of my viewscreen using my phone, and an ID is with me in seconds. I have found that this has been useful, but there have been some dramatic fails where a kinglet was ID'd as a kestrel, for example.
I wonder what every one else's experience has been with this app, or if there are others that you would recommend that may eliminate the necessity for me to engage my problematic color vision.

Thanks
 

wedejaz

Paukštukas
Hello there,

You might want to try a Merlin app. Works just fine on most cases (depends on the quality of the pic). The Swaro even paired their dG thingy with the Merlin app. Hope this helps and You will get only good matches.

Best of luck ;)
 

njlarsen

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I will second Merlin as an app that usually gets it close. If the right species is not no 1 in the list, then it is within the top five.

Secondly, try to think in grayscale, where is the bird relatively pale vs dark? In that context, try looking at an older book, the original Petersen guide to advanced birding by Kaufman, where all illustrations are black and white.

Niels
 

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