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Old May 1, 2008, 1:59 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I've been playing around with the idea of using recorded bird songs to attract specific species so I can get some shots of them. I've loaded Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Eastern Region into my IPod (my only real use for it), and got a little amplified speaker for it (that took some looking around, but I found one for $6 at a "dollar store"). The Ipod is ideal from a handling standpoint since scrolling through the menus is so fast (I'm sure some of the others are even better from a computer interface standpoint -- Apple only makes it easy if you want to download stuff from their store -- everything else is something of a pain)

I went to the River Trails NC and set up the K20 with the 714mm Tamron combo on the tripod. The first song I tried was the Red-Bellied Woodpecker. I knew there was at least one in the area, but it rarely showed up near the feeders.
Within a few minutes, he was out and answering the calls, then he came closer to check things out.



. . . and he made a quick stop at the feeder -- but on the wrong side. . . I was able to time one of the times when he popped his head up to look around.



So far, so good. I tried Northern Cardinals next -- and this guy showed up, probably wondering who was encroaching into his territory. . .



Next, I tried some various sparrow songs. I knew there were lots of White-Throated Sparrows around, and this was the most successful. Within a minute, there were return songs from a lot of different directions, and pretty soon 5 or 6 showed up in the area.



They were joined by a few tree sparrows



A bonus presented itself when a Red-Tailed Hawk showed up to check out all the activity from about 150 ft away. It also spent quite a bit of time flying over the area while I was there.



I tried others, but with no or limited success -- I spotted a few, but they wouldn't come close enough to get any shots.

All in all, I'd say my experiment was pretty successful -- but that means I've got something else to keep charged and packed in the bag. . .:roll:

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It looks like your plan worked very well Scott. I remain amazed at how much detail you get with two teleconverters, they are all great shots.
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Old May 1, 2008, 11:35 PM   #3
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What a brilliant idea! And the results are outstanding - I love your bird pictures.
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Good thinking, Scott and wonderful shots.

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There is a lot of arguments about calling birds, I don't know, but you did it in a very clever way and wow didn't you get some great shots.
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There is a lot of arguments about calling birds, I don't know, but you did it in a very clever way and wow didn't you get some great shots.
Maybe next time he should use and IPhone to call the birds. I could not resist. Just having a little fun here.

These are excellent shots by the way.

Mahalo,

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Great idea thanks for sharing it. So now I'm searching for bird songs and a small but load enough speaker.

This is going to be fun. :G

Oh before I forget, magnificent pictures.

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Great idea thanks for sharing it. So now I'm searching for bird songs and a small but load enough speaker.

This is going to be fun. :G

Oh before I forget, magnificent pictures.

Ronny
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Great idea and stunning shots. Got to research some birdie songs instead of lens. That at least is more manageable

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