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Old 08-13-2019, 12:50 PM
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Lots if good advice, Kevin!

I checked my Canon PowerShot SX500IS and found that it does have a "TV" setting, but I can't find a way to adjust the shutter speed, which seems to be set at 1/125, and can't find any markings on the body that looks like three sheets of paper.

However, I am going to begin carrying the camera during my morning walks and will play around with the TV setting with the back yard critters to see what I can do.

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Old 08-13-2019, 01:25 PM
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Here's a few more shots from Tulare. Plowed field that's been flood irrigated - otherwise know as a bird buffet.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:31 AM
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Don - your camera will go up to 1/1600. On the back, beside the screen, is a dial with a serrated edge. In TV mode, turning this will set the shutter.

In the centre of this dial is a Function Button. Pressing this will bring up a function menu on the screen. At the bottom of the screen, it will tell you how you navigate within the screen. Go down the menu and you will see a square which is the setting for Continuous Shooting.

increasing the shutter speed in the garden will improve sharpness - try 800, 1000 and 1200. And use the viewfinder - closing the back screen should make it operable on a Canon. By using the viewfinder it provides important stabilisation for the cameras because of the way you will be holding. And open your eye as necessary to see when the birds are.

For anyone else reading this, the feature settings are similar for most cameras, except that the control wheel for shutter speed may be on the top or front of the camera.

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Wayne - interesting shots.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:40 AM
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Many thanks, Kevin!

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A redbird or officially a Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) and what I think is an American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis). I noticed the nest when I saw the blue so must be recycling plastic bags.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:51 PM
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Nice pics. That yellow bird has a black bill so I wonder if it is a yellow grosbeak. The wings have similar white markings like the American Goldfinch.

Yellow Grosbeak - eBird

Yellow Grosbeak - The Cornell Lab Of Ornithology

Looks like it could be a casual visitor to Arizona.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:31 PM
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Here's some more shots of them. The bill doesn't look big enough to be a Grosbeak, but hard to tell but it has some orange tint especially in the one shot. This was a weird spring. It warmed up about normal, trees budding and flowering. Set out some tomato and pepper plants. Then it really cooled off and we had snow and freezing for a couple of days. So everything was out of sync.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:44 AM
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Got it, Wayne and Doug.

Definitely an Oriole of sorts - narrowed it down to a male Bullock's Oriole.

So now Wayne, lookout for the rather dowdy female!

Very pretty bird.

The pic below is Wayne's bird blown up.

Compare to the first pic on Wiki.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullock%27s_oriole

or here

https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/...i/introduction
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:13 AM
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Yep, it does look more like a Bullock's Oriole.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:51 AM
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Kevin, think you've got it. I'll have to look and see if I got a shot of the female. They took off (probably for higher elevations) during the summer.
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