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Four birds and one rabbit :)

(1) Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

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(2) Another Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

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(3) A female House sparrow (Passer domesticus) finding ornaments for the nest

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(4) Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) finding ornaments for the nest

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(5) Lots of cute rabbits around here in Amsterdam ❤

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It’s a lovely, sunny Spring day here in Amsterdam today. Here are a 3 bird pictures I took this morning-

(1) Great tit (Parus major)

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(2) Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus)

This was a first for me! It’s been on my wish list since I first saw it in a bird book. Unfortunately the photo isn’t very sharp, it’s difficult to get close to these wetland specialists..

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(3) Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

May your Easter basket be full of hope, health, joy, happiness and peace.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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He’s back! It’s been 2.5 years since I last saw this male Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata), so I was delighted to spot him again yesterday.:)

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denoise

I’ve been given a free trail version of Topaz DeNoise, a software to reduce noise in images without the need of a host editor like e.g. Photoshop. I’ve never used it before, nor have I any experience with other noise reducing software, however it’s pretty intuitive and easy to use. I’m sure the result could’ve been better with more practice and effort, but I’d like to share the first (and only) image I’ve edited so far.

The image shows a female Blackbird (Turdus merula), shot from a distance of roughly 15 meters at an ISO of 1000. I chose this picture for the experiment because half of the bird is in shadow and the other in bright light. Comparing the pictures below, you can see that the noise hasn’t been eliminated from the top image but it’s less obvious. The downside is of course that noise reduction cost some detail in the image, but I do think the edited version is more pleasant to look at.

What do you think? I’m interested in hearing your opinion and experience with noise reducing software!

(1) Edited version (no other software than DeNoise has been used):

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(2) Straight out of the camera version:

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Five birds photographed in the Amsterdamse Bos today-

(1) European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

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(2) Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus)

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(3) Short-toed treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)

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(4) Great egret (Ardea alba)

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(5) Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)

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election

In 1962, there was an election to vote for the national bird of Sweden. The Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula) was pronounced as the winner, but there were suspicions that the election hadn’t been totally fair (the main concern was that most votes represented the capital, Stockholm, and not the whole country) and therefore a new vote was arranged last year. 40 bird species were nominated, and via 4 voting rounds (with voters from the whole country) a true winner would be presented. In each of the first 3 rounds, 10 birds fell out of the competition so in the final (held at the Falsterbo Bird Show) there were 10 birds remaining. And the winner was…. The Blackbird.:)

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festival

The annual Amsterdam Light Festival brightens up our beautiful city during the dark winter days:)

Slideshow with 10 images-

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Five bird pictures, taken  in Sweden during the last week of 2015-

(1) Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus). This bird is called Pestvogel (“Pest bird”) in Dutch, but it has a much nicer name in Swedish: Sidensvans (“Silk tail”).

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(2) Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius). In Swedish: Nötskrika (“Nut screamer”), probably named so because of its loud alarm call which is a harsh, rasping screech and its love for nuts.

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(3) Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). One of our most common birds, the whole garden is full of these cute little fluffballs.

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(4) Eurasian nuthatch or Wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea). The name Nuthatch was first recorded as early as in 1350, it’s derived from “nut” and a word probably related to “hack”, since these birds hack at nuts they have wedged into crevices.

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(5) Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula). This bird is to Swedes what the Robin is to Brits: It holds a starring role on Christmas cards, Christmas postage stamps, etc. No Winter holiday feels complete without snow and Bullfinches.

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