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GPS that birdie!
Following on from James Artaius’ excellent article on Geotag-you’re it (Project 4 in issue 142), I would like to share my experience with readers.
I have had a feeding station in north Gwent for many years now and like all wildlife photographers you hope for that one special species to turn up. One Friday afternoon, out of the blue, I could see a bird in the distance and just could not believe my eyes! As a keen birdwatcher for over 40 years I quickly realized it was a Hooded Crow, mainly found in Scotland and Northern Ireland and certainly not on a valley’s moorland.
With my Canon 7D Mk II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6l lens, I got my shot before the bird set off. I quickly contacted the Gwent Bird County Recorder to inform him of the find, and then did some research; it was the first for my county of Blaenau Gwent. The GPS setting on my 7D Mk 11 enabled me to provide the bird’s exact location by sending the EXIF data, without this evidence I would have had to fill out paperwork and wait for an acceptance from the rarities panel.
Lee Parsons, Blaenau Gwent
The lesser spotted Hooded Crow, its location varified thanks to an EOS 7D Mark II’S GPS settings