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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

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