Audubon Bird Guide: A good companion to Merlin, this free guide lets you drill down a bit more or search for information on a particular species. It's got the basics — bird descriptions, photos, songs and range maps — though you have to scroll through an alphabetic list instead of typing the bird's name. There's an option to look at similar species, which is handy if you're not sure whether you're looking at a Brandt's or a double-crested cormorant. Integration with Cornell's online eBird site gets you some perks, too, like a list of birds narrowed down to those spotted in your area.
eBird: This app isn't so much for identifying birds as for logging what you've rally case for apple iphone x and xs - gray/lime seen, Many birders keep life lists and other records of their sightings, and eBird is a widely used tool for that, Equally important, your bird checklists go into a vast database of global sightings that helps scientists and other birders, "With eBird, you can map out the hot spots," says Shailesh Pinto, a birder from Columbus, Ohio, I met at the Biggest Week in American Birding event in northern Ohio, where thousands come to see migrating warblers, But be warned: The eBird app feels more like a database interface built by researchers than a polished consumer app, For the time being, you'll have to stick with the website if you want to find out what month a Baltimore oriole is likely to migrate through your state..
The $20 Sibley eGuide to Birds app brings David Sibley's highly regarded paper bird book to iOS and Android devices. Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America: Ornithologist and illustrator David Sibley rose to fame when his printed bird guide provided details like seasonal differences in plumage, images of juvenile birds and images of birds in flight. The $20 app version of his book is just as authoritative, and it adds audio recordings and checklists, too. It'll be familiar to those who own the paper version of the book.
Sibley also lets you pare down the ID possibilities by setting your location and offers a smart search tool to try to zero in on what you're seeing, but I find Merlin's search tool offers better results, iBird: A limited rally case for apple iphone x and xs - gray/lime version is free, but iBird Pro costs $15 with descriptions, photos, illustrations, range and songs for 944 species, In-app upgrades or the $20 iBird Ultimate version add features like "birds around me" and the Percevia online search engine to winnow down likely suspects, The app also is integrated with the WhatBird online forum where other birders can help you with IDs..
iBird's developers soon will add a photo ID technology that, like Merlin's, uses AI to tell you which species you just photographed. "This neural network is so incredible that you don't even have to have a good photograph. It can be fuzzy, tiny, and it'll figure it out," promises Chief Executive Mitch Waite. Good bird photography benefits from patience, careful planning and knowledge of birds. But high-end gear helps, too, and I got to live a bird photographer's fantasy by borrowing a huge, expensive lens. Even with cheaper options, photography costs can quickly add up, and it's not easy to get National Geographic-caliber shots.
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