|1) Bird one…maybe he best of the photos overall.|
I am bird stymied. A double whammy, mind you…two different birds (or maybe both members of the same species, for all I know) that appeared at my window late yesterday, maybe ten minutes apart, when the light was almost gone—neither of which do I feel certain of correctly identifying. Vireo? Warbler? Two species? One? Male? Female? Immature? Adult? Summer plumage? Fall cloak?
I have plenty of questions and no firm answers.
|2) Bird two…the only usable shot of this bird of the lot.|
I did manage quick shots of both birds—and yes, I know the shots are of wretched quality. The light was really low and I was afraid there wasn't time enough to change the ISO settings on the camera—so I shot with my usual 200 setting. Obviously, the images are seriously underexposed.
After uploading the images, I looked through various field guides and a number of online images…but the more I looked, the more confused and uncertain I became. They were both small birds, though bird two was smaller than bird one.
Below is the one of the straight–out-of-the-camera images I had to work with, just so you can see the degree of underexposure.
|4) The is a typical underexposed shot—way too dark to be usable.|
I've manipulated and tweaked the recorded images to the best of my very limited post-production technical skills and possibly the software I possess—though whining about a software upgrade is just an excuse; I dopubtless couldn't do an iota better if I owned the full version of PhotoShop and a dozen plugs-ins, incompetence rather than equipment being the limiting factor.
My best guess for bird number two is a female Northern Parula. Bird number one might be a female Prothonotary Warbler. If you can figure out whose portraits I've take—albeit badly—whether I'm wrong (the smart money bet) or right (a miracle!) I'd appreciate your input and help.