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    Ahoi all,

    Many of you use call playback to get photos (I know I do when I can be bothered).

    Although some species are keen to investigate a call, the birds often baulk when they see the call coming from you, operating the ipod/smartphone app. Other times you might get them well inside of minimum focus distance (i hate/love this).
    Usually that first few seconds are when they are most curious and get the closest. This time might be extended if they don't see a human outline mimicking it's territorial call.

    Solution: spend $10 and get an ipod extension lead between the speaker and the ipod. You can place the bird outside minimum focus distance while not replaying it's call on repeat, over and over again. If you've set up a perch, the speaker can be placed directly below the perch and you can remain relatively inconspicuous in the back seat of your car (except for the huge white lens poking out).

    Result: reduced stress on the bird and hopefully a better planned and executed photo for you. Potentially less time spent "calling it".

    This is what I'm talking about...

    http://www.selbyacoustics.com.au/sto...13&i=247883048


    Cheers!

    -H
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    Hey Henry,
    I know Fatih has a little bluetooth speaker that he just chucks into the bush where he wants it! Very amusing to watch but does the job too.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Yes, this seems to be the way a lot of people are doing it nowadays (extension cords/bluetooth).

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    Bluetooth speaker! I'll have to check it out!
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    Even that method is selective in how well it works, some species don't come to the call, rather they'll fly over and perch beyond or somewhere nearby, robins and treecreepers both tend to do this. I use an extension lead currently, but am looking into blue tooth speakers.
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    All the ones i've seen in my quick google search are quite big. Anyone found some small ones?
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    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/11/so...a-salt-shaker/

    http://www.ozgameshop.com/speakers/p...FUlNpgodnyLuhA

    battery life might be a bit short though??

    This one allows you to connect to your existing speaker:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...oth_Music.html

    This one is just out I think and takes AA batteries so you could use rechargables:

    http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/SC-MC07?t=specs

    The fact it takes AA's makes the last one attractive for me, I can use rechargables and carry spares (I carry them anyway for flash) assuming it produces reasonable volume, have to wait for some reviews!
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