Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bird Protection using FireFly Bird Diverter II

Today more about birds and how to protect them against collision with power lines. Each year millions of birds die, especially when migrating in spring and autumn. The patented FireFly bird diverter device was invented and is manufactured by the Swedish company Hammarprodukter AB to protect all types of birds from being killed by high voltage powerlines and is distributed worldwide.

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Birds (many of them) have the ability to see UV (ultraviolet) light, which we humans cannot see! This following grahic makes this visible by comparing our human spectral range to the larger one birds have, based on them being tetrachromats (they see 4 colors: Ultraviolet, Blue, Green and Red), whereas we humans are trichromats (we see 3 colors: Blue, Green and Red).

Be reminded: The pink-magenta UV "color" used here to illustrate has been chosen to make it better visible for us humans, but it is a chosen "false color", as per definition UV light has no color!

The following are visual (left) and reflected ultraviolet (UV) light (right) images of the Hammarprodukter Firefly, shot using my multispectral Camera, a UV-Nikkor 105mm quartz fluorite lens and a suitable UV transmitting filter. These are real images, not made up ones.

The Hammarprodukter FireFly shows a very high UV reflection (around 370nm), as well as a very high visible light reflection by means of its special reflective decals and by this efficiently scares birds away, or makes them alter their flight path to a safer one, when approaching Firefly-protected high voltage powerlines!

HERE are some live video recordings I have done of birds being  effectively diverted 

HERE is more what I have written about bird vision!

HERE a link to the manufacturer product site

And HERE more about human vision vs bird vision and how to make that visible.

[all graphics shown here are (C) Hammarprodukter AB and Dr Klaus Schmitt, used with permission] 

More about that here later, as I took on the task to scientifically assist Hammarprodukter AB.

Stay tuned, more will follow on this fascinating subject...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Garden in reflected ultraviolet photography and simulated bee vision

One of the most famous gardens in our area here in Weinheim, Germany is Schau- und Sichtungsgarten Hermannshof . Today I took some multispectral shots there, in normal human vision VIS, in UV using the Baader-U filter, as well as in simulated bee vision using my XBV filters respectively.

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Human vision (VIS):

Reflected ultraviolet (UV):

Simulated Bee vision (BV):

Diptych VIS-UV:

Diptych VIS-BV:

This multispectral look at it reaveals a lot of otherwise invisible details, like the UV nectar patterns the yellow Rudbeckia flowers have. It wasn't my first time there, but certainly not my last time...

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site

Friday, September 6, 2019

Oncostele Wildcat 'Golden Red Star' in visible, reflected UV, simulated bee and butterfly vision - 3D Stereo

Today shots of an Orchid hybride, Oncostele Wildcat 'Golden Red Star' in reflected ultraviolet photography as well as simulated bee and butterfly vision  - but also in 3D stereo crosseye presentation. UV filter used was the Baader-U filter, my "work horse" filter for reflected UV as well as my proprietary XBV filters. All shots were done at f8 using an UV-Nikkor f4.5/105mm lens. Light source used was a modified for high UV output Xenon flash.

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Human Vision (VIS):

Reflected UV (Baader-U):

Simulated Butterfly Vision:

Simulated Bee Vision:

Quadriptych of the above (non-stereo):

This orchid has a very specific UV pattern, its petals are very UV dark, but the lower petal lip has on its lower center a very UV bright spot, as well as on its center "nose" formation an UV reflecting spot and all this gets nicely visible, also in 3D stereo (UV reflection shows as light blue)

I have written more about this orchid HERE and about Differentials HERE

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Spider Web reflects UV to attract prey II

I was reading some time ago a paper that spider webs would actually reflect ultraviolet (UV) light, so as to attract prey (insects like bees etc) and I shot this quite a while ago. Now it just happened again that I found a web in one corner of my balcony, so why not take some reflected UV and visible light shots and test it out? Lens used was my UV-Nikkor 105mm, for reflected ultraviolet light I used my "work horse" UV filter, the Baader-U filter. Light source was available light and some 365nm UV LED light.

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Spider web in visible light (hardly visible at all) with some prey:

and now the proof that the web actually reflects UV light strongly:

Here two diptychs showing this side-a-side (visible light is left, reflected UV on the right):

Detail of the above:

Quite an interesrting find and another proof, how useful reflected UV photography can be!

I have reviously written about that HERE

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site