A bird pooped on my camera, what are the odds??

11 months 1 week ago #653065 by Amy Porter
:huh:  I woke up early this morning to photograph the sunrise.  I had my camera set up, and I walk back to my car to get a PowerBar and my coffee thermos.   It's about a 10 minute round trip  walk.   I get back and there is a big bird poop on my lens and camera body!

Green, white slimy mess :sick:

I have no napkins, nor anything to clean this with.  I walk back to my car and found 2 McDonald napkins under my seat.  I'm unable to get it fully cleared in the field as it's in the cracks.  Wipe it off and called it what it was.  

I'm back home and cleaned my camera.  

Will bird poop eat at the cameras coating if not cleaned right away?  


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11 months 1 week ago #653069 by Nikon Shooter
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11 months 1 week ago #653087 by Glen Mosley
Well that's a wakeup!  

I would have been grossed out as well.  Well it's good that you cleaned it up fast.  


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11 months 1 week ago #653214 by D Hornick
Isn't that considered good luck?  Although I think that is when a bird poops on you.  So perhaps good luck for your camera!  


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11 months 1 week ago #653260 by MYoung

D Hornick wrote: Isn't that considered good luck?  Although I think that is when a bird poops on you.  So perhaps good luck for your camera!  



I'd rather have just the horse shoe vs bird crapping on my camera or me!  :rofl:


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11 months 1 week ago #653322 by Ian Stone
I always have individually wrapped whips on me.  Hearing your incident validates why this is a good idea. 


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11 months 6 days ago #653408 by Amy Porter
LOL, it's funny that you bring that up.  I have 2 packs now in my camera bag! 


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11 months 6 days ago #653411 by Baydream
It can be especially bad when shooting raptors. Bald eagles leave a huge mess that can takes quite a long time to clean. QTips and a bit of clean water can make clean up easier. It took my wife' quite a while to get an eagle poop off her windshield. Leaving it too long can eat the paint right off the car.The streak out the back is impressive and usually contains fish. 

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11 months 6 days ago #653521 by Todd Floyd
I was reading the responses here and then got to yours with the bald eagle, and lost it! :rofl:   I'm guessing the back end drop from this bird would be HUGE! :rofl:


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11 months 6 days ago #653647 by Tim Wiener
You really want to make sure you clean it very well.  Depending on the birds diet, there could be some very nasty acids in their droppings.  I've seen bird droppings destroy paint on a car.  


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11 months 5 days ago #653809 by MYoung

Ian Stone wrote: I always have individually wrapped whips on me.  Hearing your incident validates why this is a good idea. 


I've started carrying these too.  They are hard to find.  The only place I can find the individual wrapped ones is on Amazon. 


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10 months 4 weeks ago #654592 by Owen
No kidding, good thing it wasn't a sea gull!  


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9 months 1 week ago #660538 by Lilly28
Wow! That is bad luck (although some would say good luck)! :-)


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