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Topic: Show us some bird shots...22
Posted By: Frankman
Subject: Show us some bird shots...22
Date Posted: 20 April 2009 at 17:04
OK

Let's start another thread. This one starts with a bit of "attitude":

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Join in guys.

Frank

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Posted By: bms44974
Date Posted: 20 April 2009 at 18:38
Frank, You make the impossible look easy! Getting crows against the sky WITH detail is a feat I've yet to master. #2 is my favorite despite loosing the top bird's right wing.

This is about all the attitude that I've had lately (breeding plumage and lots of showing off)

1. Northern Cardinal

A350; Sony 70-300G (180mm); ISO200; f7.1; 1/500th

I did have a chance to get some close-ups of a female Brown-headed Cowbird. She let me get to within 3-4 meters (while keeping a watchful eye on me of course). Her mate was in the dark folliage of a nearby tree. The light in the grass was a bit problematic as she seemed to prefer the shade and I had to bump the ISO to increase the shutter speed.

2. ISO 100 (1/60th)


3. ISO 200 (1/100th)


4. ISO 400 (1/400th)


5. ISO 400 (1/400th)


The last two were salvaged by a recently purchased version of Noise Ninja.

Cheers... Brian





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Posted By: TBMike
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 04:16
In Florida its spring migration. Last Saturday several hundred birders descended on Ft. Desoto Park to see the migrants feasting in the Fig and Mulberry trees.

Female Summer Tanager


Blue Grosbeak


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Orchard Oriole


American Redstart




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Posted By: sporky
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 05:33
Great shots so far. TBMike, what lens do you use?

Here are the birds of prey I've managed to capture with the Minolta 100-400. I almost always run the ISO at 400 to get a crisp shot hand-held.

The ubiquitous red-tailed hawk:

The ubiquitous red-tailed hawk.


A young Mississippi Kite:

A young Mississippi Kite.


Adult Mississippi Kite:

Adult Mississippi Kite.


A Sharp-shinned hawk visited our deck:



a sharp-shinned hawk.





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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 06:09
cool sets guys



my share, a brown goshawk landed on the tail of a mini-windmill in the park but flew away so quickly....just managed to took a couple of clicks, no time to adjust hehehe.....


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc

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Posted By: Brog
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 10:32
Hi, two from the weekend, A700 + Minolta 80.200 G HS
Cattle Egret:

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2



Saving for something longer Minolta 300 F4 or 400 4.5
Regards Jorge


Posted By: TBMike
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 13:01
Excellent shots all.
Sparky lens is Minolta 400mm f4.5 G. It was one incredible day. The birds were in a feeding frenzy and ignoring the birders. We added 10 life birds to our list that day. I have a couple hundred more photos focused on wrong twig, no head, or bird moved etc.
Here's one a Kentucky Warbler bouncing along on the ground feeding The best of 20+ shots not in clear focus.


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Posted By: Tue Romanow
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 13:41
Wow, Frank! That #2 is fantastic!!! I mean, all your shots are but that one takes the prize!!

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There's no such thing as too many lenses.


Posted By: Tue Romanow
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 15:34
Tried a bit of birding myself. All taken with KM5D and Sigma 400/5,6 APO. Loads and loads of CA, I think...

#1



#2



#3



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There's no such thing as too many lenses.


Posted By: geardown
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 16:13
This semi-arid zone honeyeater is a lifetimer for me. I got him yesterday in the heart of the Mallee scrub, just north of the Little Desert. They were in the last flowering native for miles.

White-fronted Honeyeater (Phylidonyris albifrons)


If you look at full-sized image, you will see that the tiny red spot just behinf the eye is actually composed of four small feathers - no biggewr than a millimetre. I love my 300/4!

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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 17:06
white-cheeked honeyeater.....


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc

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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 21 April 2009 at 23:05


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Posted By: Elisha
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 02:50


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Minolta: 28-135mm F4-4.5 | 50mm F1.4
Sony 70-300mm G

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Posted By: rovhazman
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 03:09
There were few Hawks, so here is my contribution (I hope I didn't post it in the past - they are from few months ago).

"Taking pictures?"

A700 + Minolta 400mm f/4.5 HS, 1/80sec, f/8, ISO200.

"I am not interested!"

A700 + Minolta 400mm f/4.5 HS, 1/100sec, f/8, ISO200.


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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 04:17
alone.....


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc

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Posted By: geardown
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 11:28
This one was my second lifer in an hour at Murrayville in Victoria's Mallee scrub.

Juvenile Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius).


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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 12:31


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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 13:10


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Posted By: Matt Fairview
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 13:36
I love these threads and aspire to much of what I see here.

I was hoping to get a shot of a spotted woodpecker that been seen visiting our garden, but settled for a somewhat more common blackbird.

Matt.


A700, Sigma 100-300mm F/4 and tripod

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Posted By: Craig144
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 13:55
"Disco Duck"


"Flashy"


A700 & 70-300G

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Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 16:22
Nice work folks

And a few more:

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Frank

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Posted By: NIKO
Date Posted: 22 April 2009 at 18:39

Doves on a Wire
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Minolta Maxxum AF 70-210mm
F/4 Zoom Lens at 210mm focal length, F/5, and 1/320 sec exposure time.
ISO speed set at 400. Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.


Dove on a Wire (1)
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Minolta Maxxum AF 70-210mm
F/4 Zoom Lens at 210mm focal length, F/5, and 1/320 sec exposure time.
ISO speed set at 400. Exposure Compensation -.3. Metering Mode Center
Weighted Average.


Dove on a Wire (2)
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Minolta Maxxum AF 70-210mm
F/4 Zoom Lens at 210mm focal length, F/5, and 1/250 sec exposure time.
ISO speed set at 400. Exposure Compensation -.3. Metering Mode Center
Weighted Average.


Egret in Flight (1)
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Sigma APO 100-300mm F/4 EX
DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 300mm focal length, F/8, and 1/3200 sec
exposure time. ISO speed set at 200. Exposure Compensation -1.0.
Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.


The Nautical Aviator (3) - Ring Billed Gull
Picture taken with Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Camera and Sigma APO
135-400mm F/4.5-5.6 Aspherical RF Telephoto Zoom Lens at 135mm focal
length, F/9, and 1/1250 sec exposure time. ISO speed set at 400.
Exposure Compensation -.3. Metering Mode Pattern.


Green Heron
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Sigma APO 100-300mm F/4
EX DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 300mm focal length, F/5.6, and 1/320 sec
exposure time. ISO speed set at 400. Exposure Compensation -.3.
Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.


Red-Tailed Hawk (1)
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Sigma APO 100-300mm F/4 EX
DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 280mm, F/5, and 1/1600 sec exposure time. ISO
speed set at 200. Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.


Goose (Close up)
Picture taken with Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Camera and Sigma APO
100-300mm F/4 EX DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 300mm focal length, F/6.3,
and 1/1000 sec exposure time. ISO speed set at 200. Exposure
Compensation -.7. Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.


Sparrow (2)
Picture taken with Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Camera and Sigma APO
100-300mm F/4 EX DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 300mm focal length, F/4, and
1/2000 sec exposure time. ISO speed set at 200. Exposure Compensation
-.7. Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.


Inca Tern (Larosterna Inca)
Picture taken with Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D Camera and Sigma APO
100-300mm F/4 EX DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 280mm focal length, F/5.6,
and 1/400 sec exposure time. ISO speed set at 200. Exposure
Compensation -.7. Metering Mode Center Weighted Average.

I am happy to announce that this photo is being used at "ARKIVE -
Images of Life on Earth." Direct Link: http://www.arkive.org/inca-tern/larosterna-inca/image-G41868.html?offset=-440px - Inca Tern (Larosterna Inca)


Mother Duck & Ducklings Series - #7
Picture taken with Sony Alpha 700 Camera and Sigma APO 100-300mm F/4 EX
DG Telephoto Zoom Lens at 300mm, F/6.3, and 1/400 sec exposure time.
ISO speed set at 800. Exposure Compensation -.7. Metering Mode Center
Weighted Average.

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Posted By: Blind Boy
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 12:08
As the ice slowly starts to melt around here the birds are returning. I made a rather futile attempt to sneak across what's left of the ice to get close enough to these Whooper swans so I had to crop a bit.

Both shots are wide open at 500 mm with my Tamron 200-500.





Posted By: brettania
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 13:21
Well done NIKO.

And good work from everyone else.

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Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 13:23
Yep, nice work to both Niko and Blind Boy. Lovely images.

Frank

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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 13:37
Hi guys,

some great shots here, so here are my humble contributions:
1. magpie

2. Buzzard

3. ?

4. Swift

5. ?

6. Black Redstart(?) attracting the guys.- worked on me ; )


Hope you like, A700 + 400/4.5
regards
Bernd


Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 13:45
Lovely set Bernd - No 3 is lovely, but I'm super impressed with your swift in flight! That's a tough shot to make.

Frank

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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 13:49
Hi Frank,
thanks! Actually #3 was a lot harder than the swift...
jumpy, little bird, always behind branches and stuff...
The swift had rather strong headwind and was flying pretty low- piece of cake your you!
regards,
Bernd


Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 14:42
taken at point peron after scouting for half an hour until it perched on the rail


nankeen kestrel....


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc


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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 14:46


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Posted By: Brog
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 14:49
Hi, Lovely shots from everyone
Another shot from tje last Sunday - Cattle Egret



Regards Jorge


Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 14:51


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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 14:53


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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 15:13
Pavel, this look good- shot with the 600/4 ?
regards,
Bernd


Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 15:15
.....in flight


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc




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Posted By: 5thElefant
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 15:28





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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 15:30
Excellent kestrel, aa!! that kombo really is something,
Bernd


Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 15:42
thanks bernd, yes nice glass

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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 16:08
aa, have you got the SSM 300 or the previous one?
regards,
Bernd


Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 16:19
Excellent work guys.

Frank - I loved that crow in flight. That's a tough bird to expose. You need the sun to be pointing directly on it.

Bernd - I also loved #3. The lines and the sharpness of the bird are great.

aa - The Kestrel shots are great.


Yesterday I went to shoot the avocets and stilts again. The forecast said there would be no wind so I planned on having some nice reflections, but as usual they were wrong...

1. American Avocet


2. American Avocet


3. American Avocet


4. Black-necked Stilt


5. Black-necked Stilt


6. Black-necked Stilt



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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 16:25
Luis,

I thought, I gotta be quick before Luis posts... ; )
Just kidding, magnificent shots, Luis!
regards,
Bernd


Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 16:28
Originally posted by Ausgezeichnet Ausgezeichnet wrote:

aa, have you got the SSM 300 or the previous one?
regards,
Bernd



i'm not sure, it's the af apo i don't know if ssm, not technically familiar   


@luisv, thanks and you have a nice set there bro, i like #3

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Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 17:55
Thanks guys.

Here are some birds which I shot in at Santee Lakes (San Diego) last week. They complement the wood ducks I posted on the Open Views.

1. Nuttall's Woodpecker sticking the head out of the nest


2. Nuttall's Woodpecker


3. Tree Swallow bringing nesting material


4. One of the swallows flies out of the nest (sorry, not so sharp)


5. Great Blue Heron


6. GBH in flight


7. Eurasian Collared Dove (a rarity in this area)


Cheers,
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Luis

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http://luisv.smugmug.com/gallery/4727816_QZpAX - My bird gallery


Posted By: NIKO
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 18:36
Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:

Well done NIKO.

And good work from everyone else.


Originally posted by Frankman Frankman wrote:

Yep, nice work to both Niko and Blind Boy. Lovely images.

Frank


Thank you Brettania and Frank! I'm glad you like all of these wonderful photos that so many people have provided.

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Posted By: thijs broekkamp
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 18:52
@luisv, i really liked the woodpecker shots. Nice colors, sharp, just nice to watch. I'm very curios with wich material and focal lengt you made that shots.

One of my shots i made last sunday of a Willow Warbler with the a200 and the minolta 75-300.




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Sony DT 18-70 mm F3.5-5.6

Sigma 70-300 mm APO DG MACRO f4-5,6

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5-f5.6


Posted By: bms44974
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 18:56
Wow, this thread sure moves fast! I was drafting some comments yesterday morning, but got pulled away before I could post them. Now I find the photos for which my comments were directed are two pages behind and those two pages are full of incredible images. Many thanks to those of you who are taking the time required for the C&C.

oops... just noticed another post while I was composing this one . I'd better go see what I've missed

Cheers... Brian

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Posted By: bms44974
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 19:02
Thijs, Welcome to Dyxum and the Birds thread!

Cheers... Brian

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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 19:04
I know that feeling, Brian...
The thing about Luis` shots that puzzles me the most: how do you get so close, did you nick Harry Potter`s invisibility cloak??
For real now, do you wear cammo, Luis ??
regards,
Bernd


Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 19:42
Originally posted by Ausgezeichnet Ausgezeichnet wrote:

Pavel, this look good- shot with the 600/4 ?
regards,
Bernd


A-900 600+1,4xTc and croped a lot.These are very small birds

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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 19:54


A-900 Min300f/4 +1.4xTc

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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 19:59
good photos pavel ....


is the 600/4 hard to handle?? i'm budgetting for one hehehe, thanks

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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 20:08
Originally posted by aa aa wrote:

good photos pavel ....


is the 600/4 hard to handle?? i'm budgetting for one hehehe, thanks


Can't say,I am still lerning ;always lerning.



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Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 20:16
Originally posted by Ausgezeichnet Ausgezeichnet wrote:

I know that feeling, Brian...
The thing about Luis` shots that puzzles me the most: how do you get so close, did you nick Harry Potter`s invisibility cloak??
For real now, do you wear cammo, Luis ??
regards,
Bernd


Hi Bernd,
I don't use a cammo for the shots. I do use the crop tool though to get "closer". I usually crop to anywhere between 8mp and 15mp, but sometimes it might be as low as 6mp.

Anyway, many times they fly away when I am getting closer, but sometimes I get lucky and they stay around and ignore me. One thing I have noticed with shore birds is that they will tolerate your presence a little better if you are not walking in their direction, but slowly moving at ground level. This worked with the shore birds I shot in San Diego.
But most often, some birds are just used to seeing people around and will tolerate our presence a little more as is the case with the Avocets and Stilts which are nesting on a marsh near the road.


Some from the San Diego river estuary...

1. Western Sandpiper in breeding plumage


2. Long-billed Dowitcher in breeding plumage


3. Whimbrel


4. Osprey


Regards,
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Luis

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Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 20:19
Originally posted by aa aa wrote:

is the 600/4 hard to handle?? i'm budgetting for one hehehe, thanks


I tried one briefly while I was in Florida and it felt quite heavy. It was mounted on a tripod and I struggled to move the combo around. Otherwise, I felt like a very capable lens.


Posted By: romancandle
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 20:19
Luis,

As usual, amazing. That osprey picture is just awesome though. Keep it up!


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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 20:35


A-900 840mm f/5,6 1/800sec ISO 2500

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Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 21:17
Luis, do you shoot with an A700 or A900 now (you signature still says A700) - given that you crop to 15MP only the A900 makes sense.
and marvellous shots again...
Bernd


Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 21:23
Thanks Bernd, I shoot with the A900 nowadays, leaving the A700 as my backup. I updated the profile...


Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 21:36
One more thing, Bernd. You can check out this link I just found.
It is from Arthur Morris on http://www.birdsasart.com/bn85.htm - ground level bird photography and provides some tips on how to get close to birds.


Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 23 April 2009 at 21:44
Cheers, Luis, that is a good read and I would never had thought to actually shoot on eye-level, but the results speak for themselves.
Here's another good shooter: http://www.juzaphoto.com/eng/photo_galleries.htm - Juza

regards,
Bernd


Posted By: Brog
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 00:07
Cheers Luis.
My Fav shots are #2 and 4.
I am new to Birding and photography and my longest glass is only 200mm but a good one (200 2.8G), anyway the shots I like most were always made when i crawl, get dirty and move in circles in order to get close to the subject, our beautiful birds. I have seen very good photos, technically speaking, with digiscopying but they lack emotion / action.
Regards Jorge


Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 00:35
Luis - lovely images (as usual), and some very good advice too.

Frank

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Posted By: nex_episode_wagon
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 10:15
a350 beercan 5.6 A mode not that great like all the others but im tryin.





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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 12:26
good photos from the beercan nex and i like the set-up of your honda

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Posted By: geardown
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 16:37
Luisv - lovely Sandpiper and Dowitcher. Thanks also for the link to some great advice. "Photographer gets down and dirty with the chicks" now has a new (and much better) meaning. I will try some of his advice out soon. He didn't say anything about how to avoid belly-tracks though!

Here's a Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostris)

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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 16:50
an osprey's portrait


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc

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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 17:40


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Posted By: I Inspiron
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 18:04
Great photo, geardown

Very good composition composition and the bird looking into the picture provides a great leading line

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Posted By: brettania
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 18:15
Ditto from me.

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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 18:17


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Posted By: Blind Boy
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 21:22
Tonight's outing got me these three. The first one is a "what if" shot. If it'd only been sharp it would have been among the best shots I've taken. IMHO of course.

#1 Female Mergus merganser


#2 Male Mergus merganser


#3 Ditto


Posted By: jdkeck
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 21:38
american bald eagle shot with sigma 50-500 iso 500 at 500mm



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Posted By: TBMike
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 22:41
I was invited to Skyharbor wildlife rehab center to view the Pileated Woodpecker chicks soon to be released. It was an excellent opportunity to try out the new CZ 24-70 f2.8 lens.
Pileated Chicks


Screech owl chick


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Tampa Bay


Posted By: nex_episode_wagon
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 22:49
Originally posted by aa aa wrote:

good photos from the beercan nex and i like the set-up of your honda

thanks blew the typer gives me a reason to save for a k20 got the rex to still play w/ though.

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Posted By: HPG
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 22:58
More than Portugal









Regards
Hugo


Posted By: I Inspiron
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 23:01
Hihi, they look quite funny, TBMike


@HPG
The first shot is very nice, I love the details on the wings

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Posted By: bms44974
Date Posted: 24 April 2009 at 23:15
@TBMike: Great opportunity for the new lens, Mike. I look forward to some Florida landscapes with it as well.

@HPG: Hugo, Your egret is facing quite a headwind. Nice exposure on #1 and #2.

Cheers... Brian

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Posted By: sydknee
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 03:22
Taken this morning on the Kakanui River North Otago New Zealand
I have always known these as the New Zealand Shag but I'm sure someone will advice me of the proper name
A700 and Tokina400






A couple of Spoonbills for good measure







And to finish off a Oyster Catcher caught yesterday on my walk home from work


Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 05:09
Nice images sydknee. THe "shag" is a "Little Pied Cormorant". Very cut bird and nicely captured. The spoonbill you've captured is a "Royal Spoonbill". I'm envious, because they don't frequent the South West of Western Australia very much. I saw one a week ago, but couldn't get close enough. To torment me even further, you've got some excellent images up close . Well done!

Frank

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Posted By: sydknee
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 05:19
Frank, The spoonbills were feasting in the shallows. I was on a road bridge looking down on them but unfortunately there was no access to the river bank as I thought the birds looked comfortable enough for me to get even closer. I was not concealed and they totally ignored my presence.


Syd


Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 16:36
Originally posted by nex_episode_wagon nex_episode_wagon wrote:

Originally posted by aa aa wrote:

good photos from the beercan nex and i like the set-up of your honda

thanks blew the typer gives me a reason to save for a k20 got the rex to still play w/ though.


ot: hehehe k20 is extreme, goodluck....i got a 93 eg hatch back home, sohc with all the works


got this kestrel hovering near the access of garden island



flaps spread....


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc

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Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 16:48
aa - lovely image. Looks like a trip to Garden Island is on my agenda .

Frank

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Posted By: Pavel
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 17:18


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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 17:31
Originally posted by Frankman Frankman wrote:

aa - lovely image. Looks like a trip to Garden Island is on my agenda .

Frank



yes frank and you let me know, but this kestrel is a main stay at point peron and saw some raptors at lake richmond this afternoon


thanks too   

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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 17:34
i was shooting sunset at the ledge in point peron when this kestrel perched on the rail.....i was onfused what to shoot first, the setting sun or the bird hehehe, got them both in different frames


i got a nice bg though


a200 + beercan

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Posted By: maewpa
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 18:22
It's a beautiful background aa... and a very beautiful picture.

I haven't had time to shoot birds much recently due to April Foolishness, and those I have shot I haven't had time to process - suggesting they are not very exciting.

Just so you don't forget me, here's an Pied Fantail from the garden this morning. A common bird, but I got a nice background too!



Note: I originally had a little "malapropism" and combined three birds in one when naming it. That would make it a very rare bird indeed. It is now properly named.

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Posted By: thijs broekkamp
Date Posted: 25 April 2009 at 21:36
It's really nice, background, sharpness, and how the bird is standing! Nice shot

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Sony DT 18-70 mm F3.5-5.6

Sigma 70-300 mm APO DG MACRO f4-5,6

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5-f5.6


Posted By: EP1121
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 07:30
Nice shot Maewpa!

Here's my contribution.
A700 + 70-300G


Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 10:38
aa - That's a beautiful kestrel shot.
maewpa - Very nice shot.
EP1121 - That's an odd bird....what is it?


I went again today to shoot the avocets. I want to improve my low angle technique, so I used a right angle viewfinder and placed the camera on the floor, which is unfortunately a few centimeters over the water level.

Anyway, here are my results, including a shot of a couple of babies.

1. Avocet at very close range. Notice the shallow DOF at f/8.


2. Avocet with a small catch


3. Another portrait


4. Avocet in flight


5. Babies! - They must have just fledged since I didn't see them a couple of days ago.


Cheers,
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Luis

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A900 + 400G + 1.4x APO TC
http://luisv.smugmug.com/gallery/4727816_QZpAX - My bird gallery


Posted By: Frankman
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 11:05
Very effective low angle work Luis. And very good shooting aa, maewpa and EP1121. Fantastic standard of work guys.

Frank

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Posted By: bigjt
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 11:52
Beautiful shots of one of the worlds most beautiful birds.Suberb
Regards John

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Posted By: aa
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 15:23
thanks maewpa/luis/frank



got this one at lake richmond's bed


white-faced heron....


a200 + min300/2.8 + min2xtc

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Posted By: thijs broekkamp
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 16:18
Luis, that are some really great pics!

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Sony DT 18-70 mm F3.5-5.6

Sigma 70-300 mm APO DG MACRO f4-5,6

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5-f5.6


Posted By: macrophoto
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 17:16
Some images from a flight show








I have to change the upload location. The one I'm using is changing image quality.

Any suggestions for a upload location which does not decrease image quality?


Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 18:31
good shots, macrophoto!
Did you shoot at Burg Kreuzenstein?
regards,
Bernd


Posted By: luisv
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 19:02
Nice shots, macrophoto.

Regarding the photo site, smugmug works quite well for me.
They do compress and sharpen all the resized images, but as far as I know they don't touch the originals.


Posted By: EP1121
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 19:27
@luisv - I don't know the name of the bird. I was hoping someone else could name it.


Posted By: macrophoto
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 20:47
@Ausgezeichnet

Thanks
It was Rosenburg


Posted By: Ausgezeichnet
Date Posted: 26 April 2009 at 23:17
Hi guys,

the quality of the birdshots here has gotten so high, that one feels a little hesitant to post- I'll give it another shot, nevertheless ; )
(All A700 + 400/4.5 + 1,4TC sometimes)

1. Blue heron


2. Starling


3. Sparrow


4. Kind of larch?


5. Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)


6. Black redstart(?)hypnotizing its dinner


7. Black redstart


8. Kestrel


9. weird looking heron


Hope you like them, c&c most welcome,
Bernd


Posted By: EKStarzinger
Date Posted: 27 April 2009 at 01:44
From TBMike's neck of the woods, Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida...

An anhinga....



Blue Heron




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