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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2020 at 19:09
Originally posted by mambo mambo wrote:

Beautiful shots Shay.

Very nice indeed!
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2020 at 19:08
Thank you Joe, Charles and Fred!
Slowly I am getting more and more comfortable with this lens, at least for static birds... But I still have a lot of work to really control the beast.

Here are few desert birds from today, when I drove a little off road on my way to work:

Hooded wheatear

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600 sec | ISO 320

White-crowned wheatear (young)

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/800 sec | ISO 320

Desert lark

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1000 sec | ISO 320

And finally, just in front of my work:

Grey heron

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600 sec | ISO 320
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2020 at 20:44
My next visit I should really join you for some birding Shay! Great stuff
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2020 at 23:52
Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Slowly I am getting more and more comfortable with this lens, at least for static birds... But I still have a lot of work to really control the beast.
You're clearly on the right path. I think taking good pictures of birds in flight can be fairly hard with any long telephoto since the first challenge is to keep tracking the subject. And some way I have started to feel that for some situations Sony RX10 IV might be tad easier to handle since it is smaller and lighter than ILC and long lens, although the latter may win in absolute image quality (resolution and noise characteristics mainly).

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:


Here are few desert birds from today, when I drove a little off road on my way to work:

Hooded wheatear

I think I like this one best since it is the most colourful picture of the bunch. A tiny minus for the central composition.

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

White-crowned wheatear (young)
Tad less interesting background on this one.

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Desert lark
Since the plumage is not that colourful and the desert habitat isn't that exciting either, I have to say it is ok documentary, but not anything more.

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:


And finally, just in front of my work:

Grey heron
Interesting to see the heron in this kind of environment, I'm much more used to see these birds in more lush environment, which might be more photogenic too.

But you certainly managed to find birds in more suitable shooting distance than I did today since I only photographed one bird from distance:

White-tailed eagle (Haliaeeetus albicilla)

α7R III + Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS @ 600 mm, f/6.3, 1/1600 s, ISO 320

I guess I might better get a teleconverter (or two).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 February 2020 at 19:32
Thank you Fred and Hezu!

Hezu, thank you for the detailed comments. I agree with you. I was lucky with the gradient from the blue sky to the red mountains in the background in the photo of the hooded wheatear... Anyways, I am still at the stage of getting it technically right and I pay less attention to the aesthetics. And of course, it is mostly a desert background around here...
The herons (and egrets and alike) as well as other water birds are very common in Eilat, especially around my work where there are some (artificial) water reservoirs which are rich with algae and fish.
Regarding getting a teleconverter, alternatively, you can come to Israel with your birding club...

And just to end with a photo, here is one of the same individual of White-crowned wheatear as above (photo was taken just before he landed on the branch in the photo above):


Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/1000 sec | ISO 320
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2020 at 00:20
Great Horned Owl. Found him in neighbour's yard.   
Great Horned Owl by Robert Cummings, on Flickr
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2020 at 08:32
Great spotted woodpecker (X2)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2020 at 08:39
Domien, that's a great capture. presumably a mating pair?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2020 at 09:44
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Domien, that's a great capture. presumably a mating pair?

Thank you
These were two juveniles from one nest (of four).
They (all four) were starting to quarrel and fight, so this was the last chance for shooting the pair.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2020 at 20:55
My first month into birding. So much fun.





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2020 at 20:56
I love that first one Rudi!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 February 2020 at 19:08
This Great Horned Owl has made his/her daylight perch very convenient for me.
Hornbeck, GHO2 by Robert Cummings, on Flickr
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 February 2020 at 22:04
Good find bob
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Sleepy ducks







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