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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2020 at 08:14
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Ken,
You'e done it again! Do you have an 'owl-whistle' to make them look straight at you in full flight?
Great image, and such BIF shots aren't easy to capture.




I've been asked if I use some kind of bait or do something to attract their attention... to be honest? These Short-Eared Owls, when flying around looking for food, they're constantly looking around in different directions... I would think their hearing is heightened when they turn towards whatever direction (just my guess). But that's when the 20fps of the a9 (and a9II) comes in handy... you simply get more into each burst... in a 1 to 2 seconds burst, I may (and usually would) have a series of different head positions. But there have been times when it kept looking my direction for... what seems like, 10 shots in a row (but also keep in mind, 10 picture burst is only 1/2 second with the a9).

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2020 at 03:24

Downbeat

Upbeat

Darter

Cormorant
ILCE-1. FE 70-200mm GM MK2 FE 24-70mm GM MK2 1.4 TC and 2x TC
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2020 at 09:35
Down/Upbeat are really marvellous shots!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2020 at 20:35
Bald eagle coming in for the kill

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2020 at 22:34

@Cucoo, many thanks. This camera certainly has amazing AF and makes these kind of head on shots so much easier.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2020 at 11:35
8A99

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 640

Caspian gull

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 640
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2020 at 19:20
a9/200600G + 1.4x TC


Bald Eagle
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cropped. I love this lens

Bald Eagle (cropped)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2020 at 19:22
a9/200600G + 1.4x TC


Short-Eared Owl
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2020 at 20:37
Originally posted by trainerKEN trainerKEN wrote:

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cropped. I love this lens

Rightfully so!
Great shots again Ken
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2020 at 06:49
stellar shots again, Ken!
(think I love your lens too ;-))
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2020 at 09:02
Ken, the images you're posting of birds in flight are exceptional. No doubt the a9 and SEL200600G plus 1.4x TC are very helpful in terms of focus speed and accuracy, burst speed and image quality, but it's obvious that the photographer has a lot to do with capturing the moment so very well.

Not long back I attended a bird flight display at a wildlife sanctuary with my a99ii and SAL70400G2, and although that's not too shabby a combination, and I think I got the camera settings pretty right, there was nothing I shot that comes anywhere near close to what you're achieving time and time again.

I'm putting aside any GAS and remain happy to enjoy seeing what others bring to this thread.

Thanks for sharing, and as you said in your related thread photographed in your camouflage gear while shooting these images, you're obviously in your happy place here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2020 at 18:12
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Ken, the images you're posting of birds in flight are exceptional. No doubt the a9 and SEL200600G plus 1.4x TC are very helpful in terms of focus speed and accuracy, burst speed and image quality, but it's obvious that the photographer has a lot to do with capturing the moment so very well.

Not long back I attended a bird flight display at a wildlife sanctuary with my a99ii and SAL70400G2, and although that's not too shabby a combination, and I think I got the camera settings pretty right, there was nothing I shot that comes anywhere near close to what you're achieving time and time again.

I'm putting aside any GAS and remain happy to enjoy seeing what others bring to this thread.

Thanks for sharing, and as you said in your related thread photographed in your camouflage gear while shooting these images, you're obviously in your happy place here.


Thanks for the compliments... but I have to say, timing is a big factor too... there's been times when I go out there and didn't get anything. And we've been lucky with the owls, last year there weren't many at all. But at least there's always Bald Eagles this time of the year
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2020 at 20:44
Ken, you are to blame that I have the FE 200-600mm and now I also got the 1.4xTC... Apparently, it is not enough to have the lens... (and yes, there are many nice bird around me!) Maybe I should ask you to write a tutorial in our Knowledge base forum??

Anyways, here are some example of what I manage to get with this lens (without the TC on it). Not even close to your great photos...

Grey heron

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 640

Grey heron #2

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 640

Great egret

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 640

Great cormorant

Sony ILCE-7RM4 + Sony FE 200600mm F5.66.3 G OSS (SEL200600G) | 600.0 mm | f/6.3 | 1/2500 sec | ISO 640
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