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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2021 at 02:38

@Wetapunga thanks for your comment, always interesting to see how people view things differently. With your comments in mind here's another, very similar, and which to me just didn't make the cut at all...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2021 at 13:12
One question regarding these swallow pictures: from what sort of position you aim towards these birds? Given the water background, I would guess downwards angle. In certain way, I'm not sure if that is the most optimal and lower shooting angle would be preferable.

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Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) flying

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2021 at 22:30

Yes they are mostly shot at a downward angle. I stand on a short jetty and the swallows nest/rest underneath it. I would much rather get down to the water level but can't because of thick reed cover, the areas that are reed free somehow don't appeal to the swallows.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2021 at 23:11
Originally posted by Brandy Brandy wrote:


@Wetapunga thanks for your comment, always interesting to see how people view things differently. With your comments in mind here's another, very similar, and which to me just didn't make the cut at all...


Yeah, the big difference here is the twist of the head. The head is now shaded and you don't have the catchlight in the eye. It does look like you have had an enchanting time, watching and photographing these birds.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 February 2021 at 18:29
Cormorant just above the water

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 February 2021 at 20:20
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 February 2021 at 20:23
A few ducks
(Not easy to capture, these were my best attempts. Cropped and sharpened)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2021 at 08:33
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

A few ducks
Four wigeons (Mareca penelope) and 3+2 gadwalls (Mareca strepera) to be exact.
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

(Not easy to capture, these were my best attempts. Cropped and sharpened)
What was the hard part? Keeping track of the birds? Or subjects being too far away (since you cropped)? Of course, I think α99 II's AF may not offer the best possible tracking capabilities (for that you need a recent E mount camera). But apart from the overlapping of the top group in the first picture and bit dull grayish sky you did pretty well.

ObBirdInFlightPicture: White-throated dipper (Cinclus cinclus) taking off

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2021 at 16:24
Hi Fred
Welcome to the successfully-sharp-Birds-in-flight club

(And Heikki is a member already)
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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Grey (or Gray) Heron with own shadow



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2021 at 20:10
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

A few ducks
Four wigeons (Mareca penelope) and 3+2 gadwalls (Mareca strepera) to be exact.
Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

(Not easy to capture, these were my best attempts. Cropped and sharpened)
What was the hard part? Keeping track of the birds? Or subjects being too far away (since you cropped)? Of course, I think α99 II's AF may not offer the best possible tracking capabilities (for that you need a recent E mount camera). But apart from the overlapping of the top group in the first picture and bit dull grayish sky you did pretty well.

Thanks Heikki!
The hard part was that the flew towards me, against a tree filled background. That made it hard to get them in focus timely and capture them passing by at closer distance. Especially if you start with the focus set at mid instead of wide . I should try it more often!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2021 at 20:11
Originally posted by Dopol Dopol wrote:

Hi Fred
Welcome to the successfully-sharp-Birds-in-flight club

(And Heikki is a member already)

Thanks Domien!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2021 at 20:12
Originally posted by walti walti wrote:

Grey (or Gray) Heron with own shadow

Great shot with that shadow Walter!
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