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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 03:04
The swallows disappeared for a while but this morning they were back so I got a little trigger happy... 1/3200sec with 70-200mm F2.8.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 09:58
Lovely shots! Swallows are really difficult targets!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 10:01
Here is what’s keeping me busy for the past few weeks…may be months 😂

DSC07316_LR by Wang Teck Heng, on Flickr
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 10:07
for both Peter and Wang. Magnificent shots from both of you
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 18:48
As Pieter said: Great results Peter and Wang.
Question for both: did you crop a lot?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 21:09
Thanks Pieter and Domien. All were cropped to some degree with #2 and #3 the heaviest, the larger looking birds were the least cropped. It's obviously easier to track and focus on a bird at distance, up close you have to track/pan extremely fast to nail the shot and may only get a couple of frames. Just out of interest I rarely use Hi+ but often Hi.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 21:46
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

for both Peter and Wang. Magnificent shots from both of you

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2022 at 22:37
Amazing shots both of you!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2022 at 02:56

Thanks Fred and Bert. This morning not a single Swallow to be seen, just this duck flying straight at me which I hoped would provide a good shot but then he veered off to land...


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2022 at 22:16
Part of my Photo150 Challenge this year is to get a telephoto shot in per week. This give me a bit of motivation to put the (newish) Tamron 150-500 in use.

On Tuesday I went to the Takapu (Australasian gannet) colony at Muriwai. The combination of the a7Riii and the Tamron isn't the best for flying birds, as I found the shutter blackout to be an issue. Got a lot of shots of only part of the gannet entering or leaving the frame.

Nonetheless, it wasn't without success.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2022 at 22:20
Beautiful birds, these gannets!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2022 at 23:57
Ngā mihi @mariiszlo, I picked a good time for the expedition in terms of light. A bit more wind though might have helped slow their flight speed down.

They are an attractive local seabird, and we've been fortunate a colony has grown large enough for many to migrate from Oaia Island (shown in Pic 3) to Motutara Island right by the coast, and some coastal cliffs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2022 at 00:18
Peter, love the Wood Duck just about to make contact with the water as she comes in for her landing.

@Wetapunga, the Gannet colony at Murawai was one of the real highlights of my New Zealand visit. Could have spent hours there but my wife and our travelling companions had a say as hunger pangs kicked in. I used my a77ii and SAL70400G and got some good shots, including some just statically hovering in the stiff wind. Our Autumn timing was with the full fledged juveniles in their spotty plumage just getting their flying muscle strength up with lots of vigorous flapping on the ground.

Hope you can get back there with your latest mirrorless a7R4a and long lens combination. Never tire of seeing these magnificent birds.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2022 at 02:39
Thanks Joe, it’s a great spot and now only 40km from where I live.

I remember I got a lot more keepers when I first visited Muriwai in 2008 with my a700. The key was a roaring wind that slowed the Takapu right down when they tried to fly into it!

This time the weather was clear and still- good for the colours but a struggle to get a lot of hits. The birds were moving fast.

Alas I don’t have any a7R4a. Seriously wondering about an a9 or a7iv instead. I like the A7riii as a general purpose camera that delivers on the landscape shots I want, but it isn’t great for fast moving birds.
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