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    Posted: 18 January 2008 at 05:08
To start a new series off, here are two shots of the New Zealand Tui.





And the story about these pics as originally posted in Open Views....

These photos were extinct, not the bird.

I have been moving files about on my various hard drives and found some pics from my early days with the 70-200 SSM that for some reason I had never processed. (I think it was because I had a theme in mind which they were not part of.)

The huia is an iconic New Zealand bird. One authority says: "The Tui is the one endemic bird to have survived and even thrived in the presence of humans on these islands. They have entered our national consciousness like no other New Zealand bird, not even the Kiwi whom we rarely see or even hear these days. The Tui has become very much an intimate part of our daily lives, whereas so many other birds have languished and died out or stayed away in the deep bush and shunned our presence."

The tui looks black but in the light has green, bluish-purple and bronze colouring, lacy collar of white filaments and white throat tufts, black legs and curved black bill, white wing bar.

They are the dominant honey eaters in New Zealand, aggressive and pugnacious, and will chase other Tuis and other birds, especially Korimako, the bellbird, from their feeding territory. They fly at great speeds, the wings whirring characteristically, the loud and noisy flying caused by a notch in the eighth primary that makes the wing tips flutter.

It was with great joy that I recently discovered that the house I recently moved to is part of the patch of a relatively young tui.

For more info go to New Zealand Birds and do listen to its song by clicking the link there.

So, two bird shots that may have become extinct had it not been for my computer housekeeping. You don't know how excited I feel, as my "local" has always avoided me.
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2008 at 05:45
Sandhill Crane, Florida:


Black Swan, Florida:


Wood Stork, Florida:


Osprey, Florida:
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2008 at 03:45

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2008 at 04:17
Red-Tailed Hawk


Great Horned Owl


Snow Goose


Bald Eagle with American Coot


Dunlins


Brian

Edited by maskedman - 19 January 2008 at 04:18
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2008 at 04:40
I posted this elsewhere on the forum and realize it's no biggie. A sparrow in my back yard:

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2008 at 05:45
Nice work guys. A great start to a new series. Here are a few I've taken lately:

Magpie:



Magpie lark (mudlark):




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2008 at 06:08
This pigeon was sitting on the fence and as I chatted with the neighbours I snapped some pics - it was very tame!




Trying to catch these Lorikeets in flight (successfully) is an art I haven't managed to master!!!   YET





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2008 at 09:36
@ RosieA100 : I think your first LIF is great. Can you crop a bit more so the landing one is on a golden mean point, or is this already cropped max ?

(btw LIF stands for Lorikeet In Flight )
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2008 at 09:55
Thanks pegelli - none of the pics were cropped so no problem... this was the best looking of the ones I tried 10x15 was too tight as was 13x18 so this one is 20x25 (and sharpened a little)








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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2008 at 10:07
Originally posted by maskedman maskedman wrote:

Great Horned Owl


@ maskedman: great picture. When this picture is on my screen I think he's really looking at me with his razor sharp eyes.

Did you use some special PP blurring effect around the edges to put more emphasis on the eyes, or is this just the way it turned out with DOF and corner sharpness fall-off. What lens did you use ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2008 at 18:55
My 10 year old Congo African Gray:



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2008 at 23:33
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:



@ maskedman: great picture. When this picture is on my screen I think he's really looking at me with his razor sharp eyes.

Did you use some special PP blurring effect around the edges to put more emphasis on the eyes, or is this just the way it turned out with DOF and corner sharpness fall-off. What lens did you use ?[/QUOTE]

pegelli,

Thanks for the compliment! This Great Horned Owl was injured and unable to return to the wild. She is used for educational talks. I just cropped the photo a little ... the photo is otherwise straight from the 7D. I used the 100-300mm APO D at 300mm.

Glad you enjoy the photo!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2008 at 23:38
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

@ maskedman: great picture. When this picture is on my screen I think he's really looking at me with his razor sharp eyes.

Did you use some special PP blurring effect around the edges to put more emphasis on the eyes, or is this just the way it turned out with DOF and corner sharpness fall-off. What lens did you use ?


pegelli,

Thanks for the compliment. This photo was cropped in PS. The rest is straight from the 7D with 100-300mm APO D @ 300mm, f11. This owl was injured and unable to return to the wild. She is now being used in educational talks.

Glad you enjoy the photo!

Brian

Edited by maskedman - 21 January 2008 at 23:40
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2008 at 23:37
Today's snaps. The tits were taken with Sigma 400mm f5.6 telemacro, fast becoming my favourite lens. The success rate with these little birds is quite low but when the SSS locks it can give excellent results. The bluetit is quite heavily cropped.
The pigeons were taken with a big beercan.

Great tit


Bluetit


Wood pigeons:
"Not today dear, it's not Spring yet."
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