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    Posted: 29 January 2023 at 16:14
Today I was looking to photograph a kingfisher, but despite briefly seeing the bird, I managed to get only pictures of more common birds...

Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

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The almost see-through wings are beautifull
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That is still very nice I'd say. I find most of this species being colourful a bit like kingfishers.
You have done well to catch one in flight, I found it near impossible because they are so quick and unpredictable.

The only flight shots I managed were ones very very far away with a massive crop, cropped to 1.5MP from a 33MP file
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Not as nice as Anand's Asian bee-eaters.
But the European version is colorful too

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Magpie Lark.
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Thanks Heikki, I really should be more careful and get myself a bird identification book. I did have one but it disappeared some time ago. The white face now seems obvious
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Originally posted by Brandy Brandy wrote:

Grey Heron
Nope, that is a white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), grey herons (Ardea cinerea) are not even found in Australia.

ObBIF: Grey heron

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Like the first one best, here it would be a 'stilt'

Lapwing.


Grey Heron


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There really are some amazing birds-in-flight photos in this thread.

My own achievements are a little more modest. Here's the Poaka above the Ahuriri Estuary in Napier, NZ.

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Thanks Michele and Charles. Robert, there's so many good noise reduction/sharpening products out there that virtually a one click does the lot. I'm thinking DxO Photolab 6, ON1RAW, Topaz Photo AI which are the ones I've trialed. As to the eyes I very much doubt it!!
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Peter: The Birds in Flight pictures are pretty much SOOC. I usually lightly use Curves, Saturation and the Unsharp Mask in Paintshop Pro. On the stationary birds sitting on utility poles in the Birds forum, I attempted to clone out power lines and cables. ISO is generally 1000 or lower. Thanks for your comments. I am sure your eye for detail is sharper than mine. All comments welcome.
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Originally posted by MichelvA MichelvA wrote:

Exactly, great work again Peter


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Exactly, great work again Peter
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brandy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2023 at 05:12

@MinoltaMad thanks, as for COVID it was all I could do to lift the camera. As my mother frequently told me old age is not for the faint hearted!!
And yes Domien, I'd missed these, WOW indeed, very hard to choose but I think #1 for me.
Robert, don't know if it's my monitor and whether others see this but sometimes your skies/background appear quite noisy and spoil what would be otherwise great shots??[viewing on a 32" BenQ 4K}
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