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Title: [Theme] Show Birds
Post by: Chip Chipowski on November 02, 2015, 03:18:56
Couldn't find a serial bird thread, so here goes.

D300 w/ 70-300VR @200mm 1/60
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 03:34:31
Bird on wire. (D2X, AFS 200/2)

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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 02, 2015, 04:22:58
Ouch.


Here is one: "What are you doing to my cabin!"

(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v16/p1606306026.jpg)

D5100, f/5.6 @ 420 mm, 1/160, ISO 1600
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 02, 2015, 05:41:41
:)
two old funny favourites
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Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 06:14:32
Elsa, the first one carries whole a lot of pathos, at this young age!

This is repost of a recent one, I'm afraid, but it is the only one "sharable" from me...
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 02, 2015, 06:53:50
thanks Akira

I like your "tanning" bird. I love it when they do this - it's so human - like
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Post by: Eb on November 02, 2015, 07:31:02
:)
two old funny favourites
Old, but good one's Elsa!  Geese are a serious lot:


(http://www.pbase.com/emueller/image/141551774/original.jpg)



(http://www.pbase.com/emueller/image/141551773/original.jpg)
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Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 08:05:12
I like your "tanning" bird. I love it when they do this - it's so human - like

Glad you like it, Elsa!

Old, but good one's Elsa!  Geese are a serious lot:

Eb, apparently the geese in your images don't exactly enjoy bathing.  :D
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 02, 2015, 08:18:03
Eb, we have the Red Knobbed coot doing this fighting all the time - I have yet to capture it successfully. Your images shows how serious they get!
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Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 09:49:29
I've remembered yet another one!
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 10:14:00
A Modern City Bird.

(a crop of an IR image that has been published in books - I just fancied this strong crop at present)
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Post by: rosko on November 02, 2015, 10:33:08
Maître Corbeau...
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Post by: afx on November 02, 2015, 10:34:51
two old funny favourites
The second one looks like a Tyrannosaurus Rex attacking...
COOOOL!

cheer
safx
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 10:50:11
"Got more than I bargained for ..." or "Bird in Paradise"

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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 10:59:57
Big Brother sees you - everywhere you try to hide.
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 11:33:16
South African Cormorants.

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Post by: Jørgen Ramskov on November 02, 2015, 11:53:11
A repost:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/285/19680984798_85691dcfc3_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vZ9c77)
Not talking to you! (https://flic.kr/p/vZ9c77) by Joergen Ramskov (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jramskov/), on Flickr

In other news, I just became aware that there are sea eagles at the lake close by. Saw one in a bird scope yesterday. It was pretty far away though and I don't own anything longer than the 70-200mm, so chance of a picture. It does make me want that new 200-500mm lens :)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 12:06:35
Here is a Sea Eagle (Lofoten) with D200 and the AFS 28-300 Nikkor. It is an "easy" bird to shoot because it is so impressively big, wing span of 2 m or more.

Are the Danish eagles descending from birds from Norway? I know we have contributed to re-establishing Sea Eagles in other countries, Sweden and Scotland come to mind, by exporting reared chicks and younglings.
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Post by: Jørgen Ramskov on November 02, 2015, 12:25:25
I don't know where it came from but it is certainly likely to come from Norway. According to the link below, birds of prey was hunted intensely here in the late part of the 18th century (not sure that is correctly written), but it returned around 1990. I was told there were 2 sea eagles frequently spotted at the lake.

The lake, Egå Engsø, is an artificial lake created in 2006 and according to the wikipedia article linked below, the lake attracts many different bird species in high numbers, with 169 species registered up to 2010.

Link with danish info about the sea eagle: http://www.dofbasen.dk/ART/art.php?art=02430
Info about Egå Engsø: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eg%C3%A5_Engs%C3%B8
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Post by: Peter Forsell on November 02, 2015, 12:38:58
Big Brother sees you - everywhere you try to hide.

The Panopticon! Awesome.
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 02, 2015, 12:51:54
The Panopticon! Awesome.

Thanks. This was an idea I developed for a portrait interview in the leading Norwegian photo magazine. It printed excellently over a double page spread.
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Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 14:58:45
Birds and sunrise...
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Post by: Peter Connan on November 02, 2015, 16:35:43
Stunning photos!

Akira, what species is that little bird with the white around the eye? Looks very similar to a bird we get here, called the Cape White-eye:
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Post by: Peter Connan on November 02, 2015, 16:38:51
Elsa, just for you, the Red-knobbed Coot:
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Post by: Peter Connan on November 02, 2015, 16:44:14
But for me the two most beautiful species are the Bee-eaters (which continue to elude me) and the Kingfishers.

This is the Malachite, perhaps the prettiest of the southern-African members:

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Post by: Tom Hook on November 02, 2015, 17:35:42
Birds in Flight
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Post by: Akira on November 02, 2015, 19:27:28
Akira, what species is that little bird with the white around the eye? Looks very similar to a bird we get here, called the Cape White-eye:

Peter, this one is called "Mejiro" (meaning literally "White-eye") here in Japan.  Apparently the species is Zosterops japonicus.

Your images are all stunning, but the Red-knobbed Coot looks interesting.

Tom, the first one looks like a time-resolved photograph!
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 02, 2015, 20:33:33
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/772/21418895161_3c87d380c8_b.jpg)

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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 02, 2015, 20:39:37
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8725/16740571079_0e322c6940_b.jpg)
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 02, 2015, 20:44:04
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7308/14129556874_393793be7e_b.jpg)
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 02, 2015, 20:46:45
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7126/14051084993_722e6d0003_b.jpg)
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 02, 2015, 20:53:12
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3796/12287827286_f83aff0355_b.jpg)

this one with the 100-300mm f/5.6 ais on D700
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Post by: rosko on November 02, 2015, 21:23:25
These chickens are not edible...
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Post by: John Geerts on November 02, 2015, 21:27:33
A flock of Seagulls...
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Post by: BobM on November 02, 2015, 21:46:24
Just an endangered Sparrow.
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Post by: charlie on November 02, 2015, 22:06:27
4 birds on the rocks.
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Post by: Chip Chipowski on November 02, 2015, 22:38:58
Wonderful shots here!

A few more birds on the rocks.  D200 w/55mm f/3.5 Micro Nikkor
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Post by: Anirban Halder on November 03, 2015, 11:02:37
This is very colorful thread with beautiful birds!

Few birds shot here and there in Uptown Minneapolis, USA. (D200 + 200mm f4 Micro Nikkor)
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on November 03, 2015, 12:09:46
where is Mongo?
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Post by: Jørgen Ramskov on November 03, 2015, 12:16:03
Mongo from that other site? I don't think he's a member here or knows about this site. I don't think he was a member of the old NG site.
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Post by: Anthony on November 03, 2015, 12:42:04
Seagull attack.
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Post by: Anthony on November 03, 2015, 12:44:43
Kittiwakes.
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Post by: Akira on November 03, 2015, 12:52:55
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where is Mongo?

Mongo from that other site? I don't think he's a member here or knows about this site. I don't think he was a member of the old NG site.

Mongo does know about this site, but he is reluctant to disclose his real name, unfortunately.
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Post by: Jørgen Ramskov on November 03, 2015, 13:08:04
Ok, didn't now that.
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Post by: Jakov Minić on November 03, 2015, 13:32:42
John's and Anthony's seagulls are spectacular!
Usually birds are shot from distance with tele lenses, these I like in particular because of their vicinity.
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Post by: Anthony on November 03, 2015, 19:46:17
Thanks, Jacov, glad you like them.
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Post by: Eb on November 04, 2015, 02:32:56
Seagull attack.
Very much enjoy the wider-angle close-ups you have managed, Anthony!  It is so unusual for wild birds, imaged full of presence, (hope that is apt definition, no other word comes to mind.)  I can see how this technique can work with aggressive sea gulls and eye level vantage.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 04, 2015, 04:53:37
big birds
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Post by: Eb on November 04, 2015, 06:06:44
big birds
Elsa, between your goose, the ostrich and Anthony's seagulls, I'm becoming very nervous!   :-\
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 04, 2015, 07:42:50
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5824/22583589960_c1cea2846d_b.jpg)
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on November 04, 2015, 07:56:33
Elsa: the perfect "Angry Birds" photo?
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 04, 2015, 08:05:55
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5824/22583589960_c1cea2846d_b.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5624/21710801013_a9a1cc96e1_b.jpg)
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Post by: John Geerts on November 04, 2015, 08:49:19
John's and Anthony's seagulls are spectacular!
Usually birds are shot from distance with tele lenses, these I like in particular because of their vicinity.
Thanks Jakov.  They were so close (especially the one-legged) you could touch them. And it's shot at 35mm (With the 17-35)
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Post by: Jakov Minić on November 04, 2015, 09:39:56
Elsa, you made me laugh with your big birds!
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Post by: Anthony on November 04, 2015, 10:19:37
Thanks, Eb, I was on a boat at the time, which made eye level access easier.

As for big birds, here are a couple of condors.  The first a female, is an uncropped image, the second, the male, is slightly cropped.  D3s and 70-300.
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on November 04, 2015, 11:47:57
With D800 and 500/4 AF-S VR
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Post by: rosko on November 04, 2015, 15:24:48
Nice images, here !

More poultry...
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Post by: armando_m on November 04, 2015, 20:34:42
incoming
(https://armando-m.smugmug.com/Travel/Petatán/i-9jxMmqG/0/L/_DSC9104-4-L.jpg)

feeling lucky ?
(https://armando-m.smugmug.com/Travel/2013-02-11-Isla-Isabel/i-bV59mgK/0/L/_DSC1084-L.jpg)

you are not welcome
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6797237679_9d3c5912eb_b.jpg)
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Post by: Anthony on November 04, 2015, 20:50:38
Love the two boobies!  So much character.
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Post by: Chris Dees on November 04, 2015, 21:33:09
Great pictures!

lilac Cheeked Kingfisher, Sulawesi (Indonesia).
D810 + 300E + TC1.4x III
ISO3200 1/160 F5.6 about 50% crop
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Post by: rosko on November 04, 2015, 22:11:26
And more poultry... :)

Those ones are certainly fighting for territorial purpose, or female...or both. :o

With the 300mm f/4.5 AI (non IF).
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Post by: afx on November 04, 2015, 23:16:10
Learning to fly:

(http://images.afximages.com/photos/i-JMPd3wD/0/L/i-JMPd3wD-L.jpg) (http://images.afximages.com/photos/i-JMPd3wD/0/O/i-JMPd3wD-O.jpg)

Willi, a 2jr. old Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, Gänsegeier) is learning to fly.
Born blind he now has one eye working and the bird trainer at Poing ( http://www.wildpark-poing.de/) is training him how to fly which is partly integrated into the daily bird of prey show.
Shot in 2006 with a D200.

cheers
afx
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Post by: Lars Hansen on November 05, 2015, 13:42:52
Lots of birds and lots of noise before "bedtime".. great Hitchcock'ish mood.

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Post by: rosko on November 05, 2015, 13:58:45
Learning to fly:

This one is certainly not very easy to handle...

I would prefer to train a kestrel ! ;D
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Post by: Asle Feten on November 05, 2015, 18:23:44
Some kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) at Svalbard
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7224/6996185468_496ee2654d_o.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/bEehco)Krykkjer ved Sjettebreen (https://flic.kr/p/bEehco) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr

A seagull at Sunnmøre
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7176/6882235655_876a2cb05b_o.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/buafTr)Måke (https://flic.kr/p/buafTr) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 05, 2015, 18:36:39
sea birds - hows this for shooting at the bird's eye level - going at speed on a boat
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Post by: Jan Anne on November 05, 2015, 21:51:36
Great idea for a themed topic and once more interesting to see how different the same subject is seen and captured by the different photogs.

Here's one from the Rotterdam zoo during a local mini NG event:
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3635/3600508836_8469ec832a_o.jpg)
D300 & 200-400/4VR, NL 2009

Same bird but this time around the 2m minimum focus distance for a nice close up of those amazingly beautiful eyes, one of the reasons I liked the 200-400 zoom
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3411/3602625573_cafa09b9c3_o.jpg)
D300 & 200-400/4VR, NL 2009
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Post by: golunvolo on November 05, 2015, 22:22:17
Jan, impressive. That black background works very well in the first image as well.
This one comes from some time ago, with the d200. Birds going south through the Stretch of Gibraltar.
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Post by: John Geerts on November 05, 2015, 22:23:10
Beautifull details, JA !
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 05, 2015, 22:26:04
Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR
1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso1250
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158550223/original.jpg)
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Post by: armando_m on November 05, 2015, 22:28:30
Speeding
(https://armando-m.smugmug.com/Travel/2013-02-11-Isla-Isabel/i-nTc3CXK/0/L/_DSC1356-L.jpg)
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Post by: rosko on November 06, 2015, 17:27:05
Crowd...
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Post by: golunvolo on November 06, 2015, 20:23:11
A handsome vulture very very close to the camera. Nikon d300 and 17-35 2.8
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 06, 2015, 20:32:14
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5526/14243120177_6c3d8d5ac8_b.jpg)
right in time for dinner

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Post by: Alaun on November 06, 2015, 20:44:51
two older ones:
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Post by: Alaun on November 06, 2015, 20:47:16
Hiding ...
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Post by: Anthony on November 07, 2015, 12:33:35
Angry Birds.

Attempted drowning appears to be a key tactic.
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Post by: Jan Anne on November 07, 2015, 14:00:29
A Northern Gannet from the local Amsterdam zoo at 200m and f2, what a lens that was
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4034/4413733501_38a157660f_o.jpg)
D3s & 200/2VR, 2010
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Post by: Alaun on November 07, 2015, 14:06:03
From the other side of the spectrum (UV: Panasonic GH3uvvir, UV-Nikon 105mm, Baader U ):

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Post by: Thomas G on November 07, 2015, 16:05:41
Seagulls. We had some here but they are the birds to come close enough for the short lenses.

D700, 17-35/f2.8

Full Flapps:
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Post by: Peter Connan on November 07, 2015, 18:11:48
Beautiful photos everyone!
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 07, 2015, 19:55:47
Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso900
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158529646/original.jpg)
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 07, 2015, 19:56:35
Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso640
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158529626/original.jpg)
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Post by: Akira on November 07, 2015, 20:40:17
Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso900

Bob, this is a stunning capture!
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 07, 2015, 22:54:40
Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 500.0mm
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158529642/original.jpg)
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 07, 2015, 22:55:58
Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso450
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158529632/original.jpg)
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 08, 2015, 00:15:33
Two old slide scans of captures from Svalbard in the Norwegian high Arctic:

Northern Fulmar (Fulmaris glacialis) in front of the glacier Kongsbreen in Kings Bay, captured from the research vessel Jan Mayen.
#1
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v5/p1841235279.jpg)



Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) female on her nest in Ny-Ålesund, pretending to be invisible:
#2
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v67/p1669977283.jpg)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 08, 2015, 05:50:32
Beautiful beautiful images. Bob - I love that diver
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 08, 2015, 06:10:19

Yes that diver image has fantastic timing, well done.
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Post by: Andrew on November 08, 2015, 12:26:38
First, buzzard from blind, D750, 200-400+TC1.4, second-can't find original and don't have "file info
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 08, 2015, 13:24:55
This morning in my front garden
ISO 1600
f5 SS 4000
D3200 & 300 F4
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Post by: rosko on November 08, 2015, 13:56:29
Well done, Elsa !

This is a superb image. 8)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 08, 2015, 14:05:07
Thank you Rosko!
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Post by: armando_m on November 08, 2015, 15:11:09
Angry Birds.

Attempted drowning appears to be a key tactic.
Impressive action series !
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 08, 2015, 16:55:31
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5736/22686505100_83fa94a7d8_b.jpg)
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Post by: Anthony on November 08, 2015, 17:33:00
Impressive action series !
Thanks, Armando, it was not something I have seen before.
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Post by: Thomas G on November 08, 2015, 19:16:08
First, buzzard from blind, D750, 200-400+TC1.4, second-can't find original and don't have "file info

I like the goose and the plane shot.
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 08, 2015, 20:28:48
This morning in my front garden
ISO 1600
f5 SS 4000
D3200 & 300 F4

WOW.. now that's an interesting duck!
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Post by: Mike G on November 08, 2015, 22:25:26
WOW.. now that's an interesting duck!

Bob that is a species of Coot (Fulica crostata)
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 09, 2015, 00:34:39
Bob that is a species of Coot (Fulica crostata)

thanx.. i am really bad with ducks... i mean coots :)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 09, 2015, 07:02:40
It's called a Red Knobbed Coot  - plentiful where I live.
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Post by: Jan Anne on November 09, 2015, 09:24:33
It's called a Red Knobbed Coot  - plentiful where I live.
It looks a lot like a Dutch Coot whom misplaced his marbles ;) :P

The little chicks are adorable up close btw with their brightly coloured feathers and huge feet (they walk on water plants).
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 09, 2015, 12:37:51
Herewith hen with Babies
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Post by: Jan Anne on November 09, 2015, 15:08:47
Herewith hen with Babies
Great image Elsa of the Coots in their natural habitat.

I can totally hear mom say "Yes dear, we are the Jesus amongst birds"  ;D ;)
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Post by: Mike G on November 09, 2015, 16:11:37
I did say Red Knobbed Coot, but somehow it didn't get posted, curious.

European coot have extraordinary feet! So here is a photo of a shy Amsterdam Coot and his tootsies!

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Post by: Chip Chipowski on November 09, 2015, 16:40:13
Andrew, I really like the airplane tracking the birds!
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 09, 2015, 17:56:01
Mike - our coots also have feet like that.
interesting that yours dont have knobs!
see in the water
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Post by: Mike G on November 09, 2015, 19:41:42
Elsa, I don't know about your Coots but the euro ones are quite stroppy with other birds and will even see off swans who get too close especially when there are youngens about!

I find the action of their feet fascinating to watch but of course you need clear water to see them!
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 10, 2015, 01:34:15
Mike - yes. They are very aggressive and typically fight with their feet.
They are not as painful as the ducks and Egyptian Geese, as they stay on the water 99% of the time and don't sh*t all over hour lawn, roof etc.
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Post by: Anirban Halder on November 10, 2015, 06:32:49
This morning in my front garden
ISO 1600
f5 SS 4000
D3200 & 300 F4
You must be having quite a garden with a beautiful view, Elsa! I've never seen such a pretty duck.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 10, 2015, 07:25:02
Thank you Anirban  ;)
Yes I have lots and lots here

And this morning - for the first time - a Manderin Duck
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 10, 2015, 09:58:40
White tailed eagle in Northern Norway captured with 105/2.5, heavily cropped:
#1
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v161/p1623756697.jpg)



#2
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v2/p1691419885.jpg)



Cormorants:
#3
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s5/v127/p1816478678.jpg)



Juvenile white tailed eagles waiting for parents coming with a catch:
#4
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v6/p1771856883.jpg)
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 10, 2015, 10:16:01


Too early arrival on the tundra north in Alaska (or rather a late spring):
#1
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v60/p1731402627-6.jpg)



Where are all the other ones? ....
#2
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v161/p1630343199-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 10, 2015, 11:22:36
Øivind - that duck looks lost :)
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Post by: rosko on November 10, 2015, 11:56:30

Too early arrival on the tundra north in Alaska (or rather a late spring):


It probably takes some rest before carrying on its journey toward south. 8)
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 10, 2015, 13:51:01
Thanks for the comments. The "duck" is a Canada goose  :) , and its faith is unknown. It is a big bird though, so it could probably keep going for a while if it was in good condition and did not become fox or wolf bait. Some smaller passerine birds arriving were probably in more trouble, having a much higher weight specific metabolic rate and limited energy stores. Plenty of raptors around, here is a short-eared owl hunting for rodents along Sagavanirktok ("Sag") River.
#1
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v52/p1685463372.jpg)

Captured using manual focus on a poorly balanced 300mm lens from a moving vehicle...



Short-eared owl and northern harrier in the air at the same time. At the time of capture I thought they were a pair of owls..., not having time to study the harrier.
#2
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v33/p1667153375.jpg)



Rough-legged hawk
#3
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v43/p1692645700.jpg)



A closer look at the northern harrier. Wing position is not so typical in this on though.
#4
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v86/p1825238848.jpg)



Northern Goosehawk
#5
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v28/p1820104506.jpg)


We also observed golden eagles at a distance. All within a few hours.
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 10, 2015, 14:09:18
Thank you Anirban  ;)
Yes I have lots and lots here

And this morning - for the first time - a Manderin Duck

looks like a wood duck to me..
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 10, 2015, 18:21:37
looks like a wood duck to me..

oh my goodness yes it does - sorry it seems I was completely wrong -
I dont however see that we get Wood ducks in Sa? but it dure as hell does look like one

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Post by: Peter Connan on November 10, 2015, 19:32:52
Some stunning photos here again!

Some more from me:

Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: bobfriedman on November 10, 2015, 20:10:39
Nikon D800E ,Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso1600
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158891974/original.jpg)
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Post by: Thomas G on November 10, 2015, 21:33:22
Quote
Reply #119
I like the controlled, balletesque steady stride here a lot. Compelling shot!
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 10, 2015, 22:50:00
Nikon D800E ,Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR
1/2000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso1600
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/158855399/original.jpg)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: bobfriedman on November 10, 2015, 22:51:48
Nikon D4S SLR ,Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR
1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso2000
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/155324246/original.jpg)
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Post by: Chip Chipowski on November 11, 2015, 01:29:05
Bob - I love the perturbed (stoic?) bird!
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Post by: John Geerts on November 11, 2015, 09:14:20
A great look and setting, beautiful.
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 11, 2015, 09:43:28

Great image, however I think it looks more like angry bird.
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Post by: bobfriedman on November 11, 2015, 11:04:39
Great image, however I think it looks more like angry bird.

possibly impatient waiting for its past due mate..

Nikon D4S SLR ,Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR
1/1600s f/6.7 at 1000.0mm iso900
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/155324249/original.jpg)

or maybe not..

Nikon D4S SLR ,Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR
1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso2000
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/155334999/original.jpg)
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Post by: Akira on November 11, 2015, 11:46:39
Bob, your post #122 is a smash hit!
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 11, 2015, 21:16:05
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5690/22558208699_5ca66d8174_b.jpg)

D700, 70-200/2.8 vr2, @200mm/f5
2011
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 11, 2015, 21:21:54
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/699/22558326729_15b2a90d89_b.jpg)

more older stuff this from 2009
the boat to Texel

d300 80-200mm afd @200mm /f8
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Post by: Akira on November 12, 2015, 14:43:20
Fons, the image on the post 129 is superb!
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 12, 2015, 21:39:48
So much Akira thank you :)
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Post by: Ron Scubadiver on November 12, 2015, 22:09:19
(https://ronscubadiver.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/dsc_5720.jpg)

South Africa, January, 2013

From this batch: https://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/bridges-birds-and-signs/ (https://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/bridges-birds-and-signs/)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 13, 2015, 10:47:22
beautiful birds Ron - perhaps lighten them a tad if you like?
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 16, 2015, 01:27:00
I do not think anyone posted images of willow ptarmigans yet, this is from North Slope of Brooks Range, north in Alaska in end of August a few years ago:
#1
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v42/p1698817939.jpg)


This one could have gone in the autumn color thread too:
#2
(http://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v0/p1656133709.jpg)
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Post by: Jørgen Ramskov on November 16, 2015, 09:17:43
Impressive shots Peter!

Visited the local lake again and we saw two sea eagles and lots of other birds - shot with 70-200mm so unsurprisingly, it's heavily cropped:
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5783/23039892135_2515f8ed3d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/B6Xtez)
Sea eagles at Egå Engsø (https://flic.kr/p/B6Xtez) by Joergen Ramskov (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jramskov/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5632/23026378972_3635b8f16e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/B5Ldf1)
Ducks (https://flic.kr/p/B5Ldf1) by Joergen Ramskov (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jramskov/), on Flickr

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/731/22647690449_ce3b0efd7b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Avikkx)
Swans (https://flic.kr/p/Avikkx) by Joergen Ramskov (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jramskov/), on Flickr
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Post by: Fanie on November 16, 2015, 11:13:34
Insect cull.
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Post by: Fanie on November 16, 2015, 11:21:29
Display flight.
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Post by: Akira on November 16, 2015, 14:55:53
Fanie, the second one is stunning!
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 16, 2015, 18:49:24
Gorgeous Fanie - that Black bird is stunning.
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Post by: Fanie on November 16, 2015, 18:51:26
Thanks Akira and Elsa, I dream of a 600 f4 one day.....
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Post by: Asle Feten on November 16, 2015, 19:57:24
Great tit (Parus major) seen from my porch

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5722/22676431219_99702f893e_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/AxQCY4)
Kjøttmeis (https://flic.kr/p/AxQCY4) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 16, 2015, 20:58:40
Fanie - what lens did you use
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Post by: Fanie on November 16, 2015, 21:01:41
Fanie - what lens did you use

BIF was done with 70-200 vr1, the first two with 300 f2.8 with TC fitted (either 1.7 or 2x)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Tersn on November 16, 2015, 22:49:54
BYE-BYE BLACKBIRD

Pack up all my care and woe
Here I go, singing low
Bye-bye, blackbird
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 17, 2015, 03:03:09
Fanie - there is this new lens.... its a 200-500 ....  :P

Tersn - you made me smile - a lot ! cool bird
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Post by: Fanie on November 17, 2015, 07:17:25
Tersn, that black bird photo is brilliant.
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Post by: Fanie on November 17, 2015, 07:20:31
Fanie - there is this new lens.... its a 200-500 ....  :P



Elsa I will have to try it out first to see how it compares with a 300 with 1.7TC, if it does not give more contrast and sharpness I would only gain a zoom function and some more hardware to pack 😊
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Post by: Tersn on November 17, 2015, 07:44:55

Tersn - you made me smile - a lot ! cool bird
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Elsa:
Thank you for your kind comment.
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Post by: Tersn on November 17, 2015, 07:47:05
Tersn, that black bird photo is brilliant.

Fanie:
Than you for your generous remark.
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Post by: Frode on November 17, 2015, 10:45:40
A lots of really nice and interesting pictures, folks.

Bjørn, you really have a way of "seeing" things, impressive and inspiring!

This one is from one of the mountains in Rogaland, Norway; eagle sailing on the wind.
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Post by: tommiejeep on November 17, 2015, 13:25:28
Not my normal gear for birding  ;) and not fast action  :)
(http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/P7290064.jpg)
EM1, 40-150 2.8 w/tc1.4 handheld.... Female Sunbird
Just for fun.... the Migrants have started arriving and yesterday spotted a Falcon. This morning shot a Harrier hunting and a Booted Eagle.  No sign of an Osprey  >:(

Terje, great Blackbird image
Fanie, cool image, Kestrel???
Tom
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Post by: Peter Connan on November 17, 2015, 15:06:51
Seems like I should sell my long lens, somebody else can definitely use it better!

Fanie, the Drongo and Lanner are great, was the Lanner at Dullstroom BOP?

Tersn, great blackbird!

Bob Friedman, your work blows me away.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Fanie on November 17, 2015, 15:17:59


Fanie, the Drongo and Lanner are great, was the Lanner at Dullstroom BOP?



Thanks Peter.

Yip at Dullstroom.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 17, 2015, 17:36:55
it is what it is
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 17, 2015, 17:41:36
A very very seldom seen bird in my garden - I think I might have seen it less than 10 times in 30 years. Hardly managed to get this before it went on its way - hence the quality
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Fanie on November 17, 2015, 18:52:25
it is what it is

It is beautiful.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Tersn on November 17, 2015, 19:36:14
it is what it is

Yes, and what are they?
Good shot.
And what is the name of your rarely seen bird below?
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 18, 2015, 06:05:22
They are sacred ibis (Black and whites)

the rarely seen bird is a waxbill. I am not sure how rare it is - but it is rare at my house for sure. tiny little thing
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Post by: tommiejeep on November 18, 2015, 06:39:55
I normally have to look for these in the hottest part of the day since they feed from late morning until 1PM.  This one was passing through my pool area, for a bath, in the late afternoon  :)

Venus Flycatcher
D750, 80-400 afs, handheld at approx. 8 mtrs.   ISO 3200, 1/500, total shade.  Light is from NIK  ;)
(http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/D75_7600.jpg)
I did get a fun image with tons of motion blur at iso 5000
Tom

Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 18, 2015, 08:31:42
Egyptian Geese
When the 300f4 is too long..
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: HCS on November 18, 2015, 19:46:08
hahahaha, this is hilarious  ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 18, 2015, 21:03:41
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/324/18703936386_b2ba333766_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: tommiejeep on November 20, 2015, 09:43:53
Just for fun from this morning... sort of went OTT on the PP  ;D
(http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/D75_8325.jpg)
D750/80-400 afs handheld (I had just switched from the D7100/300 2.8 w/tc1.4 ...duh
Not sure what will happen to the image since I cannot take it from my computer.
Tom
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 20, 2015, 19:02:06
Fons and Tom - both those images could have been taken right here at my house :) they look all too familiar!
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 20, 2015, 19:13:48
Elsa, is this the new lens, or still the 300? Super sharp!
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 20, 2015, 19:28:12
Peter  - sadly its not sharp - I grabbed the (new) lens while I was talking on the phone with a friend as this monster came flaying over. 2 shots and it was gone. So really a hit and miss thing. And that lens doesnt want to be used with only 1 1/2 hands  :(
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 20, 2015, 20:07:44
Well, it looks pretty good on my screen!

One thing when doing BIF instead of stationary portraits is not to look too much at 100% magnification. Along that route lies sure madness!
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 21, 2015, 02:20:52
Thanks Peter. Birding is not really my thing - although I do shoot them often enough! I hope to better my technique at least. At least the 200-500's focusing is a lot faster than the 300f4's.

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Post by: tommiejeep on November 21, 2015, 03:10:49
Peter, cool image.  I would call that one of my "almost" images, of which I have thousands  ;D .  Rarely does my settings, available light or choice of gear all come together  >:(
This was taken a few days back, huge crop, with the D750, 300 2.8vr with tc1.7(http://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/D75_7009.jpg)

I have not been shooting Kingfishers much these days but I do love the D750 AF.

Elsa, I really like your Blue IBIS flock in flight. Never seen Blue IBIS  ;) . 
Tom
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on November 21, 2015, 11:57:56
Quick grab of the very active goldfinches paying us their annual visit to clear the seeds of the teasels I let grow for them in the garden. No light with rain coming and quite cropped, they are very shy here.
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Post by: John Geerts on November 21, 2015, 12:10:48
Great photo's here !

I usually don't shoot birds. However it's unavoidable they will cross the lens at times. Like on a ferry-boat or in an art-exhibition...

Df with 85K
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 21, 2015, 16:13:38
Beautiful Tommie and Bruno!

Elsa, if the 200-500 is faster than the 300f4, it must really be something! My 300f4 is just about as fast as my 500.

Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 21, 2015, 18:44:41
Peter, my 300 takes a while to lock on - the 200-500 locks in in less than half the time
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 21, 2015, 19:48:02
Very interesting, and contrary to my own experience of the 300 and my expectations of the 200-500.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 21, 2015, 20:26:49
peter remember I am not a long lens user - so this is just from my own experience -
my 300 hunts in and out before focussing. The 200-500 does that in half the time at least
maybe I am blond :)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 22, 2015, 12:54:57
I doubt your frequent accusations of cerebral blondness.

There may be a host of other factors contributing?
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 22, 2015, 12:59:16
oh ya and remember its the old 300 f4 - non VR
I don't know if the newer ones are better
But I tell you - this 200-500 is soooo nice - I should buy another one!
I am very pleased I took the Sigma 150-600 back when I did.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Øivind Tøien on November 22, 2015, 13:08:43

 The 300/4 PF is lightening fast on a good body, except perhaps when going all the way from the close limit to very far in poor light, but then one can use the focus limiter to prevent it from accessing that territory.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 22, 2015, 13:17:10
I was also speaking of the older non-VR 300. I have never even seen the PF.

I am glad you are enjoying your new lens.

Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 22, 2015, 13:59:35
Bruno  - what a special image!
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 22, 2015, 14:01:22
Mousebird - I hope its the correct name
First one for me to photograph - huge crop.
The lens is long -   but not THAT long!
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 22, 2015, 14:03:32
I was also speaking of the older non-VR 300. I have never even seen the PF.

I am glad you are enjoying your new lens.

Peter - I really hope we can see one another when you come down to Cape Town in December. I am going to Malgas Island 11 - 18 December. And I hope by then I know a bit more about photographing birds... On the other hand - I will be shooting Cape Gannits for a week - should know after that experience  ;D
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on November 22, 2015, 14:19:19
Great opportunity Elsa
I suspect you already know everything you need to know, the rest is "just" practice... I think...
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on November 22, 2015, 14:29:55
Peter - I hope I dont. Otherwise the challenge is no more...
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Jan Anne on December 01, 2015, 22:15:25
I was privileged to see Griffon Vultures on several occasions when visiting Spain a few times over the years, some by looking for them armed with big lenses and some while hiking in the area.

Here's a few of the images of these amazing birds.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3272/2921979361_6b1147fc32_o.jpg)
D300 and Nikon 300/2.8 plus 1.7TC, Spain 2008

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3225/2932015441_ab53617f86_o.jpg)
D300 and Nikon 300/2.8 plus 1.7TC, Spain 2008
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Post by: Peter Connan on December 03, 2015, 18:17:33
Jan, they are indeed enigmatic birds!

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Post by: armando_m on December 04, 2015, 23:04:19
oldish shot, a bit blurred, but I still like it
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Post by: Jan Anne on December 04, 2015, 23:17:26
oldish shot, a bit blurred, but I still like it
So do I, very serene atmosphere, awesome.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: enough on December 05, 2015, 00:01:22
Thought I might play.  A portrait of a Barking Owl.
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Post by: enough on December 05, 2015, 00:08:21
Another distinctly Australian bird, a New Holland Honeyeater on a Bird of Paradise flower, taken in the backyard
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on December 05, 2015, 00:15:17
oldish shot, a bit blurred, but I still like it

I like it too. Chinese painting style.
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Post by: golunvolo on December 06, 2015, 13:06:33
I like it too. Chinese painting style.
So do I.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: golunvolo on December 06, 2015, 13:08:05
One more vulture from south Spain. This one was very friendly and curious about the "click-click" of the camera.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Andrew on December 08, 2015, 22:00:39
Jay, Great and Crested Tomtits and Buzzard, from blind, buzzards discussing quality of food...
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on January 06, 2016, 18:50:10
Some from (almost) Elsa's back yard.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on February 20, 2016, 17:40:29
When the kids keep stealing your seat...
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on February 20, 2016, 17:53:20
Wagtail in my garden (sorry I know my garden must get boring - but I find new birds all the time)
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Post by: Jakov Minić on February 20, 2016, 19:33:16
Peter and Elsa have made some cracking bird shots!
There's clarity, there's lighting, there's action, there's character. 
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on February 20, 2016, 19:42:09
Thanks Jakov - but Peter is a bit better than me :)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Jakov Minić on February 20, 2016, 20:00:53
Thanks Jakov - but Peter is a bit better than me :)
How can anyone be better than you, my dear.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: rosko on February 20, 2016, 20:56:27
Common robin...
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Jakov Minić on February 20, 2016, 22:23:25
Francis, robin is so mellow and gentle :)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on February 21, 2016, 06:14:09
thats a beautiful Robin !
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on February 21, 2016, 15:16:20
Elsa, that wagtail caught in the act is beautiful!

Rosko, that's a beautiful Robin!
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Jan Anne on February 21, 2016, 17:09:32
When I was working from home last Wednesday a colourful visitor said hello for the second time, this time I had a camera lying around so I could actually digitalise the rare occasion. I would call this a very nice change compared to the flying rats we had in Amsterdam (aka pigeons).

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1448/24545151873_560ed45998_o.jpg)
Sony a7S with 125/2.5 APO Lanthar, shot through the kitchen window and heavily cropped
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Post by: BillO on February 22, 2016, 03:28:58
Jan Anne, that is a magnificent visitor.  It looks like a version of our North American pheasant.

Rosko, a very pretty robin, but not common to us in North America.  Our common robin looks like the following and not nearly as attractive:

Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Peter Connan on February 22, 2016, 18:14:48
Here in SA, we don't have a "common" Robin, but we do have some other Robbins. This one is called a Cape Robbin:
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: ArendV on February 22, 2016, 19:24:16
A nice series of different robins and a pheasant considering next steps.

A Long-eared owl overwintering with 20 others in the top of a pine tree not too far away from my home.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5689/23999395691_296597f5d2_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Thomas G on March 02, 2016, 22:33:51
still someone around?

Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: BillO on March 03, 2016, 04:00:54
Very nice Thomas.  Perfect exposure to keep the detail in that white without washing out.

Fascinating to see just how clean those white feathers are.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Chip Chipowski on March 03, 2016, 06:37:33
Statue Birds
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Thomas G on March 03, 2016, 06:49:06
Very nice Thomas.  Perfect exposure to keep the detail in that white without washing out.
Fascinating to see just how clean those white feathers are.
thank you, Bill.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: ArendV on March 03, 2016, 08:47:34
Blue tit

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7580/16127857381_3fd437cca0_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: elsa hoffmann on March 03, 2016, 12:51:07
awesome pics - some so sharp it scares me
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: ArendV on March 07, 2016, 20:03:00
Sharp birds are not scary  ;)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1584/25441155472_95aab33f0a_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Akira on March 07, 2016, 20:17:01
Three gangsters in the rain.  D750, Nikkor-Q C 200mm/f4.0@f5.6.  Cropped to about 1/2 of the original frame.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: FredCrowBear on March 08, 2016, 03:14:42
Akira - As smart as crows are, you have to think that they are planning something. 

That 200mm Q-C is serving you well. 
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: Akira on March 08, 2016, 04:37:22
Akira - As smart as crows are, you have to think that they are planning something. 

That 200mm Q-C is serving you well.

Fred, thanks for the comment.  Apparently it's not easy to outguess their conspiracy...  The 200mm Q C continues to amaze me either on DX, m4/3 or FX.
Title: Re: Show Birds
Post by: armando_m on March 08, 2016, 15:41:41
One from the weekend

The Red billed tropic bird was very exited to have people walking near his nesting place and was flying all over the place,

I'm amaze what AF-C D51 can accomplish even with the lowly 70-300 VR zoom, I shot a series of images and all were in focus on the bird, granted I had lots of sunshine.

Getting a decent composition was just a matter of keeping the zoom slightly wider, on this one I had the zoom at 250mm, and this is a crop of a horizontal image
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Post by: Akira on March 08, 2016, 17:40:39
Wow, Armando, this is so beautiful!  I appreciate your reflex nerve more than the AF-C.
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Post by: Peter Connan on March 08, 2016, 19:18:22
Beautiful photos!

Another less impressive try.

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Post by: ArendV on April 18, 2016, 21:03:43
Woody
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1682/26214598600_0cdb674a0a_o.jpg)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on April 18, 2016, 21:27:24
Geez kids - how must one compete with these great images (not that it's a competition but you know what I mean)
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Post by: ArendV on April 24, 2016, 12:36:57
Grey Heron

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1546/25996538284_09fcdea7cf_b.jpg)
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Post by: Akira on May 11, 2016, 12:46:27
So, this is a record-breaking shot in terms of poor image quality.  But the combo was all I had at this moment. :P

D750, AF-S 50mm/f1.8@f5.6, ISO100.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on May 11, 2016, 12:54:00
Well at least you had the right camera with you.... as for the lens .... haha  ;D
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Post by: Akira on May 11, 2016, 12:59:54
Well at least you had the right camera with you.... as for the lens .... haha  ;D

Oh, yes, Elsa.  The best camera is always the one you have with you.  :D

And this is the second worst.
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Post by: elsid on May 11, 2016, 13:32:41
I feel I was "hooked" the first time I photographed birds (last December). I am a bird "addict". I need my dose every couple of days.
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Post by: elsid on May 11, 2016, 13:39:04
Here are some pictures
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Post by: Akira on May 11, 2016, 13:47:35
ElSid, these images prove how much you are "hooked".
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Post by: elsid on May 11, 2016, 14:59:35
Akira, you are right. On Friday morning I am going on a 9 day tour in the north part of Greece. I will visit places I have not seen before. One of them, lake Kerkini, is a favorite of birdwatchers and photographers. Stay tuned.
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Post by: ArendV on May 24, 2016, 19:28:57
I really admire the blue tits in our garden bringing fresh food to their young every couple of minutes, flying on and off !

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7787/27151962691_22fa3e4e92_o.jpg)
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Post by: Chris Dees on May 24, 2016, 20:45:30
From a couple of years back.
Birding with a super wide angle; D700 + 16-35/4.0 @16mm
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on May 24, 2016, 20:50:06
just fooling around
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Post by: Chris Dees on May 24, 2016, 20:51:13
You don't always need a 600mm for birding.

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Post by: ArendV on May 25, 2016, 20:06:27
 :) WA would do in this case....

D500 @ISO 5000 (with minimal NR in postprocessing, actually like the character of this noise).

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7359/26640866023_3cdd393f71_o.jpg)
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Post by: FredCrowBear on May 26, 2016, 02:39:37
Arend

I agree with you.  I think that the noise with the D500 is much less 'offensive' (for the lack of a better word) than the noise from my D7100 or D300s.  To my untrained eye, the noise at this level looks much more like grain than noise. 

I am very impressed with the D500. 

What lens for this shot?

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Post by: FredCrowBear on May 26, 2016, 02:54:14
Mallard in a salt marsh creek.  D500 and Nikkor 200-500mm. ISO 720, f11, 1/500s.  Cropped to about 2500 horizontal before resizing to 1200 for posting on NG.  Very impressed with the D500. 

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Post by: ArendV on May 26, 2016, 06:17:42
Fred, lens is the Nikkor 300/4E PF VR with TC-14E III attached, wide open @f/5.6
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Post by: Alaun on May 28, 2016, 22:47:41
"I like my umbrella" 
 8)



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Post by: Akira on May 29, 2016, 02:03:18
Looks pretty.  Nice capture, Werner!
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on May 29, 2016, 07:54:34
This thread can go on for 10 years and you guys will still come up with excellent new shots.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on May 29, 2016, 07:58:08
big ones
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Post by: Jakov Minić on May 29, 2016, 09:05:10
Elsa you have a brilliant sense of humor. Your photos make me laugh repeatedly :D
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on May 29, 2016, 09:48:10
Elsa you have a brilliant sense of humor. Your photos make me laugh repeatedly :D
Thank you Jakov x
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Post by: Asle Feten on June 01, 2016, 19:54:14
A Spring fever grouse hen
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7052/26792753693_9e5cfe2da2_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GPzSec)
Rupehøne (https://flic.kr/p/GPzSec) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
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Post by: Jakov Minić on June 01, 2016, 20:51:46
Asle, Asle, Asle...
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Post by: golunvolo on June 02, 2016, 19:47:00
Asle, Asle, Asle...
+1
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on June 02, 2016, 19:47:55
Looks more like a winter fever goose to me :)

beautifully executed Asle
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Post by: Alaun on June 02, 2016, 20:56:09
Washing .. Drying .. Ironing   8)
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Post by: Asle Feten on June 02, 2016, 21:09:41
Looks more like a winter fever goose to me :)

It was 7. may, and they are white in the winter, so it is actually spring.

One more of the same bird, this time in company with its partner. The spruce in the background is just as small as it looks.

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7683/26814477323_c9cc1a5251_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRvcUx)
Rupepar (https://flic.kr/p/GRvcUx) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
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Post by: Akira on June 03, 2016, 00:47:20
Werner, LOL!  Excellent idea and images!

Asle, I prefer the newest one.  The inclusion of the environment makes the image more vivid.
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Post by: Asle Feten on June 03, 2016, 19:40:27
Asle, I prefer the newest one.  The inclusion of the environment makes the image more vivid.

Tank you for the feedback. Because the first one is isolating the subject, and the second one is with enviroment, they are very different, and can work in different settings, so it is not necessery to prefer one over another. The last one is the one I was most uncertain about, so i am glad you like it.
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Post by: Alaun on June 03, 2016, 22:37:21
Thank you, Akira.

The D500 with the 200-500 is my first "long" combination and makes fun. But most of the birds here are tiny and hide away in trees.

Here a "Tirili"  from my first "birding tour" (3h in the forest, I saw only this one bird ...).
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Post by: BW on June 03, 2016, 22:44:04
It was 7. may, and they are white in the winter, so it is actually spring.

One more of the same bird, this time in company with its partner. The spruce in the background is just as small as it looks.

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7683/26814477323_c9cc1a5251_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GRvcUx)
Rupepar (https://flic.kr/p/GRvcUx) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
The hen has a perfect camoflage. A beautiful time of the year in the mountain :)
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Post by: Jan Anne on June 04, 2016, 01:35:00
Last week or so the field next door is visited regularly by one or two Storks feeding on worms and frogs, this one is from today.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7484/26835365244_6ee2c7d222_o.jpg)
Canon 100-400IS MkII on Sony a7RII, heavily cropped
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Post by: tommiejeep on June 04, 2016, 05:59:20
Jan Anne , nice one  :) .  Great timing.  The only Storks I have left are Open Bills and they eat snails  ;) .  Yup, I certainly understand big crops shooting at 400mms  :) .

These are a couple of frame fillers at 420mms.  Distance makes huge difference.
Both with D750, 300 2.8vr w/tc1.4 handheld

Shy Caucau.  They look black bodied unless you get just the right light  :) and on the run... they do not fly that much but run, hop, around in the bushes/trees
Would have been interesting to have a D500 and 'naked'300 2.8vr  ;)

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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 04, 2016, 12:53:21
Werner. Nice shots. The 200-500 was too heavy for me to handhold. Today I got the 300 PF in exchange.

The forest is difficult territory, even at dawn when the real action is. Much better are "Streuobstwiesen" (meadowns with scattered old fruit trees) or Cemetaries. Both tend to have bigger distance between the trees. and so a better chance to see the action.
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 04, 2016, 12:54:13
Common robin...

Wonderful sensitive take. looks like the little bird is thinking...
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Post by: Anthony on June 04, 2016, 13:02:08
Last week or so the field next door is visited regularly by one or two Storks feeding on worms and frogs, this one is from today.


Well caught - bird and photographer, both.
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Post by: elsid on June 04, 2016, 15:45:26
These were taken at a lake (Kerkini), in the north part of Greece, an excellent wetland.
D500+TC 14E III+300mm PF.
1. PODICEPS CRISTATUS
2. ARDEOLA RALLOIDES
3. ARDEA CINEREA   
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Post by: Peter Connan on June 04, 2016, 16:38:25
This fella is a Fork-tailed Drongo.

A bird that usually looks very boring, right up till the moment it appears in good light!
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 04, 2016, 18:42:50
here is the real world performance of the D500 AF with the 300 PF Nikkor @f=4

(out of cam JPEGs, details in third post)

1) AF does not get it for a few frames
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 04, 2016, 18:44:05
2) The AF gets is and nails it for the consecutive frames
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 04, 2016, 18:54:13
3) Detail from one frame (switch noise off when using low ISO below 1600)
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Post by: tommiejeep on June 06, 2016, 06:55:08
The Sid, interesting that you got a Pond Heron and Grey Heron in the Med.  I shoot both in Goa.
Peter, cool shot of the Drongo.
Frank, you are making great progress  :)

Hunting and Whoops said the .....shame the KF headed for the electric wire instead of back to its' perch.  D750, 300 2.8vr w/tc1.4 handheld... need to bring out the 500vr  ;)
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Post by: elsid on June 06, 2016, 09:38:22
Hi Tom. Very nice photos. The birds you mention are common in the Med.
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Post by: Peter Connan on June 06, 2016, 19:41:35
Thanks Tom

Great KF!
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Post by: Chris Dees on June 06, 2016, 20:30:48
Since a few days I have a Sigma 150-600 Sport.
Although heavy it works very well with a D500.

First - Eurasian Skylark (about 15cm) 20% crop
Second - White Wagtail
Third - Black-tailed Godwit 20% crop
Fourth - Pied Avocet 30% crop
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 06, 2016, 23:32:56
tommiejeep: As long as I get the chance to practice on the Swifts every other day ... yet due to my work & children and wife I miss a lot of opportunities to shoot the Swifts ...

I keep fighting!


BTW: What is a KF? the gekko-eater: * D75_7622.jpg
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Post by: Fons Baerken on June 11, 2016, 20:28:50
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7391/27327995580_923b3d9f65_o.jpg)

Df  zf85mm f/1.4
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Post by: Chris Dees on June 11, 2016, 21:19:57
tommiejeep: As long as I get the chance to practice on the Swifts every other day ... yet due to my work & children and wife I miss a lot of opportunities to shoot the Swifts ...

I keep fighting!


BTW: What is a KF? the gekko-eater: * D75_7622.jpg

KF = Kingfisher  :)
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Post by: John Geerts on June 14, 2016, 14:55:04
I am not really ínto birds, but sometimes they just fly in the frame and keep waiting...
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 18, 2016, 14:37:33
Here is the first image, taken a few days ago, that shows the direction I am heading.

D500. 300PF.
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Post by: Chris Dees on June 18, 2016, 14:52:16
D500 + Sigma 150-600 Sport + Sigma TC 1.4x.
ISO10000 some basic LR PP
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Post by: ArendV on June 18, 2016, 21:16:14
young great tits (D500 with 300/4E VR wide open):

1
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7594/27142687753_460b86bc8b_o.jpg)

2
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7576/27652913342_9e9af8c83a_o.jpg)

3
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7513/27475185960_e20d681115_o.jpg)

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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 19, 2016, 01:15:10
Arend. Same combos suits me well too, yet you obviously are a
experienced bird shooter and I am just starting to fall in love with
that topic. Great shots.

I start to see birds. Yesterday between two heavy pour downs I
 managed to drive on my bicycle. Fast. One of these little birds
flew in front of me just at the same pace as me.

Wonderful all the colors and details ... seems they laugh all the time
... taking their picture ... no ... watching them without taking their
picture is such a pleasure, such a gift!
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Post by: ArendV on June 19, 2016, 04:50:31
Thanks Frank and you describe well the joy of bird watching. I always bring my camera with me going out in nature, but certainly do not always come back with a nice picture. Still it is always a nice experience !
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Post by: elsid on June 19, 2016, 11:33:37
Reply to #274. Frank, you have caught the same virus I caught last December, when I mounted the 300mm PF on the D810. Then the D500, which I got the first day it came to Greece, was a natural move. I am not an experienced photographer but I can see how good the D500+300mm PF combo is. Here are some photos with this combo.
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 19, 2016, 14:19:33
ElSid: these look a bit like my first shots with the combo. Try some sytematical test with variation of:

a) exposure times
b) VR-Setting
c) AF-Settings
d) RAW conversion settings

This is only about the technical aspects, nothing concering the pictures per se.

With the gulls and the first shot you seem to have hit the right combo.

The little bird seems rather rough like I would expect from a 100% crop of a 20k-ISO-file. I guess there is a RAW conversion issue or too high ISO.
The otherwise superp pelican shot suffers from camera shake and/or defocussing.
The bird landing on water seems to suffer some RAW conversion issue too.
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Post by: elsid on June 19, 2016, 14:47:44
Frank, thank you for your comments and advice. All shots were handheld and focus, as you remarked was not "right". The little bird and the landing pelican are 100% crops. I will try to experiment, as you suggested, and hopefully my "hit" rate will go up.
Thanks again.
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on June 19, 2016, 20:26:08
Give NX-D a try. I dismissed the software for quite a while then saw it is the best option we have currently when it comes to D500-RAWs
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Post by: ArendV on June 23, 2016, 19:41:36
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7642/27670082922_555f294b44_o.jpg)
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Post by: FredCrowBear on June 24, 2016, 02:04:44
Arend - That is adorable!  What lens?
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Post by: ArendV on June 24, 2016, 07:00:41
Thanks Fred and I used my standard birding combo: 300/4E VR with TC-14E III, wide open @f/5.6.
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Post by: Eddie Draaisma on July 04, 2016, 21:26:05
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Post by: Eddie Draaisma on July 04, 2016, 23:49:30
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Post by: Eddie Draaisma on July 04, 2016, 23:53:19
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 05, 2016, 19:41:38
Red-knobbed Coot doing it's best Ostrich impersonation...

D750 + 500mm f4
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on July 05, 2016, 22:11:48
Really funny! Good timing of the photographer!
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Post by: John Geerts on July 05, 2016, 22:20:26
Beautifull done, Peter.

Lovely images of those Storks, Eddie, and a very pleasant color and rendering.  What combo did you use?
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Post by: Eddie Draaisma on July 05, 2016, 22:34:50
Lovely images of those Storks, Eddie, and a very pleasant color and rendering.  What combo did you use?

Thanks John. These were all shot on tripod at base ISO with the D3s and 300/2.8VRII with a TC14E II in between.
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 06, 2016, 05:47:31
Thanks Kim

An ostrich's foot.

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Post by: sayanda on July 06, 2016, 12:39:39
Love those Storks Eddie, lots of them here in Portugal now, they were almost extinct in the 80´s but have made a great comeback. Some of them stay all year and no longer winter in North Africa.
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Post by: Eddie Draaisma on July 06, 2016, 14:21:43
Love those Storks Eddie, lots of them here in Portugal now, they were almost extinct in the 80´s but have made a great comeback. Some of them stay all year and no longer winter in North Africa.

Thanks Sayanda and welcome to Nikongear! Same over here in the south of The Netherlands; a great comeback and some of them also stay during the winter.
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on July 07, 2016, 23:44:34
Today. More swifts...

D500 & 300PF. A dream team if light & distance are sufficient
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Post by: tommiejeep on August 08, 2016, 04:59:04
Stuck at home so messing about with a pair of nest building Purple Rumped Sunbirds , D750, 300 2.8 vr1.  I am allowed to drive now but not in the chaotic Goan traffic
Just messing with PP
(https://images.nikonians.org/galleries/data/500/D75_9085.jpg)
and the female, that does all of the work  ;)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on August 09, 2016, 20:55:14
Lunch
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Post by: Akira on August 09, 2016, 23:31:22
Frank, these are stunning captures!

Elsa, apparently a lot of things look over-sized in SA!   :o :o :o
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Post by: stenrasmussen on August 09, 2016, 23:33:36
Thanks Kim

An ostrich's foot.

Excellent photo showing the dinosaur heritage.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on August 09, 2016, 23:38:13
Peter - the foot is a stunning close up so beautifully executed - and well seen.
too may good pics in this thread!
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on August 14, 2016, 14:39:49
CRAP weather and lighting today - but look what I got
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Post by: ArendV on October 08, 2016, 11:39:02
Nice action Elsa !

(https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5020/30152026246_ba6285cfbf_o.jpg)
Jackdaw in flight / Kauw in de vlucht (https://flic.kr/p/MWr1Vu) by Arend (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren/), on Flickr
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Post by: elsid on October 08, 2016, 13:50:53
Great photos Elsa. Are they taken with the 200-500? I am using the 300 PF and I feel the need for more distance, especially when I shoot small birds like the following 4 photos. Are you satisfied with the 200-500?
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on October 08, 2016, 14:10:42
Thanks Arend and Elsid

Elsid - I am a 200-500 slut. Best thing since slice bread for me personally. Not perfect by a long shot - but -
Very cheap
Can shoot hand held
More than sharp enough
Still not long enough for the little birds - unless you sit on top of them. But then - even a 600 isnt long enough.
Needs fast shutterspeed  - I have to push ISO quite a bit at times as it is a f5.6
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Post by: Jakov Minić on October 08, 2016, 15:07:29
Arend, Elsa and Elias, lovely bird shots!
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 16, 2016, 16:46:06
Stunning shots of the mating Pied Kingfishers Elsa

Elsid, those are none too shabby! There is lots of discussion in some places about which is better for birds, the 200-500 or the 300PF + TC1.4E, so you are probably not as far under-gunned as you think.

As Elsa said, there is no such thing as a long enough lens for small birds. On the other hand you will find that atmosperic conditions (unless you live in a very cold climate) becomes seriously detrimental above the range where 500-600mm is "enough".
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Post by: elsid on October 16, 2016, 17:05:37
Thanks Jakov and Peter.
Peter, The 4/500 would be better, but I cannot afford it. You are right in saying that the 300 PF plus TC is OK compared to the 200-500.
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 16, 2016, 19:59:42
Elsid, yes, but it's lead is not what it was three years ago!

The Tamron 150-600 sure started a revolution that has been great for all aspiring wildlife photographers.
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Post by: ArendV on October 19, 2016, 19:57:04
Peter, I really like the last one - funny couple !

(https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8138/30431776645_b664abe841_b.jpg)
_DSC0765-Edit (https://flic.kr/p/Nn9NYe) by Arend (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren/), on Flickr

(https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5469/30449498695_0c4d4c1523_b.jpg)
old vs.... (https://flic.kr/p/NoHD7P) by Arend (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren/), on Flickr

(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5339/30137310980_e0a9291fcc_b.jpg)
new (https://flic.kr/p/MV8AA1) by Arend (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren/), on Flickr
Title: Re: [Theme] Show Birds
Post by: Frank Fremerey on October 27, 2016, 01:59:43
ArendV: So much affection in these shots. You really love & enjoy these little ones and show it. I wish I was anywhere near your expertise in birds. I started in May and had little practice only. What refreshing shots!

Here are my newest attempts. What I already know is that I should switch to single point AF earlier to have more results with a good focus (had to delete most) and that I should have used a lower ISO value. Any other hints what to improve?
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Post by: elsid on December 11, 2016, 21:49:52
Frank, the last 2 shots are very nice. I have found that single point AF is good for stationary birds and group for birds in flight.
Here are some shots taken a few days ago.
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Post by: tommiejeep on December 22, 2016, 14:34:33
Dancing Egrets..     A bit OTT with the PP but just for fun,  Tried group focus on the D500 for the first time.  Similar to D750 but better.  Still not good for small birds at distance.
D500, 300 2.8 vr with tc1.7.  I am liking the camera but having to learn the metering.  Putting a great many click on the camera learning the limits.

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Post by: Erik Lund on December 22, 2016, 14:46:05
Very lively shot, but the guy sleeping in the bg makes it odd when you notice it
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Post by: tommiejeep on December 22, 2016, 15:14:04
Thanks Erik, would I be that good in PS to get rid of the other bird.  I actually did lighten up the BG.  I just shoot them where they are  ;)
These are a couple with no extraneous birds  :) .  Obviously learning the limits of the camera and using it as I use the D750 and D3S.
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Post by: ArendV on December 28, 2016, 12:27:24
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/710/31092730774_527676bfe9_h.jpg)
morning nap (https://flic.kr/p/PnynB5) by Arend (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren/), on Flickr
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on December 28, 2016, 12:53:41
geez the standard is quite high in this thread.
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Post by: Akira on December 28, 2016, 15:32:00
Wow, Arend and Elsa, these make amazing static-dynamic contrast!
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on December 28, 2016, 15:44:50
Arend - your image is superb.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on December 28, 2016, 15:45:50
Tommie - wow - stunning in flight. Your kingfisher is so different in colour to what we have here!
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Post by: Matthew Currie on December 28, 2016, 20:52:00
I  haven't had the greatest luck with birds, and my D3200 is not prime for BIF even before the 55-300's focus mechanism began conking out during my latest trip to Peru, but I did get a few, and I kind of like this one, if only for the name of the bird.

It's a horned screamer!
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Post by: tommiejeep on December 29, 2016, 14:35:26
Arend, I much prefer this crop  :) ,  Elsa, cool image, glad you are having fun, Matthew, wow, that is a BIF  but what the heck bird?
Elsa, we have eight or nine Kingfishers.  Jus got some images of a Black Capped I had never seen, much less, photographed.  Very different blue.

Long Lens.... lol... took the D500,300 2.8vr, TC2EIII.... not as good but took the a7rII, FE 70-200 instead of EM1, 40-150 2.8 w/tc1.4  both very big crops  ;) .  Both images with a7rii and FE 70-200 f4 handheld.  The D500 is not too happy with the TC2EIII.   Funny, the D7100 was no good with the TC2 but the D610 was.
 
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Post by: Fanie on December 29, 2016, 15:11:32
One of my favorite Kingfisher photos, happened to catch him below a low water bridge very early one morning, had to use a flash.

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Post by: elsa hoffmann on December 29, 2016, 15:28:24
Fanie - dis beautiful!
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Post by: Fanie on December 29, 2016, 15:31:07
Fanie - dis beautiful!

Thanks Elsa
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Post by: elsid on January 02, 2017, 19:17:33
I agree with Elsa. The bar is set very high in this thread. Allow me to make my contribution in the hope that you will like my shots.
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Post by: ColinM on January 02, 2017, 19:40:38
From a few years ago

300mm AFS F4 & D300

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/125338333/original.jpg)

A 105mm & TC14 isn't an ideal combination, but when it's all the reach you have.....

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/149370394/original.jpg)
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on January 02, 2017, 20:15:14
These hibernating Whooper Swans fed in a small local river that didn't freeze over in winter. These birds are usually quite of humans, but here they allowed me to come to the near limit of my 300/4.5 Nikkor AIS , or even closer. Alas no additional extension at hand.

Light levels were very low in February, thus shutter speeds went down a lot and I played instead with capturing their funny movements.

Left - or right ?
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Post by: Matthew Currie on January 02, 2017, 21:25:17
TommieJeep, the bird in question really is called a "horned screamer."  It's a common critter in the Peruvian Amazon.   
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Post by: Fanie on January 04, 2017, 20:40:26
In my garden last week.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 05, 2017, 06:56:07
ahhhhh Fanie!! Those are the most beautiful birds ever. You are so lucky to have them
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 05, 2017, 06:58:02
These hibernating Whooper Swans fed in a small local river that didn't freeze over in winter. These birds are usually quite of humans, but here they allowed me to come to the near limit of my 300/4.5 Nikkor AIS , or even closer. Alas no additional extension at hand.

Light levels were very low in February, thus shutter speeds went down a lot and I played instead with capturing their funny movements.

Left - or right ?

I like the playing part - it's fun and I like the image. I do think though the bird /s might wake up with a headache after this  ;D
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 05, 2017, 06:59:46
Colin - I like the comp / position in flight. well timed.

ELSID, wow - you are just adding to the high standard here!
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on January 05, 2017, 15:35:27
My garden do not have so exotic birds ;)
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Post by: Akira on January 05, 2017, 16:21:06
The birds should not necessarily be exotic.  You captured an attractive moment of two different birds (or male and femaile of the species?).
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Post by: Lars Hansen on January 05, 2017, 18:15:08
Dining dive  :)   
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on January 05, 2017, 21:07:00
The birds should not necessarily be exotic.  You captured an attractive moment of two different birds (or male and femaile of the species?).
It is male and female og the same species.

Dining dive  :)   
Interesting dining possition ;)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 05, 2017, 21:15:47
Bent - those look quite similar to our house sparrows? Altough not "exotic" - one of my favourties
Lars - those are upside down birds - quite exotic haha
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Post by: Thomas G on January 05, 2017, 22:28:11
the four winds plus one (pidgeons)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 06, 2017, 03:20:03
the four winds plus one (pidgeons)
four corners of the earth?  ;D
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 06, 2017, 13:29:08
I just sold my D700, hate to do it but getting ready for the Df2 or D760 or D820  ;)  .  I promised the young man a couple of CF cards since he only has a D7000... anyway , I checked the cards and found some old images.... D300s , 300 2.8vr with tc1.4 handheld.  There were also some Kite surfer images and some Russian Women wearing Thongs (but I learned my lesson  ;D)
He was watching the Crab but it was too big to tackle  :)

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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 06, 2017, 19:06:28
loooovely -
that second bird has a lot of legs...
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on January 06, 2017, 22:05:55
Great white egret at Lac du Der
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Post by: elsid on January 06, 2017, 22:47:49
Pelikans
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Post by: ColinM on January 06, 2017, 22:55:50
Colin - I like the comp / position in flight. well timed.

Thanks Elsa.
This was taken a few years ago on my first visit to this part of Wales. I have gone back several times since (once renting a 300mm f2.8 for the purpose) and never achieved results quite as good.
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Post by: Thomas G on January 10, 2017, 21:14:02
Sometimes I can't omit to snap one (cropped, as I never seem to have sufficient reach)

Jacky blue eyes admiring the pattern
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 16, 2017, 11:25:11
Snack
Hope to take 500vr and tripod tomorrow.... hope some birds show up  ;)
D500, 300 2.8vr w/tc1.4 handheld
Not the funniest image
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on January 16, 2017, 11:36:25
Mallard ducks (IR) on my local river.
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on January 17, 2017, 11:40:31
Mute Swans are not native to my country, but in recent decades they are becoming naturalised and increasingly distributed in lowland regions and along the coast line of southern Norway. The specimens in the wild are often shy or aggressive and people quickly learn to stay away from them.

This swan couple explored the coastal shallows for food and deftly kept away from any swell or dangerous breakwaters.

Taken with an 28/2 Nikkor.
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 17, 2017, 14:20:09
"Drop me, drop me please, I hate heights.... "
Extreme distance, huge crop.  D7100, 300 2.8 vr w/tc1.4.Black Capped Kingfisher w/frog.. I still do not have a good image of one.  I did use the D500, 500vr with tripod and Gimbal today... better results
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Post by: Akira on January 17, 2017, 14:37:33
Tom, this is astonishingly stunning!  Well done!
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Post by: Bjørn Rørslett on January 17, 2017, 14:39:09
That frog must have had a bad day ....
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Post by: armando_m on January 17, 2017, 14:49:45
Impressive kingfisher images !
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on January 17, 2017, 15:48:40
Fantastic shot, unlucky frog  ???
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Post by: Anthony on January 17, 2017, 16:20:16
Great shot!
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 18, 2017, 04:17:45
Thanks all.  The illegal building in the BG helped  :) .  Later I was shooting the D500, 500vr handheld but just cannot pick up the birds fast enough.  Age  :( .   Shooting the combo from the W200 did give me much sharper images than the 300 2.8vr. TC1.4 handheld.  Only saw a couple of Raptors but they were up very high and one Peregrine that sped by at low level. Too fast for the 500vr on the Gimbal  >:(
Tom
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 19, 2017, 05:33:45
Just for the nuts of it  ;)  .  Working my way through 800 images and decided to have a go at this one. First is OOC jpeg resized.  Second is the NEF worked on in CNX2 and then to PS 2015 CC.  Better ID image of the bird but not good.  I am a single parent for the next 3 weeks so will not have an opportunity to get a better image, hope the KF is still around when my wife returns.  I'm gong to try a different location at the pond.  Not as much of a fun image as the first I posted  :(
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 20, 2017, 06:05:46
For the Bug lovers  ;) .  Not having a much better day than the Frog  ;D
D500, 500vr tripod and W200 (loose)
Took  much longer to eat the bug than the small fish they were catching.  Just playing with PP.  Still some motion blur at 1/1600.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on January 20, 2017, 06:11:29
the kingfishers are in a class of it's own - cute as far as birds go :)
Nice captures
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Post by: Akira on January 20, 2017, 08:32:23
All are lively images, Tom!  Thanks for sharing!
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Post by: elsid on January 20, 2017, 10:03:44
Lovely images Tom. Very well done.
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Post by: ArendV on January 23, 2017, 08:34:12
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/697/32084075070_56a561d966_o.jpg)
Merel - common blackbird (https://flic.kr/p/QTagJ7) by Arend (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermazeren/), on Flickr
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Post by: Peter Connan on January 28, 2017, 19:35:22
White-fronted Bee-eaters.

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Post by: Akira on January 28, 2017, 23:01:57
Arend, that is an exemplary image of the bird.

Peter, this is literally a dramatic scene.  All "actors" are playing their roles admirably!
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Post by: simato73 on January 29, 2017, 20:10:42
Today was a very diverse photographic day for me, it even included a little bird :)
It's in another (lower) league relative to many previous posts here, but I still like it.
Title: Re: [Theme] Show Birds
Post by: Anthony on January 29, 2017, 20:56:25
Robins are great!
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Post by: BW on January 29, 2017, 22:25:37
Lovely image of the robin and very pleasant colors. I wish the bird was a bit decentered but very calm athmosphere and it shows the enviroment the bird live in :)
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Post by: Akira on January 29, 2017, 23:11:56
Simone, yes, the robin looks lovely!  Along with the images of the frost, you seem to have had a nice shooting day.
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Post by: simato73 on January 30, 2017, 09:43:25
Lovely image of the robin and very pleasant colors. I wish the bird was a bit decentered but very calm athmosphere and it shows the enviroment the bird live in :)
Simone, yes, the robin looks lovely!  Along with the images of the frost, you seem to have had a nice shooting day.
Robins are great!

Thank you Anthony, Thomas and Akira.
It was only two hours out, but it was varied and enjoyable.
Robins are small and fast, with my limited skills I find my best bet to follow them is keeping them in the middle of the frame.
Cropping is always an option if necessary.
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 31, 2017, 12:30:39
Taken by surprise  ;) .  I did not spot this Peacock until it was almost to the Jungle.  Not a great shot but first one with this aspect and light.  Normally very early morning. Also I do not know why no long feathers.  Normally they trail behind in a bunch and double the length of the bird.  This was with the D500 ,300 2.8vr ,tc1.7.  I was shooting the D500 on the 500vr but had swapped over to try and catch some Kingfishers fishing. Also shot the Sony a7rii on the 500vr w/adapter to see what the 42MP was like.  Not selling the Nikons... lol
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Post by: Akira on January 31, 2017, 20:08:08
Gorgeous and rare (at least to me) peacock shot, Tom!

According to Wiki, they will drop long feathers (upper tail coverts, again, according to Wiki) after the breeding period is over.
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Post by: tommiejeep on February 01, 2017, 04:53:46
Many thanks Akira.  Sort of figured as much.   For such an ungainly bird in flight they are much faster than I had thought.  Shooting at 1/1200 years ago was a lot of blur.  In all of my years I have never shot one displaying the full feather fan.  They normally come for drink or take to the air escaping the packs of dogs.  The Hens have very little colour.
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Post by: Tom Hook on February 02, 2017, 22:44:30

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Post by: Peter Connan on February 03, 2017, 15:34:03
Tom, I have never before even seen a peacock in flight! Lovely image.
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Post by: elsid on February 09, 2017, 23:43:28
From my recent trip to Evros river delta.
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Post by: Jan Anne on February 21, 2017, 23:24:05
There's a nest of Buzzards nearby my home and I often enjoy watching them doing dogfights and such in an attempt to hone their newly acquired skill of flying.

Last week I could here one of them close by and saw him capturing moles and such in the distance, but always out of reach of the camera. Then all of a sudden I spotted him resting on a lamppost nearby, grabbed my camera and run upstairs to capture him on eye level.

Sadly my windows open in the wrong direction so I was forced to shoot through double planed isolation glass at an angle which decreases sharpness greatly and causes some weird double line artefacts in the background (like VR causes from time to time) but this is the first half decent shot I got from one of these amazing birds of pray so wanted to post it anyway  :)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2143/32225789223_7b7e0dd70b_o.jpg)
Canon 100-400IS MKII on Sony a7RII
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Post by: elsid on February 22, 2017, 09:21:31
yesterday's crop
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Post by: Jan Anne on February 23, 2017, 20:26:56
I was working from home today when my colourful friend walked by the kitchen window again, this time the iPhone was within grabbing distance to capture the event.

Untitled
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Post by: Brute on February 24, 2017, 00:56:24
Mandarin's and the last one with a Wood Duck.
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Post by: tommiejeep on February 24, 2017, 14:11:43
Don't try this with your light aircraft.... lol
D500 , 300 2.8vr w/tc1.4 handheld... bored so playing around shooting the reflection.  I did get some with mirror image  :)
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Post by: Jan Anne on February 24, 2017, 18:58:06
Awesome Tom, makes the viewer think to realise whats going on!!
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Post by: Brute on April 02, 2017, 05:55:18
Cedar Waxwings sharing a berry.
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Post by: Jan Anne on April 03, 2017, 18:19:23
Either a very bold or an extremely stupid Fazant determined to station itself on top of my hundred meter backstop :o

I gave him the benefit of the doubt and rewarded his boldness by taking a mediocre image ;D
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Post by: Jan Anne on April 03, 2017, 18:30:29
And todays view from my kitchen window
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2914/33818274165_d054afa84d_o.jpg)
Canon 100-400 MkII on A7RII
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Post by: Krille on April 03, 2017, 21:31:09
Golden eagle, from febr-17
DF, 300/2.8
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Post by: Jan Anne on April 03, 2017, 21:57:33
Nice!!!
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Post by: Chris Dees on April 03, 2017, 22:19:02
Eurasian Oystercatcher
D500 + Sigma 150-600 Sports
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Post by: Fanie on April 07, 2017, 17:24:41
Taken through the sunroof and the cross bars of the roofrack with my D2X & 300 AFI, handheld.

Did not have much hope of it working until I opened it on my PC, best image of my day in the Kruger National Park.
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Post by: Anthony on April 07, 2017, 17:58:52
Great shot, colours, detail and a threatening pose.
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Post by: Woodley Willie on April 07, 2017, 18:11:07
I think that is the Devil's favorite bird... :)
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on April 07, 2017, 21:26:30
Fanie - seriously lovely shot. I have yet to photograph one of those, and this one - wish it was mine.
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Post by: Fanie on April 08, 2017, 15:58:29
Thanks Anthony, Willie it may look like that but they have a job to do in nature  :)

Thanks Elsa, somehow my favorites often come from my old D2x. I rented a 600 from ODP, but that lens is huge and difficult to handle in a vehicle where you has to shoot out all windows, and as in this case through the sunroof. The 500 I rented two years ago was much easier.
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Post by: elsa hoffmann on April 08, 2017, 16:49:20
Fanie - that is why I love the 200-500. Easy to handle and I get good enough shots. And it's CHEAP
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Post by: ColinM on April 16, 2017, 10:11:42
A few portraits

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/165297975/original.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/165297989/original.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/165297990/original.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/165297991/original.jpg)
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Post by: Akira on April 16, 2017, 13:23:57
Wow, these are unbelievable closeups!  How could you get that close?  It should not be easy even with a very long tele.
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Post by: ColinM on April 16, 2017, 13:36:28
Wow, these are unbelievable closeups!  How could you get that close?  It should not be easy even with a very long tele.
Thanks Akira.
There is a bird sanctuary near me where they fly these. Before and after each days flight, the birds are in an open area with no mesh between you and them. That makes keeping the 300mm f4 AF/S steady a little easier.

The last shot may look weird, but it's the bird's third eyelid (nictitating membrane).
http://www.10000birds.com/what-is-a-nictitating-membrane.htm
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Post by: Brute on April 22, 2017, 18:11:06
We have had a LOT of rain this spring. Finally had a Sunny day yesterday. Had to get out and enjoy it. Now it's back to the rain again today  :'(
Red-winged Blackbird.
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Post by: Jack Dahlgren on April 23, 2017, 04:37:15
We have had a LOT of rain this spring. Finally had a Sunny day yesterday. Had to get out and enjoy it. Now it's back to the rain again today  :'(
Red-winged Blackbird.

Here is a more impressionistic version of the bird.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/34051239712_9776be8f2f_k.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TSZveS)DFJ_4893 (https://flic.kr/p/TSZveS)
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Post by: Brute on May 11, 2017, 20:23:36
.
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on May 11, 2017, 23:08:25
Todays' catch (Kuusamo, Finland)
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Post by: ColinM on May 12, 2017, 00:04:45
Wow, what an amazing collection in one NG thread.

Seeing Brute's waxwings prompted me to post this similar family shot (this time Dad, trying to teach his kids good table manners). I love what's happened to the feathers on his head (kids can do that to you....)

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/161006365/original.jpg)
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Post by: FredCrowBear on May 12, 2017, 02:43:47
Kim - very impressive capture.  Osprey in action!
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Post by: Anthony on May 12, 2017, 12:14:29
Todays' catch (Kuusamo, Finland)
Fantastic catch, both for the bird and the photographer, I love the position of the wings.
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Post by: gryphon1911 on May 12, 2017, 15:41:30
The state bird of Ohio - the Cardinal.

Nikon D500 & 300/4E PF

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Post by: ColinM on May 15, 2017, 11:18:53
Same 300m F4 AFS & D300 as before, this time with a TC1.7
This was quite low light and I think I used a monopod.

It's interesting to see how many shapes that feathers can come in (e.g. on it's head)

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/123496081/original.jpg)
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Post by: Brute on May 18, 2017, 15:53:44
Lazuli Bunting
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Post by: Peter Connan on June 02, 2017, 18:16:45
Immature Pale Chanting Goshawk

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

D750 + 500mm f4 VR. 1/1600 @f7.1 and ISO400
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Post by: Fanie on June 04, 2017, 17:59:33
Wow Peter, that is stunning.

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Post by: Bill Mellen on June 04, 2017, 22:47:53
This greenie came back today long enough for me to run upstairs, put the big lens on the camera, run back downstairs and take some portraits.  I think he is trying to look tough :)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4278/34934323892_e92bb3e1ce_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ve2xpb)D5C_2696 (https://flic.kr/p/Ve2xpb)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4238/34934321962_8e2be513f8_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Ve2wPU)D5C_2730 (https://flic.kr/p/Ve2wPU)

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Post by: Thomas G on June 05, 2017, 00:52:31
This greenie came back today long enough for me to run upstairs, put the big lens on the camera, run back downstairs and take some portraits.  I think he is trying to look tough :)
[2 pics]
Very nice. I think he's looking around, left and right, and once feeling safe he'll be stealing something from your garden  8)
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Post by: Hugh_3170 on June 05, 2017, 02:32:18
Nice work Bill, Peter, Brute, Colin and the many others before you.

This is a really awesome thread which I have enjoyed immensely.

Congratulations to all.
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Post by: Bill Mellen on June 05, 2017, 02:34:56
Very nice. I think he's looking around, left and right, and once feeling safe he'll be stealing something from your garden  8)

Hah!  He does look rather shifty eyed to me as well.
Title: Re: [Theme] Show Birds
Post by: Bill Mellen on June 05, 2017, 02:35:35
Nice work Bill, Peter, Colin and the many others before you.

This is a really awesome thread which I have enjoyed immensely.

Congratulations to all.

Thank you Hugh,  this is a great thread indeed!
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Post by: Peter Connan on June 05, 2017, 17:43:03
Thanks Fanie and Hugh

Great shots Bill.

Another one.
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Post by: bobfriedman on June 06, 2017, 00:27:26
oops..

Nikon D5 ,Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
1/3200s f/8.0 at 850.0mm iso800
Handheld
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/165585232/original.jpg)
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Post by: Peter Connan on June 06, 2017, 16:33:51
Stunning shot Bob!
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Post by: bobfriedman on June 07, 2017, 00:39:20
Nikon D5 ,Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
1/3200s f/9.0 at 600.0mm iso640
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/165581842/original.jpg)
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Post by: Akira on June 07, 2017, 01:07:47
Bob, this is an amazing Oops!
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 04, 2017, 16:47:12
Peregrine falcon starting the stoop.

Nikon D750 + 500mm f4 @f4.5, 1/4000 and ISO180

Disclosure: this is a trained bird.
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Post by: Fons Baerken on July 04, 2017, 18:15:04
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4238/35676449615_41d179fd9d_o.jpg)

Falklandcaracara, Phalcoboenus australis
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Post by: Brute on July 04, 2017, 20:29:48
Barred Owls
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 05, 2017, 19:29:09
Nice shots Fons and Brute
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Post by: JAP on July 05, 2017, 23:01:09
Blue footed Booby
D700, 24-70/2.8
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Post by: Fons Baerken on July 06, 2017, 16:21:53
Nice shots Fons and Brute

thank you Peter
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 07, 2017, 14:32:17
Spotted Eagle-owl

Another trained bird.
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Post by: armando_m on July 07, 2017, 16:00:32
lunch time
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Post by: armando_m on July 07, 2017, 16:01:02
Barred Owls

Wonderful sequence  !!
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Post by: Fons Baerken on July 09, 2017, 09:08:41
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4241/35677387661_404f7541be_o.jpg)
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Post by: Fons Baerken on July 09, 2017, 09:31:24
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4284/34999381773_786e1865d1_o.jpg)
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Post by: Brute on July 09, 2017, 18:27:37
Nice shots Fons and Brute
Wonderful sequence  !!

Thanks  Guy's

Nice sequence of the Pelican to you too Armando_m

Burrowing Owls
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Post by: JAP on July 10, 2017, 23:39:20
Take off
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Post by: Fanie on July 13, 2017, 20:25:27
Fish eagles from a boat on the Chobe river last week.
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Post by: rosko on July 17, 2017, 09:02:06
Many nice creatures in this thread !

Here a humble series...

Df with 500mm Aip attached.
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Post by: rosko on July 17, 2017, 09:04:24
one more...
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Post by: golunvolo on July 19, 2017, 18:13:01
28mm 2.8 with nikon d80 ir.
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Post by: tommiejeep on August 02, 2017, 12:12:14
Tiny female Sunbird,s view of the world
Love the D500, 70-200 f2.8 G Vr  II.  Now wishing I had bought the new version instead of the Batis 135 f2.8.  The version II is a good lens but hate the focus breathing for these type of shots.  Many images and very high percentage sharp,  The pair is building a nest at the moment just in front of a veranda but in the shadows .   Big crop, the orig. vertical is too big for here.  Just a bit of fun.   Sony a7rii, FE 70-200 cannot get these shots for me but the Df 70-200 f4 vr can  :)
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Post by: Peter Connan on August 02, 2017, 17:55:02
Fanie jou gelukkige bogger!
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Post by: Fanie on August 02, 2017, 19:14:18
Fanie jou gelukkige bogger!

Thanks Peter! It was indeed something special
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Post by: HCS on August 07, 2017, 12:33:17
Thanks Peter! It was indeed something special

It's a stunning shot, Fanie!

Very nice bird interpretation Paco.
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Post by: golunvolo on August 08, 2017, 04:59:03
   Thanks Hans

   Stunning shot Tom.  Very, very nice, had me hypnotized. Beautiful composition with delicate rendition and some magic thrown in; the surprising upside down position caught me. Creative view of a freethinking bird :)
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Post by: Fanie on August 24, 2017, 08:05:12
Eagle from our trip to Chobe National Park.

Done with D2Xs and 300AFI Nikkor
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Post by: Peter Connan on September 01, 2017, 18:34:52
Stunning Tawny, Fanie!
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Post by: Peter Connan on September 01, 2017, 18:36:56
Spoonbill
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Post by: knb on September 05, 2017, 16:32:03
I do not think these Common Kestrels are adults. There were at least three in the same area, probably siblings.

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Post by: Brute on October 01, 2017, 06:14:32
Keeping the Kestrels going.
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Post by: Chris Dees on October 01, 2017, 14:50:40
Yellow-Billed Shrikes.
Uganda, Kidepo Valley NP.
D500 + 200-500
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Post by: gryphon1911 on October 11, 2017, 14:55:38
Rehabbing American Bald Eagle
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Post by: Akira on October 12, 2017, 11:45:12
Shot today in the middle of the urban area of Tokyo.

Reminds me of "Die Dohle" by Hermann Hesse.
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Post by: gryphon1911 on October 12, 2017, 15:36:43
A few more from over the years!  :D
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Post by: Akira on October 12, 2017, 20:55:11
Andrew, the last one is amazing!  Love the brilliant color!
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Post by: Anthony on October 13, 2017, 00:24:33
Andrew, the last one is amazing!  Love the brilliant color!

I agree, the last is a standout.
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Post by: Akira on November 17, 2017, 06:33:11
A bird preening and alarmed.  Panasonic GH5@ISO800, Ai200/4.0@f8.0.  All images were cropped to around 1/2 to 1/3.
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Post by: Fons Baerken on November 17, 2017, 06:54:59
Akira this bird is also known as pigeon ;D
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Post by: Akira on November 17, 2017, 07:31:41
Akira this bird is also known as pigeon ;D

Okay, Fons, that makes sense.   :o :o :o
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Post by: Brute on November 18, 2017, 18:06:51
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Post by: Brute on November 18, 2017, 18:10:22
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on November 19, 2017, 07:48:32
Nice capture, #3 and #4. They make me think of martial art fighters.
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Post by: David H. Hartman on November 19, 2017, 10:13:01
No. 3 & 4 remind me of jump jets.

Dave
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on November 19, 2017, 16:07:59
Lesser Striped Swallow, Olifants River, Limpopo, South Africa. It is holding some mud for nest building in the beak.
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Post by: Brute on November 23, 2017, 17:58:57
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Post by: Jack Dahlgren on November 23, 2017, 18:27:04
Brute, very appropriate for the day. It is Thanksgiving holiday in the US and turkey is always on the menu.

Here are some birds no one wants to eat
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4516/37713850905_bbcf1cf872_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZsDkWH)DSC_8794 (https://flic.kr/p/ZsDkWH)
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Post by: Asle Feten on November 27, 2017, 19:14:06
Ptarmigan
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4517/37795488855_db05151f61_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZzRL4z)
Ryper (https://flic.kr/p/ZzRL4z) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr

And black grouse
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4521/38650637202_493ed5151a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21TqBSA)
Orrhanar (https://flic.kr/p/21TqBSA) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
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Post by: Peter Connan on December 05, 2017, 19:04:56
Helmeted Guineafowl
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Post by: Chris Dees on December 05, 2017, 20:58:24
Wow, that's a nice one Peter, I only saw them running (and fast :) ).
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Post by: Peter Connan on December 08, 2017, 14:37:51
Thanks Chris

This actually the only time a loud shutter has ever helped me.

It took fright at the D3's loud shutter, and fortunately chose exactly the right direction for me!
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Post by: Jack Dahlgren on December 08, 2017, 15:52:48
Helmeted Guineafowl
It is quite the picture of a flying dinosaur.
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Post by: Peter Connan on December 14, 2017, 04:28:48
Thanks Jack.

Here is a Greater Striped Swallow dropping it's building material due to excessive high-G maneuvering.
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Post by: Tom Hook on December 14, 2017, 06:18:07
Very nice shot of the swallow. They are tough birds to photograph in flight and to get them in focus (assuming they're anything like the swallows we have here in Connecticut - small and very fast!).
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on December 14, 2017, 08:46:21
Nice one, Peter and a tour de force to get them in flight. Congrats.
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Post by: ColinM on December 14, 2017, 19:20:20
I'd like to echo the praise for Peter's wonderful swallow image.

A few years ago I visited a Kite feeding station in Wales and was stood next to the hides with my 300mm & TC. As the kites came and went I noticed a regular blur out of the corner of my eye. When I finally checked this, it was a pair of Swallows flying into the hide right next to where I was standing, feeding their nestlings who were in the eaves of the hide! (note for members from the USA, I believe you call a hide a "blind").

This became more interesting than the kites, but taking a shot was a challenge with the 300mm (plus low light and a D300).

The EXIF says this is Nikon D300, 1/30s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso800 (just a monopod I think)

(http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/129214604/original.jpg)
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Post by: Peter Connan on December 15, 2017, 17:04:13
Thanks Bruno, Tom and Colin

The D3 (and now also my new D500) have definately made this type of shot a lot easier! Good AF and high frame rate does help a lot.
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on December 28, 2017, 12:35:34
I'm again amazed by how daring the robins are in Devon. At home, 5 meters is a minimum. Here I had to step back as I could not focus close enough.
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Post by: bobfriedman on December 28, 2017, 13:50:21
Snowy Owl - two days ago just before day break

Nikon D5 ,Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
1/160s f/8.0 at 850.0mm iso5000
(http://www.pbase.com/bobfriedman/image/166763429/original.jpg)
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Post by: Fanie on December 28, 2017, 21:24:43
Wow Peter, that flying guinefowl is stunning, first time I have seen one taken in flight.
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Post by: Hugh_3170 on December 31, 2017, 04:37:14
+1

A great shot of an unusual avian subject.

Wow Peter, that flying guinefowl is stunning, first time I have seen one taken in flight.
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Post by: Anthony on December 31, 2017, 23:05:15
Dunking bacon.

X-T2 100-400, tripod mounted, triggered by Fuji Camera Remote app on my iPhone 6.
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Post by: Hugh_3170 on January 01, 2018, 07:42:30
Nice one Anthony - what a cheeky blighter. 

British Raven I presume?  He looks very much like what our South Australian folk call crows (but they are in fact are ravens).
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Post by: Anthony on January 01, 2018, 14:05:13
Thanks, Hugh, it is a crow.  Ravens are much bigger and bulkier.  This video is useful in identifying the various British corvids https://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/bto-bird-id-corvids
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Post by: armando_m on January 01, 2018, 15:55:18
Lots of impressive images !

Here is one of mine, flying straight as an arrow into the setting sun
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Post by: Hugh_3170 on January 01, 2018, 16:19:19
Thanks Anthony - a very useful video.

Thanks, Hugh, it is a crow.  Ravens are much bigger and bulkier.  This video is useful in identifying the various British corvids https://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/bto-bird-id-corvids
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Post by: armando_m on January 02, 2018, 21:19:34
taking off ...
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Post by: armando_m on January 03, 2018, 21:46:47
the choir
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Post by: Peter Connan on January 04, 2018, 14:53:23
Thanks Fanie and Hugh

Armando, the first of the Pelican shots is brilliant!
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Post by: Peter Connan on January 04, 2018, 14:55:11
A Black-crowned Night-Heron and a bunch of Red-billed Queleas
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Post by: armando_m on January 04, 2018, 15:13:15
Peter,
Interesting that you post a black crowned night heron, one of the trips I did this vacation period we stayed at a hotel called "garza canela" which is the name for the night heron

The first pelican shot was really a strike of luck , I was shooting something else at low speed and when I saw the bunch of pelicans flying away I had to take the shot, with no time to adjust the camera, I shot a few, and this one came out interesting

Thanks for your comments

this is what I was trying to shoot before the  pelicans flying away, after that I turned around again and got this

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Post by: FredCrowBear on January 04, 2018, 17:16:09
Armando - Taking off is very good.  Taking a good photo of a flock taking off is very difficult.  Your photo is visually very interesting, without being cluttered. Well done.
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Post by: armando_m on January 04, 2018, 18:19:18
Thank you Fred, I got lucky the camera locked AF on the head of the one pelican
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Post by: ColinM on January 04, 2018, 20:14:57
Armando, I love each of the three pelican shots you posted

Just by zooming in on this page, I'd say that the third one also works well as a tighter, horizontal crop.
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Post by: Akira on January 05, 2018, 15:58:32
Unidentified yelling object.
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Post by: armando_m on January 05, 2018, 19:46:54
Unidentified yelling object.
at least it is a single yelling object :)
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Post by: armando_m on January 05, 2018, 19:47:37
Armando, I love each of the three pelican shots you posted

Just by zooming in on this page, I'd say that the third one also works well as a tighter, horizontal crop.
Thanks Colin, yes it would , I have been indecisive about cropping it closer
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Post by: Akira on January 06, 2018, 05:22:22
at least it is a single yelling object :)

Apparently, yes.  :D
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Post by: Peter Connan on January 06, 2018, 17:33:51
This last one is beautiful Armando!
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 17, 2018, 15:49:44
Birding at 85mm
but I normally have lousy backgrounds  ;) .  D700, 85 1.4D handheld in a light rain
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 27, 2018, 04:36:51
Saluting me or trying to hide?
First Black Shouldered Kite of the year and finally some Raptors about  :) .  I was hoping it would hunt and catch something but just flew to another tree a couple of hundred mtrs away.  D500, 300 2.8 w/tc 2.4, handheld shooting almost straight up.   I've got to stop using the D500 like a D3S or D750 for ISO.

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Post by: David H. Hartman on January 27, 2018, 11:47:56
I was hoping it would hunt and catch something but just flew to another tree a couple of hundred mtrs away.

Why didn't you offer him or her a garden burger? You might convince the bird to become a vegetarian, maybe even vegan.

Dave
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Post by: armando_m on January 27, 2018, 16:10:24
Saluting me or trying to hide?
....

  I've got to stop using the D500 like a D3S or D750 for ISO.

saluting for sure ! :) awesome image

what do you mean by the last sentence, are you enjoying the D500 a little to much ?
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Post by: Akira on January 27, 2018, 16:17:52
Saluting me or trying to hide?
First Black Shouldered Kite of the year and finally some Raptors about  :) .  I was hoping it would hunt and catch something but just flew to another tree a couple of hundred mtrs away.  D500, 300 2.8 w/tc 2.4, handheld shooting almost straight up.   I've got to stop using the D500 like a D3S or D750 for ISO.

LOL, Tom, he's surely paying homage to you.  Nice interaction!
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 29, 2018, 08:04:06
Armando, the D3S just spoiled me.  I could basically shoot at the speeds I wanted knowing that, with that sensor, the images would clean up.   Going from D200 to D300, to D700 was a good progression but the D3S was in a different league.  I went out again yesterday late afternoon and was paying more attention to the shutter speeds trying to keep the ISO down but 1/1250 is just too slow for many shots. The D500 is very good but I need to be more careful and work on PP for the camera.   I did better using the D750.  Not much around .  The last images shows part of the problem... development in the habitat.  Almost all trees, even bushes , have been chopped for cooking fuel.
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Post by: Akira on January 29, 2018, 11:19:36
Tom, these are really dynamic shots of the eagle in the attacking mode!
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Post by: Hugh_3170 on January 29, 2018, 15:49:12
Some great images here Tom. 

The habitat loss is worrying - I am glad that you saw these magnificent birds before they too disappear and that you shared them with us.
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Post by: armando_m on January 29, 2018, 17:29:59
Wonderful eagle series
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Post by: elsid on February 06, 2018, 20:01:34
sea gulls with the D850.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on February 06, 2018, 21:56:26
Elsid is this 300PF?
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Post by: elsid on February 06, 2018, 22:08:45
Yes Naso, D850+TC 1.4 III+300PF
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Post by: Peter Connan on February 20, 2018, 12:38:07
Greater Striped Swallow
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Post by: ColinM on February 23, 2018, 14:02:02
Greater Striped Swallow

Great panning and focus Peter.
What a lovely action shot and nice detail too.

Can you remind us of the gear used, shutter speed, handheld/gimbal etc?
Thanks
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Post by: Peter Connan on February 23, 2018, 15:45:55
Thank you very much for the kind words Colin

Nikon D500 + 500mm f4G. f4, 1/2000th and ISO 360 (manual mode with Auto-ISO and +0.7EV). Hand-held.
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Post by: armando_m on March 07, 2018, 20:57:08
Greater Striped Swallow
Impressive shot

Here is one of mine

Chorus - just wish the DOF was bigger to have both heads in focus
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Post by: Anthony on March 07, 2018, 23:50:36
Armando, excellent, unusual angle.
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Post by: armando_m on March 08, 2018, 02:03:15
Armando, excellent, unusual angle.
Thanks Anthony

From this trip, after the astrophotography I was surprised I have processed 36 images , from 2 days where I all I had to do was eat sleep and take photographs?
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Post by: Peter Connan on March 09, 2018, 15:16:46
Excellent shot and thank you Armando.
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Post by: armando_m on March 09, 2018, 16:41:55
Blue !
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Post by: Akira on March 10, 2018, 00:00:59
Blue !

He (?) looks rather happy!  Well captured, as well as your previous duet!
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Post by: armando_m on March 10, 2018, 02:10:53
He (?) looks rather happy!  Well captured, as well as your previous duet!
Thanks Akira, I beleive males have colorful beak, like the one in the duet , if so this is a female. This year their feet had very vibrant tones, a sign of a healthy specimen, or so the guide said
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Post by: ColinM on March 13, 2018, 17:31:12
I have processed 36 images , from 2 days where I all I had to do was eat sleep and take photographs?

But did you manage to get some good R&R, quality time with family or friends etc?
May have boosted your creative juices

If not, then there are trips where I planned to take lots of pictures of wildlife and either didn't find many or the ratio of keepers wasn't as high as I hoped....
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Post by: armando_m on March 13, 2018, 18:44:24
But did you manage to get some good R&R, quality time with family or friends etc?
Yes I did
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Post by: Jack Dahlgren on March 19, 2018, 01:47:40
Some pelicans with the old 400mm P.C Auto
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4673/25683119187_1b3d27844b_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F8wGxM)DSC_9695 (https://flic.kr/p/F8wGxM)
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Post by: Chrisar on March 19, 2018, 09:21:32
"Got more than I bargained for ..." or "Bird in Paradise"

A perfect sharpness !
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 23, 2018, 08:40:46
Stork billed Kingfisher going flat out.
another almost nailed with D500 , 300 2.8vr w/t1.4
There was a White Bellied Sea Eagle around to I had been trying the TC 2E III but it was just too slow to AF for these shots so when the Eagle departed the area I dropped to the TC1.4 to try for Kingfishers and did get many images of various value.  Interesting that the TC2 was faster on the D750.  Did not quite nail it but as I told Jim Gould the other day, I've not been shooting birds for a while.
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Post by: Anthony on March 23, 2018, 10:45:56
Tom, that is a stunning capture.
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Post by: Erik Lund on March 23, 2018, 11:10:34
Stork billed Kingfisher going flat out.
another almost nailed with D500 , 300 2.8vr w/t1.4
There was a White Bellied Sea Eagle around to I had been trying the TC 2E III but it was just too slow to AF for these shots so when the Eagle departed the area I dropped to the TC1.4 to try for Kingfishers and did get many images of various value.  Interesting that the TC2 was faster on the D750.  Did not quite nail it but as I told Jim Gould the other day, I've not been shooting birds for a while.


There is a hack for making the Camera do auto focus at 'normal speed' as if there was no TC attached, when using the  TC-20E


You disconnect the last contact connection on the TC-20E contact block. Either with a piece of tape, desoldering or cutting the contact plate off.
When looking at the front of the TC the rightmost contact.

The Reason for the slow focus is to make the accuracy better, but if your willing to sacrifice this, it would be worth a test.


I found out about this tinkering with TC-XXE as an 'glass less' extension tube,,,


http://nikongear.net/revival/index.php/topic,4544.msg71260.html#msg71260 (http://nikongear.net/revival/index.php/topic,4544.msg71260.html#msg71260)
Edit to add:


https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/42602800 (https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/42602800)
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 23, 2018, 11:22:09
Thanks Anthony, that one is just quick PP.  I've worked on some others from this morning and ran this one through some more PP  ;)   Just a bit OTT  :)
Erik, now that is something I did not know.   I rarely use the TC2EIII and only on the 300 2.8 but worth a try.  It worked very fast on D3S, very good on D750, good on D610 but hated the D7100.
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Post by: Erik Lund on March 23, 2018, 11:25:34
Try it out with tape first, it should work well with primes and the Pro bodies


BTW, Brilliant image!
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 23, 2018, 11:36:49
Thanks Erik, tape it is  :)
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Post by: Akira on March 23, 2018, 13:54:54
Tom, that is a stunning capture!  You are blessed with the excellent reflex nerve!
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Post by: Peter Connan on March 23, 2018, 14:08:34
Wow Tom! Great capture!
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 24, 2018, 03:18:32
Akira and Peter, many thanks

Akira, practice but I am slowing down  :)  :(
Cheers
Tom
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Post by: Akira on March 24, 2018, 10:17:22
Akira, practice but I am slowing down  :)  :(

That's still great: I'm not fast enough to slow down.   :o :o
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on April 03, 2018, 20:32:50
Unexpected meeting
D7200, Tamron 150-600 G1
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on April 04, 2018, 22:19:30
same as above
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Post by: Peter Connan on April 20, 2018, 15:42:12
Some members of the birds in the Hornbill family have a very interesting breeding behaviour.

The female finds a suitable hole in a tree, and they (male and female) build up the opening untill just a slit remains, using mud and guano.
She then moults all her feathers, using them to pad and insulate the nest, before laying her eggs. She remains "built in" to the nest right through the incubation period and untill the chicks are ready to fledge.

During this period, she and the chicks are completely dependent on the male bringing food regularly.
I was recently fortunate enough to witness a little bit of it...
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Post by: ArthurDent on April 21, 2018, 15:45:13
Mother and child reunion:
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Post by: elsid on April 21, 2018, 18:03:40
Very nice and "crispy" capture Arthur.
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Post by: ArthurDent on April 24, 2018, 11:44:47
Roseate Spoonbill:
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on April 24, 2018, 12:44:26
Yellowhammer
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Post by: Peter Connan on April 26, 2018, 19:14:13
Beuatiful shots Arthur and Kim!
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Post by: Brute on May 05, 2018, 18:09:16
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Post by: elsid on May 05, 2018, 18:33:49
Falco Vespertinus
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Post by: afx on May 05, 2018, 21:21:29
A decade ago in Hungary:

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-VD7pv4d/0/bcb0bd55/L/i-VD7pv4d-L.jpg) (https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-VD7pv4d/0/bcb0bd55/O/i-VD7pv4d-O.jpg)

Crop of D200, 300/2.8AF and TC20E.

cheers
afx
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on May 05, 2018, 22:10:54
A Goldeneye from this morning
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Post by: elsid on May 09, 2018, 21:52:48
The flight of a black stork
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Post by: Peter Connan on May 11, 2018, 17:13:41
Some really nice poses in that series Elsid!
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Post by: armando_m on May 11, 2018, 18:44:55
The flight of a black stork
Wonderful series
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Post by: elsid on May 11, 2018, 21:06:27
Thank you Peter, Armando for your comments.
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Post by: Brute on May 25, 2018, 07:34:04
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Post by: Peter Connan on May 25, 2018, 16:56:05
What a great sighting! Well photographed too.
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Post by: Brute on June 19, 2018, 00:10:59
What a great sighting! Well photographed too.


Thank You



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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on June 19, 2018, 06:53:08
Landing roller.
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Post by: ArthurDent on June 20, 2018, 03:12:10
Nikon D500 70-200 VR f/2.8 at 160mm, 1/3200 sec., f/9.0, ISO280
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Post by: Peter Connan on June 24, 2018, 18:34:20
Beautiful shot Kim!
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Post by: ArthurDent on July 04, 2018, 03:54:52
Osprey
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Post by: ArthurDent on July 04, 2018, 04:59:52
Same bird, 0.2 seconds later.
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Post by: Thomas G on July 09, 2018, 22:52:13
one - two
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Post by: tommiejeep on September 23, 2018, 10:54:17
Just for fun  ;) . A couple of Jacanas playing around .  No NR and big crop.
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Post by: Peter Connan on September 28, 2018, 19:37:21
Groundscraper Thrush.

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Post by: Akira on September 28, 2018, 20:18:57
Tom and Peter, superb captures!
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Post by: Brute on September 29, 2018, 05:26:04
Went back threw all the posts.
It sure is nice to see birds from different parts of the world that I've never seen before.
Thanks for posting them up everyone  :)
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 03, 2018, 18:25:13
Thanks Akira
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Post by: Jan Anne on October 13, 2018, 17:21:24
There's a lot pheasants around my home but they are very wary of any humans so getting a decent shot is usually not an option.

This morning one was sitting on top of my fence, slowly opened the door and stuck the 200-500VR out to take a few quick images before the bird realised what was going on :)
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on October 13, 2018, 22:32:03
Ptarmigan in the Norwegian mountains caught with the 300mm f/4 PF.

#1
(https://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-3/p3117984890.jpg)


#2
(https://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-3/p3117984893.jpg)


Eventually it took off.
#3
(https://otoien.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-3/p3117984889.jpg)
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 15, 2018, 19:32:13
Lovely Ptarmigan and Pheasant gentlemen!
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 15, 2018, 19:37:52
This is a Purple-crested Turaco. It is the national bird of Swaziland and in the native language it is called a Gwala-gwala.

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Post by: Chip Chipowski on October 27, 2018, 05:17:58
Bird on a road sign
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 30, 2018, 19:00:57
Stick on a bird...

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Post by: elsid on October 30, 2018, 20:32:30
Very beautiful shot Peter.
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Post by: Peter Connan on October 31, 2018, 17:26:32
Thanks Elsid
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Post by: Chip Chipowski on November 03, 2018, 23:50:42
Allen's Hummingbird (I think)

Rufous (I think)
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Post by: elsid on November 09, 2018, 21:43:25
chaffinch
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Post by: Peter Connan on November 10, 2018, 18:33:04
Great portrait Elsid
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Post by: elsid on November 10, 2018, 19:04:56
Thank you Peter for your comment.
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Post by: Netr on November 10, 2018, 20:24:51
Tui
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Post by: Brute on November 13, 2018, 17:13:34
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Post by: Chris Dees on November 13, 2018, 17:40:19
Golden Eagle at the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan.
D500, 300PF, TC1.4 III
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on November 13, 2018, 17:42:35
Nice shot :)
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Post by: elsid on November 13, 2018, 22:44:26
Greenfinch
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on November 19, 2018, 23:49:32
Reconnecting with this thread after I lost track of it for a year. Impressive pictures here, particularly the duel captured by Brute on #546.

From the national counting of the Great cormorant, at twilight.

Hiding. D500 500/5.6 PF ISO8000 Handheld

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Post by: Gary on November 20, 2018, 02:30:20
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/LA-Zoo/i-Z2r5wDN/4/47e37b74/X3/2CBL0666-X3.jpg)
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Post by: Brute on November 25, 2018, 16:48:19
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Post by: Brute on December 28, 2018, 18:21:01
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on January 02, 2019, 22:41:45
Larus marinus, the Great Black-backed Gull, is the largest gull in the world. It is of course an apex predator but also a great cleaner of garbage and carrions.
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Post by: Asle Feten on January 03, 2019, 20:05:17
2 ptarmigans I met in the mountains 2 weeks ago

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4849/45864871494_eb662de8a6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cSVsos)
Fjellryper (https://flic.kr/p/2cSVsos) by Asle Feten (https://www.flickr.com/photos/afoton/), on Flickr
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on January 04, 2019, 11:36:39
Nice comp, Asle. I like the minimalism.
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Post by: Kim Pilegaard on January 04, 2019, 13:44:15
Great "graphic" image of the ptarmigans!
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Post by: elsid on January 11, 2019, 17:40:34
The new 500mm PF on the D500.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on January 11, 2019, 18:49:45
Nice, you got it finally?
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Post by: elsid on January 11, 2019, 19:27:56
Hello Nasos, yes I did.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on January 11, 2019, 20:49:45
Hello Nasos, yes I did.
Lucky guy! now you are armed and dangerous   ;)
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Post by: enough on January 11, 2019, 22:03:08
A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo preening in the backyard, showing off its namesake feathers

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Nature/Birds/i-VG4SCRx/0/f9e84367/XL/a-MD5_6515-2-XL.jpg)
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Post by: ColinM on January 14, 2019, 11:14:45
The new 500mm PF on the D500.

Hi Elsid, can you advise how much you had to crop the image posted?

We'd also be interested in how you've found the practical aspects of using this new PF, things it lets you do you couldn't before etc
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Post by: elsid on January 14, 2019, 18:36:13
Hello Colin,
The image I posted is about 60% of the original, ISO 200, speed 1600 at 5.6.
The lens behaves like the 300 PF, I find the AF relatively fast and accurate, I use it handheld and, for the money, is a good buy. Due to a lucky coincidence
I paid 2,700 e for a copy used once or twice.
It is my first lens at this focal length and I can shoot from distances I could not do before. If you shoot wildlife (and close ups)
It is worth the expenditure,as I find it produces very good results. I have not tried the 1.4x TC on it yet, but at f/8 AF and quality will suffer a bit.
The image below is uncropped.
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on January 14, 2019, 18:47:20
Hi Colin,
 
just in case you've missed it, here my first i'pression on the 500/5.6 PF: http://nikongear.net/revival/index.php/topic,8037.0.html. Pictures are not cropped nor processed. Most are handheld in rather low light.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on January 14, 2019, 21:41:43
Elsid I find your images a little soft..
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Post by: tommiejeep on January 18, 2019, 07:41:26
Just for fun, season has been bad  >:(
Sony a7iii with 70-200 f4 FE handheld
Pied coming up with small fish and a failed attempt  ;)
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Post by: rosko on January 18, 2019, 08:16:38
Elsid I find your images a little soft..

I feel the same.

Seems there are some fine details missing (mostly on the Jay, which is not cropped).
Was the VR on ? Or speed fast enough?

I would find it out using the combo on a sturdy tripod.

Francis.
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Post by: elsid on January 18, 2019, 20:20:11
Speed was 100, aperture 6.3, ISO 3600, hand held. VR on, but at that speed is it relevant?. I took this shot in a hurry, hand holding the camera.
How is the one below?






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Post by: rosko on January 19, 2019, 00:50:04
Slightly sharper. :)

Actually the slightest movement of the front lens will amplify as the distance of the subject gets longer.

I always try, when using a long lens combo, to lean against aa firm object like tree, whole or a rock. If there is nothing available, I crouch on one knee holding the front lens, but I use this procedure with my old 500mm AIP, which is certainly a lot heaver than your newer PF lens... ;D
 :)
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Post by: rosko on January 19, 2019, 01:08:48
Red-breasted Merganser. (Mergus serrator).

Nikkor AFS 300mm F/4 + TC 1.4.
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Post by: ColinM on January 22, 2019, 23:24:29
Thanks Elsid and Bruno

I like your Jays Elsid, especially the second one.
It seems fair, though is quite a small file so pixelates very quickly when you try to zoom in.

I often get Jays visiting my garden in the spring when they have a young family to feed, but rarely at other times of the year.
http://www.pbase.com/celidh/image/161006365/original
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Post by: elsid on January 23, 2019, 00:22:00
Thank you Colin for commenting.
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Post by: Peter Connan on January 27, 2019, 17:50:55
Black Saw-wing.
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Post by: Øivind Tøien on January 28, 2019, 00:10:16

Beautiful how you got the light shining through the wing feathers, well done catching the moment!
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Post by: Peter Connan on January 28, 2019, 16:27:24
Thank you very much Øivind
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Post by: Brute on February 07, 2019, 17:35:35
Momma Grebe feeding her chicks.
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Post by: elsid on February 07, 2019, 21:18:22
Flamingos.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on February 07, 2019, 21:58:44
Nice flamingos Elsid, where is this place?
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Post by: golunvolo on February 07, 2019, 22:00:53
Beautiful. I specially like the minimalist fist.
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Post by: elsid on February 07, 2019, 22:09:53
Thanks guys, the place is the delta of Gallikos river just south of Salonica.
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Post by: elsid on February 07, 2019, 22:18:19
Dalmatian pelicans in lake Kerkini.
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Post by: Brute on February 08, 2019, 01:04:47
Dalmatian pelicans in lake Kerkini.

HA
Nice shots.
And I thought this guy was having a bad hair day  :)
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Post by: elsid on February 08, 2019, 09:05:08
Beautiful shot Brute.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on February 08, 2019, 16:41:33
Nice pelicans Elsid,  I thing now you have the lens you looking for :)
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Post by: elsid on February 08, 2019, 19:38:57
Naso, the forthcoming 600mm PF might be better.
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Post by: gryphon1911 on February 08, 2019, 21:20:23
Some from a recent Columbus Zoo trip
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Post by: elsid on February 11, 2019, 19:18:26
Very good shots Andrew.
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Post by: elsid on February 12, 2019, 17:38:35
The following photos were taken at lake Kerkini just a little after sun rise. There is no pp.
Equipment used: Df+AFS micro 60mmG.
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Post by: Brute on February 14, 2019, 20:14:20
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Post by: elsid on February 16, 2019, 17:01:12
Egret
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Post by: tommiejeep on February 23, 2019, 13:34:06
A bit of a reach, bog standard PP  ;), handheld

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Post by: Akira on February 23, 2019, 13:48:18
A bit of a reach, bog standard PP  ;), handheld

Tom, this is brilliant!
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Post by: Brute on February 26, 2019, 06:32:08
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Post by: Peter Connan on March 03, 2019, 18:58:07
Beautiful shot Tom!

Here is a Sacred Ibis
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Post by: golunvolo on March 03, 2019, 19:50:11
Extra beautiful shot Tom!
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Post by: Anthony on March 03, 2019, 20:23:30
A bit of a reach, bog standard PP  ;), handheld

Very beautiful, like a painting.
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on March 03, 2019, 23:10:41
Beautiful shot Tom!

Here is a Sacred Ibis

very cool engaging shot, Peter!
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on March 03, 2019, 23:11:53
A bit of a reach, bog standard PP  ;), handheld




phantastic shot of the physique of the bird ... wow
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 04, 2019, 08:00:09
Thanks all, not seen many Sunbirds recently.
Brute, I love behavioural images well done and Peter that is a great Ibis image , love the low level.
Cheers,
Tom
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 04, 2019, 08:04:39
Unusual at long range.  Never really spent any time on this image because I have to many Osprey with fish at closer range or more MMs.  I find the BG interesting at f4.  Ran it trough Nik for dynamic contrast.  D7100/300 f2.8(naked for a change  ;) ) at f4.
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on March 04, 2019, 10:08:18
Great serie, Brute.

Tom, I find the parallel between the blurred palms and the wings works really well. The picture is very unusual. I like it a lot.
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Post by: Akira on March 04, 2019, 10:42:03
Tom, I hope you had enough time to run out of its flight course!  Impressive moment!
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Post by: Peter Connan on March 04, 2019, 18:07:41
Thank you very much Frank and Tom.

Great Osprey!
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Post by: ColinM on March 04, 2019, 20:57:30
Unusual at long range.  Never really spent any time on this image because I have to many Osprey with fish at closer range or more MMs.  I find the BG interesting at f4.  Ran it trough Nik for dynamic contrast.  D7100/300 f2.8(naked for a change  ;) ) at f4.

Lovely Osprey shot Tommy.
I'm interested in the bokeh on this - looks quite "nervous" and less smooth than I'd expect. Is that just a product of the high contrast palm fronds or did you actually aim for this when you did your PP in Nik?
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 10, 2019, 08:04:57
Colin, I was quite surprised.  All I did it NIK was increase dynamic contrast but not a lot.  All I can think of is that the line of Palms are quite tall and thin.  I was wondering about wind.  There is approx. 100+mtrs between the Osprey and tree.   
I will need to go back and see if the affect is there on shot either side.
Cheers Tom
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Post by: tommiejeep on March 19, 2019, 13:21:40
Some Sony 200mm birds
Pied Kingfisher, just playing with PP so have at it   ;D  a7iii/70-299 f4 FE handheld
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on March 19, 2019, 13:42:51
Ver nice, I like the first one in particular.
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Post by: Peter Connan on March 19, 2019, 18:14:58
Excellent shots Tom!
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Post by: Erik Lund on March 20, 2019, 09:28:22
Colin, I was quite surprised.  All I did it NIK was increase dynamic contrast but not a lot.  All I can think of is that the line of Palms are quite tall and thin.  I was wondering about wind.  There is approx. 100+mtrs between the Osprey and tree.   
I will need to go back and see if the affect is there on shot either side.
Cheers Tom
Amazing image!


Very eye catching image, especially due to the BG, could you post one that has neutral PP - Just curious to see the image ;)


I'm sure some of the striking effect is because of the blades positioning around the central part of the image
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Post by: Zang on March 22, 2019, 22:51:14
My phone has inconsistent time lag up to 5 sec, so this was kind of luck...
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Post by: Zang on March 29, 2019, 22:25:52
Another lucky one...
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Post by: Brute on April 02, 2019, 03:55:27
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Post by: elsid on April 03, 2019, 19:58:13
A purple heron
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on April 03, 2019, 20:05:17
Very nice Elsid, is it with the 500pf?
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Post by: elsid on April 03, 2019, 20:11:36
Thanks Nasos. Yes, it is the 500PF on the D500.
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Post by: tommiejeep on April 12, 2019, 08:17:31
She sees me  :) .  Df/300 2.8 w/tc1.4  ;)   Just playing with the image
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Post by: elsid on April 12, 2019, 10:02:29
Ibis
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Post by: tommiejeep on April 12, 2019, 10:04:19
Amazing image!


Very eye catching image, especially due to the BG, could you post one that has neutral PP - Just curious to see the image ;)


I'm sure some of the striking effect is because of the blades positioning around the central part of the image
Erik, sorry it took so long.  My wife is in UK so having to mind the store (and 18 year old)
This was orig. PP in camera Neutral.
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Post by: tommiejeep on April 12, 2019, 10:21:34
The Sid, nice colours.  I rarely get the right angles of the sun to show the colours  :( .
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Post by: elsid on April 12, 2019, 19:26:12
Thank you Tom. I walked a bit in a muddy field to get the right angle of the light.
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Post by: golunvolo on April 21, 2019, 01:41:33
I have to try. Another point of view. Playing around
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 21, 2019, 09:51:33
I have to try. Another point of view. Playing around
Very nice, this shows that you don’t need to photograph exotic birds to make great bird photos  ;)
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Post by: ColinM on April 23, 2019, 21:40:48
Here are a few from a lovely nature reserve near Glastonbury, UK
D500 300mm AF-S plus TC1.4

Heron with an eel for supper
(https://pbase.com/celidh/image/169099387/original.jpg)

Bitten off more than it can chew - takeaway instead
(https://pbase.com/celidh/image/169099388/original.jpg)

A bit of a bonus - a Bittern
(these guys were booming across the marshes all day)
I got 2 shots before it disappeared into the reedbad
(https://pbase.com/celidh/image/169099385/original.jpg)
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Post by: Brute on April 27, 2019, 05:50:34
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Post by: Thomas Stellwag on May 06, 2019, 00:24:47
starting my training to become  nature photographer

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Post by: Fons Baerken on May 11, 2019, 19:47:00
May  11

Dead young nested tits, didnt make this spring.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46910200395_7d29cb0459_o.jpg)

Df  micro-nikkor 55mm f/3.5
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Post by: ColinM on May 13, 2019, 17:13:35
This isn't my photo, but good to know that at least someone is "getting all their ducks in a row"  ;)
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Post by: Brute on May 20, 2019, 01:52:51
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Post by: elsid on June 06, 2019, 12:27:29
Sylvia Ruppelli on mount Imittos. A spring visitor in certain places in Greece.
Not a very easy bird to photograph.
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 06, 2019, 13:12:33
Nice pictures Elias :)
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Post by: elsid on June 06, 2019, 14:31:40
Thank you Bent for your comment.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on June 06, 2019, 20:47:39
Elias nice -500 PF ?
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Post by: elsid on June 06, 2019, 23:49:06
ThanksNasos, yes D500+500 PF
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Post by: elsid on June 07, 2019, 11:12:59
Egretta garzetta
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on June 13, 2019, 14:54:09
Back from Lapland.
D500 and 500PF. Last one with the TC-1.4 III
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Post by: PeterN on June 13, 2019, 15:37:25
Seeing bird photos always make me happy! It must have been a special trip!
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Post by: Bruno Schroder on June 14, 2019, 21:50:18
It was indeed. The ornithologists of the group have checked 166 different bird species. I did not photograph them all :)

A close up of the Pine Grosbeak and the female.
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Post by: Bent Hjarbo on June 15, 2019, 08:29:38
Egretta garzetta
Beautiful,nice mirroring  :)
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Post by: Ashlandish on June 20, 2019, 23:49:21
Bringing home the Sashimi...
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Post by: Ashlandish on June 20, 2019, 23:56:22
Another Osprey...

There are many along the Columbia...fun to try but a lot of learning yet ahead of me.
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Post by: mxbianco on June 22, 2019, 14:54:12
House martin (Delichon urbicum)

This swallow wasn't feeling too good, resting near a fountain at 1 meter height, exposed to cats' attacks.

I was able to approach it slowly at 1 m distance, uncropped photo @90mm (Nikon D300).

Ciao from Massimo
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Post by: ColinM on July 01, 2019, 17:43:30
Slightly embarrassed crow

Plus a booming Bittern in flight
(I struggled to get a sharp shot of this as it flashed in front of me......)
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Post by: mxbianco on July 09, 2019, 13:24:36
Crowded antenna

Ciao from Massimo
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Post by: golunvolo on July 09, 2019, 16:42:14
Beautiful, conceptual and presentation. Love it.
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Post by: mxbianco on July 10, 2019, 09:47:04
Beautiful, conceptual and presentation. Love it.

Those starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) travel out in -often huge- clouds, in my area sometimes more than 100000 birds together.

I have a whole series with birds coming and going from the antenna, and fighting for a place (naturally in the upper tiers!).

Ciao from Massimo
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 13, 2019, 18:06:35
White-bellied Sunbird
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Post by: Jacques Pochoy on July 13, 2019, 19:11:53
Wow ! The Ladybug looks like a welcome prop... ;)
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on July 13, 2019, 21:26:18
Great shot Peter!
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 14, 2019, 13:37:21
Thank you very much Jacques and Nasos
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Post by: Fanie on July 17, 2019, 12:51:48
White-bellied Sunbird

As always, brilliant Peter.
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Post by: ArthurDent on July 17, 2019, 15:15:54
Beautiful shot, Peter. Nicely composed and the colors really pop!
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 19, 2019, 18:38:50
Thank you very much Fanie and Arthur
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 22, 2019, 20:04:58
From the opposite end of the "cute and cuddly" spectrum...

Cape Vulture.

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Post by: Ann on July 23, 2019, 15:45:40
Some more photographs of the majestic Cape Vulture on the cliff-top of Giant's Castle:

(http://nikongear.net/revival/gallery/0/1358-230719151916-7281807.jpeg)

(http://nikongear.net/revival/gallery/0/1358-230719151913-7272455.jpeg)

And a Jackal Buzzard who also turned up for the feast of meaty bones which we had taken up there for these birds:

(http://nikongear.net/revival/gallery/0/1358-230719153452-7291758.jpeg)
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Post by: tommiejeep on July 24, 2019, 06:54:52
Peter and Ann, great images.  I rarely see Vultures and never close.
Thanks for posting.
Close but no cigar  :(  Z6, 70-200 f4G vr, handheld.
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 24, 2019, 19:15:43
Lovely shots Anne and Tommie
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Post by: Ann on July 24, 2019, 22:14:47
Peter:
I am interested in where you took your splendid shots and wondering if it was also on Giant's Castle?

We weren't entirely lucky with the weather on our morning at the Hide which was cold with low-hanging clouds and swirling mist and with no thermals for the vultures to soar upon. We had hoped to see Bearded Vultures but they didn't come.

The people who had had the Hide the previous day had wonderful warmth and sun: we hoped they would come down before the end of the day, so we could have then taken their place up there, but they didn't!

We didn't get any more vultures but we did attract Collared Ravens and that rather dramatic Jackal Buzzard arrived too.






 
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Post by: Ashlandish on July 25, 2019, 02:58:16
I had just started hiking to Marion Lake, along with an 11 pound chihuahua, when this barred owl (I think) flew across our path. It posed a long time, eying the chihuahua, the chihuahua oblivious to the owl.

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Post by: ArthurDent on July 25, 2019, 04:53:03
Some more photographs of the majestic Cape Vulture on the cliff-top of Giant's Castle:

(http://nikongear.net/revival/gallery/0/1358-230719151916-7281807.jpeg)

(http://nikongear.net/revival/gallery/0/1358-230719151913-7272455.jpeg)

And a Jackal Buzzard who also turned up for the feast of meaty bones which we had taken up there for these birds:

(http://nikongear.net/revival/gallery/0/1358-230719153452-7291758.jpeg)

They are all great, but your third image is really spectacular!
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Post by: Peter Connan on July 26, 2019, 18:33:59
Peter:
I am interested in where you took your splendid shots and wondering if it was also on Giant's Castle?

We weren't entirely lucky with the weather on our morning at the Hide which was cold with low-hanging clouds and swirling mist and with no thermals for the vultures to soar upon. We had hoped to see Bearded Vultures but they didn't come.

The people who had had the Hide the previous day had wonderful warmth and sun: we hoped they would come down before the end of the day, so we could have then taken their place up there, but they didn't!

We didn't get any more vultures but we did attract Collared Ravens and that rather dramatic Jackal Buzzard arrived too.

Anne, this was at Vulpro, just outside Hartebeespoort. Vulpro is a rehabilitation centre and feeding scheme who hire out a hide for a very reasonable fee, but they are much less popular than Gian't Castle, so much easier to get in.
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Post by: Brute on July 26, 2019, 20:30:51
I had just started hiking to Marion Lake, along with an 11 pound chihuahua, when this barred owl (I think) flew across our path. It posed a long time, eying the chihuahua, the chihuahua oblivious to the owl.

That's a nice hike. Have not been up there in years.
Some nice waterfalls below the lake and down towards the fish hatchery.
Pretty tough bushwacking threw that  thick stuff by the creek.
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Post by: beryllium10 on July 27, 2019, 04:32:36
Peter, Great photos.  The first - close up with the vulture in flight, purposeful look in his eye - is dramatic.

Tim, Wonderful owl photo. Nice of him or her to appear and pose so obligingly.

Cheers,   John
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Post by: Ashlandish on July 27, 2019, 21:53:38
Ken, yes it is a very nice hike, and the day was gorgeous. We just stayed on the trail that day, but have camped down closer to the fish hatchery along a small creek, and the brush alongside is indeed thick and tough. It sure is beautiful country though.

John, I really appreciate your comment. That owl flying in front of me was a wonderful way to start to start a lovely day....we sure live in a beautiful area.
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Post by: Ann on July 28, 2019, 01:24:55
Peter:
Thank you for telling me about Vulpro. I took a look at their web site and they are doing very valuable work.

It was also interesting to learn how seriously the traces of pharmaceuticals in carcasses are endangering the vultures.

The South African NP service strictly enforces their rules that only bones which they supply may be fed to the vultures at the Giants' Castle hide.
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Post by: Ann on July 28, 2019, 01:34:09
Tim:

That is such a great photograph of an owl!
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Post by: Ashlandish on July 28, 2019, 03:57:33
Tim:

That is such a great photograph of an owl!

Ann, thank you so much. I always hesitate to post anything since there are so many wonderful photographers here, but your comment gives me a little courage  :)...
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Post by: Peter Connan on August 02, 2019, 19:48:27
Thank you very much John and Anne. Indeed, our vultures are in serious trouble!

Here is another one.

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Post by: tommiejeep on August 03, 2019, 03:45:05
Wow Peter, those two heads are really cool.   The image is very sharp , nice detail but I keep looking for a way to crop for just the heads.   The standing Vulture has an evil look.
Many thanks for posting.
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Post by: Peter Connan on August 03, 2019, 16:18:39
Thanks Tom.

I am also not 100% convinced about the crop. But I do think the open wings add an element of emotion? I suspect this is one of those images that work better in a large print than on a smallish screen?
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Post by: ColinM on August 18, 2019, 21:27:53
A pair of woodpeckers from Cornwall, UK
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Post by: Brute on August 21, 2019, 04:57:20
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Post by: elsid on August 28, 2019, 21:32:48
Cisticola Juncidis with D500+500 PF
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Post by: fentriss on August 30, 2019, 23:50:54
Birds are soo nice, some Eurasian Jay (Eichelhäher) seen with d850+AF-s 500 1:4D + x1,2 (vocal lenght 700mm), distance to the bird at least 7 meters, not downscaled, a little bit croped. waiting time ... 3 days ... bye bye, richard
(http://malus.exotica.org.uk/~zeg/images/august/aueichelhaeher2019c99.jpg)
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Post by: elsid on September 11, 2019, 13:18:28
Upupa epops
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Post by: Ashlandish on October 05, 2019, 08:04:35
A Great Blue Heron, along the Columbia...
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Post by: Akira on October 26, 2019, 00:35:07
Migrating birds.
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Post by: elsid on October 30, 2019, 11:23:03
The decisive moment
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Post by: elsid on November 14, 2019, 19:39:42
The eye of a Buteo buteo
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Post by: elsid on November 15, 2019, 19:32:42
Regulus regulus
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Post by: Brute on December 02, 2019, 00:21:22
Some tasty birds .
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Post by: ColinM on December 02, 2019, 14:51:32
Regulus regulus

I love the photo (and the living creature too!)
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Post by: elsid on December 02, 2019, 15:08:56
Thank you Colin for commenting.
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Post by: elsid on December 03, 2019, 08:45:54
Sunrise at lake Kerkini.
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Post by: elsid on December 04, 2019, 19:59:59
A robin thru fence wire
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Post by: golunvolo on December 04, 2019, 20:13:30
Oh, lovely
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Post by: elsid on December 04, 2019, 20:49:26
Thank you Paco for your comment.
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Post by: Akira on December 04, 2019, 23:23:34
A robin thru fence wire

How cute!
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Post by: Ashlandish on December 05, 2019, 03:41:34
yep, lovely and cute...
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Post by: Anthony on December 05, 2019, 13:02:52
Love the robin!
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Post by: elsid on December 05, 2019, 15:21:53
Akira, Tim, Anthony, thank you for your comments
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Post by: elsid on December 05, 2019, 19:46:29
Saxicola rubetra carries material for building his nest. Taken last Spring at the Marathon wetland.
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Post by: elsid on December 05, 2019, 19:59:28
CORVUS CORONE