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Re: Some Birds

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:03 pm
by kingfisher
indeed nice shots stephen
specially the first one

the vulture`s are difficult , but i now where they sleep ,
so i wait a few hours , an than they started , to fly

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with this picture , i go with my camera in the same direction as the vulture , i think you say " trekking " so the picture get some speed ??????

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greetings
gustav

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:26 pm
by RobbieA
Nice shots Stephen.. I love the second one.. overall colouring just great..

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:31 pm
by Bodak
Heavens above, I look at these shots and feel giddy .
The older I get the more I have to watch myself near high places.
I used to be able to walk steel girders in the construction industry when young, but not now.

I'd kill to be able to get just one shot like yours. :D

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:56 pm
by kingfisher
hi stephen

this summer i go for the holiday to france , we do it every year
if you go this summer to france , iàm sure that you make the same picture`s as me

i take you with me , and i help you , to take the same picture`s as me

i now the place , where they sleep , and with the first sunlight , they spread there wings , for get warm
than after one hour , thet started with flying , i now when thas is happend ,

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every picture is taken with the A700 and the SONY 70-200 2,8 SSM

cheers
gustav

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:46 pm
by Bodak
Thanks for the invite Gustav, but traveling from Australia is a little prohibitive.

For birding I only have a Tamron 200-500.
I did try the sigma 50-500 but had two copies in a row that had stripped AF gears from new.
The first one auto focussed about 12 times then went down.
The second was stuffed right out of the box.
I have become very wary of Sigma now.
The whole thing cost me around $500 AU and still had nothing to show for it.
A little off topic I know but I am still miffed about the whole thing as I wanted the range from 50mm up.

I'll have to settle for Kookaburra's.
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Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:07 am
by jcoffin
Bodak wrote:I'll have to settle for Kookaburra's.


No settling involved there -- that's a nice shot!

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:39 am
by jbtaylor
Thanks to all for the wonderful images.
Gustav, those vulture shots are just unfair. You have to at least give us a chance to compete.

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:25 am
by RobbieA
Gustav, your vulture pics are awesome.. really above the rest! I think you need to change your nickname from Kingfisher to Birdman.. hehe

Stephen, lovely pic.. we defnitely don't have those guys over here...

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:34 pm
by Greg Beetham
I agree Stephen, the first time I saw a couple of Vulture shots from Gustav I got that same vertigo feeling, brilliant shots. Some great bird shots posted from all. Robbie with that great Avocet photo you have, there is an Avocet here, our particular model has a buff coloured head and neck instead of the black and white one, the rest of it seems to be about the same, (I don't have a photo but it's in the bird book), also the duck with the strange wattle thingy, there is a duck here called a Musk duck (again no photo) with a strange wattle below the bill instead of above it, but I don't think I've ever seen one, although who could say with any certainty when you gaze out over a large collection of mixed water birds. And to me that's the trouble with water birds and especially shorebirds, the difficulty of identifying them from a distance, what with the amount of types that look the same or similar, the oystercatchers, stilts incl.(avocets), phalaropes, pratincoles, don't seem so bad but when you get into sandpipers, shanks, curlews (nomadic migratory), godwits, dowitchers, snipe, knots, tattlers, stints etc. there are pages of em, and from 50M a lot of them look very similar, so I sort of never really got into shorebirds much myself, although I do like lake and swamp type birds even if they are hard generally to photograph....sigh, so many birds, so little time. :)
Greg

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:15 pm
by Greg Beetham
Looks like another intermission, so I'll post a photo of a couple of Pacific Black ducks just for the hell of it, sorry about the flash, the light was just about gone at the time.
Greg

A100 100-300APO ISO200 f5 1/125sec
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Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:13 pm
by jbtaylor
Alright folks, I am running low on bird shots. Even with the dust spot or insect on the lens and the narrow DOF, I like this guy.

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Re: Some Birds

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:55 pm
by RobbieA
Thanks Greg.. would be interested to see your Avocet so when you get a chance, shoot one for me.. hehe.. and yes, plenty water and shore birds make ID sometimes difficult...The duck with the big bill is called a Knob Billed Duck.. very original..haha..

Nice Heron jbtaylor.. a little soft but nice compo...

Re: Some Birds

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:10 am
by Bodak
"Yellow Breasted Robin" I believe

Not a very good shot. These blokes are hard to get and you really need a dedicated quality prime for these.
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Re: Some Birds

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:49 am
by RobbieA
Yes, high quality primes would make life a bit easier with these guys, but so would winning the lotto.. haha.. It looks like the light was very harsh hence the heavy shadows,, maybe use the shadow/highlight on PS to lift those shadows..

Thought I would just throw another MK in for luck.. hehe

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Re: Some Birds

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:16 am
by Greg Beetham
No problemo Robbie, :lol: when would you like the photo of the Red Necked Avocet? I'll see what I can do. :D
Greg

ps This might get me off the hook.
http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/gallery/displayimage.php?album=lastup&cat=0&pos=5