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Re: Birds 2011

Unread postby aa los banos » Sat May 14, 2011 5:53 pm

thanks aster :)




i went back to the wetlands the other morning and tried to see if there are some activities before winter comes, i've seen kites and a sea-eagle but they were too far from my spot.....after 3 hours of stalking them, i head back to the car and calling it a day when suddenly something was flying over me at a close distance and got this :wink:



white-bellied sea-eagle (juvenile)
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Unread postby ACIPhotos » Sat May 14, 2011 8:43 pm

Looks like a Redpoll to me. They are just slightly smaller than a sparrow and flit quite fast. I love the first shot.
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Unread postby ACIPhotos » Sat May 14, 2011 8:55 pm

ACIPhotos wrote:Looks like a Redpoll to me. They are just slightly smaller than a sparrow and flit quite fast. I love the first shot.



Not the one above I mean the lovely little red finches on the previous page. Having looked them up I note you dont get Redpolls in Maryland. I've double checked and it is a bird called a "Purple Finch" even though it is red.

Anyway great bird shots all!
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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Sun May 15, 2011 6:48 am

Love that Sea Eagle aa los banos, I don't think I've seen a Juvenile before, although I might have in the distance and thought it was a Kite maybe, I have to remember the really distinctive feature for distance recognition is the upsweep on the wings while soaring, I don't think too many other bops do that in quite the same way.
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Unread postby Birma » Sun May 15, 2011 10:31 am

Super bird in flight shot AA. Great detail, colours and even a lovely catch-light in the eye. For me it is so often either the first shot out of the bag, or the very last that ends up being the favourite for a day.
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Re: Birds 2011

Unread postby aa los banos » Sun May 15, 2011 3:57 pm

thanks greg, yes and it flaps its wings very smoothly and very big wingspan :)

@birma, that's true for me also, the first or the last shots....thanks mate :D




got this the other day when i came back for the kites, i'm not quite sure if it's a black kite but this is a lifer for me :D
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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Sun May 15, 2011 4:49 pm

That's a tricky one aa los banos, it's got a tail like a Harrier, squarish with bars, the Black Kite is supposed to have a forked tail (and a dark eye), your one has a yellow iris and a grey beak, also yellow legs....hmm problem is a lot of them change eye colour from juvenile to adult as well. I think a closer choice might be the Square Tailed Kite, I can't quite decide for sure, but it doesn't look to have the forked tail though. Another one that's close is the Juvenile Swamp Harrier.
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Unread postby aa los banos » Mon May 16, 2011 1:25 am

yes greg, it's a swamp harrier, confirmed it in the other forum too :D


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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Mon May 16, 2011 2:01 am

The last time I went fishing in the Gulf this chap would cruise over the camp every morning to see if there were any dainty morsels left lying around, like fish backbones etc. so I snapped his photo one morning, the only camera I had to hand at the moment was the KM5D + KM18-200 so it's not up to todays camera standards with a high quality prime I guess...but I'm pretty sure this bop was the Black Kite...just for comparison, there were some Wistling Kites hanging around as well but they were quite a bit more skittish.
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Re: Birds 2011

Unread postby aa los banos » Mon May 16, 2011 5:22 am

a great capture greg and has the wing spread too.....yes, i think that's the black kite :D




whistling kite from the same day capturing the swamp harrier, sharing.....
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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Mon May 16, 2011 9:50 am

Yep I reckon that's a Whistling Kite, has that distinctive underwing light contrasting backfeathers in just the right location, overall though it's quite a bit lighter in colouration than the ones here, ours are a bit darker generally, actually I think my Black Kite should be a bit darker also but I have always had a bit of trouble getting the colour exactly right with the KM5D with nature shots, it's great for people shots though.
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Re: Birds 2011

Unread postby Birma » Mon May 16, 2011 4:51 pm

Nice shots AA and Greg, as well as an interesting lessons on Australian bop :D .
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Unread postby david antony » Mon May 16, 2011 7:28 pm

Excellent display of birds AA & Greg each one showing great detail
especially their undercarriage. I take my KM5D out the odd time &
still get good results as you did here Greg. Is there another fishing
expedition on the horizon. ? I sure hope so. ;^)

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Unread postby Greg Beetham » Tue May 17, 2011 2:24 am

Thanks aa los banos, Birma and DA, actually the old KM5D would probably do a pretty good job even now with a top class lens I think.
We had a family get together the other day at a local tavern (this one has a function area and nice meals) for my fathers 90th birthday, I was talking to Dick and commented that the steak wasn’t as good as those Coleman R. steaks (knowing that this is the time of year for a trip up there); he said we mightn’t be sampling those for a while; and when I asked why’s that? He said he’d been in touch with the aboriginal mission about a possible campsite, (they control four sites, if ‘control’ and ‘campsites’ are the right words), but in any case you pay them $25 for the site access for a week (the definition of week seems quite flexible as well), anyway they said it had been raining a lot so the track into the area was very boggy at the moment i.e. impassable. Bit of a shame as there is a lot of photography to be had there; I remember one morning there was a Sea Eagle cruising up the river over the mangroves on the other side from the camp whereupon it was accosted by a couple of Kites, there was quite a dogfight for little while as I stood there with a cup of coffee in hand instead of a camera…The Eagle did a u-turn eventually and flew off back the way it came, harried by the Kites for some distance…I realized later the Kites probably had a nest with young somewhere nearby in the mangroves.
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Re: Birds 2011

Unread postby Greg Beetham » Tue May 17, 2011 3:48 am

Oh well I guess I could always take a potshot at the unusually nervous Ibis in the backyard.
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