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American Kestrel and Mirlo Ecuatoriano

 
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Nov 07, 2010 22:39 |  #1

Friends,

On Friday my father (rpolitsr) and I made a bird-searching trip to test out the newly arrived 70-200 f4L. It was incredibly uneventful (just as when Jon 'the slayer of trolls' came and we went to the 'Ashintaco' ravine), not one bird to be found.

As we were leaving, my father made a joke about us not seeing any birds inside the ravine nor inside the woods, but that there were two standing on a high-voltage electrical turret. I was already driving and asked if they were 'good enough' for us to drive back into the parking lot, reassemble the equipment and he nodded. Well, two that looked like pigeons at a distance were actually (thanks to Dirby for their ID) American Kestrels or Sparrow Hawks.

Here's the first outing with the just-arrived 70-200 f4L (fantastic lens!):

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Later we drove into an inside-the-city park and, being able to get much, much closer to the birds, I was able to catch this Mirlo Ecuatoriano (no sure the proper name but looks like the Turdus Merula of Europe) on a branch:

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After 'trying' to take pictures of birds, either standing still or flying, I'm absolutely impressed with the images one can find on this section of the forum. How you fellows do it (specially the in-flight pictures), is a mystery to me... I hope I'll be able to find some advice, pointers, tutorials, how-to's or anything that will help as it is quite more difficult than what I first anticipated.

Thanks as always for any pointers, critique and comment, just wanted to say hi here, hopefully some more images will be on their way with some of the local birds from Ecuador.

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Rafa.

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Nov 08, 2010 02:45 |  #2

nice shots Rafa




  
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Nov 08, 2010 06:03 |  #3

Rafa, you did very well to get those with 200mm. Our kestrels are usually too skittish to get that close.


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Nov 08, 2010 11:28 |  #4

Nice!


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Nov 08, 2010 11:45 |  #5

Thanks kmunroe, sparker1 and Mil for the comments.

I believe our Kestrels are skittish too Sparker :) ... but they knew they were save, as this was probably on a wire 80 to 100 feet above ground, and they know I don't have any wings :) ... The truth is I got really lucky! But I agree a 200mm may not be the best 'weapon' to shoot them... that is a heavily cropped image (it's not a 100% crop but very near). I am thinking about the Kenko 1.4 for a bit of extended reach, though I'm not sure if it's going to make much of a difference, especially when shooting birds :( . What do you friends think?

The good thing is the 70-200 has the ability to withstand heavily cropping without losing too much of the color and detail, which is one of the aspects of the lens I really like! I look forward to doing some more outings and see what I can find, and hopefully learning a bit from other people's experiences and the fantastic pictures shown in this forum.

Thanks again for the comments,
Rafa.


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