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Feb 08, 2014 15:54 as a reply to  @ post 16674297 |  #316

I really enjoy looking at this thread, all great birds & great photography, keep them coming :)


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Feb 08, 2014 16:31 as a reply to  @ Joe52's post |  #317

Thank you Joe. It is participants like you that make the forum worthwhile. :D


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Feb 09, 2014 13:27 |  #318

A new lifer for me on Saturday, Namadgi Visitor Centre.

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Feb 09, 2014 14:29 as a reply to  @ rawshorty's post |  #319

Oh, Shorty, I am sooooo jealous. :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:


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Feb 15, 2014 04:07 |  #320

Callumbrae and Rawshorty, your bird pictures are so very good. Can you tell us a little bit how you take the photos? Are the birds easy to spot or do you wait at special places for hours? And with the camera on a tripod, I always react to slow to focus, how about you?
I hope you don't mind this questions, but I want to take better birds pics.
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Feb 15, 2014 05:17 as a reply to  @ Lyn2011's post |  #321

No worries Lyn.
I use a Canon 5D MkIII camera now, but only upgraded from 7D a little over a year ago. My 300 mm f2.8 IS USM lens is 9 yrs old, I have treated it like a baby and it is still working as well as it did in the beginning. The x2 extender I have now is a Mk III and replaces an unreliable old version. I use a monopod because a tripod restricts the amount of movement you need to follow birds around. The monopod is, of course, less stable, but I generally work seated, gripping the monopod between my knees.
On accound of being in my 70s, I am not fit enough to carry the gear around stalking things, and so I prefer to use a home-made bag-hide, and sit comfortably in that waiting for the birds to come to me. This means I get fewer photo opportunities, but the trade-off is that when the birds do come close, sometimes they come very, very close.
My preferred time of day is the first two hours after sunrise. The birds are busier then and the light is soft. On heavily overcast days I don't even bother to go out now, because the results are so disappointing compared with the shots you get with soft early sunlight.
I hope Shorty responds too, because I know he does things very differently.
Heaps of practice is worth a thousand words of advice.
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Feb 15, 2014 14:23 |  #322

Thanks, Lyn. I use a 7D and Sigma 150-500. I hand hold as i find a tripod or monopod to restricting.
Work gets in the way and it's been too hot lately but i try to get out as much as i can, if it is a nice day i will walk around all day looking for the birds. Paying attention to your surroundings is the key, always looking for movement. If i come across a tree with lots of movement i will pick a branch that is at eye level and stand still and wait for the birds to come to me. With some birds like say a Kingfisher, i just slowly walk towards it trying to get as close as i can (not easy). Sometimes luck is the key as with my last post of the Jacky Winter, i was taking shots of him from a distance and then looked at my screen to see what it was and when i looked back up he was sitting on a branch right in front of me and gave himself a good preening and then started to pose for me. The biggest asset you can have is a real passion for the birds and really wanting to get good shots of them. Learn your camera and what settings work for you and get out as much as possible and practice.
The settings that work for me are AV mode, wide open (f6.3) auto iso, centre spot focus and i hold my camera by the tripod mount on the lens with my thumb resting on the focus ring, that way i can manually focus till it is close then let the camera auto focus from there. My combo is a bit slow to focus so this works very well for me.
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Feb 15, 2014 17:51 as a reply to  @ rawshorty's post |  #323

Yep, the more time you spend in the field the luckier you get.


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Feb 15, 2014 20:55 |  #324

Thanks very much Callumbrae and Rawshorty for your answers/advices. I'll keep it in mind and keep working on it. Maybe in the future I'll buy a better lens, now I work with kit lenses or with my SX50.
(and in this climate, start earlier in the day, we don't have daylight saving, so early is really early!)

This thread is my favorite, again, your photos are beautiful.




  
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Feb 20, 2014 04:15 |  #325

Got a new 1Diii (to me) and tested it with my 150-500 and Kenko 1.4X.
Pretty happy so far.

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Feb 20, 2014 19:20 as a reply to  @ rawshorty's post |  #326

Nice work, Shorty. Is your thornbill a striated or a buffy.


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Feb 21, 2014 12:04 |  #327

Great bunch Shorty,


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Feb 21, 2014 15:29 as a reply to  @ Pondrader's post |  #328

Straw-necked ibis are still (or have resumed) roosting overnight on Callum Brae. They leave soon after sunrise. This fellow was stretching his wings just as the first rays of sunlight shone on its iridescent feather.

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Feb 25, 2014 00:50 |  #329

callumbrae wrote in post #16705179 (external link)
Nice work, Shorty. Is your thornbill a striated or a buffy.

Thanks, Margaret. I believe it is a young Striated.

Pondrader wrote in post #16706679 (external link)
Great bunch Shorty,

Thanks, Jeff.


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Feb 25, 2014 00:56 |  #330

callumbrae wrote in post #16707177 (external link)
Straw-necked ibis are still (or have resumed) roosting overnight on Callum Brae. They leave soon after sunrise. This fellow was stretching his wings just as the first rays of sunlight shone on its iridescent feather.

Great shot, Margaret. They roost in a tree next to my place often, during the day.
I have been to Chiltern, Victoria so no pics for the thread this week:(.
Great place to go and get some new ones, got 11.


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