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Apr 28, 2016 07:46 |  #1

I am hoping to go a place where you can photograph Ospreys
http://www.rivergwasht​routfarm.com/river-gwash-trout-farm-1 (external link)
It says
"The Ospreys normally fish the first line of ponds which are within 30m of the hide and up to 60m away if they fish the second line of ponds so it is advisable to bring a range of lenses. Session times are Dawn-9.30am or 4.30pm-Dusk. Prices for 2015 are £60/person/session. There is ample parking and a toilet on site"

A) I have 2 Cameras a Canon 550D and 7D MKII and two telephoto lens a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and Tamron 150-600. Should I put the 70-300 on the Canon 550D and the Tamron on 7D MKII?
B) What would be a good test to photograph? As it is going to be over water, I would guess sea gulls on my local pond and try from 30 and 60 m away (harder said than done as it is not flat where I live).




  
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May 11, 2016 11:58 |  #2

davholla wrote in post #17987947 (external link)
I am hoping to go a place where you can photograph Ospreys
http://www.rivergwasht​routfarm.com/river-gwash-trout-farm-1 (external link)
It says
"The Ospreys normally fish the first line of ponds which are within 30m of the hide and up to 60m away if they fish the second line of ponds so it is advisable to bring a range of lenses. Session times are Dawn-9.30am or 4.30pm-Dusk. Prices for 2015 are £60/person/session. There is ample parking and a toilet on site"

A) I have 2 Cameras a Canon 550D and 7D MKII and two telephoto lens a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and Tamron 150-600. Should I put the 70-300 on the Canon 550D and the Tamron on 7D MKII?
B) What would be a good test to photograph? As it is going to be over water, I would guess sea gulls on my local pond and try from 30 and 60 m away (harder said than done as it is not flat where I live).

Sounds like a high potential outing. Have you not shot BIF before? You have the equipment to do it, but your question makes me think you're a noob. Practice on gulls, with both lenses on the 7D MkII and see which gives you the highest success rate and sharpest images. Don't be pre-set in which lens you're going to use. The blind may be close enough for the 70-300mm, although you usually need as much focal length as possible to shoot osprey. The AF acquisition time and accuracy are more important than reach.

Osprey are relatively slow birds, so shooting them is pretty easy, particularly if the blind is well placed. Gulls are actually harder to anticipate and keep in focus, so that'll be exellent practice.

Take plenty of shots. I'll let you answer about your experience level with BIF before saying anything more.

Enjoy:

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/a8sS​kF  (external link) Duck...no... osprey. (external link) by David Stephens (external link), on Flickr

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davholla
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May 11, 2016 16:06 |  #3

I have taken birds in flight before (a bit noisy but it was dark)

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However as I am going to spend 4 hours driving, accommodation £60 fee for the hide etc I want to get this right.


Thanks for the advice - there are lots of gulls here, although possibly as they get fed by people a lot they might be easier than what you are used to.



  
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