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Sep 23, 2020 21:06 |  #2056

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The fall warbler migration continues to give some great opportunities and a last chance to capture these beauties until next spring. Here are a couple from the past 2 days - a Blackburnian and a Magnolia - both in their more subdued fall colors. I've been making sure to get out at sunrise and the first hour of sunlight has been magical.
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Wow uh mazin.... I'm patient.... but not that patient!!!


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Sep 24, 2020 05:45 |  #2057

DocRoger wrote in post #19129106 (external link)
The fall warbler migration continues to give some great opportunities and a last chance to capture these beauties until next spring. Here are a couple from the past 2 days - a Blackburnian and a Magnolia - both in their more subdued fall colors. I've been making sure to get out at sunrise and the first hour of sunlight has been magical.
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Very much appreciate your kind words Phil, means a lot. I knew I was off to a good start when I began to get into this a couple of years ago and took Robert's (MM4040) advice to get my feet wet and check out the Sony Rx10miv. I could make that baby sing but I knew I needed more. Robert came to my rescue again about 6 months ago with the D500 + 500PF set-up and there's no stopping me now! I love the way it handles light and colors and have learned that to get the best out of it I need to get that early (or late) light - man what a difference that makes.

Dazzling photos, really happy to see you getting out there and making the opportunities with these birds! Isn't it surreal when you get out there w/ sunrise and see crazy activity, not knowing what species you'll find? People rave about the Spring and the breeding plumage, but personally I find the Fall migration to be more exciting. Best time of year!




  
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Sep 24, 2020 07:27 |  #2058

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On a budget, the new Canon 800mm f/11 might serve,. but I am dubious about it's overall utility to date. It would require an "R" body to use,. and as you say the R5 (and R6 really) are pretty high dollar. that leaves only the "R" itself, whose sensor I admire (5D4) but the AF for wildlife? Not even close to the R6 and R5, let alone an affordable 7D2.

If only that 800mm would work well on a 7D2, but alas.

Thanks, I actually took notice of the RF800mmDO release. And it might be a good solution to get to 800mm for shooting over distance. No tc required so I assume IQ will do just fine and f11 just acceptable.
But here it comes: Canon has all but abandoned crop shooting. A 1.6x crop R model for 1500,- and I would buy the 800mmDO in a heartbeat.
No way though that I would mess around with a M6II and mount converter and add-on EVF.
What Nikon does right, is offer a high IQ 1.5x crop body that will take all Z lenses and F lenses with the same adapter as my Z7, and offer a full package in the Z50, and that for 799,-
The gap at Canon is now too large. If it changes, the RF800mmDO will surely be an option!




  
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Sep 24, 2020 21:29 |  #2059

This evening, I was walking back home after an hour or two outing, and had zero photos on my memory card. Though the conditions were excellent, nothing was working for me, I wasn't seeing any birds at all, just another one of those days that have become all too familiar to me this year. In a last Hail Mary I stop by at my all time favorite tree to see if I there's any last second holdouts....

WOW.

After about 10 minutes of chilling, it was like a switch got flipped. Out of nowhere, birds just started appearing out of the wood work (literally). At one point there were 3 Black & White Warblers, a Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Northern Parula, American Redstart, and obligatory Gray Catbirds... in the same tree at the EXACT same time!!! All at or near eye level. It was unbelievable and chaotic, and it only last about 3 minutes before it started dying down. There was so much action (all that Warbler energy) that it was tough picking out shots fast enough before a bird would move, and I had to quickly zero in on another, so a lot of shots that looked good in the viewfinder turned out to have some compositional issues (branches in the background, mostly). Big set of photos to work through!

Not sure why they were swarming this tree, but the same thing happened in the spring, and that's why it's my lucky tree.

This is my first edited shot. More to come!


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This isn't a hero shot, I was just trying to get more than one bird in the frame, but 500mm up close doesn't give enough DOF.


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Sep 24, 2020 21:48 |  #2060

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This evening, I was walking back home after an hour or two outing, and had zero photos on my memory card. Though the conditions were excellent, nothing was working for me, I wasn't seeing any birds at all, just another one of those days that have become all too familiar to me this year. In a last Hail Mary I stop by at my all time favorite tree to see if I there's any last second holdouts....

WOW.

I'll say Wow! That is so awesome! Good for you for not giving up! That Parula is beautiful. Great story!:-D


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Sep 24, 2020 21:59 as a reply to  @ MatthewK's post |  #2061

Wow from me also.
The first one ticks all the boxes IMO.
A beautiful bird in an enticing pose.

You certainly bought out the colours and details in these.

Glad you were rewarded so richly.
Look forward to more.



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Sep 25, 2020 07:00 |  #2062

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I'll say Wow! That is so awesome! Good for you for not giving up! That Parula is beautiful. Great story!:-D

Thank you, Doc! I mostly see Parulas during the migrations, and they're usually really timid at first, but once they appear they are rather bold and will hang out for a good bit. The Black-throated Green Warblers are similar: timid until they aren't, and they'll sit in the same spot for a good long while. Problem is, if they land at a less than ideal perch, it's kind of what you're stuck with because they won't move to another spot until they actually get up to leave.

Now, if I could just get them on more interesting perches like your Warbler shots, I'd be ecstatic :D

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Wow from me also.
The first one ticks all the boxes IMO.
A beautiful bird in an enticing pose.

You certainly bought out the colours and details in these.

Glad you were rewarded so richly.
Look forward to more.

Kind words, I much appreciate you commenting on my shot, Richard.

It definitely was a stroke of luck that I hit on this smorgasbord of birds, because prior to that I had spent two hours in the field and had literally zero photos to show for it, so yeah, I definitely needed a pick-me-up :)




  
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Sep 25, 2020 08:37 |  #2063

MatthewK wrote in post #19129551 (external link)
This evening, I was walking back home after an hour or two outing, and had zero photos on my memory card. Though the conditions were excellent, nothing was working for me, I wasn't seeing any birds at all, just another one of those days that have become all too familiar to me this year. In a last Hail Mary I stop by at my all time favorite tree to see if I there's any last second holdouts....

WOW.

After about 10 minutes of chilling, it was like a switch got flipped. Out of nowhere, birds just started appearing out of the wood work (literally). At one point there were 3 Black & White Warblers, a Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Northern Parula, American Redstart, and obligatory Gray Catbirds... in the same tree at the EXACT same time!!! All at or near eye level. It was unbelievable and chaotic, and it only last about 3 minutes before it started dying down. There was so much action (all that Warbler energy) that it was tough picking out shots fast enough before a bird would move, and I had to quickly zero in on another, so a lot of shots that looked good in the viewfinder turned out to have some compositional issues (branches in the background, mostly). Big set of photos to work through!

Not sure why they were swarming this tree, but the same thing happened in the spring, and that's why it's my lucky tree.

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You definitely earned this opportunity, Matt. You are being rewarded for persistence during the months long dry spell. ;-)a

These are wonderful and your commentary allows us all to appreciate them even more.

I'd be remiss if I didn't add a 3rd...... WOW!  :p


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Sep 25, 2020 09:19 |  #2064

I had a unique visitor in the backyard yesterday afternoon.

As I sat, prepared for Hummer flybys, a Baltimore Oriole "just appeared" and sat on one of my feeders less than 15 feet from me!
As I slowly turned his way & raised the camera in his direction... off he flew into the neighbors tree.

I waited & waited for him to come back, but he didn't wanna play with me. I got this just as proof for wifey that I actually saw him. Lol.

I went out & got some fresh oranges last night & put them out this morning, in hopes of luring him (them?) back. Here's hoping!

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Sep 25, 2020 16:03 |  #2065

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I had a unique visitor in the backyard yesterday afternoon.

As I sat, prepared for Hummer flybys, a Baltimore Oriole "just appeared" and sat on one of my feeders less than 15 feet from me!
As I slowly turned his way & raised the camera in his direction... off he flew into the neighbors tree.

I waited & waited for him to come back, but he didn't wanna play with me. I got this just as proof for wifey that I actually saw him. Lol.

I went out & got some fresh oranges last night & put them out this morning, in hopes of luring him (them?) back. Here's hoping!

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You got this, bud! BOs are skittish birds, but I hear that they can't resist oranges. Keep us up to date on the proceedings!

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You definitely earned this opportunity, Matt. You are being rewarded for persistence during the months long dry spell. ;-)a

These are wonderful and your commentary allows us all to appreciate them even more.

I'd be remiss if I didn't add a 3rd...... WOW!  :p

Thanks, Phil... I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't thinking about hanging it up more than once this past summer. With winter coming up, and given how dismal last winter was, it wasn't looking good, but luckily I have a kid on the way in a few weeks, so by default I won't be doing much birding :D The forced break will be good for my psyche, for birding at least.




  
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Sep 25, 2020 16:46 |  #2066

I literally got home from work, out of my car, into my outdoor clothes, and into the woods hoping to catch more of the Warbler swarm from last night. Warblers are everywhere here, hopping around in almost every tree. They weren't as cooperative today, but I did grab this shot of a male Black-throated Blue!


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Regrettably, going over my photos from yesterday, and I'm finding that I'm just not liking them all that much, but you know what: I was just happy to be witness to all of the action :) Here's what would have been my favorite of the day, if it weren't for the perfectly placed branch right behind his head. I'm working on Photoshopping it out, but it's rough going. If anyone has any tips, send 'em my way.


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Sep 25, 2020 17:07 |  #2067

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I literally got home from work, out of my car, into my outdoor clothes, and into the woods hoping to catch more of the Warbler swarm from last night. Warblers are everywhere here, hopping around in almost every tree. They weren't as cooperative today, but I did grab this shot of a male Black-throated Blue!

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Regrettably, going over my photos from yesterday, and I'm finding that I'm just not liking them all that much, but you know what: I was just happy to be witness to all of the action :) Here's what would have been my favorite of the day, if it weren't for the perfectly placed branch right behind his head. I'm working on Photoshopping it out, but it's rough going. If anyone has any tips, send 'em my way.

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OMG, Man!
I'm so happy for you.
Wish I could help with PS advise, but I suck in PS. :-/

Funny thing... My father tried & tried to get me into Photoshop, 20 (or more) yrs ago - back when it was a big stack of 5.25" floppies.


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Sep 25, 2020 21:15 |  #2068

MatthewK wrote in post #19129944 (external link)
I literally got home from work, out of my car, into my outdoor clothes, and into the woods hoping to catch more of the Warbler swarm from last night. Warblers are everywhere here, hopping around in almost every tree. They weren't as cooperative today, but I did grab this shot of a male Black-throated Blue!

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Regrettably, going over my photos from yesterday, and I'm finding that I'm just not liking them all that much, but you know what: I was just happy to be witness to all of the action :) Here's what would have been my favorite of the day, if it weren't for the perfectly placed branch right behind his head. I'm working on Photoshopping it out, but it's rough going. If anyone has any tips, send 'em my way.

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That is so AWESOME Matt! Those are both fantastic shots! It looks like they have just about left Ohio, glad to see they are still coming through your way. Love that Black-throated Blue shot! As for the Black and white - awesome shot! If the branch really bothers you (I don't really mind it) one thing you might try is to mask the Warbler and the foreground branch it is perched on and then you can adjust the background. I use a combination of decreasing the Highlights and Shadows, adjust the Levels and Curves to take the background down. While the bird is masked you can also use gaussian blur on the background. Sometimes a little cloning too. You can make the branch much less noticeable - but it's a lot of work, might not be worth the trouble. Hope that helps!


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Sep 25, 2020 21:22 |  #2069

It looks like the Warblers might have left my area. I went out looking for them today and found ZERO! At least I ran into my friend, the Red-tailed hawk.


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Sep 26, 2020 08:53 |  #2070

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You’ve been on a hot streak, Doc, this is another awesome shot because you are so up close, and the lighting looks perfect too. There’s also that signature clarity and color we get from this body/lens combo.

That’s disheartening news to hear :( just when things are getting good, right?




  
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