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Title: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Canon Rumors on November 06, 2010, 09:53:08 PM
A couple of recent shots with the EF 800 f/5.6L IS. I was using a 1D Mark III here. The first image is handheld.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: nocojoe on November 07, 2010, 01:05:24 AM
Those are amazing shots.   Where did you shoot them?  And if you don't mind what kind of tripod do you use?
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Canon Rumors on November 07, 2010, 08:38:26 AM
Those are amazing shots.   Where did you shoot them?  And if you don't mind what kind of tripod do you use?

Hey

The coyote was found in Annan, Ontario, Canada. About 20 minutes from Owen Sound, Ontario.

The first shot was hand held, the 2nd was from the back of a minivan on a Gitzo 3541LS & Wimberley Type II.


Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: 1982chris911 on July 15, 2011, 05:17:36 AM
Both pictures are very nice and what I especially like about the second one is that it is clearly a very long distance shot, however the DoF is still quite shallow. Really amazing what the 800mm can do here.

Do you have any idea about the distance or could maybe also provide the EXIF for this one ?   
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: bainsybike on July 15, 2011, 06:55:22 AM
Now let's see one taken with an iPhone! ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: UncleFester on July 15, 2011, 12:08:49 PM
I find it amazing that 800's IS is so good that it can be hand-held with very acceptable results.

Very nice shots, btw. ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Chewy734 on July 15, 2011, 12:36:46 PM
awesome shots!  I think you may have a dust spot above the mailbox on the left. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Gothmoth on July 15, 2011, 01:13:03 PM
i would not say these shots are "amazing" or "awesome"... but maybe thats an american thing, to exaggerate everything.

but the 800mm is sure quite a technical achievement for canon.

 
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dr croubie on July 17, 2011, 05:47:14 AM
i would not say these shots are "amazing" or "awesome"... but maybe thats an american thing, to exaggerate everything.

"It's awesome, sir". "What, like a hotdog?" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SarfTyngMCE)

meanwhile, how far away were these shots? (and how close would you want to get?)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Moosu on October 24, 2011, 05:15:19 PM
Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS ISO 800 f6.3 Tripod 1/125 Canon 1D mk IV
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Moosu on October 25, 2011, 01:15:06 PM
Just love this lens! :) From I nice ethical 75 yards away.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: PhotoMoose on November 09, 2011, 06:30:27 PM
I'm having so much fun with this lens. Not sure how I got along without it. Sold my car to buy it and no remorse!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on December 27, 2011, 11:55:45 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2731/4375818984_33f291159a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4375818984/)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4375818984/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia  (where replaced by the closely related Rufous Night Heron, with which it has hybridized in the area of contact).

Adults are approximately 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. These are short-necked and stout herons.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_Night_Heron
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 07:16:00 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2505/4214973087_f545d3d053_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4214973087/)
Taken on 2009:12:26 18:46:08 GMT + 8:00 in my backyard, Philippines (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4214973087/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: willrobb on December 28, 2011, 07:35:25 AM
I'm having so much fun with this lens. Not sure how I got along without it. Sold my car to buy it and no remorse!

Brilliant shot, I think it was well worth selling your car for the lens. Walking keeps you healthy and unless it was a Prius you've also reduced your carbon footprint...so many good things came out of getting the lens.

I digress, seriously love the shot. With images of this quality I'm sure you'll make enough money back from sales to get another car anyway.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 12:27:28 PM
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6063/6122522428_2a9b869fb6_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6122522428/)
Red-bellied Pitta, Pitta erythrogaster (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6122522428/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Red-bellied Pitta, Pitta erythrogaster, is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is found in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_Pitta
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on December 28, 2011, 12:47:20 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2731/4375818984_33f291159a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4375818984/)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4375818984/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia  (where replaced by the closely related Rufous Night Heron, with which it has hybridized in the area of contact).

Adults are approximately 64 cm long and weigh 800 g. They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. Young birds are brown, flecked with white and grey. These are short-necked and stout herons.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_Night_Heron

Amazingly Awesome shot...  ;) Nice one Paolo!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 12:50:49 PM
Amazingly Awesome shot...  ;) Nice one Paolo!
Thanks!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5121/5272168217_aa33544e7a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5272168217/)
Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5272168217/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked-faced_Spiderhunter
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on December 30, 2011, 06:15:18 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6553347251_dda0f884ca_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6553347251/)
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6553347251/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 02, 2012, 01:31:39 PM
The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule, Pūkeko or Purple Coot, is a large bird in the family Rallidae (rails). From its name in French, talève sultane, it is also known as the Sultana Bird. This chicken-sized bird, with its huge feet, bright plumage and red bill and frontal shield is easily-recognisable in its native range. It should not be confused with the American Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinica.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Swamphen

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6553191511_7f35cf3b12_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6553191511/)
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6553191511/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) is a bird of the family Dicruridae.

The Spangled Drongo is the only Drongo to be found in Australia. "Drongo" is Australian slang for "idiot", possibly referring to the bird's uninhibited and sometimes comical behaviour as it swoops and perches in search of insects, small birds and occasionally, small skinks.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair-crested_Drongo
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: TexPhoto on January 04, 2012, 07:00:46 PM
Very cool photos.  This lens is in my buy it when the lottery comes in.  I have a 400 2.8, but I'd love to have the 200 2.0, and 800 5.6 as siblings.  And Maybe a Sherpa to haul them around for me.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Noink Fanb0i on January 05, 2012, 03:54:14 AM
Really nice shots, shows what a super-tele can do...  8)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 05, 2012, 05:19:29 AM
Really nice shots, shows what a super-tele can do...  8)

Thanks!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5309/5642784994_9b2a9337e0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5642784994/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5642784994/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on January 05, 2012, 11:15:57 AM
Nice pan Paolo!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 05, 2012, 11:25:02 AM
Nice pan Paolo!
Thanks!

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5281/5256207275_9baf80fc9d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5256207275/)
Get off my lawn... err sea! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5256207275/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 06, 2012, 04:57:40 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6647752625_0b8aa32232_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6647752625/)
Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6647752625/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippines has created a protected area to save a species of endangered wild duck, with just 5,000 of the birds remaining, government documents released on Monday said.

The 27 hectare (67 acre) "wetland critical habitat" was set up for the Philippine duck, a species found only in the Philippines whose numbers have been falling due to hunting and habitat destruction, the documents said.

The environment department order created the protected area in the largely-agricultural Cabusao district in the east of the country.

"Ensure that existing ecosystems in the critical habitat are preserved and are kept in a condition that will support the perpetual existence of the Philippine duck," the department order instructed local authorities.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/philippines-creates-haven-for-endangered-duck-2349949.html
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: K-amps on January 06, 2012, 05:09:15 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6647752625_0b8aa32232_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6647752625/)
Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6647752625/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippines has created a protected area to save a species of endangered wild duck, with just 5,000 of the birds remaining, government documents released on Monday said.

The 27 hectare (67 acre) "wetland critical habitat" was set up for the Philippine duck, a species found only in the Philippines whose numbers have been falling due to hunting and habitat destruction, the documents said.

The environment department order created the protected area in the largely-agricultural Cabusao district in the east of the country.

"Ensure that existing ecosystems in the critical habitat are preserved and are kept in a condition that will support the perpetual existence of the Philippine duck," the department order instructed local authorities.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/philippines-creates-haven-for-endangered-duck-2349949.html

Love the framing!  Altough the WB seems a bit off, the sky blues look a bit tealish... if they were a bluer or greyer shade, would have looked even better... but great shot nonetheless...
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 06, 2012, 05:52:16 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6647752625_0b8aa32232_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6647752625/)
Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6647752625/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippines has created a protected area to save a species of endangered wild duck, with just 5,000 of the birds remaining, government documents released on Monday said.

The 27 hectare (67 acre) "wetland critical habitat" was set up for the Philippine duck, a species found only in the Philippines whose numbers have been falling due to hunting and habitat destruction, the documents said.

The environment department order created the protected area in the largely-agricultural Cabusao district in the east of the country.

"Ensure that existing ecosystems in the critical habitat are preserved and are kept in a condition that will support the perpetual existence of the Philippine duck," the department order instructed local authorities.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/philippines-creates-haven-for-endangered-duck-2349949.html

Love the framing!  Altough the WB seems a bit off, the sky blues look a bit tealish... if they were a bluer or greyer shade, would have looked even better... but great shot nonetheless...
Will redo it soon. Check the exif for shooting info
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 09, 2012, 04:19:04 AM
(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4142/4943812722_3e044cfa4f_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4943812722/)
Old Man and the Sea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4943812722/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 19, 2012, 05:38:47 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6727861557_273a323eb4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6727861557/)
Friday 2012:01:20 05:22:58 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6727861557/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 20, 2012, 04:08:52 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6729921363_03eeb36993_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6729921363/)
Candaba Orange (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6729921363/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: briansquibb on January 20, 2012, 04:14:08 AM
That is beautiful Paolo
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Michael_pfh on January 20, 2012, 05:40:42 AM
I quite enjoyed looking at all of those pics posted - made me jealous!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: jerome2710 on January 20, 2012, 06:16:37 AM
Very impressive shots Dolina!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 20, 2012, 04:19:10 PM
Thanks Brian, Michael and Jerome.

This was positioned at the edge and 2-3 stops underexposed. IQ is not the reason why I posted this.  ;D

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5084/5336976287_ce676249bd_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5336976287/)
Bomb's Away (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5336976287/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) is a large dabbling duck of the genus Anas. Fewer than 10,000 remain.

It has a black crown, nape and eye stripe, with a cinnamon head and neck. Rest of body is greyish brown with a bright green speculum. Its legs are greyish brown, and its bill is blue grey.

It eats shrimp, fish, insects, and vegetation, and it frequents all types of wetlands.

Source: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Duck


(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4116/4942209484_eed8045422_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4942209484/)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4942209484/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa), sometimes spelled "mynah" and formerly simply known as "Hill Myna", is the myna bird most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starling family (Sturnidae), resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Sri Lanka Hill Myna, a former subspecies of G. religiosa, is generally accepted as a separate species G. ptilogenys nowadays. The Enggano Hill Myna (G. enganensis) and Nias Hill Myna (G. robusta) are also widely accepted as specifically distinct, and many authors favor treating the Southern Hill Myna (G. r. indica) from the Nilgiris and elsewhere in the Western Ghats of India as a separate species also.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Hill_Myna
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on January 22, 2012, 12:26:14 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7002/6735942195_6ac1cde523_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6735942195/)
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6735942195/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi) is a medium-sized passerine bird which breeds in open grasslands in northern Asia. It is a long-distance migrant moving to open lowlands in southern Asia. It is a rare but regular vagrant to western Europe. This bird was named after the French naturalist Monsieur Richard of Lunéville.

It belongs to the pipit genus Anthus in the family Motacillidae. It was formerly lumped together with the Australasian, African, Mountain and Paddyfield Pipits in a single species: Richard's Pipit, Anthus novaeseelandiae. These pipits are now commonly considered to be separate species although the African and Paddyfield Pipits are sometimes treated as part of Anthus richardi.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard's_Pipit
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on February 14, 2012, 06:15:50 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6554318443_5cbeff01c2_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6554318443/)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6554318443/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets, they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged termites.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_Barbet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_Barbet)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on October 15, 2012, 04:01:02 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8087603915_b04d16a799_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8087603915/)
Van Hasselt's Sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8087603915/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Purple-throated Sunbird (Leptocoma sperata), also known as Van Hasselt's Sunbird, is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: Purple-throated Sunbird - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple-throated_Sunbird)

Taken in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: dolina on October 27, 2012, 12:12:38 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8049/8104938063_37e0d3fbda_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8104938063/)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8104938063/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

This shrike is mainly brown on the upper parts and the tail is rounded. The black mask can be paler in winter and has a white brow over it. The underside is creamy with rufous flanks and belly. The wings are brown and lack any white "mirror" patches. Females tend to have fine scalloping on the underside and the mask is dark brown and not as well marked as in the male. The distinction is not easy to use in the field but has been tested with breeding birds in Japan where the female can be identified from the presence of a brood patch. The use of multiple measurements allows discrimination of the sex of about 90% of the birds. Subspecies lucionensis has a grey crown shading into the brown upperparts and the rump appears more rufous than the rest of the upperback. The tail is more brownish and not as reddish as in the Red-backed Shrike. Younger birds of lucionensis have brown crown and lacks the grey on the head. Supspecies superciliosus has a broad white supercilium and richer reddish crown. The tail is redder and tipped in white.

A number of confusing forms are known from central Asia where the populations of cristatus, isabellinus and collurio overlap. The taxonomy has been in a state of flux and some forms such as phoenicuroides formerly considered as subspecies of L. cristatus have been moved to the species L. isabellinus. Subspecies lucionensis has been recorded interbreeding with superciliosus in Ishikawa, Japan while superciliosus has interbred with Lanius tigrinus in central Japan.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Shrike (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Shrike)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Daniel Flather on November 08, 2012, 11:36:46 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8049/8104938063_37e0d3fbda_c.jpg)

Very nice.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: ScottyP on November 08, 2012, 11:46:28 PM
Thanks Brian, Michael and Jerome.

This was positioned at the edge and 2-3 stops underexposed. IQ is not the reason why I posted this.  ;D

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5084/5336976287_ce676249bd_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5336976287/)
Bomb's Away (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/5336976287/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) is a large dabbling duck of the genus Anas. Fewer than 10,000 remain.

It has a black crown, nape and eye stripe, with a cinnamon head and neck. Rest of body is greyish brown with a bright green speculum. Its legs are greyish brown, and its bill is blue grey.

It eats shrimp, fish, insects, and vegetation, and it frequents all types of wetlands.

Source: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Duck


(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4116/4942209484_eed8045422_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4942209484/)
Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/4942209484/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa), sometimes spelled "mynah" and formerly simply known as "Hill Myna", is the myna bird most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starling family (Sturnidae), resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Sri Lanka Hill Myna, a former subspecies of G. religiosa, is generally accepted as a separate species G. ptilogenys nowadays. The Enggano Hill Myna (G. enganensis) and Nias Hill Myna (G. robusta) are also widely accepted as specifically distinct, and many authors favor treating the Southern Hill Myna (G. r. indica) from the Nilgiris and elsewhere in the Western Ghats of India as a separate species also.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Hill_Myna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Hill_Myna)

$13,000 is a lot to catch a duck dropping a deuce. That said, well shot. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: serendipidy on November 09, 2012, 01:52:25 AM
Paolo....wow!

How do you find all these birds?

Thanks for all those great photos :D
Title: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS
Post by: Maxis Gamez on January 03, 2013, 09:12:34 AM
(http://www.gvisions.org/nsn/2012/1D_MKIV/A32E0731.jpg)
Warming Up- Male Anhinga - S.E. Florida

Warming up from a chili morning at Wako.

Happy New Years to everyone!!  :wink:

Hope you like it.

Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400 in Manual mode.

Thanks!

www.gvisions.org (http://www.gvisions.org) - Bird Photography
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 09, 2013, 10:18:42 PM
serendipidy thanks! I live mostly in the Philippines. We got 200+ poorly documented endemics, 200+ residents and 200+ migrants

Excellent image Maxis.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8238/8423103531_47046a30c3_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8423103531/)
Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8423103531/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) is a songbird species in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). It is often placed in the genus Ixos, but is better retained in Hypsipetes as long as this is not entirely merged into Ixos, as it is quite closely related to the type species of Hypsipetes, the Black Bulbul (H. leucocephalus).

It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests; on Mount Kitanglad on Mindanao for example it is abundant in any kind of primary forest at least between 500 and 2,250 m ASL.

Fledglings of the Philippine Bulbul were recorded on Mindanao in late April, but the breeding season seems to be prolonged as females with ripe ovarian follicles were still found in April and May. Territorial songs are heard at lower altitudes as late as May, while further upslope the birds are silent at that time of year and presumably engaged in breeding activity. The Besra (Accipiter virgatus) has been recorded as a predator of young Philippine Bulbuls, and this or other goshawks might also catch adult birds.

A common and adaptable bird as long as sufficient forest remains, it is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

Source: Philippine Bulbul - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Bulbul)

Taken in Bataan National Park

Settings: 1/500 ƒ/8 ISO1600 800mm
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 12, 2013, 10:21:17 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8230/8468309752_e8c1cd4b67_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8468309752/)
Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8468309752/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) (formerly considered as a subspecies of the Tricoloured Munia Lonchura malacca atricapilla) also known as Black-headed Munia, is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hawaii. Known as mayang pula ("red maya", to distinguish it from the predominantly brownish Tree Sparrow which is also called maya) in the Philippines, perhaps because of its brick red patch on the lower back that shows only when it flies. The Black-headed Munia is the former national bird of the Philippines (the Philippine national bird is now the Philippine eagle).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia)

Settings: 1/640 ƒ/5.6 ISO640 800mm

Taken at Candaba, Philippines
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 14, 2013, 12:38:32 AM
Scotty & Daniel thank you! (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8110/8472963030_1b95b8f728_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8472963030/)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8472963030/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is breeds in colonies in reed beds or trees close to large lakes or other extensive wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

It feeds in shallow water, spearing fish, frogs, insects and small mammals. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim. It tends to keep within reedbeds more than the Grey Heron, and is often inconspicuous, despite its size.

It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The long neck of Purple Heron looks particularly snake-like, with more of an S-shape in flight. The call is a loud croaking "krek".

The Purple Heron is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heron)

Settings: 1/2000 ƒ/5.6 ISO2500 800mm

Taken at Candaba, Philippines
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Maxis Gamez on February 14, 2013, 08:09:49 AM
(http://www.gvisions.org/avian/content/images/large/A32E6345.jpg)
Hooded merganser - Male

Here is one more.

Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1500 sec, ISO 800 in Manual mode

Thanks

Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 24, 2013, 05:02:29 AM
Great waterbird Maxis!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8499861863_6cd95486a4_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8499861863/)
Red Giant Setting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8499861863/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/60 ƒ/32 ISO100 800mm
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on April 06, 2013, 11:46:24 AM
Time to perk this thread again...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8255/8623728371_9dc83877ec_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8623728371/)
Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8623728371/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippine Bulbul (Hypsipetes philippinus) is a songbird species in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). It is often placed in the genus Ixos, but is better retained in Hypsipetes as long as this is not entirely merged into Ixos, as it is quite closely related to the type species of Hypsipetes, the Black Bulbul (H. leucocephalus).[1]

It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests; on Mount Kitanglad on Mindanao for example it is abundant in any kind of primary forest at least between 500 and 2,250 m ASL.[2]

Fledglings of the Philippine Bulbul were recorded on Mindanao in late April, but the breeding season seems to be prolonged as females with ripe ovarian follicles were still found in April and May. Territorial songs are heard at lower altitudes as late as May, while further upslope the birds are silent at that time of year and presumably engaged in breeding activity. The Besra (Accipiter virgatus) has been recorded as a predator of young Philippine Bulbuls, and this or other goshawks might also catch adult birds.[3]

A common and adaptable bird as long as sufficient forest remains, it is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.[4]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Bulbul (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Bulbul)

Taken: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ternate,_Cavite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ternate,_Cavite)

Settings: 1/80 ƒ/5.6 ISO160 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8623728371/#meta/in/photostream)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: sandymandy on April 06, 2013, 12:29:11 PM
Nice photos, seems like a really impressive lens that ill never own nor want to own :P
Anybody got handheld shots? :D

Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on April 20, 2013, 07:02:07 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8639261997_d89639e60a_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8639261997/)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8639261997/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) is a waterbird of the rail and crake family Rallidae that is widely distributed across Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. They are dark slaty birds with a clean white face, breast and belly. They are somewhat bolder than most other rails and are often seen stepping slowly with their tail cocked upright in open marshes or even drains near busy roads. They are largely crepuscular in activity and during the breeding season, just after the first rains, make loud and repetitive croaking calls.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-breasted_Waterhen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-breasted_Waterhen)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 19, 2013, 08:29:31 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7375/9038728093_6f75d9783b_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9038728093/)
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9038728093/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Olive-backed Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis, also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia.

The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time.
Olive-backed Sunbird in the Philippines
Male hovering while feeding

The Olive-backed Sunbird is common across southern China to the Philippines and Malaysia down to northeast Australia. They are small songbirds, at most 12 cm long. In most subspecies, the underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown colour. The forehead, throat and upper breast of the adult male is a dark, metallic blue-black. In the Philippines (where they are known as "tamsi") the males of some subspecies have an orange band on the chest, in Wallacea and northern New Guinea some subspecies have most of the underparts blackish, and in southern China and adjacent parts of Vietnam most of the underparts of the male are greyish-white.

Originally from mangrove habitat, the Olive-backed sunbird has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings.

The birds mate between the months of April and August. Both the male and the female assist in building the nest which is flask-shaped, with an overhanging porch at the entrance, and a trail of hanging material at the bottom end.

After building the nest, the birds abandon the nest for about a week before the female returns to lay one or two greenish-blue eggs. The eggs take a further week to hatch. The female may leave the nest for short periods during the day during incubation. After the chicks have hatched, both male and female assist in the care of the young, which leave the nest about two or three weeks later.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive-backed_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive-backed_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa)

EXIF: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9038728093/#meta/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9038728093/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on September 06, 2013, 09:51:31 AM
This thread has been way too quiet.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2810/9687302886_d847d80d02_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9687302886/)
Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9687302886/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis) is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Nightjar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Nightjar)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on September 06, 2013, 04:09:34 PM
dolina,

Gorgeous photo, as always! I love it whenever you post; always beautiful and exotic photos with informative wikipedia excerpts. Keep doing it :)

Perhaps the thread is not very busy since the EF 800 is so expensive and such a specialty lens (imo).
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on September 06, 2013, 06:13:47 PM
Thanks for the reply serendipidy. I strive to educate in as simple a language as possible. I believe that only through education do these animals have a shot of surviving in my lifetime.

Given that both the 2 year old 600 II and 5 year old 800 are both 4 pages long I do not think price is such an issue. ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: ERHP on September 07, 2013, 12:10:47 AM
Maxis, great shot of the Merganser.

dolina, just curious but were you using a filter or live view for the sun shot?  Awesome!

I've been using a 600 v1 w/ a 1.4 v3 on the 5D MK III for sometime but this last weekend was the first time I've carried the 800mm around instead.  I can appreciate the slightly faster AF using the straight lens and definitely no complaints about the 3lbs lighter weight.

Just a midsized Mule Deer getting fat on acorns.
(http://erhp.smugmug.com/Nature/Cuyamaca-13SEP13/i-cJrgFzb/0/X2/C5705-X2.jpg)



Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on September 07, 2013, 09:15:22 AM
I stopped down on the sun shot and did it via LiveView. Cameras are cheap, my eyeballs arent.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
Post by: Ron Bailey on September 08, 2013, 12:09:14 AM
i would not say these shots are "amazing" or "awesome"... but maybe thats an american thing, to exaggerate everything.

but the 800mm is sure quite a technical achievement for canon.

Very intelligent comment.  Oops, sorry.  It's that damned American thing again.  :)  Because I think you'll miss it, it's called humor.  Something you really need in your life, I'm sure.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on October 27, 2013, 03:55:24 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3760/10507616996_8721c9ce39_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10507616996/)
Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10507616996/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and A. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the Silvery Kingfisher of the southern Philippines.[1]
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.[1]
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_Kingfisher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_Kingfisher)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark)

Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: AlanF on October 27, 2013, 05:37:59 AM
Is that a 100% crop or is it a larger size that has been reduced? If reduced, what is the size of the original crop?
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on October 31, 2013, 03:38:01 AM
AlanF answered on the other thread.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/10508093806_98846f0df9_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10508093806/)
Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10508093806/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/30 ƒ/6.3 ISO 640 800mm (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10508093806/meta/")
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on October 31, 2013, 09:32:04 AM
Beautiful bird. Well done paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Krob78 on October 31, 2013, 11:46:36 AM
Wow!  Very capable lens when found resting in the hands or tripods of you capable photogs!!  Very nice work indeed throughout this particular forum!  Glad I found it, I'll be a frequent flyer here!  Thanks again for sharing everyone!  Oh and yes, AWESOME!!  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on November 02, 2013, 06:21:10 AM
KROB AND CLICK THANKS!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/10615214386_5660126540_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10615214386/)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10615214386/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Krob78 on November 02, 2013, 09:55:19 AM
KROB AND CLICK THANKS!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/10615214386_5660126540_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10615214386/)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10615214386/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.[2] It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.[2] In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_Swallow)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)
Wow!  Another excellent image Paolo!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on November 02, 2013, 11:03:24 AM
Beautiful picture  8) Lovely shot Paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on November 05, 2013, 06:16:29 PM
Thanks Ken and Click.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/10686661324_a165f3e7b1_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10686661324/)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10686661324/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr


Little Egrets eat fish, insects, amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles. They stalk their prey in shallow water, often running with raised wings or shuffling its feet to disturb small fish. They may also stand still and wait to ambush prey.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Egret (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Egret)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/400 ƒ/9 ISO 160 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10686661324/#meta/)

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Story behind the photo:

I traveled to Los Banos, Laguna hoping that the Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Agropsar philippensis) would have stuck around the area 11 days after it was last photographed. Alas the fruiting Balete tree  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balete_tree) from the genus Ficus that fed the Starling had run out of fruit to feed the bird. Good thing my good friend and bird photog Doctor Tirso was available on that family day to bring me around the rice fields which yielded this wonderful image of a bird that I would normally ignore. The light was divine and the subject distance was such that an image of the bird would be worth taking a photo of and share on this forum.

I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I enjoyed that day. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on November 23, 2013, 11:20:17 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7351/11011368415_7faa54432f_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11011368415/)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11011368415/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the Western Cattle Egret and the Eastern Cattle Egret. Despite the similarities in plumage to the egrets of the genus Egretta, it is more closely related to the herons of Ardea. Originally native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe, it has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and successfully colonised much of the rest of the world.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_Egret (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_Egret)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/800 ƒ/8 ISO 160 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11011368415/#meta/)

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Thoughts for the day:

As many of you may have seen online or on the telly the Philippines got hit really bad by a Category 5 Super Typhoon by the name of Haiyan/Yolanda.

The mayhem, destruction and death has really weighed on me for the past two weeks.

Just makes you wonder what the future holds for everyone with this being the most deadly Typhoon in the history of my country.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on November 29, 2013, 01:19:32 PM
This is a lifer to me.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/11120017463_0ac8607ba6_o.jpg) (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/")
Untitled (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/")  by alabang (http://"http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/"), on Flickr

The  Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula), also known as the Oriental Lark or  Small Skylark, is a species of skylark found in the Indian Subcontinent  and Southeast Asia. Like other skylarks, it is found in open grassland -  often near waterbodies - where it feeds on seeds and insects.

These  skylarks frequently rocket up into the sky, fluttering and singing  before descending down to earth. Male Oriental Skylarks may also hover  in the air and sing, in order to attract a mate.

Oriental  Skylarks are about 16 cm long. They have streaked, yellow-brown upper  plumage, with white outer tail feathers and a short crest. Both sexes  are similar.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Skylark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Skylark)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/9 ISO 160 800mm (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/meta/")
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on November 30, 2013, 02:32:49 AM
This is a lifer to me.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7310/11120017463_0ac8607ba6_o.jpg) (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/")
Untitled (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/")  by alabang (http://"http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/"), on Flickr

The  Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula), also known as the Oriental Lark or  Small Skylark, is a species of skylark found in the Indian Subcontinent  and Southeast Asia. Like other skylarks, it is found in open grassland -  often near waterbodies - where it feeds on seeds and insects.

These  skylarks frequently rocket up into the sky, fluttering and singing  before descending down to earth. Male Oriental Skylarks may also hover  in the air and sing, in order to attract a mate.

Oriental  Skylarks are about 16 cm long. They have streaked, yellow-brown upper  plumage, with white outer tail feathers and a short crest. Both sexes  are similar.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Skylark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Skylark)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/9 ISO 160 800mm (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/meta/")

Wow! Great shot.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on November 30, 2013, 01:15:39 PM
This is a lifer to me.


The  Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula), also known as the Oriental Lark or  Small Skylark, is a species of skylark found in the Indian Subcontinent  and Southeast Asia. Like other skylarks, it is found in open grassland -  often near waterbodies - where it feeds on seeds and insects.

These  skylarks frequently rocket up into the sky, fluttering and singing  before descending down to earth. Male Oriental Skylarks may also hover  in the air and sing, in order to attract a mate.

Oriental  Skylarks are about 16 cm long. They have streaked, yellow-brown upper  plumage, with white outer tail feathers and a short crest. Both sexes  are similar.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Skylark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Skylark)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/9 ISO 160 800mm (http://"http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11120017463/meta/")

Wow! Great shot.

Indeed, Beautiful shot Paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 03, 2013, 07:50:24 AM
Thank you serendipity and click.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3789/11188750843_76963f9542_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11188750843/)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11188750843/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Brown Shrike is a migratory species and ringing studies show that  they have a high fidelity to their wintering sites, often returning to  the same locations each winter.[20][21][22] They begin establishing  wintering territories shortly on arrival and their loud chattering or  rattling calls are distinctive. Birds that arrive early and establish  territories appear to have an advantage over those that arrive later in  the winter areas.[23][24] The timing of their migration is very regular  with their arrival in winter to India in August to September and  departure in April.[25] During their winter period, they go through a  premigratory moult.[20] Their song in the winter quarters is faint and  somewhat resembles the call of the Rosy Starling and often includes  mimicry of other birds. The beak remains closed when singing and only  throat pulsations are visible although the bird moves its tail up and  down while singing.[5][26]

The breeding season is late May or June and the breeding habitat  includes the taiga, forest to semi-desert where they build a nest in a  tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.[27]

They feed mainly on insects, especially lepidoptera.[28] Like other  shrikes, they impale prey on thorns.

Small birds and lizards are also  sometimes preyed on.[29] A white-eye (Zosterops) has been recorded in  its larder.[5] They typically look out for prey from a perch and fly  down towards the ground to capture them.[30]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Shrike (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Shrike)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa)

Settings: 1/400 ƒ/5.6 ISO 2500 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11188750843/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 05, 2013, 12:03:26 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/11216337633_7d1151dce8_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11216337633/)
Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11216337633/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Male: Very colourful feathers.

Female: Less colourful feathers.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/5.6 ISO 320 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11216337633/#meta/)


====================

Why this awkward pose?

In the first 100 exposure of this bird I have so far, this is the best image to show off the sunbird's colorful throat.

Why did you go birding on a workday?

I went birding on a workday so I could bring my cousin's kids (aged 5 to 17) to a forested area near their sister's home (30km away) as a respite from Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Haiyan). You see these kids are survivors of the said Super Typhoon. Though their homes in Tacloban City (https://www.google.com/search?name=f&hl=en&q=tacloban#hl=en&q=tacloban&tbm=nws) just experienced very minor typhoon damage their schools were completely destroyed and many of their friends, classmates and neighbors are among the more than 5,800 dead and more than 1,700 missing.

How can you (yes YOU) can help?

Go to your nearest Red Cross or directly to http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate (http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate) and donate. Any amount is help.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 05, 2013, 10:41:47 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/11230851993_457509edf1_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/)
Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/50 ƒ/5.6 ISO 2500 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#meta/)

I do not know what flower it is. Anyone want to take a stab at it?
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on December 05, 2013, 11:08:20 PM

Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/50 ƒ/5.6 ISO 2500 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#meta/)

I do not know what flower it is. Anyone want to take a stab at it?

Awesome Shot. Well done Paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Eldar on December 06, 2013, 01:59:44 AM

Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/50 ƒ/5.6 ISO 2500 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#meta/)

I do not know what flower it is. Anyone want to take a stab at it?
Awesome Shot. Well done Paolo.
+1
Much too often we see bird images, which are just images of birds. Some of yours stand out, by being complete pictures, not just a record or what a bird look like. Keep posting!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on December 06, 2013, 02:21:43 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3670/11230851993_457509edf1_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/)
Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/50 ƒ/5.6 ISO 2500 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11230851993/#meta/)

I do not know what flower it is. Anyone want to take a stab at it?

Red torch ginger.

from Wikipedia"
Etlingera elatior (also known as Torch Ginger, Ginger Flower, Red Ginger Lily, Torch Lily, Wild Ginger, Combrang, Bunga Kantan, Philippine Wax Flower, Xiang Bao Jiaing, Indonesian Tall Ginger, Boca de Dragón, Rose de Porcelaine, Porcelain Rose) is a species of herbaceous perennial plant[citation needed]. Botanical synonyms include Nicolaia elatior,[1] Phaeomeria magnifica,[1] Nicolaia speciosa, Phaeomeria speciosa, Alpinia elatior, Alpinia magnifica.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 09, 2013, 12:39:47 PM
Thanks Click Eldar and serendipidy.

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5523/11292251916_9a447ff26b_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292251916/)
Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292251916/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Male: Very colourful feathers.

Female: Less colourful feathers.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/160 ƒ/5.6 ISO 320 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292251916/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 18, 2013, 04:22:32 AM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3770/11248955536_aeb8188cfb_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11248955536/)
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11248955536/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Brown Shrike is a migratory species and ringing studies show that they have a high fidelity to their wintering sites, often returning to the same locations each winter.[20][21][22] They begin establishing wintering territories shortly on arrival and their loud chattering or rattling calls are distinctive. Birds that arrive early and establish territories appear to have an advantage over those that arrive later in the winter areas.[23][24] The timing of their migration is very regular with their arrival in winter to India in August to September and departure in April.[25] During their winter period, they go through a premigratory moult.[20] Their song in the winter quarters is faint and somewhat resembles the call of the Rosy Starling and often includes mimicry of other birds. The beak remains closed when singing and only throat pulsations are visible although the bird moves its tail up and down while singing.[5][26]

The breeding season is late May or June and the breeding habitat includes the taiga, forest to semi-desert where they build a nest in a tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.[27]

They feed mainly on insects, especially lepidoptera.[28] Like other shrikes, they impale prey on thorns. Small birds and lizards are also sometimes preyed on.[29] A white-eye (Zosterops) has been recorded in its larder.[5] They typically look out for prey from a perch and fly down towards the ground to capture them.[30]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Shrike (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Shrike)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa)

Settings: 1/400 ƒ/5.6 ISO 2500 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11248955536/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 24, 2013, 06:43:00 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/11525842296_c5f683e274_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11525842296/)
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11525842296/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

This is the Black-faced Spoonbill, a very rare bird reported in the news last week.

Read more about it in the link below.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/340837/scitech/science/rare-black-faced-spoonbills-spotted-in-candaba-swamp (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/340837/scitech/science/rare-black-faced-spoonbills-spotted-in-candaba-swamp)

===========================

The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) has the most restricted distribution of all spoonbills, and it is the only one regarded as endangered. Spoonbills are large water birds with dorso-ventrally flattened, spatulate bills.[2] These birds use a tactile method of feeding, wading in the water and sweeping their beaks from side-to-side to detect prey.[3] Confined to the coastal areas of eastern Asia, it seems that it was once common throughout its area of distribution. It has a niche existence on only a few small rocky islands off the west coast of North Korea, with four wintering sites at Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, as well as other places where they have been observed in migration. Wintering also occurs in Cheju, South Korea, Kyushu and Okinawa, Japan, and Red River, Delta Vietnam. More recently, sightings of Black-Faced Spoonbill birds were noted in Thailand, the Philippines, mainland China, and Macau[4] They were classified as an endangered species through IUCN in 2005.[5] Declines in their population are predicted in the future, mainly due to the amount of deforestation, pollution, and other man-made industries.

The Black-Faced Spoonbill population as of 2012 census was recorded at 2,693 birds, with an estimation of 1,600 mature birds. Breeding colonies occur between March and August, on small islands. These birds are known to be crepuscular eaters, using intertidal mudflats.[4]

Conservation efforts have been made, and surveys were taken in order to determine the opinions and awareness of the local residents, residing close to the Black-Faced Spoonbill’s natural habitats.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-faced_Spoonbill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-faced_Spoonbill)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga)

Settings: 1/500 ƒ/9 ISO 100 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11525842296/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Eldar on December 24, 2013, 07:03:49 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/11525842296_c5f683e274_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11525842296/)
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11525842296/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

This is the Black-faced Spoonbill, a very rare bird reported in the news last week.

Read more about it in the link below.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/340837/scitech/science/rare-black-faced-spoonbills-spotted-in-candaba-swamp (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/340837/scitech/science/rare-black-faced-spoonbills-spotted-in-candaba-swamp)

===========================

The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) has the most restricted distribution of all spoonbills, and it is the only one regarded as endangered. Spoonbills are large water birds with dorso-ventrally flattened, spatulate bills.[2] These birds use a tactile method of feeding, wading in the water and sweeping their beaks from side-to-side to detect prey.[3] Confined to the coastal areas of eastern Asia, it seems that it was once common throughout its area of distribution. It has a niche existence on only a few small rocky islands off the west coast of North Korea, with four wintering sites at Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, as well as other places where they have been observed in migration. Wintering also occurs in Cheju, South Korea, Kyushu and Okinawa, Japan, and Red River, Delta Vietnam. More recently, sightings of Black-Faced Spoonbill birds were noted in Thailand, the Philippines, mainland China, and Macau[4] They were classified as an endangered species through IUCN in 2005.[5] Declines in their population are predicted in the future, mainly due to the amount of deforestation, pollution, and other man-made industries.

The Black-Faced Spoonbill population as of 2012 census was recorded at 2,693 birds, with an estimation of 1,600 mature birds. Breeding colonies occur between March and August, on small islands. These birds are known to be crepuscular eaters, using intertidal mudflats.[4]

Conservation efforts have been made, and surveys were taken in order to determine the opinions and awareness of the local residents, residing close to the Black-Faced Spoonbill’s natural habitats.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-faced_Spoonbill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-faced_Spoonbill)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga)

Settings: 1/500 ƒ/9 ISO 100 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11525842296/#meta/)
Great shot Paolo. Have a peaceful Christmas and I´ll be looking forward to your posts in the coming year!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on December 29, 2013, 07:41:13 PM
Thank you Eldar. To you as well!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7345/11611300525_4666db32d5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11611300525/)
Chestnut Munia, (Lonchura atricapilla) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11611300525/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Chestnut Munia is 11–12 cm in length. The adult has a stubby pale  grey-blue bill, black head, and brown body, with a brick red patch on  the lower back, visible only when it flies. Some races also have a black  belly.

The sexes are similar, but immature birds have uniform pale brown  upperparts, lack the dark head and have white to pale buff underparts.

The Chestnut Munia is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on  grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation. The  nest is a large domed grass structure in a bush or tall grass into which  4-7 white eggs are laid.

Philippine birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_Munia)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga)

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/5.6 ISO 160 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11611300525/#meta/)

Notes: Hand-held shooting. Cropped 10.7MP from 16MP frame
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: JClark on December 30, 2013, 05:11:25 PM
Great birding shots!

I use mine mostly for motorsports, which I'm sure is not unusual, but I'll leave it on the body and also use it for non-action detail stuff when I really want to compress and emphasize depth-of-field.  It lets me get much "closer" than I otherwise might if I was wandering around the pits with, say, a 70-200.

(http://www.jclarkgallery.com/photos/svra-1.jpg)

(http://www.jclarkgallery.com/photos/svra-2.jpg)

(http://www.jclarkgallery.com/photos/svra-3.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on December 30, 2013, 05:14:44 PM

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5523/11292251916_9a447ff26b_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292251916/)
Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292251916/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Male: Very colourful feathers.

Female: Less colourful feathers.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/160 ƒ/5.6 ISO 320 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292251916/#meta/)

Beautiful colored bird. Lovely shot Paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 01, 2014, 06:41:22 PM
Awesome application JClark.

Thanks CLick!

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/11681732274_a9f3d14dc5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11681732274/)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11681732274/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family  Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of  Africa. It is resident in the milder south and west, but many birds  retreat in winter from the ice in colder regions. It has become common  in summer even inside the Arctic circle along the Norwegian coast.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Heron)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga)

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/5.6 ISO 160 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11681732274/#meta/)

Full Screen Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/56440134 (http://500px.com/photo/56440134)

========================

About this image.

I normally ignore Grey Herons as they tend to fly too high or perch too far. I also ignore em because I have a lot of good photos of them already.

What made me record this image is the fact that the bird was flying so low off the water. Something I yet to have.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: TexPhoto on January 02, 2014, 01:17:19 AM
Great birding shots!

I use mine mostly for motorsports, which I'm sure is not unusual, but I'll leave it on the body and also use it for non-action detail stuff when I really want to compress and emphasize depth-of-field.  It lets me get much "closer" than I otherwise might if I was wandering around the pits with, say, a 70-200.


Awesome Photos.  I love to see "alternative" uses for a lens like this.  One on my favorite portrait of my son was a grab shot with a 400mm f2.8 IS through a doorway.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 12, 2014, 09:21:05 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/11886357366_651278d365_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11886357366/)
Male Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11886357366/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Male: Very colourful feathers.

Female: Less colourful feathers.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

Settings: 1/250 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11886357366/#meta/)

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/57450530 (http://500px.com/photo/57450530)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 13, 2014, 02:42:40 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/11885971455_46a0d04efe_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11885971455/)
Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11885971455/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsome_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsome_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba)ños,_Laguna

Settings: 1/200 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11885971455/#meta/)

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/57453244 (http://500px.com/photo/57453244)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Eldar on January 13, 2014, 02:53:12 PM
Beautiful Paolo! I truly envy you, living in a place with so many beautiful birds, where you can practice your excellent skills!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on January 14, 2014, 03:27:29 PM
Beautiful Paolo! I truly envy you, living in a place with so many beautiful birds, where you can practice your excellent skills!

+100
Another amazing bird photo. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 14, 2014, 07:45:44 PM
Thanks Eldar and serendipidy

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/11886038003_627f1103ab_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11886038003/)
Grey-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11886038003/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The  Grey-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) is a species of  bird  in the Nectariniidae family. It is found in a wide range of  semi-open  wooded habitats in the northern and eastern part of the  Philippines. It  is often considered a subspecies of the Brown-throated  Sunbird, but  the two differ consistently in measurements and plumage,  and there is  no evidence of intergradation between them.[1] It has not  been rated by  BirdLife International (and consequently IUCN), but is  generally  common and therefore unlikely to be threatened.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-throated_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-throated_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Banos,_California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Banos,_California)

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/57452030 (http://500px.com/photo/57452030)

Settings: 1/160 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11886038003/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 14, 2014, 08:02:19 PM
Corrected location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 15, 2014, 07:15:44 AM
Rechop

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7351/11963611096_a0dc597800_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11963611096/)
Grey-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11963611096/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 26, 2014, 04:06:08 PM
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3752/11885098405_082bde5ee9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11885098405/)
Balicassiao (Dicrurus balicassius) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11885098405/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Balicassiao (Dicrurus balicassius) is a species of bird in the Dicruridae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balicassiao (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balicassiao)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Baños,_Laguna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Baños,_Laguna)

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/57448580 (http://500px.com/photo/57448580)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on January 29, 2014, 12:27:21 PM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5550/11904444464_59d74280b0_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11904444464/)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11904444464/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Grey-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) is a species of  bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is found in a wide range of  semi-open wooded habitats in the northern and eastern part of the  Philippines. It is often considered a subspecies of the Brown-throated  Sunbird, but the two differ consistently in measurements and plumage,  and there is no evidence of intergradation between them.[1] It has not  been rated by BirdLife International (and consequently IUCN), but is  generally common and therefore unlikely to be threatened.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-throated_Sunbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-throated_Sunbird)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Makiling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Makiling)

Settings: 1/100 ƒ/6.3 ISO 1250 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11904444464/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on April 21, 2014, 05:22:23 PM
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2900/13960525715_26bcc76c05_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ngDkVe)
Handsome Sunbird (Aethopyga bella) (https://flic.kr/p/ngDkVe) by 500px.com/dolina (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Source:  ƒ/5.6 800mm 1/100 ISO 1250 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/13960525715/meta)

Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/67854173/the-handsome-sunbird-%28aethopyga-bella%29-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library (http://500px.com/photo/67854173/the-handsome-sunbird-%28aethopyga-bella%29-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on April 22, 2014, 03:55:36 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5078/13964599971_628eae0fe6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nh1e42)
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) (https://flic.kr/p/nh1e42) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga)

Settings: 1/500 f/5.6 ISO 160 800mm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/13964599971/meta)

Full Screen Retina Display: http://500px.com/photo/67916203/buff-banded-rail-%28gallirallus-philippensis%29-by-paolo-dolina (http://500px.com/photo/67916203/buff-banded-rail-%28gallirallus-philippensis%29-by-paolo-dolina)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on May 03, 2014, 05:03:33 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7196/14075754376_a784f79d40_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nrPVoh)
Grey-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) (https://flic.kr/p/nrPVoh) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on May 17, 2014, 01:14:01 PM
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2926/14206520705_9af293c235_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nDo8Ea)
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) (https://flic.kr/p/nDo8Ea) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Buff-banded "Buff-banded Rail" Candaba "Candaba Pampanga" Gallirallus "Gallirallus philippensis" Pampanga philippensis "Philippine birds" Philippines Rail
Caption- Abstract    The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively coloured, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines (where it is known as Tikling), New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand (where it is known as the Banded Rail or Moho-pereru in Māori),[2] and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.

It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region.[3]

The Buff-banded Rail is an omnivorous scavenger which feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse. Its nest is usually situated in dense grassy or reedy vegetation close to water, with a clutch size of 3-4. Although some island populations may be threatened, or even exterminated, by introduced predators, the species as a whole appears to be safe and its conservation status is considered to be of Least Concern.

Philippine Birds

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-banded_Rail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-banded_Rail)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga)

Settings: 1/500 f/5.6 800mm ISO 160 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/14206520705/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on May 20, 2014, 08:10:53 AM
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/14226951902_2daaf7c684_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nFbR9b)
7th Guiuan Odyssey Waves National Surfing Competition (https://flic.kr/p/nFbR9b) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

The first time I shot surfing was in 2007 in Guiuan. Fast forward to 2011 and I am back again with better ideas. :-)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiuan,_Eastern_Samar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiuan,_Eastern_Samar)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 13, 2014, 11:40:17 PM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3926/14416676955_e7f9ed6d82_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nXXeMM)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) (https://flic.kr/p/nXXeMM) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

The little egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World snowy egret. In Botswana, it is known as the yellow-footed egret.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_egret (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_egret)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 29, 2014, 07:50:27 AM
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/14532108382_f48ebd4ceb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o99RwN)
Coppersmith Barbet,(Megalaima haemacephala), (https://flic.kr/p/o99RwN) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets, they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged termites.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_barbet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_barbet)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 30, 2014, 07:47:03 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5551/14539956651_923451dfdc_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/o9R5xM)
Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala) (https://flic.kr/p/o9R5xM) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on July 01, 2014, 05:13:21 PM
Many may be surprised by this but this is my first owl, ever. So pardon the rather ugly image quality.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5074/14541731954_3bf1bce88d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oa1bhs)
Philippine Scops Owl (Otus megalotis) (https://flic.kr/p/oa1bhs) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

The Philippine scops owl (Otus megalotis) is a common owl, endemic to the Philippines, belonging to the family of the typical owls Strigidae. Everett's scops owl and Negros scops owls were formerly considered conspecific.

Philippine scops owls prey at night on insects. They live alone or in monogamous pairs. They breed throughout the year, laying clutches of 1-2 eggs. They nest in trees holes in lowland forests of Luzon, Catanduanes and Marinduque.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_scops_owl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_scops_owl)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Diliman)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on July 13, 2014, 10:58:10 AM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/14643558292_097141b3d0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oj14GY)
Manila's Supermoon 2014 (https://flic.kr/p/oj14GY) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

This photo is dedicated to my now deceased mother. Wherever you may be I hope you and Lola Solita are happy.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: sanj on July 13, 2014, 11:50:11 AM
Sweet?
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: lion rock on July 13, 2014, 12:08:57 PM
Dolina,
You certainly live in a place with lots of exotic birds, not to mention a great collection of gear.
Please keep us fascinated by your beautiful photos!
-r
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on July 13, 2014, 01:08:06 PM
THanks sanj and -r

You mean this?

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t1.0-9/10376860_1509917389238493_2384115790049733251_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Khalai on July 13, 2014, 02:35:14 PM
THanks sanj and -r

You mean this?

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t1.0-9/10376860_1509917389238493_2384115790049733251_n.jpg)

My head almost exploded looking at this picture. Damn, this must be worth of what some small towns have for a yearly budget :D
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on September 22, 2014, 04:53:04 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902/15132269947_191593bfdb_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p4bQDZ)
Barred buttonquail (Turnix suscitator) (https://flic.kr/p/p4bQDZ) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

A typical Barred buttonquail or common bustard-quail (Turnix suscitator), rufous-brown above, rusty and buff below. Chin, throat and breast closely barred with black. Female larger and more richly coloured, with throat and middle of breast black. The blue-grey bill and legs, and yellowish white eyes are diagnostic, as are also the pale buff shoulder-patches on the wings when in flight. Absence of hind toe distinguishes Bustard and Button quails from true quails. Pairs, in scrub and grassland.

Unlike other buttonquail, are not as difficult to see, since it tends to cross, or run along, savannah tracks, and is readily viewed from a vehicle.
Feeds on insects and seeds, and is reluctant to fly.

The calls are a motorcycle-like drr-r-r-r-r-r and a loud hoon- hoon-hoon.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_buttonquail

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on September 25, 2014, 09:41:07 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3872/15163809459_50a06d7940_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p6YufF)
Luzon hornbill (Penelopides manillae) (https://flic.kr/p/p6YufF) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

The Luzon hornbill (Penelopides manillae), sometimes called Luzon tarictic hornbill, is a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family. It is endemic to forests on Luzon and nearby islands in the northern Philippines. As is the case with all Philippine tarictic hornbills, it has been considered a subspecies of P. panini.

There are two subspecies of the Luzon hornbill: the relatively widespread nominate subspecies, and subniger from the islands of Polillo and Patnanongan. It was hunted for meat, but is now considered to be safe, as a new hunting ban has been enforced.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luzon_hornbill

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Los_Ba%C3%B1os_College_of_Forestry_and_Natural_Resources
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on September 30, 2014, 11:35:34 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3904/15402260025_1a053ec2d6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pt3Bik)
Grey-throated sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) (https://flic.kr/p/pt3Bik) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

The grey-throated sunbird (Anthreptes griseigularis) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is found in a wide range of semi-open wooded habitats in the northern and eastern part of the Philippines. It is often considered a subspecies of the brown-throated sunbird, but the two differ consistently in measurements and plumage, and there is no evidence of intergradation between them.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-throated_sunbird

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Philippines_Los_Ba%C3%B1os
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: lion rock on September 30, 2014, 01:06:50 PM
Hahahaha, very funny! ;D ;D ;D  Though not bad.  Beautiful flock. 8)  Don't mind catching one of those.
-r



THanks sanj and -r

You mean this?

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Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: 300D on September 30, 2014, 03:36:02 PM
Dolina,
The front row of that flock seem quite nervous, judging by the look on their faces.  Perhaps that’s why they flock together like that!
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: LovePhotography on January 25, 2015, 09:05:16 PM
Has anybody done much shooting with the 1.4 or 2.0 TC III on the 800mm IS? I realize the f stop might be problematic for many shots, but, wondering how the lens does from IQ standpoint on still life with the TC. Thanks.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 14, 2015, 11:02:36 AM
Love, the TC's are just "OK". Nothing spectacular.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 marks the first death anniversary of mother. This also marks the break of my photography fast. I commit to craft photos more than once week here on end.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/15905528754_36d3d4fd28_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qevZyo)
Guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus) (https://flic.kr/p/qevZyo) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

The Guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus) is a species of parrot in the Psittaculidae family, belonging to the monotypic genus Bolbopsittacus and closely related to the lovebirds (Agapornis) and hanging parrots (Loriculus). It is endemic to the Philippines. Its common name is derived from its reputation for eating guavas.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaiabero

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colegio_de_San_Juan_de_Letran#Colegio_de_San_Juan_de_Letran_-_Abucay.2C_Bataan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 17, 2015, 03:32:06 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/16376030930_7408987420_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qX6rsS)
Green-faced parrotfinch (Erythrura viridifacies) (https://flic.kr/p/qX6rsS) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

The green-faced parrotfinch (Erythrura viridifacies) is a species of estrildid finch found in northern Philippines, around Luzon, Negros and Panay.

The green-faced parrotfinch is approximately 12–13 cm long. This species green plumage except for its bright red uppertail-coverts and tail and darker fringes to the primaries. It has a long pointed tail. The female is slightly shorter and shows buff on the lower belly and vent. Both sexes have a large, dark bill. The green-faced parrotfinch makes a short, high-pitched tsit tsit, chattering and grating notes.

It inhabits tropical moist forest (including degraded areas), forest edge and even savannah, often above 1,000 m, but is occasionally found in the lowlands. It is usually found together with flowering or seeding bamboos, which are its food supply.

This species is threatened by deforestation which removes its food supply (bamboo seeds). The cage-bird trade has also affected its population as large numbers of green-faced parrotfinch in many districts of Manila have been caught and exported to the United States.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-faced_parrotfinch

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colegio_de_San_Juan_de_Letran#Colegio_de_San_Juan_de_Letran_-_Abucay.2C_Bataan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 08, 2015, 06:19:33 PM
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8651/16756874102_d1dc3af750_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rwKmSs)
Rufous-backed kingfisher (Ceyx rufidorsa) (https://flic.kr/p/rwKmSs) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Framed in camera, no crop. Best viewed full screen on a Retina Display

The rufous-backed kingfisher (Ceyx rufidorsa) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is found in Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in tropical lowland forests near lakeshores and streamsides. The small bird is solitary and hunts from a low perch over the water by diving for insects and frogs. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Oriental dwarf kingfisher.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous-backed_kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 10, 2015, 07:46:14 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7625/16774087435_bcb1e85fdf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rygzN4)
Blue Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone cyanescens) (https://flic.kr/p/rygzN4) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Framed in camera, no crop. Best viewed full screen on a Retina Display

The blue paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone cyanescens) is a species of bird in the Monarchidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

It is mainly found in the understory of lowland primary and secondary forests, however populations are likely to be declining owing to habitat loss.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_paradise_flycatcher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: candc on March 10, 2015, 09:28:26 AM
all wonderful photo's dolina. i especially like the rufous-backed kingfisher. not because the shot is any better than the rest, they are all excellent but the bird is so vibrantly colored. it really stands out against the dark background.

thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 11, 2015, 07:07:19 PM
thanks candc.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8749/16601152488_b9ea24d1a4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rhZfg3)
Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) 1) (https://flic.kr/p/rhZfg3) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Framed in camera, no crop. Best viewed full screen on a Retina Display at the following sites below

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/16601152488/

https://500px.com/photo/101525589/blue-eared-kingfisher-%28alcedo-meninting%29-by-paolo-dolina

The blue-eared kingfisher (Alcedo meninting) is found in Asia, ranging across the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is found mainly in dense shaded forests where it hunts in small streams. It is darker crowned, with darker rufous underparts and lacking the rufous ear stripe of the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) which is found in more open habitats. A number of subspecies have been described that differ in measurement and colour shade. Adult males have an all dark bill while females have a reddish lower mandible.

This 16 centimetres (6.3 in) long kingfisher is almost identical to the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) but is distinguished by the blue ear coverts, darker and more intense cobalt-blue upperparts with richer rufous under parts. The juvenile blue-eared kingfisher has rufous ear-coverts as in the common kingfisher but it usually shows some mottling on the throat and upper breast which disappears when the bird reaches adulthood. Young birds have a reddish bill with whitish tips.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-eared_kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on March 11, 2015, 07:16:12 PM
Lovely shot Paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 12, 2015, 07:17:05 PM
Thank you Click.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8660/16791968842_e776dca40b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rzRejb)
Palawan flowerpecker (Prionochilus plateni) (https://flic.kr/p/rzRejb) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Framed in camera, no crop. Best viewed full screen on a Retina Display at the following sites below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/16791968842/in/photostream/lightbox/

http://500px.com/photo/101563979/palawan-flowerpecker-(prionochilus-plateni)-by-paolo-dolina

The Palawan flowerpecker (Prionochilus plateni) is a species of bird in the Dicaeidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The scientific name commemorates the German zoologist Carl Constantin Platen.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palawan_flowerpecker

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: serendipidy on March 19, 2015, 02:52:38 PM
Lovely shot Paolo.

Excellent! As always :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 22, 2015, 09:51:11 PM
Thanks serendipidy

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8741/16686988509_fe128deffb_b.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/rqzbjr)Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) (https://flic.kr/p/rqzbjr) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Best viewed full screen on a Retina Display at flickr and 500px

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/16686988509/

https://500px.com/photo/102370503/ashy-drongo-(dicrurus-leucophaeus)-by-paolo-dolina

The Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) is a species of bird in the drongo family Dicruridae. It is found widely distributed across South and Southeast Asia with several populations that vary in the shade of grey, migration patterns and in the size or presence of a white patch around the eye.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashy_drongo

Location http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 23, 2015, 02:05:55 PM
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8730/16287860403_8c023f5bc0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qPixrn)
Ashy-Fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus cinereifrons) (https://flic.kr/p/qPixrn) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

Framed in camera, no crop. Best viewed full screen on a Retina Display at the following sites below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/16287860403/in/photostream/lightbox/

http://500px.com/photo/102691505/ashy-fronted-bulbul-%28pycnonotus-cinereifrons%29-by-paolo-dolina

The Ashy-Fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus cinereifrons) is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family. It is endemic to Palawan Island in the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It previously was considered a subspecies of the olive-winged bulbul.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashy-fronted_bulbul

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coron,_Palawan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Jack Douglas on March 23, 2015, 11:43:40 PM
Paolo, if I may, what else is involved beside the 800mm?

Jack
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: AlanF on March 24, 2015, 12:40:39 AM
Paolo, if I may, what else is involved beside the 800mm?

Jack
Jack
It tells you on the Flickr site.  A 1DIV! Instead of upgrading your body just upgrade your glass to a 800/5.6.
Alan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Jack Douglas on March 24, 2015, 01:13:34 AM
Alan, you have it all wrong!  What I need to upgrade is my skill level, big-time. ;)

However ........  If some of those colorful guys would show up here I think I'd be learning like crazy.

Jack
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 24, 2015, 06:05:13 AM
Hello Jack,

I used a tripod and gimbal head. As mentioned the body attached is the 1D4.

I did not upgrade to the 1D X as I see as a sports/photojournalist body as the pixel density was less than the 1D4.

As for lens, body and gear vs skills it really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. ;)

After 5+ years of use I know gear mentioned like the back of my hand.

What I would like to do is improve my skill with artificial light and remote shooting. The site in Coron, Palawan allows for more creative photography as the birds are very tamed by Philippine standards.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Jack Douglas on March 24, 2015, 10:17:48 AM
Thanks very much Paolo.  I see what you mean!!

http://maiabird.blogspot.ca/2013/09/more-awesome-birds-in-coron.html

Have you shot that woodpecker that looks similar to the Pileated?  Crazy colorful.

I'm temporarily depressed. ;)

Jack
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 24, 2015, 02:06:24 PM
Jack I believe I saw it but it was too quick for simple old me.  :'(

I know Maia personally and have licensed my images to her for free for her lectures to her students.

I did so cause she was pretty. <blush>

If you have free time now is a good time to fly over Jack.

Email Chin Fernandez at dipulao@gmail.com. He is the tour operator that specializes for birders in general. He knows birder workflow and your requirements. He can handle accommodations, transportation, food and other logistical matters. His family owns a hotel near the birding site. Tell Chin your dietary requirements when corresponding with him. As a culinarian I found his thoroughness surprising by local standards.

Food & drinks provided and delivered by Chin to the birding site if I recall correctly is 300/person.

Entrance fee is 250/day and guide fee is 1,000/day. Erwin, the guide knows how to use both Canon and Nikon cameras for framing. He can also carry stuff for you.

My advice is to look for bird calls and keep it in your smartphone for playback. The guide does not have any device on him and that was a mistake on my part.

A bird list for coron and Palawan are a googl search away.

Best to book early for your plane ticket from Manila to Busuanga. I took PAL but I was told by my Swiss friend that Cebu Pacific has an earlier flight from Manila airport and later flight from bushangs airport. We took PAL for the points.

I am not a guide but I would like to "push things forward" for other photogs.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Jack Douglas on March 24, 2015, 03:33:45 PM
Paolo, if I was not an old retired guy with a wife I'd be over in a wink looking at the birds and the girls.  You should have informed me 30 years ago! ;)

But all this is very intriguing and I'll be giving it some thought for another year.  What's the best time of year for photography and decent weather?

I did spend quite a bit of time looking at the amazing number of amazing birds around there.  You are as lucky as anyone short of maybe the Amazon.  In a month and a half I'll be heading here:

http://www.gohaidagwaii.ca/images/uploads/HG-trailguide-FEB-2011-proof2.pdf

Once I was to drop down into the jungle of Peru but the plane got turned back due to bad, really bad, weather and our plans wouldn't allow a return trip.  Nice to dream but plane fares are pretty expensive for average folk like us.  Keep posting your amazing photos.

Jack
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 24, 2015, 08:55:06 PM
The birding site in Coron, Palawan is perfect for old retired guys. I would consider it "stupid easy birding". The van takes you from your hotel to the site and you walk at most 60 feet to a 2 level hut that has a ceiling fan. Guide will carry your bag for you.

You get about about a dozen endemics right there.

First week of March was when I flew over to Coron, Palawan. Perfect birding weather as it was cloud-less.

This Sunday a few friends are going up a mountain for a 3 hour hike with porters to carry their gear and possibly then. Both gents are in their 60s. I'm half their age but will just stay at basecamp as I fear mosquitoes.

The target bird is the Whiskered Pitta.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8752/16889465666_ca1c98fbc9_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rJsVHU)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) (https://flic.kr/p/rJsVHU) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

The frame is purposed for a 20-inch by 30-inch or larger printed surface.

Framed in camera, no crop. Best viewed full screen on your device display at the following sites below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/16889465666/in/photostream/lightbox/

http://500px.com/photo/102763633/zitting-cisticola-(cisticola-juncidis)-by-paolo-dolina

The zitting cisticola or streaked fantail warbler (Cisticola juncidis), is widely distributed Old World warbler whose breeding range includes southern Europe, Africa (outside the deserts and rainforest), and southern Asia down to northern Australia. A small bird found mainly in grasslands, it is best identified by its rufous rump, lacks any gold on the collar and the brownish tail is tipped with white. During the breeding season, males have a zigzagging flight display accompanied by regular "zitting" calls that has been likened to repeated snips of a scissor. They build their pouch nest suspended within a clump of grass.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zitting_cisticola

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute

Settings: 1/320 f/5.6 800mm ISO 100 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/16889465666/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Jack Douglas on March 24, 2015, 09:51:50 PM
Hey Paolo, I still enjoy pretty vigorous hiking but who couldn't handle what you describe!  Worth keeping in mind.  You did have to mention mosquitoes!?

This photo will look great in the size you describe, very nice.

Jack
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 24, 2015, 10:08:08 PM
High praise Jack and thank you. There is a Facebook-based photo contest right now whose theme is "Bird with Melted/Creamy Bokeh". The submission that wins will get their work printed for free on a large surface (I'm thinking 3 feet by 2 feet) and be displayed during a trade show for creative & print professionals.

I hope we are allowed to keep em. The print value is about $100-200

Exercise for anyone is a must. Wish I get to bird everyday as it gets me to do it for long periods of time without boredom setting in.

The 3 hour hike is 3 hours drive from where I live. Although a lot of birders have visited the place I have not.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on April 19, 2015, 03:03:47 PM
Cropping done upon suggestions made.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7597/16557643684_0e14a7a2bc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/re9fBf)
Blue Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone cyanescens) (https://flic.kr/p/re9fBf) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 19, 2015, 11:15:20 PM
Just testing the high ISO of the 5DS R on subjects that it was not marketed to handle. :)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/547/18972968905_1b014d4662_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uUzqDx)
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) (https://flic.kr/p/uUzqDx) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) (formerly considered as a subspecies of the tricoloured munia Lonchura malacca atricapilla), also known as black-headed munia, is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hawaii.

Before 1995, it was the national bird of the Philippines,[2] where it is known as mayang pula ("red maya") because of its brick red patch on the lower back which is visible only when it flies. (This distinguishes it from other birds locally called maya, notably the predominantly brownish "mayang simbahan" (tree sparrow)[3] which is more common in urban areas.)

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut_munia

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa


Camera
    Canon EOS 5DS R
Lens
    Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/tags/ef800mmf56lisusm)
Focal Length
    800mm
Shutter Speed
    1/320 s
Aperture
    f/5.6
ISO/Film
    2500
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 19, 2015, 11:54:03 PM
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3743/18786358270_cd03ff4187_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uC5ZNN)
5DS R + 800mm (https://flic.kr/p/uC5ZNN) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on

Camera
    Canon EOS 5DS R
Lens
    Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/tags/ef800mmf56lisusm)
Focal Length
    800mm
Shutter Speed
    1/200 s
Aperture
    f/5.6
ISO/Film
    320
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 20, 2015, 02:04:51 PM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/307/18369823774_ecdd091519_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tZh9By)
Yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) (https://flic.kr/p/tZh9By) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) is a member of the bulbul  family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in southeast Asia  from southern Thailand and Cambodia south to Borneo and the Philippines.  It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. It  is one of the most common birds in cultivated areas. They appear to be  nomadic, roaming from place to place regularly.

The yellow-vented bulbul builds a well-camouflaged but fragile, loose,  deep, cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, and twigs.  The nest is untidy on the outside, but it is neatly lined with plant  fibers. It may be built in a wide range of places from low bushes to  high trees. This is a species adapted to humans and may even nest in  gardens. The yellow-vented bulbul lays 2–5 eggs in February to June.

The yellow-vented bulbuls eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-vented_bulbul (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-vented_bulbul)

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa)

Camera Canon EOS 5DS R
 Lens     Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/tags/ef800mmf56lisusm)
 Focal Length 800mm
 Shutter Speed 1/200 s
 Aperture f/5.6
 ISO/Film 640

500px uncompressed: https://500px.com/photo/112583865/yellow-vented-bulbul-pycnonotus-goiavier-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library (https://500px.com/photo/112583865/yellow-vented-bulbul-pycnonotus-goiavier-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 20, 2015, 02:18:40 PM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/307/18369823774_ecdd091519_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/tZh9By)
Yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) (https://flic.kr/p/tZh9By) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The yellow-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) is a member of the bulbul  family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in southeast Asia  from southern Thailand and Cambodia south to Borneo and the Philippines.  It is found in a wide variety of open habitats, but not deep forest. It  is one of the most common birds in cultivated areas. They appear to be  nomadic, roaming from place to place regularly.

The yellow-vented bulbul builds a well-camouflaged but fragile, loose,  deep, cup-shaped nest from grass, leaves, roots, vine stems, and twigs.  The nest is untidy on the outside, but it is neatly lined with plant  fibers. It may be built in a wide range of places from low bushes to  high trees. This is a species adapted to humans and may even nest in  gardens. The yellow-vented bulbul lays 2–5 eggs in February to June.

The yellow-vented bulbuls eats berries and small fruits. They also sip nectar, nibble on young shoots, and take some insects.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-vented_bulbul (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow-vented_bulbul)

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa)

Camera Canon EOS 5DS R
 Lens     Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/tags/ef800mmf56lisusm)
 Focal Length 800mm
 Shutter Speed 1/200 s
 Aperture f/5.6
 ISO/Film 640

500px uncompressed: https://500px.com/photo/112583865/yellow-vented-bulbul-pycnonotus-goiavier-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library (https://500px.com/photo/112583865/yellow-vented-bulbul-pycnonotus-goiavier-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library)
Impressive.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Jack Douglas on June 20, 2015, 11:49:34 PM
Paolo, thanks for posting these 5Ds shots.  What's your personal opinion of the higher ISO shots?

I have the opportunity to step up to a 1DX used for about $600 above the 1D4.  Do you think it makes sense of just hold off for a later 1DX Mark II opportunity?

Jack
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 21, 2015, 12:26:17 AM
Paolo, thanks for posting these 5Ds shots.  What's your personal opinion of the higher ISO shots?

I have the opportunity to step up to a 1DX used for about $600 above the 1D4.  Do you think it makes sense of just hold off for a later 1DX Mark II opportunity?

Jack
I think the ISO holds up well considering it is 50MP.

But if you need more than ISO 6,400 then this may not be the body for you.

For my uses the 1DX is a step back because it has less pixels per millimeter than the 1D4.

If you are printing your images then this is the body to get.

I'd wait for the 1DX2 if you do not have a critical need for a 1-Series body today but I expect pricing to exceed $6,800 when it gets shipped by 2016.

I expect the 1DX2 to be out by December or August 2016.

Thanks Dylan.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 25, 2015, 12:50:04 AM
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/442/18949072978_27bb4258f4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uSsXdN)
black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) (https://flic.kr/p/uSsXdN) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a bird of the oriole family and is found in many parts of Asia. There are several distinctive populations within wide distribution range of the species and in the past the slender-billed oriole (Oriolus tenuirostris) was included as a subspecies. Unlike the golden oriole which only has a short and narrow eye-stripe, the black-naped oriole has the stripe broadening and joining at the back of the neck. Males and females are very similar although the wing lining of the female is more greenish. The bill is pink and is stouter than in the golden oriole.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-naped_oriole

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muntinlupa

EXIF: 1/1000 f/5.6 ISO 320 800mm (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/18949072978/meta)

Best viewed at https://500px.com/photo/113053951/black-naped-oriole-oriolus-chinensis-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on June 30, 2015, 09:26:30 AM
(https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3711/18674987363_1016c90526_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/usfc7K)
black-naped oriole (Oriolus chinensis) (https://flic.kr/p/usfc7K) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on July 26, 2015, 03:44:31 PM
Finally, good light and easy birds to test the 5Ds R with.

50.6MP (as framed)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/353/20002058186_e0da1bab76_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wtvM3b)scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata) (https://flic.kr/p/wtvM3b) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Best seen at https://flic.kr/p/wtvM3b

19.9MP (as cropped)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/430/19409427244_9d6fa98f6f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vz9ovj)scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata) (https://flic.kr/p/vz9ovj) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Best seen at https://flic.kr/p/vz9ovj

100% magnification (as cropped)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/20037413231_f64245a739_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wwCYRV)scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata), (https://flic.kr/p/wwCYRV) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Best seen at https://flic.kr/p/wwCYRV

EXIF: f/8.0 1/1250 ISO 800 800mm 5Ds R handheld (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/20037413231/meta)

The scaly-breasted munia or spotted munia (Lonchura punctulata), known in the pet trade as nutmeg mannikin or spice finch, is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch native to tropical Asia. A species of the genus Lonchura, it was formally described and named by Carl Linnaeus in 1758. Its name is based on the distinct scale-like feather markings on the breast and belly. The adult is brown above and has a dark conical bill. The species has 11 subspecies across their range and differ slightly in size and colour.

This munia eats mainly on grass seeds apart from berries and small insects. They forage in flocks and communicate with soft calls and whistles. The species is highly social and may sometimes roost with other species of munias. This species is found in tropical plains and grasslands. Breeding pairs construct dome-shaped nests using grass or bamboo leaves.

The species is endemic to Asia and occurs from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. It has been introduced into many other parts of the world and feral populations have established in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as well as parts of Australia and the United States of America. The bird is listed as of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaly-breasted_munia

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on July 27, 2015, 05:37:57 PM
More from the 5Ds R on that same day.

50.6MP (as framed)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/391/20057817752_e4a8de64dd_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wyryq1)
Oriental pipit (Anthus rufulus) (https://flic.kr/p/wyryq1) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Best seen at https://flic.kr/p/wyryq1

12.3MP (as cropped)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/521/19443058694_92488ecee4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vC7KXU)
Oriental pipit (Anthus rufulus) (https://flic.kr/p/vC7KXU) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Best seen at https://flic.kr/p/vC7KXU

100% magnification (as cropped)

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/335/20065776655_58ac8ae4ca_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wz9mjt)
Oriental pipit, (Anthus rufulus) (https://flic.kr/p/wz9mjt) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Best seen at https://flic.kr/p/wz9mjt

EXIF: f/5.6 1/800 ISO 3200 800mm 5Ds R handheld (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/20057817752/meta)

The paddyfield pipit, or Oriental pipit,[2] (Anthus rufulus) is a small passerine bird in the pipit and wagtail family. It is a resident (non-migratory) breeder in open scrub, grassland and cultivation in southern Asia east to the Philippines. Although among the few breeding pipits in the Asian region, identification becomes difficult in winter when several other species migrate into the region. The taxonomy of the species is complex and has undergone considerable changes.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddyfield_pipit

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on August 12, 2015, 11:20:33 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5806/20501605446_2969f772d4_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xeE62Y)
Skyway - Amorsolo Exit (https://flic.kr/p/xeE62Y) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on August 13, 2015, 09:42:08 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5734/19918646633_7b859db869_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/wm9gFX)Assumption College San Lorenzo (https://flic.kr/p/wm9gFX) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on August 17, 2015, 12:06:54 AM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5767/20643117795_8b6726f945_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xsanJ4)
The Beacon (https://flic.kr/p/xsanJ4) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 25, 2016, 09:55:49 AM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1648/24628712323_cd2abd2a57_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DwmA86)
Magnificent Sunbird (Aethopyga magnifica) (https://flic.kr/p/DwmA86) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The magnificent sunbird (Aethopyga magnifica) is a species of bird in the sunbird family which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time. It is endemic to the Philippines, and was once considered a subspecies of the crimson sunbird.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnificent_sunbird

Location: http://mambukalresort.negros-occ.gov.ph/

Settings: 1/500 f/5.6 800mm ISO 2500 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/24628712323/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 27, 2016, 05:59:20 AM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1494/25052905152_348259d278_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EaQFSy)
White-browed Shama (Copsychus luzoniensis) (https://flic.kr/p/EaQFSy) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The white-browed shama (Copsychus luzoniensis) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is endemic to the Philippines. C. l. superciliaris, the Visayan Shama, is sometimes considered a distinct species.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-browed_shama

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do%C3%B1a_Remedios_Trinidad,_Bulacan

Settings: 1/80 f/6.3 800mm ISO 1250 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/25052905152/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: martti on February 27, 2016, 06:27:15 AM
wow, all I can say is wow
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: gwflauto on February 27, 2016, 09:25:10 AM
Wonderful collection of the most beautiful photos of birds I have ever seen. I enjoy every single one, and I am always looking forward to your next one.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 28, 2016, 11:18:31 AM
Thanks martti and gwflauto.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1586/25307524336_aa335933a5_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EykFhu)
Spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (https://flic.kr/p/EykFhu) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_wood_kingfisher

Location: http://mambukalresort.negros-occ.gov.ph/

Settings: 1/25 f/5.6 800mm ISO 5000 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/25307524336/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on February 28, 2016, 11:21:55 AM
Angry Bird?  ;D


Cool shot, Paolo.  :D   I really like this one.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: candc on February 28, 2016, 01:20:14 PM
Angry Bird?  ;D


Cool shot, Paolo.  :D   I really like this one.

+1

Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on February 29, 2016, 10:39:51 AM
thanks CLick and candc

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1704/25152190162_d6da4d7739_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EjBxR5)
Philippine tailorbird (Orthotomus castaneiceps) (https://flic.kr/p/EjBxR5) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The Philippine tailorbird (Orthotomus castaneiceps) is a species of bird formerly placed in the "Old World warbler" assemblage, but now placed in the family Cisticolidae. It is found only in the Philippines.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_tailorbird

Location: http://mambukalresort.negros-occ.gov.ph/
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 04, 2016, 02:41:03 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1655/24875832084_0e9072c411_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DUc9dC)
Spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (https://flic.kr/p/DUc9dC) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_wood_kingfisher

Location: http://mambukalresort.negros-occ.gov.ph/

Settings: 1/40 f/6.3 800mm ISO 5000 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/24875832084/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 08, 2016, 03:44:17 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1479/25622188955_835ec1fb35_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F39q7x)
Spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (https://flic.kr/p/F39q7x) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on March 08, 2016, 05:55:11 PM
Beautiful colorful bird.  Great shot, Paolo
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 12, 2016, 04:03:15 AM
Thanks Click.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1579/25594327782_f07ef52d71_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EZFBXu)
Indigo-banded kingfisher (Ceyx cyanopectus) (https://flic.kr/p/EZFBXu) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The indigo-banded kingfisher (Ceyx cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and C. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the southern silvery kingfisher of the southern Philippines.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_kingfisher

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do%C3%B1a_Remedios_Trinidad,_Bulacan

Settings: 1/60 f/5.6 800mm ISO 1250 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/25594327782/meta)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 13, 2016, 04:34:11 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1662/25738368376_d5dff8789e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FdpSd1)
Indigo-banded kingfisher (Ceyx cyanopectus) (https://flic.kr/p/FdpSd1) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 16, 2016, 10:36:16 AM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1470/25739512031_4a19e7b29b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FdvJbc)
Olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) (https://flic.kr/p/FdvJbc) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), also known as the yellow-bellied sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia.
Common names for this bird include "tamsi"[1] in the Philippines and "kelicap" in Malaysia.
The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive-backed_sunbird

Location: http://mambukalresort.negros-occ.gov.ph/
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on March 16, 2016, 10:43:45 AM
Very nice  shot. Well done, Paolo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 21, 2016, 09:47:36 PM
Thanks Click

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1611/25817545691_268bcf2845_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FkpES8)
Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis) (https://flic.kr/p/FkpES8) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis) is a tree kingfisher found in the Philippines. This kingfisher is a resident over much of its range, although some populations may make short distance movements. It can often be found well away from water where it feeds on a wide range of prey that includes small reptiles, amphibians, crabs, small rodents and even birds. During the breeding season they call loudly in the mornings from prominent perches including the tops of buildings in urban areas or on wires.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_kingfisher

Location: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do%C3%B1a_Remedios_Trinidad,_Bulacan
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 22, 2016, 12:51:57 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1611/25817545691_2de6681a83_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FkpES8)
Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis) (https://flic.kr/p/FkpES8) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

Upon the recommendation of a user I have desaturated my bird as it was generating blown highlights and false colors.

The motion blur of the bird flipping the crustacean was caused by my 1/200 shutter speed. If given a chance to do it again I would increase it to 1/500.

I posted the slightly out of focus image because I felt that the subject matter of the bird eating was stronger and conveyed a compelling story.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: dolina on March 23, 2016, 08:56:29 AM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1557/25902593231_e927b2d258_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FsVyx2)
Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis) (https://flic.kr/p/FsVyx2) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: doczam99 on April 07, 2016, 10:48:44 AM
A couple of recent shots with the EF 800 f/5.6L IS. I was using a 1D Mark III here. The first image is handheld.

Excelent
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: falcnr on June 24, 2016, 01:08:31 AM
In a moment of weakness (and positive bank account), I bought a used Canon 800mm f5.6. The first two images i took hand held of all things when i first got it and used my 1DX. The leopard and black shaheen were taken recently this year. I was resting on my knee for the leopard using the 5DSR at 3200 ISO at 1/80th sec shutter as the light was so poor in the forest canopy and the black shaheen falcon I was dangling over a cliff edge resting the lens on my arm on the rocks and was also using a 1.4X TC for added reach so I had 1120mm focal length at 1/2000th shutter and ISO 640.

I'm pleased with the results the 800 can achieve and it reaffirmed I made a good choice even though I own a 600mm which seems a duplication at first. This said I'm using the 800mm more than i thought i would ...and not just on tiny birds.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Mikehit on June 24, 2016, 03:12:36 AM
That osprey shot is as good as it gets in conveying activity.
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: candyman on June 24, 2016, 05:12:46 AM
Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis) (https://flic.kr/p/FsVyx2) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr


That is a wonderful, colorful sharp shot. I like it very much :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
Post by: Click on June 24, 2016, 08:34:20 AM
Brown-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon gularis) (https://flic.kr/p/FsVyx2) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr


That is a wonderful, colorful sharp shot. I like it very much :)


+1  Well done, dolina.   :)