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This is my first upload.  I live in Connecticut and I photographed this fledgling bird on an estuary.  I believe this is a Great Blue Heron chic or an Egret chic, as I saw adult birds of those species in the area.  If anybody could identify it, I would appreciate it.

Nice shot !

I believe it is a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

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Black Tern - Norton Point  MA. - Catching insects over the low tide flats.
Rare in our area.

60D + 100-400mm @ 400mm ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/1250

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A Southern Giant Petrel taking off of its antarctic lichen(orange) covered rocky nest. Hannah Point, Antarctica 2011

Now there is something you don't see everyday. Cool !

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:56:35 PM »
For those that want a 200-500 or xxx-600 or whatever instead, what if the bodies have f/8 AF points and you can use a 1.4x TC with the new 100-400?  The Tamron really needs to be stopped down to f/8 at the 600mm end anyway, so this lens would be about the same as that one, just in a smaller size with more flexibility.

100-400/4.5-5.6
140-560/6.3-8

That sounds like a good deal to me.

At twice the price ?

Yes, if it's better optically, has better IS, has better handling, has better AF, and is smaller and lighter.

If I count correctly, that is six ifs.
I do hope it is released and is  a big step up optically. For my uses, when my 100-400mm dies I will probably go with the big Tammy. I can use the extra reach, I often need to just identify distant birds.

I don't make much money from avian photography. So I guess investing 2x in a lens with only a small IQ improvement would be an example of the law of diminishing returns.

One other point I would make in Canons favor is that my 100-400 has been through hell and back and yet still works great. Hopefully the same would be true for the new iteration. We will not know about the durability of the Tammy in the field for a while.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:34:52 PM »
For those that want a 200-500 or xxx-600 or whatever instead, what if the bodies have f/8 AF points and you can use a 1.4x TC with the new 100-400?  The Tamron really needs to be stopped down to f/8 at the 600mm end anyway, so this lens would be about the same as that one, just in a smaller size with more flexibility.

100-400/4.5-5.6
140-560/6.3-8

That sounds like a good deal to me.

At twice the price ?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 09, 2014, 12:18:08 AM »
very nice shots guys.....

here are few of my favorite shots taken this passed winter.

Spectacular snowy images, chasing the mouse is great.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:58:24 AM »
Two very young Barn Swallows on a farm fence. They were still being fed by adults and were huddling together.

60D, 100-400mm
1/640, ISO640, f5.6, 400mm

For me, this photo session was evidence that I should save for a FF camera. Most of the action shots ( not posted )were a bit blurry as I had to shoot slow and wide open. Crops from my 60D get grainy after ISO640.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:41:14 PM »
Least Tern and chick.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show us your Hooters (Owls)
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:25:33 PM »
Who can forget this years Snowy INVASION of the lower 48.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 30, 2014, 02:56:51 PM »
Black Skimmer preening on the beach, it would dip into the water and then work at cleaning up. These close-ups also show the unusual structure of the bill. It saw me in my kayak, but did not seem to care.

100-400mm

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:41:25 AM »
I am quite shocked as to how many people actually care that Aperture isn't going to be supported anymore. I don't use Aperture, I use Lightroom on the Mac and until a few minutes ago, I didn't know anyone who used Aperture. My understanding is that Aperture hasn't seen an update in quite a while so I guess my question is, why be all upset at Apple now? If you were using Aperture and liked it, keep using it till you can't anymore then migrate.

Ditto -
For Mac users, file handling in LR is somewhat of a change, other than that LR has moved way ahead of Aperture in features. I used it for a few weddings and found it to be exceptional for handling large amounts of images very quickly. The easy "round trip" to photoshop is huge. Anyway, there are tons of free tutorials available to make the transition. I would also recommend the paid tutorials at lynda.com.

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Double-crested Cormorant take off !

100-400mm and 60D

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Photography Technique / Re: Need advice: 60D + 100-400L
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:53:59 AM »


See the sandpiper image attached: 1/1600th at f/5.6 ISO 1600.  At that ISO I expect a bit of noise, but it still looks "off" to me.  This image is ETTR (very nearly overexposed) and larger.
 
Some of the debris in the foreground seem "almost" in focus. - The 60D high ISO performance sucks. Bird shots over 640 seldom seem right. ( unless you get really close )

One of my friends upgraded to the new Tamron SP 150-600mm - He is producing some great images. ( I am starting to save ) Perhaps that is the best solution. Maybe rent one to see if you like it.

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Photography Technique / Re: Need advice: 60D + 100-400L
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:24:08 PM »
Sorry to see you are having problems. So for what it is worth ....

In my area I know of at least 5 folks with 60D or 7D and the 100-400. None are having any problems.
( you still might have a bad copy I suppose )

I have been using the same combo as you for the last 3 years. If I was out shooting small birds and had enough light to use ISO 100, I would have been shooting much faster. I use manual mode with auto ISO.

My default speed is 1/1250, If possible 1/1600. I find many handheld shots in the field are soft because of camera shake. Higher shutter speeds help quite a bit. I also find using archery techniques for breath control to actually make a difference.

Having said that... the image is also flat, low contrast and only 922 pixels wide. A 60D is 5184 pixels wide, 922 is a REALLY heavy crop for a 60D.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:24:49 AM »
Shorebird closeups
American Oystercatcher
Common Tern

100-400mm

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