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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: May 08, 2013, 02:13:03 PM »
The common grackle with an uncommon attitude.
Probably tired of being called "Common"! He looks ready to pounce. Nice shot.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:42:30 AM »
Krob78, Mr. Otter, Barrfly, digital paradise and all you other photogs....very beautiful and inspiring shots. Looking at your work keeps me interested in pursuing this hobby and trying to make photographs like you can :)

Some I took at dusk today in my yard. This young heron has been coming around for about a month when I feed the fish in the canal, but he was never able to catch a fish in several dozen tries....until now. This tilapia was large and it took him several minutes to finally swallow. :P

Taken with a 7D and 100-400mm L @ 400mm. Almost dusk and was very overcast (started to rain as I took the last shot), so I used a 580 on camera flash with a better beamer. I am a total noob when it comes to flash since I never use it and haven't yet learned. I think these were overexposed and so I had to try and fix it with DPP. Constructive advice welcome. Thanks. :)
I'm jealous that you can get so close, our local Herons will fly off when I'm about 50 meters away. I think the last three are overexposed, how díd you meter? I just got a better beamer and have yet to use it outside, so I'm not sure how to advise yet, if at all. I would have thought spot metering on the white of the bird and the automatic should take care of the rest, I assume its just normal fill-in flash techniques.
Some other BB users are bound to know.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:35:12 AM »
Here's a greenfinch thats not doing too well, probably got Trichomonosis

Cheers Brian

And here's a video of the poor thing.
Small | Large

Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: May 05, 2013, 01:16:06 AM »
Seems like nature is sorting things out. Only this Great Tit with Avian Pox left now, this is in the early stages.
I assume it will pass it on to its offspring whilst feeding them.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 04, 2013, 04:57:11 PM »
Osprey~ f/9 - 1/800 sec - ISO 200

#2: f/11 1/1600 sec - ISO 1250
Ken, I assume you've been using the old trick?
You know, the old fish on your head and then keep very still....
Indeed!   ;D  My girlfriend doesn't appreciate the smell of my hair particularly but I come home with some decent images from time to time!    ::)
It doesn't look to be "from time to time". Keep them coming.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:12:47 PM »
http://danielo.zenfolio.com/

Nice. These little ones are hard to track :)


Thank you everyone!

Actually, this photo was pretty hard to take. This bird takes off fast as lightning. I had to press the shutter button before the bird takes off

What Camera? I have a Canon 5D3 and AF does not work at all for me for birds of that size and speed,
so its all planning and manual settings. As you say they are off in the blink of an eye. I try to anticipate
what they are going to do, thank goodness for high-speed continuous shooting.
Cheers Brian


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 03, 2013, 12:42:55 PM »
Osprey~ f/9 - 1/800 sec - ISO 200

#2: f/11 1/1600 sec - ISO 1250
Ken, I assume you've been using the old trick?
You know, the old fish on your head and then keep very still....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:05:16 AM »
Secretary Bird. Looking slightly ruffled.
Cheers Brian
Wow! "No peectures darling!"  ;)

Can't see EXIF on the iPad. What did you use to shoot it?

I feel I need a sharper lens than the 100-400L for birds. Hopefully the new 100-400 will not be beyond $2500! Otherwise I don't see much else I can get except for the 70-300L or the 300L  :(
5D3 EF100 f/2.8L Macro IS USM,  ISO 160 1/500sec F/2.8
Its the only lense I have that would pass through the mesh at the Zoo. Certainly not photographer-friendly there.
I find myself usually having my 100-400 on the Camera, when at home and I guess I'm quite happy with the results. I'm interested to see if Canon does bring out a newer version soon, I guess the price will determine if I buy it or not.
Cheers Brian


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:41:36 AM »
Some kind of firewood collecting bird. (Cinereous Vulture).
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:34:37 AM »
2nd Shot: Eagle with 1D Mk IV paired with 70-200 2.8 II L IS

Wow!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:33:01 AM »
Secretary Bird. Looking slightly ruffled.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:31:22 AM »
This is a shot of a hawk in my garden. shot with the 5D3, 100-400L+1.4x @400 so effective 560mm. Yes, I upgraded last night! Yay! I have not AFMAed it yet so this was shot with live view. The settings were f8, 1/800, ISO 1600. You will notice that he has had a drink of water in the garden as well. :)
So I assume you superglued him to a branch? I've had quite a few hawks in our garden (lots of small Birds in our garden so its inevitable that the hawks hunt there), no matter how slowly and quietly I try to get in position, they are off. I guess my only chance would be if I was sitting there when one landed.
Its certainly a great shot.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:30:44 AM »
Bloody Mynah Fight PART 4:
Last Thursday afternoon (beside my office window), 2 pairs of Mynah birds (total 4 ... might be husband wife team) were having a brutal fight ... one Mynah bird had the wing of another one in its claw and twisting it, as if to tear it off ... just would not let go, it was as if I was watching UFC ... it looked quite brutal, but luckily they all flew off in the end. Anyway, here are some pics of that fight. Images made with Nikon D7000 + 18-300 VR at 300mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 1600
Great shots. Great captures.
I've seen a few fights between male sparrows here where they have ended up fighting on the road totally oblivious to what's going on around them. Never had the Camera close by though. Never seen blood either from such a fight.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:27:22 AM »
Thanks for your answer Brain. I watch them carefully at my feeder here (Eastern Canada), and they seem healthy so far. I wish you all the best with your birds, hoping things are going to get better in your region.
Cheers

Hi,
I guess many people do keep a good eye on whats going on, but how many sit there with a a Canon 100-400 zoom, which gives you the chance to see things later that you may well have missed live? My wife says she would not have noticed most of our problem birds if I hadn't shown her the shots on the PC.
But it does pose the question of what is going on?

Concerning the Finches:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbirds/health/sickbirds/greenfinches.aspx

Concerning the Pox, the Great tit with the big growth on its breast has not been seen over the weekend,
makes you wonder what will happen if a Hawk ate it? OTOH probably nothing as it does seem as if the pox doesn't affect all species.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:58:32 PM »
Hi Brian,

Where are you located to get so many sick birds?
North west Germany. I wonder if it is that many or whether I spend too much time watching them? Maybe they built a nuclear power plant just down the road......
We are doing a lot of disinfecting of the feeders, and not feeding the finches till the sick one pops off.
Cheers

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