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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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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: April 28, 2013, 10:06:06 AM »
He certainly doesn't look well!
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:39:15 AM »
And another Great tit with Avian Pox. Apparently 90% of all Avian Pox affected birds in Germany are great tits.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:04:58 AM »
--8<--Snipp!--8<--

Great shot of a red squirrel,
Nice to see some shots of squirrels where they are not being torn apart by some bird.
It was a bad month for squirrels on CR in March  ;D
So whats with the ear tufts? Ours have them too now. Mating plumage?
Cheers Brian

Thanks Sporgon! I tend to shoot live birds and animals. Prefer to have them alive before, during and after my photo sessions.
Yeah Brian, I noticed those tufts too, and can't remember seeing such big ones before on any Red squirrel. I'm just guessing, but it could perhaps be a leftover from the rather long and cold, icy, winter we've had here.
Apparently its the Winter fell/coat. They'll be gone after the next moult.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Avian Pox and other Illnesses
« on: April 27, 2013, 03:16:27 AM »
Here's a greenfinch thats not doing too well, probably got Trichomonosis

Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:42:51 PM »
One of my best shots. At least for yesterday..  ;)
I managed to annoy a Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) by not moving out of its way and insisting to stick around and photograph him/her.

Great shot of a red squirrel,

Nice to see some shots of squirrels where they are not being torn apart by some bird.

It was a bad month for squirrels on CR in March  ;D
So whats with the ear tufts? Ours have them too now. Mating plumage?
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:40:41 PM »
I call this bub "Fat Boy".
Hopefully he will not explode ;)
Hmmm, so what would be the correct shutter timing required to capture that?
Questions, questions, questions.......

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:21:57 AM »
Yellow Rumped Warbler~
Fabulous shots Ken, all of them.
Where were they taken? There's certainly a great diversity there, must be a lot of food available.
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:58:41 AM »
A few more from a recent trip.

Is that a giant tadpole the GBH has? It doesn't look like a fish...
Its really hard to tell, maybe a crab or crawfish? Maybe a closeup at full resolution would tell?
Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 25, 2013, 11:56:54 AM »
Blue Tit, Bearded Tit, ZZ-Tit or just a very orthodox one?

It just looks like its molting. Every bird has two primary molts a year...one for breeding plumage, and one for winter plumage. When they are in the middle of a molt, or just about to molt, they can look a bit raddy and their colors/patterns aren't quite standard. This looks like a Blue Tit to me. Definitely not a Bearded.
Ooops, it was meant as a joke, due to the mouthfull of dog hair that it has in its beak........ :-\

When we brush our dog, in the springtime the hairs go into the feeder shown so birds can take them as nesting material.

Cheers Brian

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:29:35 PM »
Lovely tits! :)


Fabulous colours, just a great shot.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:23:46 PM »
And an elegant Greenfinch landing.

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