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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 28, 2013, 05:54:41 AM »
Okay, I'm done attacking my own reflection in your car's paint, and sure I'll pose for you:


Nice shot Otto

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:53:55 PM »
another photo of the oriental white eye - taken earlier this morning :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:52:51 PM »
Beautiful pics of shorebirds jrista.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:50:37 PM »
Just wanted to try portrait style PP on this heron


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Nice shot chauncey

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:50:10 PM »
Apologies for the picture quality.. these are VERY heavily cropped images taken in poor light, handheld, from a long distance away. I did not have a decent lens with me when this happened....

For the last week or so there has been a huge flock of geese behind my house. The bay froze completely over last night (-18C) and in the morning the geese were standing on the ice. As I was looking at them a Bald Eagle swooped down and landed on one of the geese. They all took to the air, this one tried, but with an eagle on it's back it did not get far.

I did not know that eagles hunted geese, and would not have believed it without seeing it.... has anyone else seen this behaviour or heard of it before?

I believe I've seen this behavior before, or at least, seen the aftermath. Last December, I was photographing birds at Chatfield here in Colorado. At one of the gravel ponds, there was a fairly large flock of geese hanging out on the ice. I set up to photograph them, and the whole flock took off. I thought it was me at first, but on the far side of the pond I could see some commotion amongst about five large birds. Turned out they were Golden Eagles, and I think they took down a goose. It took me a while to get around to the other side where I could see them clearly, and by the time I did, the five eagles had already devoured a good portion of the bird they had caught. When I tried to ease my way out from behind some brambles along the shore, three took off, leaving two behind. But the time I was set up, only one remained. A couple of the others seemed to take some of the carcass with them. The remnant also seemed to be a late juvenile, and all he had was some scraps left. Given the color and size of the feathers, I was fairly sure it was a goose. At the other end of the gravel pond (which is rather long, so quite a ways) I found the flock of geese again, and one of them was clearly injured.

So, yes, I do believe eagles will eat geese. It may seem like large prey, but eagles, bald or golden or otherwise, are pretty large, powerful birds, and rather opportunistic when it comes to getting a meal...any opportunity.

Yes, eagles do prey on geese. The Pallas Fish Eagle preys on geese and other water birds and can fly off with prey upto 6 kg in weight.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 25, 2013, 07:23:40 AM »
Fascinating insight into how different people approach birding. I prefer to just wander and see what I find, I think working with a shorter lens you learn to get closer where possible. I have considered setting up a feeder but the local miners and parrots are so close anyway it hasn't seemed worthwhile.
Can't remember if I posted this but I was at a stream waiting for fairy wrens to calm down and this lorikeet landed about 2m from me. I think it highlights what I enjoy about birding, that you don't know what you will see.

Rainbow-Lorikeet by Synkka~, on Flickr

Beautiful!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:10:35 AM »
some guy tried barging into one of my rooms while I was at work ... left his mark!

Wow..and the bird wasn't laying dead on the ground after a hit like that?

Surprisingly,  no.  That was the first thing I checked. 

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:39:35 PM »

I shouldn't have to read posts carefully if they are written out clearly enough....tricky posts are the mandate of trolls...

Absolutely right ... I stopped reading your post right after this sentence.

Yep, I thought I was wasting my time with you....now I know I was :D

BTW,  not everyone who posts here has English as their first language.  So basically calling a less than perfectly worded post "a mandate of trolls"  is myopic.

Actually I wrote "tricky" it was you who implied poor spelling...maybe you should read the post more carefully too? Or stop twisting my words and making a bigger issue out of them?

OK.  In that case I misunderstood,  but still do not understand what you meant. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:59:59 PM »
another one clicked this morning.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:12:23 PM »

My only problem with the 2.8 is that it is too heavy to carry easily . . .


Carrying it for a couple of hours is perfectly fine for me. It's for the longer treks that I have retained the 70-200 f/4 (non-IS). 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:05:07 PM »
Some taken this afternoon in my yard of Japanese White-eyes (Mejiro). 5D3, 100-400L.


We have some of their cousins in India as well. We call them Oriental White-Eyes. I clicked this this one earlier in the morning today - 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:01:56 PM »
some guy tried barging into one of my rooms while I was at work ... left his mark!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:00:44 PM »
Purple Sandpiper in the surf zone - Martha's Vineyard. ( taken by hand while standing in the surf )

Usually very shy. A flock had found something tasty on the rocks and ignored me. Took about 100 shots, each one better than the next, great fun.

60D and 100-400mm

Very nice shot IslanderMV

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:28:35 PM »
Oh, oh, look what I've started. ;)

Jack

 ;D ;D ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:45:30 AM »

I feel for you. Come over to Pune, India and we can drive 60 miles to a lake where a number of migratory birds come. You can have your pick of birds.

I do hope you are extending this offer to the natives ;)

You have a return offer from me. We have a similar lake 50 km from my town which is infested with Ruddy Shelducks, Bar Headed Geese and a number of other migrants. Let me know if you are traveling north.

Cheers ... J.R.

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