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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 14, 2013, 08:42:37 AM »

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” by 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

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

EXIF: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/9038728093/#meta/

EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:02:18 AM »
Will ship by January.


Where is the updated 35, 135, 180 Macro and 400/5.6?

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L IS I vs. 400 f/2.8L IS II
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:17:10 AM »
If you have idle asset, sell it.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:13:16 AM »
pj1974 & canon_convert thanks :) I love to please.

Feel free to checkout my photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/ and add me as a friend.

Steve, lovely images... I also shoot wildlife.

I used to be a flickr pro member since 2007 with two accounts that allowed both his membership to lapse about 3 months ago and based on today's news it appears that I did the right thing.

Now, how do you change the pagelayout?

I do not need 1TB of space. I'd never upload anything larger than a 1MP image or else I invite asshats to steal my work.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: May 20, 2013, 04:41:25 PM »

Namae by alabang, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 20, 2013, 04:41:12 PM »

Mariz by alabang, on Flickr


Mariz by alabang, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 20, 2013, 04:40:12 PM »
Nice to see photos of the Philippines here.

Namae by alabang, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L IS I vs. 400 f/2.8L IS II
« on: May 20, 2013, 02:53:32 AM »
Series 2 lenses are faster in focusing, faster in focus acquisition, has better IS at 4 stops vs 2. They also have a shorter minimum focusing distance, IS for Video, Focus for Video.

Did I mention they are up to 25% lighter? This is significant when walking and flying on aeroplanes.

I'd only go with the Series 1 lenses if money was an issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: More DO Supertelephoto Lenses
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:49:29 AM »
By my reckoning a 500/5.6 DO IS would weigh about as much as a 400/5.6 (2-3lbs) but would sell easily sell for 500/4.0 IS II prices.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC
« on: May 14, 2013, 02:23:40 AM »
I can also confirm to have read on BH Photo's site that the Lens Case is indeed included with the lens.

Kindly correct article. Thanks!

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 2.8 ll or 20-60 2.8 mark 1 ?
« on: May 12, 2013, 02:31:47 AM »
If I recall correctly the 100-400 IS zoom is shorter than a 400/5.6 prime.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:28:20 PM »
I personally do not mind it. I do mind people who have double standards on it. It is ok for photographer A to remove this and that and "Photoshop" it to death but photographer B cannot do the same just because.

When posting respect the community standards or contest rules.

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