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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:08:57 PM »

Anyone, if you know please confirm, I think I've just shot my first Magnolia warbler.

Jack

Yes Jack, it's a Magnolia Warbler.  :)  Very nice shot my friend!

+1...and congrats 8)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:00:30 PM »
My two "granddogs" :)

7D, EF28-135@105mm, 1/10s, f/5.6, ISO 320

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 04:05:34 PM »
Let's get this back to the duck-motif  :)

At the local university there's a nice pond with huge signs asking people not to feed the ducks and swans, which of course means that on the weekends graddaddys, daddys and retirees are virtually fighting to get a spot to feed the nice birdies.

Which is fine by me, so I can just sit and wait. Here are some from last Saturday, all with 5DIII and one of the whites, a couple bare lens, the rest with the 2xIII, and I can say that it is a very fine lens indeed  ;)

Stephan...love your duck series. Wonderful shots of some colorful birds. Shows some of their character. :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 04:01:06 PM »
Shot through a fence at the Edmonton Zoo

Terry...very well done. Beautiful photo (especially since you had to shoot through a fence). :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:57:48 PM »
Thanks Click, Jack and rpt.

Jack, rpt was correct.
I use small pieces of bread that I toss in front of the heron at water's edge to attract the fish. Too far from the edge and he can't reach it (the fish know this and quickly attack the bread which is gone in a second). When I hit the mark within his reach near the water's edge, the fish are much more wary and often won't take the "bait". Then it's a waiting game between the hungry cautious fish and the heron. The smaller fish are more daring and dart in and out to take bites of the bread. The fish can see the heron hovering over the bread so I try not to get it too close to the heron. The heron makes multiple stabs near the bread when the fish rush in. Only occasionally do these attempts result in a catch for the heron. Mostly he gets small ones, but sometimes a slow or dumb big fish pays the ultimate price (often with the bread visible in the fish's mouth). When he catches a fish, he quickly retreats from the water's edge (and me), so that if he drops the fish, it won't get a chance to swim away. To get a close shot, I will chase him sometimes (I think he believes I might be after the fish also). He absolutely will not eat the bread, no matter how hungry. All the other birds I feed at the same time (ducks, moorhens, cardinals, bulbuls, mynah birds) really love eating the bread. The ducks will gang up on the heron and try to steal his bait bread, but will not cross a line about 1 foot from his sharp stabbing beak.

In this photo from yesterday, you can still see the piece of white bread in the fish's mouth.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:39:38 AM »
Mountain Goat on Quandary Peak, Summit County, Colorado  (5D Mk II with 400mm F4L DO IS)

Awesome shot, Doc! He's bringing you a flower!  ;D

LOL...+1, amazing capture. Great work. 8)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:27:37 AM »
And finally, the stare from about 8 feet

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:26:07 AM »
The second big tilapia catch :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:24:14 AM »
I was gonna take a day off from heron fishing, but my wife said my heron had been sitting on the concrete wall in front of my house for over an hour waiting for me and I should get out there and feed our heron. It's hard to refuse a "suggestion" like that from my wife, so I quickly defrosted some frozen bread and grabbed my 7D and 100-400L. It was 6PM and getting dark and I forgot my Better Beamer (wish I would have had it). The heron caught 2 large tilapia and 8 small minnow sized ones. The 2 big fish really put up a fight, flapping vigorously for several minutes, but they never got loose. After I used up all the bread, shortly thereafter, as usual, he flies and lands 6-8 feet from me on the concrete bridge wall and just stares at me. A little unnerving since he seems to get an inch closer every day. :P

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:46:05 AM »
Red Tailed Hawk.  5Diii, 70-200 F4, Iso 800, F6.3 @ 1/1000.

Wow! What a gorgeous photo. Love the composition and the colors. Great pose. 8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag to carry body attached to 500mm
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:12:29 PM »
lol  ;D  Very funny Surapon  ;D

Plus Another Candid shot in Thailand, That  Old man  do not understand the words on his T-Shirt----Ha, Ha, Ha---The Best American fast foods restaurant in the world..
Surapon

I think he likes Burger King better ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:01:52 PM »
Seridipidy, I envy the relationship.  All I have are these dumb ducks that apparantly are eating the weed on the pond.  Round and round back and forth shaking their beaks rapidly in the water not caring about me at all, and this isn't a park.  The other ducks high tail it.

Guess soon the Heron will be eating from your hand!

Jack

Nice photo. At least the weeds are free...I have to keep buying loaves of bread :P

I thought about trying to entice him to eat from my hand (I'd have to hold a fish, since herons won't eat bread). But the pointy beak, sharp claws and those "Terminator" red eyes made me abandon the idea ;D

lol...funny seridipidy!  nice heron photos too!
The herons at my place (Great Blue Heron) won't let me get closer than about 150-200 feet before flying off, and you have to very quiet and still to get that close... I sit motionless in the canoe and slowly drift near. I have been inspired by the "heron with fish" shots, so I wanted to try to get one.. not very graceful looking as it strikes, but it worked...

shot with a 60D and 400F5.6, HEAVILY!! cropped...

Don,
Great shots...requires a lot more skill to get captures like that at 200 feet instead of 8-10 feet, especially when the subject is not co-operating. I'm very lucky to have such a hungry and easily tempted heron. Nice action series. :) 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag to carry body attached to 500mm
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:16:26 PM »
lol  ;D  Very funny Surapon  ;D

+1

Hilarious! Is that what we are going to eventually end up looking like? ;D

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:09:47 PM »
Here's a couple from New Mexico around where I live, and a condor I ran into while on a geology filming expedition in the Grand Canyon.

The first (western tanagers) was with the 60D and 70-200 f/2.8L II and the other two (osprey and Cali Condor) were with the 5D3 and 70-200 f/2.8L  II

Nice BIF shots...I like the tanagers the most :)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Chinese imports 6D, 5D Mk3
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:54:50 PM »
Well, I guess that answers your question.  As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...

Yes, but it comes with a Nikon bag ;D

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