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Jack Douglas

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16290 on: April 24, 2018, 09:37:20 PM »
Riley, that's super.  Now get out there and reward them.

JumboShrimp, so cute!

CL perhaps we can look forward to open water soon!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16290 on: April 24, 2018, 09:37:20 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16291 on: April 25, 2018, 12:46:09 AM »
Coots are back!  Looking very dapper.
Beautiful!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16292 on: April 25, 2018, 02:19:47 AM »
One of my rare visits here recently: the main reason was a link that I just got from a friend (see below).

And I took a brief look at the posted photos - some excellent pics from usual suspects (Alan - thanks for posting the endemic birds you have encountered recently, nice photos as usually...). Clbayley keeps his (high) ground and many others that are (really!) nice to see!!

But Lion Rock's photos and the link I got make me post (I'm really not in mood/health for posting, but this one made me feeling kind of better - who said photography has no healing effects?!).
Lion Rock - be careful, these guys are not completely harmless  ;D ;D ;D!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/high-school-golfer-attacked-goose-hilarious-set-photos/story?id=54683114

Attaching my best so far photo of something similar (the bird I mean and well, at least it's an endemic for Hawaii)!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16293 on: April 25, 2018, 03:01:25 AM »
An endemic with attitude! He’s in control of you ISv.  Nice shot. 
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16294 on: April 25, 2018, 03:48:42 AM »
An endemic with attitude! He’s in control of you ISv.  Nice shot.

Thanks Alan!
Unfortunately the birds are always in control of me: they see/hear me before I aim the lens! Sometimes they even allow me to shorten the distance (just to avoid the worst of air refraction, here it's of big importance, especially above warm, shallow water but even above a grass...) but it's always if they want: my wishes are completely ignored :-[!
Sometimes I'm applying my best skills from the army (many years back in the time) and when I think "gotcha" crawling from behind a bush - it's already looking at me with you know... that "ha, ha" smile >:(!
So far, the best way as a % of success shots was to find good, frequented location and just be (very, very) patience! Or just go hunting but pay attention and close to the bird with all your possible patience... and respect! - they are faster than us, much faster...! 
   

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16295 on: April 25, 2018, 08:30:12 PM »
Cozy new home...

I still struggle with mask and selections.  I confess, I changed the background behind the tree.  But I find the tree cutout looks, well, like it is cut out.

Any neat tricks for "natural" looking selections place on backgrounds?  Thanks!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16296 on: April 25, 2018, 08:31:16 PM »
Beautiful shot, clbayley.   :)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Jack Douglas

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16297 on: April 26, 2018, 01:15:50 AM »
Cozy new home...

I still struggle with mask and selections.  I confess, I changed the background behind the tree.  But I find the tree cutout looks, well, like it is cut out.

Any neat tricks for "natural" looking selections place on backgrounds?  Thanks!

V nice shot. Is this a natural or set up stump?  I hauled one out of the bush last year, and just like this one after I'd set it up a pair of chickadees started pulling the stuffing out.  When it was nice and deep and seemed great, they never nested there! :(

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16298 on: April 26, 2018, 06:58:33 PM »
My 100-400mm L IS II (I think it is) lens arrived today, and I had a few minutes at home before I had to leave for an appointment. So I went out on the deck and shot a few pictures at 400mm handheld, automatic settings, at the bird feeders next door. My best pose of what I think must be goldfinches who were not quite in the plane of focus. The better focused ones just show the bird from behind. I might post one anyway.

This female cardinal seems to be right in focus. For you pixel peepers, this is a 100% crop. I don't know how it will magnify posted here, so you might want to check out the original. From my quick test, I think I'll find this lens very useful and fun, though I'm not used to anything this heavy. If I'm doing something more serious, I'll mount it on a tripod. But it is neat to have enough IS to get a handheld shot this sharp.


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16299 on: April 26, 2018, 07:06:38 PM »
I don't know what this bird is, but he looks reasonably sharp, too. Another 100% crop, so shown blown up here.


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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16300 on: April 26, 2018, 07:12:59 PM »
Stevelee,
Congrads on the new acquisition.  It's a nice lens.  It may feel heavy at first, but after you get used to it, it's not that heavy.  I think it weights less than the 70-200 f/2.8 II.

The bird is a downy woodpecker.
Good shots.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16301 on: April 26, 2018, 07:17:29 PM »

V nice shot. Is this a natural or set up stump?  I hauled one out of the bush last year, and just like this one after I'd set it up a pair of chickadees started pulling the stuffing out.  When it was nice and deep and seemed great, they never nested there! :(

Jack

Thanks, Jack.  This was a natural scene.  I watched the male and female take turns digging out the pulp, they were a great team!  Regarding your stump, how high was the hole?  This one, and another I saw, were both about 10ft off ground.  I have a birdhouse book that says wrens and chickadees like the same sized hole.  My house is 6ft off ground and I get wrens nesting.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16302 on: April 26, 2018, 10:26:59 PM »

V nice shot. Is this a natural or set up stump?  I hauled one out of the bush last year, and just like this one after I'd set it up a pair of chickadees started pulling the stuffing out.  When it was nice and deep and seemed great, they never nested there! :(

Jack

Thanks, Jack.  This was a natural scene.  I watched the male and female take turns digging out the pulp, they were a great team!  Regarding your stump, how high was the hole?  This one, and another I saw, were both about 10ft off ground.  I have a birdhouse book that says wrens and chickadees like the same sized hole.  My house is 6ft off ground and I get wrens nesting.

The chickadees were excavating at about 5' height so that may have been the problem.  They had completed a lovely deep hole.  I have wrens in a little hanging box about 5' high but it's in a fair amount of bush.  Another box had chickadees one year at about 4 1/2 feet but the wrens took it over.  They are very aggressive.

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« Reply #16302 on: April 26, 2018, 10:26:59 PM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16303 on: April 26, 2018, 10:31:02 PM »
Spring is coming! A small hole has melted in the ice in the bay behind the house, and sure enough, there were ducks! Both pictures are heavily cropped....
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #16304 on: April 26, 2018, 10:37:00 PM »
Don, nice feeling isn't it.  Seems rather late for you??

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