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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4215 on: January 21, 2014, 02:28:41 AM »
I guess we all envy some else's situation.  I sure wish I had the opportunity to get some of these beautiful shots that have appeared in a flurry!  On the other hand I'm very thankful I live on a small acreage in the country.  This thread has produced an awful lot of nice shots and good information, thanks to all.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4216 on: January 21, 2014, 03:30:14 AM »
Sturm und Drang.  Went out to look for hawks today and found this very athletic Red Tail doing an aerobatic maneuver.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4217 on: January 21, 2014, 03:31:49 AM »
One day I'll actually get a yard :/
;D ;D ;D ... one day I'll get a place where birds at least exist, then I'll get a yard and then a stump  ;D ... right now where I live I see a bird maybe 5 or 6 times a year. But at my office (my office room is next to a window ... I'm the only lucky guy in the office to have a window facing a tree) I do get a couple of Myna birds, a few Pigeons and a bunch of sparrows occasionally ... but now, we are moving into a skyscraper next month with absolutely no chance whatsoever of seeing a bird  :'(
If I want to photograph some birds, I need to travel about 125 kms / 77 miles (one way), that too only for a little over 4 months (between November to March). So, I envy all you fortunate people and eagerly look forward to any new bird photos from the CR members.

Reinz...the skyscraper I worked in for a decade had peregrine falcons nesting on the roof....maybe you'll be so lucky.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4218 on: January 21, 2014, 03:34:33 AM »
A few from my recent trip to Hokkaido... My first time photographing birds actually.

Beautiful rmfagan....what gear and setting did you use for these.

First timer?  Wow.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4219 on: January 21, 2014, 04:31:34 AM »
One day I'll actually get a yard :/
;D ;D ;D ... one day I'll get a place where birds at least exist, then I'll get a yard and then a stump  ;D ... right now where I live I see a bird maybe 5 or 6 times a year. But at my office (my office room is next to a window ... I'm the only lucky guy in the office to have a window facing a tree) I do get a couple of Myna birds, a few Pigeons and a bunch of sparrows occasionally ... but now, we are moving into a skyscraper next month with absolutely no chance whatsoever of seeing a bird  :'(
If I want to photograph some birds, I need to travel about 125 kms / 77 miles (one way), that too only for a little over 4 months (between November to March). So, I envy all you fortunate people and eagerly look forward to any new bird photos from the CR members.

Reinz...the skyscraper I worked in for a decade had peregrine falcons nesting on the roof....maybe you'll be so lucky.

Well, I can certainly dream ... but I know for sure I won't have such luck at our new office tower. :'(
However, since the past few weeks (until 2 Feb 2014), we are having Falcons and Hunting Festival here in Qatar ... this festival has falcons that are worth $ Quarter million, hunting for Pigeons ... I've been trying to visit that place but too much pending work in the office (after my recent 3 week vacation) is keeping me in the office during the time the festival is held  :'( ... also its a 2 hour round trip drive in the desert and the only way to get there is if I deflate my car tyres to 15 psi  and then re-inflate them at the end of the journey .. for all this and to take at least a few decent shots I need around 6+ hours of a day, which at the moment seems quite unlikely ... but I'll try my luck this coming weekend (hopefully). :-\ 
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4220 on: January 21, 2014, 06:08:47 AM »
A few from my recent trip to Hokkaido... My first time photographing birds actually.


Awesome. Great shots rmfagan. Nicely done.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4221 on: January 21, 2014, 09:08:51 AM »

Female Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata) by alabang, on Flickr

The Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata) is a small passerine bird found  ranging from West and Central Asia to South and Southeast Asia. About  sixteen subspecies are recognized through its wide range with many  island forms. It is a familiar bird of countryside and open scrub or  grassland where it is found perched at the top of short thorn trees or  other shrubs, looking out for insect prey. They pick up insects mainly  from the ground, and were, like other chats, placed in the thrush family  Turdidae, but are now considered as Old World flycatchers.

They nest in cavities in stone walls or in holes in an embankment,  lining the nest with grass and animal hair. The males are black with  white shoulder and vent patches whose extent varies among populations.  Females are predominantly brownish while juveniles are speckled.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4222 on: January 21, 2014, 09:41:58 AM »
Very nice series HankMD.  Well done.
Thanks, Click. I've got a lot to learn from all of you. In the mean time I'm enjoying all the fun and inspiring shots (e.g. Menace's "Duck shower time").
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4223 on: January 21, 2014, 11:16:06 AM »
"here in Qatar" - actually a down side to living there?? - must be quite a place.  I have trouble imagining some of what I've seen in photos! ;)

Always interesting to hear the tidbits secondary to the shots and shooting, for me anyway.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4224 on: January 21, 2014, 11:29:00 AM »
I have trouble imagining some of what I've seen in photos! ;)
Any specific photo? I might be able to explain, hopefully  ;D coz it is "quite a place". 
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4225 on: January 21, 2014, 11:34:22 AM »
Here is an image from Healesville Sanctuary in Melbourne, during Spirits of the Sky show ... as I was more interested in capturing these birds, I did not pay attention to the Sanctuary staff when they mentioned the name of this Owl ... can someone help with the name?

EDIT (23 JAN 2014): Thanks to CR member serendipidy, I now know the name, it is the Barking Owl.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4226 on: January 21, 2014, 12:44:20 PM »
Today's trickery.  Notice the suet under the bark! ;)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4227 on: January 21, 2014, 01:10:08 PM »
A few from my recent trip to Hokkaido... My first time photographing birds actually.

Beautiful rmfagan....what gear and setting did you use for these.

First timer?  Wow.

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It was a great time. Very educational shoot for my first time out. I experimented with differing AF modes and found that in this scenario (pretty frantic) AF expansion in Servo mode worked best for me to lock and keep focus. All shots were handheld. I initially was trying to track on a tripod, but found handholding much more intuitive and the reduced weight of the 500 vII made it pretty easy.

I got quite a few shots of red crowned cranes and whooper swans as well, though those were generally easier to shoot fundamentally, more difficult as far as finding unique compositions...quite a bit of luck involved in hoping the cranes/swans did something interesting.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4228 on: January 21, 2014, 01:22:20 PM »
A few of the aforementioned cranes from my inaugural birding trip...
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4229 on: January 21, 2014, 01:25:29 PM »
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