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Jan Jasinski

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #900 on: March 01, 2013, 11:09:33 PM »
Some Great Grey Owls.  I was wishing for longer lenses as I took these. They are a fairly rare visitor to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada... There are three of them and they appear to be staying in the same area as I have spotted them three days in a row. If any of you are in the area, contact me and I can let you know where to find them.
Nice shots! I was meant to go out to shoot the owls but the weather is really crappy for the next week...
The storm gave us some nasty snow that isn't even nice for photos.
Were they taken at the park?
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« Reply #900 on: March 01, 2013, 11:09:33 PM »

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« Reply #901 on: March 02, 2013, 12:33:27 AM »
Twin Eagles, Washington State
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« Reply #902 on: March 02, 2013, 01:00:18 AM »
Eagles seem popular....

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #903 on: March 02, 2013, 01:15:03 AM »
A western kingbird chasing an immature red tailed hawk (I think)

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« Reply #904 on: March 02, 2013, 08:06:38 AM »
Fly away my pretty


Wow! Fantastic! Hand shot or tripod?

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #905 on: March 02, 2013, 03:04:54 PM »
Mr. Few Shots, nice, I'm guessing a 600mm lens?

Here's a nuthatch of mine, done with a lowly 70-200 f/4 on my crop camera.

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no i wish a 600mm   :( but out of my budget
its canons 400mm f5.6L
the trick is getting closer
Is yours an American Nuthatch?

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« Reply #906 on: March 06, 2013, 01:44:06 AM »
Mr. Few Shots, nice, I'm guessing a 600mm lens?

Here's a nuthatch of mine, done with a lowly 70-200 f/4 on my crop camera.

thanks
no i wish a 600mm   :( but out of my budget
its canons 400mm f5.6L
the trick is getting closer
Is yours an American Nuthatch?

You're quite welcome.  Cool, I've rented that lens, I liked it...congrats on getting stellar results with it!  Alas I chose to buy a softer Sigma zoom.  So far I like it considering the price (especially the color rendition), but I've only used it for an hour.  Here's an admittedly compromised shot below, done today through a glass window (the storms brought wind gusts to 40 mph today!)  ISO 2000, 1/200 with OS on, f/7.1, 400mm, 50% crop, then reduced from 2000 pixel width to 770.

I was told that other bird was a "brown headed nuthatch".  This one is quite small, not much bigger than a hummingbird.  I'm the opposite of a bird expert.  I just know there aren't much variety of the small birds here...or if there are more, they don't make themselves conspicuous.  I'm not much into using blinds or camping out in the mountains for a week to try to see the rarer species...especially when there are so many other people out there doing such great work already (most of them not getting paid for it).

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« Reply #906 on: March 06, 2013, 01:44:06 AM »

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #907 on: March 08, 2013, 04:17:30 AM »
Excellent Eagle shots Bill


Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) by Revup67, on Flickr

Because of this Vultures high contrast and lack of color it is typically a difficult bird to properly expose while in flight.  Finally this one turned out quite well.  The ambient light at this very moment was just ideal as well as the bird's altitude for a 400mm on a full frame.  It's tricky as you have to overexpose by 1-2 full stops to get the under carriage but then that kills the white beak..even highlight recovery is useless at that point.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #908 on: March 08, 2013, 10:47:05 AM »
A western kingbird chasing an immature red tailed hawk (I think)
Outstanding Capture, Bill... Right Time, Right Place... You must have been thrilled to grab that one!
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« Reply #909 on: March 08, 2013, 11:07:48 AM »
Excellent Eagle shots Bill


Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) by Revup67, on Flickr

Because of this Vultures high contrast and lack of color it is typically a difficult bird to properly expose while in flight.  Finally this one turned out quite well.  The ambient light at this very moment was just ideal as well as the bird's altitude for a 400mm on a full frame.  It's tricky as you have to overexpose by 1-2 full stops to get the under carriage but then that kills the white beak..even highlight recovery is useless at that point.
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Rev, I couldn't agree more.  Very difficult to get a good capture of a Vulture.  I've only gotten one Vulture image that I really liked myself, it showed his topside rather than underside, but I felt like it caught the beauty of the beast... I'll post it...
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« Reply #910 on: March 08, 2013, 11:10:44 AM »
Hanging Out... Pileated Woodpecker, Female~
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« Reply #911 on: March 08, 2013, 12:53:19 PM »
Not 100% about this one, I'm pretty sure it's a Western Tanager.  Rare here in Central Florida, first one I've seen.
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« Reply #912 on: March 08, 2013, 12:55:45 PM »
Fly away my pretty


That's cool Chauncey, I like it! :D
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #913 on: March 08, 2013, 09:41:14 PM »
Here's a group portrait. The birds are Great Tailed Grackles and I made this photograph this afternoon at Sweetwater Wetlands, a man-made marsh near Tucson, Az.  I call this image "Walpurgisnacht".  Think of witches on broomsticks.  Canon 5D iii, EF 100-400 f4-5.6 L.  Substantial cropping, some brightening of image, no sharpening, lighting "as is."

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« Reply #914 on: March 08, 2013, 11:10:59 PM »
I still have a Great Grey Owl hanging around. It's been about two weeks now.
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