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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1215 on: April 23, 2013, 10:39:16 PM »
Just went out and did some bird photography for the first time in a good while. My EF 100-400mm lens was dropped, and I had to get it repaired. Finally got it back (although there is a story about that, resulting in the lens getting dropped AGAIN, which affected IQ, but not enough to be a huge problem.) Anyway, first time I've ever photographed an American Avocet. BEAUTIFUL BIRDS! They are rather large for a shore bird, with a slightly up-curved bill, with a beautiful rusty-colored head and white-ringed eyes. A fairly large group, at leas 12 strong at my highest count, was distributed along the sandy shore and mud flats of Cherry Creek Reservoir, in a wetland reserve area along the south east shore. This was one of the last few shots of the day, when the sun finally came out and was in the perfect position behind my, nicely illuminating the bird:



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Nice one J.  I haven't caught one of these yet either.  I was just thinking today that I need to put it on my list.  They really are beautiful!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1215 on: April 23, 2013, 10:39:16 PM »

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« Reply #1216 on: April 23, 2013, 10:39:41 PM »
House Sparrows with the 100-400mm
Nice!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1217 on: April 23, 2013, 10:41:26 PM »
I've only recently started but here's a few of mine. All hand-held, 7D, usually ISO 800 or 1600, no idea of the other settings.

Geese Flying (100-400 L)

IM130780.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Swans Flying (100-400 L):

IM131697.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Wren (70-300 L):

IM132508.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Swans Fightling (100-400 L)

IM131916.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Starlings (70-300 L)

IM132740.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Blackbird (70-300 L)

IM133941.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr
Love the pairs Scarey!  :-X
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1218 on: April 23, 2013, 11:52:48 PM »
I've only recently started but here's a few of mine. All hand-held, 7D, usually ISO 800 or 1600, no idea of the other settings.

Geese Flying (100-400 L)

IM130780.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Swans Flying (100-400 L):

IM131697.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr


Those first two images are great! That synchronous flight is amazing!
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« Reply #1219 on: April 23, 2013, 11:54:39 PM »
Blue Tit, Bearded Tit, ZZ-Tit or just a very orthodox one?

It just looks like its molting. Every bird has two primary molts a year...one for breeding plumage, and one for winter plumage. When they are in the middle of a molt, or just about to molt, they can look a bit raddy and their colors/patterns aren't quite standard. This looks like a Blue Tit to me. Definitely not a Bearded.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1220 on: April 23, 2013, 11:56:17 PM »



That is an excellent shot! Love the green background, really enhances the white feathers without overwhelming it.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1221 on: April 23, 2013, 11:57:20 PM »
A few more from a recent trip.

Is that a giant tadpole the GBH has? It doesn't look like a fish...
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1222 on: April 24, 2013, 09:47:28 AM »
I've only recently started but here's a few of mine. All hand-held, 7D, usually ISO 800 or 1600, no idea of the other settings.

Geese Flying (100-400 L)

IM130780.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr

Swans Flying (100-400 L):

IM131697.jpg by sm_carey, on Flickr


Those first two images are great! That synchronous flight is amazing!


Totally agree.  That second image is stunning.  Heading over to Flickr now to give it a fave!
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« Reply #1223 on: April 24, 2013, 11:41:55 AM »
Thanks  jrista .
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1224 on: April 25, 2013, 11:56:54 AM »
Blue Tit, Bearded Tit, ZZ-Tit or just a very orthodox one?

It just looks like its molting. Every bird has two primary molts a year...one for breeding plumage, and one for winter plumage. When they are in the middle of a molt, or just about to molt, they can look a bit raddy and their colors/patterns aren't quite standard. This looks like a Blue Tit to me. Definitely not a Bearded.
Ooops, it was meant as a joke, due to the mouthfull of dog hair that it has in its beak........ :-\

When we brush our dog, in the springtime the hairs go into the feeder shown so birds can take them as nesting material.

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« Reply #1225 on: April 25, 2013, 11:58:41 AM »
A few more from a recent trip.

Is that a giant tadpole the GBH has? It doesn't look like a fish...
Its really hard to tell, maybe a crab or crawfish? Maybe a closeup at full resolution would tell?
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #1226 on: April 25, 2013, 12:34:16 PM »
Blue Tit, Bearded Tit, ZZ-Tit or just a very orthodox one?

It just looks like its molting. Every bird has two primary molts a year...one for breeding plumage, and one for winter plumage. When they are in the middle of a molt, or just about to molt, they can look a bit raddy and their colors/patterns aren't quite standard. This looks like a Blue Tit to me. Definitely not a Bearded.
Ooops, it was meant as a joke, due to the mouthfull of dog hair that it has in its beak........ :-\

When we brush our dog, in the springtime the hairs go into the feeder shown so birds can take them as nesting material.

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That's an idea! It is summer now and both dogs will start shedding soon!

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« Reply #1227 on: April 25, 2013, 06:18:19 PM »

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) by alabang, on Flickr

The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a small member of the wagtail family, Motacillidae. The species looks similar to the Yellow Wagtail but has the yellow on its underside restricted to the throat and vent. Breeding males have a black throat. The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa. They are usually seen on open marshy ground or meadows where they walk solitarily or in pairs along the ground, capturing insects that are disturbed. Like other wagtails, they frequently wag their tail and fly low with undulations and they have a sharp call that is often given in flight.

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« Reply #1228 on: April 25, 2013, 11:22:22 PM »
Baby ducklings are back. :)

Four weeks ago, a pair of baby ducks and their parents appeared in the drainage ditch by my house and I posted a few photos of them. The following night, the ducklings seemed to be abandoned and were frantically crying for their parents. Next morning there was no sign of the duck family. I thought that the herons here might have taken them. Today, they were back and I took some more photos.
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« Reply #1229 on: April 25, 2013, 11:24:25 PM »
Two more photos 8)
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