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« Reply #3015 on: October 25, 2013, 10:03:13 PM »
J.R., IslanderMV, nice captures!

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« Reply #3016 on: October 25, 2013, 10:30:45 PM »
Every once in a while one needs to change perspective.  I've been concentrating on raptors all fall. Today, one of my favorite raptor hunting grounds was a total bust.  So, I wound up waiting by the bank of a stream for nearly an hour until the local songbird population decided to ignore me.  I was rewarded with this shot of a Song Sparrow.

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« Reply #3017 on: October 26, 2013, 12:28:48 AM »
Nice reflection Steven!  The hawks were pretty cool too.

Not a lot of 'new' happening this last weekend but after my 60 hour week I finally got around to going through Sunday's shots and the posing Western Scrub Jay. 


Now if only I could have gotten this close to the fairly rare(for SoCal) Lewis's Woodpecker I found.
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« Reply #3018 on: October 26, 2013, 01:27:35 AM »
Lost of finches around, just need to be patient to get close.
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« Reply #3019 on: October 26, 2013, 02:31:33 AM »
Every once in a while one needs to change perspective.  I've been concentrating on raptors all fall. Today, one of my favorite raptor hunting grounds was a total bust.  So, I wound up waiting by the bank of a stream for nearly an hour until the local songbird population decided to ignore me.  I was rewarded with this shot of a Song Sparrow.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 800, f6.3 @ 1/320, hand held.

I don't see many images done with the 400 DO, this one is quite nice!  I considered renting one in the past.  I think I know the main reason why Canon didn't want to introduce a new 400 DO.  It would cut heavily into sales of their 200-400 zoom, because it would cost less and weigh half as much...and perhaps rival the image quality.  I bet it feels great to sling yours over your shoulder and go forth into the nature!  Only 4.3 pounds...

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« Reply #3020 on: October 26, 2013, 09:24:57 AM »
Where I live (southern Arizona) if you want to do wildlife photography you need to be prepared to walk to your subjects.  I find that weight is a big consideration.  Lugging a heavy lens/camera/tripod combination is simply impractical most of the time.  I was looking for something that gave me significant magnification, good image quality, and was reasonably light.  A friend suggested the 400DO to me.  I did some research and discovered that it seemed to be a forgotten item in Canon's inventory.  My friend, who is a superb wildlife photographer, assured me that I couldn't go wrong with the lens.  I swallowed hard and bought it.  I must say that I never cease to be pleased with it.  The image quality is superb, and it is light and portable, weighing not all that much more than my 100-400 f4-5.6L.  It's become my go-to lens for wildlife photography.

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« Reply #3021 on: October 27, 2013, 12:42:00 AM »
Ain't nothing to it but to do it!

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« Reply #3022 on: October 27, 2013, 03:47:42 AM »
jamie i like your goose.


Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and A. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the Silvery Kingfisher of the southern Philippines.[1]
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.[1]
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_Kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

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« Reply #3023 on: October 27, 2013, 09:12:34 AM »
Great pictures guys. Well done.

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« Reply #3024 on: October 27, 2013, 11:08:49 AM »
jamie i like your goose.


Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and A. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the Silvery Kingfisher of the southern Philippines.[1]
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.[1]
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_Kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

You have also posted it in the 800mm f/5.6 thread. I'll ask the same question here: Is that a 100% crop or is it a larger size that has been reduced? If reduced, what is the size of the original crop?

I'd like to get a feel for the quality of the 800mm and you need the file size info for that. Thanks.
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« Reply #3025 on: October 27, 2013, 02:10:19 PM »
Every once in a while one needs to change perspective.  I've been concentrating on raptors all fall. Today, one of my favorite raptor hunting grounds was a total bust.  So, I wound up waiting by the bank of a stream for nearly an hour until the local songbird population decided to ignore me.  I was rewarded with this shot of a Song Sparrow.

5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 800, f6.3 @ 1/320, hand held.
This is a beautiful picture. Very well composed. We are spoiled and often we need an exotic bird or animal to really look, but sometimes a sparrow deserves our attention. Well done!
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« Reply #3026 on: October 27, 2013, 03:40:30 PM »
The quality of shots never ceases to amaze me, and the diversity of birds!  As previously stated even the "lowly" sparrow is a wonder and I also love that shot - I'd be proud to show it to anyone. :)

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« Reply #3027 on: October 27, 2013, 03:53:17 PM »
jamie i like your goose.


Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. There are two subspecies, the nominate race, which occurs on Luzon, Polillo, Mindoro, Sibuyan and Ticao, and A. c. nigriostris, which is found in Panay, Negros and Cebu. It forms a superspecies with the Silvery Kingfisher of the southern Philippines.[1]
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.[1]
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo-banded_Kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

You have also posted it in the 800mm f/5.6 thread. I'll ask the same question here: Is that a 100% crop or is it a larger size that has been reduced? If reduced, what is the size of the original crop?

I'd like to get a feel for the quality of the 800mm and you need the file size info for that. Thanks.
I will provide excuses. ;)

Above settings: 1/30 ƒ/6.3 ISO1600 800mm


The 9.5MP crop is from the original 16MP that was shrunk to 1024px on the longest side.

I have been shooting infrequently once every other month. For many of the shots I was shooting in a prone positing in the dirt inside a very unkempt horses' stable. I was shooting without turning off the mirror lock and without a remote trigger.

Below is a slightly better image once I got my "birding legs" back. 5.0MP crop is from the original 16MP that was also shrunk to 1024px. These were taken 14 mins apart.

Settings: 1/30 ƒ/6.3 ISO640 800mm


Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) by alabang, on Flickr

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As to 800 vs 600 II, my opinion based on experience is if it is a 800 at a generous secondary market price then go for it but for brand new go with a 600 II with a 1.4x III extender.

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Synkka I like you finch and ERHP's woodpecker.
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« Reply #3028 on: October 28, 2013, 03:50:29 AM »
The second shot of the female kingfisher is very sharp. Congrats.
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« Reply #3029 on: October 28, 2013, 05:59:03 AM »
Great shot Paolo. Nicely done.

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