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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3825 on: December 19, 2013, 03:29:09 AM »

Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) by alabang, on Flickr

The Brown Shrike is a migratory species and ringing studies show that they have a high fidelity to their wintering sites, often returning to the same locations each winter.[20][21][22] They begin establishing wintering territories shortly on arrival and their loud chattering or rattling calls are distinctive. Birds that arrive early and establish territories appear to have an advantage over those that arrive later in the winter areas.[23][24] The timing of their migration is very regular with their arrival in winter to India in August to September and departure in April.[25] During their winter period, they go through a premigratory moult.[20] Their song in the winter quarters is faint and somewhat resembles the call of the Rosy Starling and often includes mimicry of other birds. The beak remains closed when singing and only throat pulsations are visible although the bird moves its tail up and down while singing.[5][26]

The breeding season is late May or June and the breeding habitat includes the taiga, forest to semi-desert where they build a nest in a tree or bush, laying 2-6 eggs.[27]

They feed mainly on insects, especially lepidoptera.[28] Like other shrikes, they impale prey on thorns. Small birds and lizards are also sometimes preyed on.[29] A white-eye (Zosterops) has been recorded in its larder.[5] They typically look out for prey from a perch and fly down towards the ground to capture them.[30]

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I am repeating myself, but again; Nicly done Dolina! Composition, colors, pose, DOF, very nice indeed.
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« Reply #3826 on: December 19, 2013, 06:24:24 AM »
I am repeating myself, but again; Nicly done Dolina! Composition, colors, pose, DOF, very nice indeed.

+1 Well done Paolo.

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« Reply #3827 on: December 19, 2013, 11:36:31 AM »
Rebel xTi and EF 70-200 2.8 IS II
Constructive comments and critique always appreciated so I can continue to improve
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« Reply #3828 on: December 19, 2013, 01:48:22 PM »
Rebel xTi and EF 70-200 2.8 IS II
Constructive comments and critique always appreciated so I can continue to improve
I like the colors and I like what (I believe) you are trying to do. But to give you some feedback, I believe there is a bit too much pine in the left and bottom part of the image. I would crop it enough to have the chest of the bird in focus  in the upper right rule-of-thirds cross point. Then you would get attention to the birds, but you would still get the depth and the proper surroundings for the two birds. If you had managed to get the focus point just a little further away from you, you would have had the other bird in focus as well.
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« Reply #3829 on: December 19, 2013, 02:05:01 PM »
Rebel xTi and EF 70-200 2.8 IS II
Constructive comments and critique always appreciated so I can continue to improve
I like the colors and I like what (I believe) you are trying to do. But to give you some feedback, I believe there is a bit too much pine in the left and bottom part of the image. I would crop it enough to have the chest of the bird in focus  in upper right rule-of-thirds cross point. The you would get attention to the birds, but you would still get the depth and the proper surroundings for the two birds. If you had managed to get the focus point just a little further away from you, you would have had the other bird in focus as well.

Thanks for the comment and advice. You certainly read my mind with the effect I was trying to achieve.

It's nice having a bird feeder with lots of trees around for these smaller birds to hide in.  Better results will come the more I practice and listen to the community here.  Here is another shot, just have to get that branch out of the way.  ;)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3830 on: December 19, 2013, 05:01:28 PM »
Thanks Eldar and Click.


Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively coloured, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines (where it is known as Tikling), New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand (where it is known as the Banded Rail or Moho-pereru in Māori),[2] and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.

It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region.[3]

The Buff-banded Rail is an omnivorous scavenger which feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse. Its nest is usually situated in dense grassy or reedy vegetation close to water, with a clutch size of 3-4. Although some island populations may be threatened, or even exterminated, by introduced predators, the species as a whole appears to be safe and its conservation status is considered to be of Least Concern.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #3831 on: December 20, 2013, 06:21:38 AM »
70-200 2.8 II, f4.0, ISO 1250, 1/2000.
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« Reply #3832 on: December 20, 2013, 04:33:51 PM »

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by alabang, on Flickr

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia (where it is replaced by the closely related Rufous Night Heron, with which it has hybridized in the area of contact).

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« Reply #3833 on: December 21, 2013, 03:29:17 PM »

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by alabang, on Flickr

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), commonly abbreviated to just Night Heron in Eurasia, is a medium-sized heron found throughout a large part of the world, except in the coldest regions and Australasia (where it is replaced by the closely related Rufous Night Heron, with which it has hybridized in the area of contact).

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« Reply #3834 on: December 21, 2013, 04:11:29 PM »
After 4 hours of shoveling snow, I went for a walk... I spotted this Snowy Owl on top of a hydro pole... the only lens I had with me was a 70-200, but in spite of the short reach it came out ok.... (Image is heavily cropped)  Santa, I could use a 600F4 this year.... I've been very good :)

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« Reply #3835 on: December 22, 2013, 05:26:37 AM »
After 4 hours of shoveling snow, I went for a walk... I spotted this Snowy Owl on top of a hydro pole... the only lens I had with me was a 70-200, but in spite of the short reach it came out ok.... (Image is heavily cropped)  Santa, I could use a 600F4 this year.... I've been very good :)

Great Shoot, maybe we can get a bulk discount from santa on the 600/4?
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« Reply #3836 on: December 22, 2013, 09:08:46 AM »
After 4 hours of shoveling snow, I went for a walk... I spotted this Snowy Owl on top of a hydro pole... the only lens I had with me was a 70-200, but in spite of the short reach it came out ok.... (Image is heavily cropped)  Santa, I could use a 600F4 this year.... I've been very good :)


Beautiful bird. Nice shot Don.

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« Reply #3837 on: December 22, 2013, 06:45:21 PM »
Female Cardinal, heavily cropped.....
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« Reply #3838 on: December 22, 2013, 10:16:31 PM »
A Quick heron shot.
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« Reply #3839 on: December 22, 2013, 10:22:15 PM »
I think this is a hawk (I'm not a birder so id help is appreciated).

Here is the back story.  I was looking for some wildlife to shoot today.  It is very cold here in TX, and not much here to begin with.  Anyway, there is an area with some wetlands, so I decided to give it a try.  Driving along, I saw something that didn't look like it belonged in the barren tree- sort of like trash? It was about 100 yards away, so I pulled out the camera with 300 mm and there was the bird.  I sure could have used more reach to put more of the bird on less pixels, but with a lot of crop, and some sharpening, not bad.  I was pleasantly surprised, because when I checked the image in the camera, it looked so bad I almost deleted it.
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« Reply #3839 on: December 22, 2013, 10:22:15 PM »