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« Reply #3825 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 #3826 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 #3827 on: December 22, 2013, 06:45:21 PM »
Female Cardinal, heavily cropped.....
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« Reply #3828 on: December 22, 2013, 10:16:31 PM »
A Quick heron shot.
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« Reply #3829 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 #3830 on: December 22, 2013, 10:38:51 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.

I am pretty sure it is a Cooper's Hawk, although seeing the tail would help me be sure. Beautiful birds, stark light and dark stripes banding in an arc across their tail feathers when they fly. They usually have bright orange-red eyes, like the one you have pictured.

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« Reply #3831 on: December 22, 2013, 10:40:07 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 :)

Nice shot! Beautiful bird, too.

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« Reply #3832 on: December 22, 2013, 11:28:17 PM »
Scott in FW - looks like a Cooper's Hawk..which are very similar to a Sharp-shinned except a few attributes such as a squared off tail which I'm unable to tell in this shot.  The Sharpie's have a black marking over the eye sometimes as well as their calls are higher in pith than a Cooper's.  That being said, I'd lean on a Cooper's.

Don - Love the Snowy Owl shots - truly excellent for the gear you had handy..most enjoyable

Dolina - nice work on the The Brown Shrike photo..the chest markings look most similar to that of a Nutmeg Mannikin (not native for us - Asian bird).  Here in the US we get only the Loggerhead (aka the Butcher Bird) and the Northern Shrikes.

Here's a male (red shaft) Northern Flicker shot here in southern Cal today at the tail end of dusk at 12,800 ISO with a 400mm and a 5D Mark 3 hand held


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« Reply #3833 on: December 23, 2013, 06:12:42 AM »
A Quick heron shot.


Very nice shot Scott.

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« Reply #3834 on: December 23, 2013, 12:12:05 PM »
Scott in FW - looks like a Cooper's Hawk..which are very similar to a Sharp-shinned except a few attributes such as a squared off tail which I'm unable to tell in this shot.  The Sharpie's have a black marking over the eye sometimes as well as their calls are higher in pith than a Cooper's.  That being said, I'd lean on a Cooper's.

Don - Love the Snowy Owl shots - truly excellent for the gear you had handy..most enjoyable

Dolina - nice work on the The Brown Shrike photo..the chest markings look most similar to that of a Nutmeg Mannikin (not native for us - Asian bird).  Here in the US we get only the Loggerhead (aka the Butcher Bird) and the Northern Shrikes.

Here's a male (red shaft) Northern Flicker shot here in southern Cal today at the tail end of dusk at 12,800 ISO with a 400mm and a 5D Mark 3 hand held


Northern Flicker (12256) by Revup67, on Flickr

That's a phenomenal shot for ISO 12800. Clear and sharp. Good pose on the bird, too! :-)

(I really have to get my hands on a 5D III soon...my 7D is really holding me back, what with ISO 1600 really being the highest usable ISO...)

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« Reply #3835 on: December 23, 2013, 10:11:34 PM »
My new favorite hawk photo! Just made it a couple hours ago at sunset:

Ferruginous Hawk: 7D + 600/4 II, 1/400s f/6.3 @ ISO 400

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« Reply #3836 on: December 24, 2013, 02:39:38 AM »
Yesterday, a rival tried to intrude on Harry's feeding grounds and he chased the newcomer off. I was lucky and caught some of the action with the 5D3 and 100-400L. 


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« Reply #3837 on: December 24, 2013, 06:16:54 AM »
One for Christmas:
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula),
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« Reply #3838 on: December 24, 2013, 06:20:50 AM »
My new favorite hawk photo! Just made it a couple hours ago at sunset:

Ferruginous Hawk: 7D + 600/4 II, 1/400s f/6.3 @ ISO 400

Very nice indeed Jon!
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« Reply #3839 on: December 24, 2013, 06:41:52 AM »

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) by alabang, on Flickr

This is the Black-faced Spoonbill, a very rare bird reported in the news last week.

Read more about it in the link below.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/340837/scitech/science/rare-black-faced-spoonbills-spotted-in-candaba-swamp

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The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) has the most restricted distribution of all spoonbills, and it is the only one regarded as endangered. Spoonbills are large water birds with dorso-ventrally flattened, spatulate bills.[2] These birds use a tactile method of feeding, wading in the water and sweeping their beaks from side-to-side to detect prey.[3] Confined to the coastal areas of eastern Asia, it seems that it was once common throughout its area of distribution. It has a niche existence on only a few small rocky islands off the west coast of North Korea, with four wintering sites at Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, as well as other places where they have been observed in migration. Wintering also occurs in Cheju, South Korea, Kyushu and Okinawa, Japan, and Red River, Delta Vietnam. More recently, sightings of Black-Faced Spoonbill birds were noted in Thailand, the Philippines, mainland China, and Macau[4] They were classified as an endangered species through IUCN in 2005.[5] Declines in their population are predicted in the future, mainly due to the amount of deforestation, pollution, and other man-made industries.

The Black-Faced Spoonbill population as of 2012 census was recorded at 2,693 birds, with an estimation of 1,600 mature birds. Breeding colonies occur between March and August, on small islands. These birds are known to be crepuscular eaters, using intertidal mudflats.[4]

Conservation efforts have been made, and surveys were taken in order to determine the opinions and awareness of the local residents, residing close to the Black-Faced Spoonbill’s natural habitats.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-faced_Spoonbill

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaba,_Pampanga

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