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« Reply #5280 on: April 26, 2014, 01:34:06 AM »
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« Reply #5281 on: April 26, 2014, 01:39:32 AM »
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« Reply #5282 on: April 26, 2014, 08:15:07 AM »
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« Reply #5283 on: April 26, 2014, 09:35:35 AM »
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Good shot. I really like the complementary colours and the depth of field.

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« Reply #5284 on: April 26, 2014, 11:21:59 AM »
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Lovely picture!

You said "Light is language". True. So true!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5285 on: April 26, 2014, 11:27:10 AM »
So my Hawks are back for water in the dishes in my garden. Sorry guys if you find the pictures repetitive, these birds call for me to snap pictures  ;)

Not my fault...

Notice the beak has motion blur. It was calling it's parent.

Also notice the translucent eyelid has covered a quarter of the eye. So even when the eye is completely covered, it can "see"...
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« Reply #5286 on: April 26, 2014, 06:23:43 PM »
So my Hawks are back for water in the dishes in my garden. Sorry guys if you find the pictures repetitive, these birds call for me to snap pictures  ;)

Not my fault...

Notice the beak has motion blur. It was calling it's parent.

Also notice the translucent eyelid has covered a quarter of the eye. So even when the eye is completely covered, it can "see"...

cool shot rpt!
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« Reply #5287 on: April 26, 2014, 06:27:14 PM »
First time posting a pic. Just came back from wife's family farm. Oddest thing. We saw 5 osprey nests within site of each other, with each one having a pair mating simultaneously.

I have pictures of three of the pairs. The pic below is of a different fellow, a male who was working sentry on a different nest atop a silo....

nice shot tiggy! 

family farm...midwest I'm assuming?

the osprey must be making a very strong comeback in the US because i've been seeing loads of them this year. (in MN)   pretty cool.

i took this shot of an osprey yesterday near my kid's school....they built a nest on top of tall athletic field lights.
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« Reply #5288 on: April 26, 2014, 06:35:00 PM »
red tailed hawk looking for dinner near sunset....open field near a small lake.   the house in the background is some uber rich person's country estate.   one of those 10 to 15,000 sq. foot monsters on 25 plus acres.

i was driving around in a more rural area near lakes and open fields/farms

about 1 minute after this shot, as I drove away, the hawk flew straight at me and landed on prey about 50 meters away with talons stretched out.  i quickly stopped the car and fumbled to try to get a shot but all i got was blurry shots as he flew off with something small....damn.

hey jack..did i tell enough of the story on this shot?   ;) :)   ( i agree with you that more story/detail makes these posts more fun)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5289 on: April 26, 2014, 08:30:41 PM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5290 on: April 26, 2014, 08:49:01 PM »
So my Hawks are back for water in the dishes in my garden. Sorry guys if you find the pictures repetitive, these birds call for me to snap pictures  ;)

Not my fault...

Notice the beak has motion blur. It was calling it's parent.

Also notice the translucent eyelid has covered a quarter of the eye. So even when the eye is completely covered, it can "see"...

cool shot rpt!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5291 on: April 26, 2014, 11:00:44 PM »
Finch Candids (I guess they eat crab apple blossoms??  :o):

These are just a couple from-the-hip shots of house finches as they flitted about my yard. No setups were used or anything, which makes it practically impossible to get them out in the open for a clear shot (or get clean, creamy backgrounds):

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« Reply #5292 on: April 26, 2014, 11:26:39 PM »
Northstar, If you mean me - YEP - I like to hear all the details.  Better than "I shot this yesterday". ;)

Still, it takes all kinds to make an interesting world, have to admit.

Jrista, it's hard to let go of the setup and head out into the woods now that I've become lazy!  I still mutter silent thankyous to you and Don and others.  There is more to a shot than the shot, like observing behaviour.

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« Reply #5293 on: April 26, 2014, 11:57:26 PM »
Northstar, If you mean me - YEP - I like to hear all the details.  Better than "I shot this yesterday". ;)

Still, it takes all kinds to make an interesting world, have to admit.

Jrista, it's hard to let go of the setup and head out into the woods now that I've become lazy!  I still mutter silent thankyous to you and Don and others.  There is more to a shot than the shot, like observing behaviour.

Jack

Yeah, setups are fun. I have to get mine going again, although this year I am going to try and build a multi-level apparatus that will let me set up multiple trays with different types of perches all in a single general area, so I can get different kinds of shots from within my hide without having to move around. I also want to try taking my setup out to Cherry Creek state park which is nearby, and see if I can attract a greater variety of birds in a new environment. My yard gets a limited range of species...house finch, house sparrow, black-capped chickadee, american robin, grackle, red wing blackbird, mourning dove, and eurasian collared dove. Every so often, a hoard of bushtits will blow through, and sometimes I'll get mountain chickadees and the rare american goldfinch. I know there are a lot more species of birds than that out in Cherry Creek, including a couple varieties of tits, more varieties of finches, warblers, sparrows, waxwings, nuthatches, creepers, larkspurs, humming birds and probably some others I haven't seen yet (as I can hear songs I don't recognize.) There are also pheasants and probably some other groundfowl that I'd like to lure up to a perch using some of Alan Murphy's setup techniques.

Sometimes you just gotta get up and take the setup with you! :P Then you can have fun in the forest, and still gain the benefit of your setups. ;) And observe behavior (especially if you have a blind...blinds are amazing for getting birds to settle down and get comfortable...it's amazing the behavior you'll see.)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5294 on: April 27, 2014, 01:24:13 AM »
Jrista, my friend and I will have a platform this year, soon I hope, on the pond so we can sit a few feet out from shore and set up a blind.  Not sure about props there but it makes sense.  I'll need some hip waders.  We'll see. 

Typically there are more prospects around than we see for sure but often the best shots come from pure luck rather than planning and scheming.

I've concluded that some species really don't need this treatment but others are very hard to get without it.  The bottom line is the fun of the overall activity more than the shots. 

A prop also makes for some very nice close up videos (300 II filling the frame), such as my Downy hammering away at my stump this winter.

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