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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5430 on: May 05, 2014, 06:05:38 PM »
Eldar, funny I was just thinking of buying hip waders for shooting but wondered how safe they are for gear if you stumble??!  Any good stories?

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He he, the advantage of being a flyfisher is that you are used to balance on slippery rocks. Best advice is probably to have a wading stick. That way you always have an extra support on the bottom. I try to not go in too deep though. Luckily I have no fun stories to tell, meaning all my equipment have survived so far ;)

I would strongly recommend wading pants though. You can get fairly good ones fairly cheap.

I wish I could wade in the waters around me. Most of our lakes are part of wetlands, which means they don't have rocky shores or rock covered bottoms...it's all decaying plant matter, which ultimately results in this soft black muck that is several feet deep. Step in it, and at the very least your going to lose your shoe...try to actually walk through it, and you might actually lose yourself as well, and certainly your gear. :\
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5431 on: May 05, 2014, 06:16:57 PM »
I wish I could wade in the waters around me. Most of our lakes are part of wetlands, which means they don't have rocky shores or rock covered bottoms...

There are also small, personal-sized floats for flyfishing.  They're a bit like an inflatable chair, but have holes in the "floor" for your wading boots.  I've never used one, but it appears you can lightly walk the bottom, or keep a small paddle on-board.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5432 on: May 05, 2014, 06:19:33 PM »
Jrista, Most of our bird waters are like that too. But some areas are accessible. Another good alternative is, as was pointed out, a belly boat. Also found in flyfishing stores. You paddle with flippers and you sit fairly close to the water, so shooting angle is good.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5433 on: May 05, 2014, 06:47:17 PM »
Feeding Cardinal

I am actually fairly certain that is a bird with a severely diseased, deformed beak. A few of the house finches each year around here end up with corrupted, diseased beaks like that. It's kind of sad. It usually happens to the birds that become malnourished due to an injury or lost eye during a fight (house finches can get pretty brutal during mating season).
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5434 on: May 05, 2014, 07:10:47 PM »
Northern Flicker

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5435 on: May 05, 2014, 08:29:42 PM »
Thanks Jack and Click!

Cog, I really love your roadside shots! Especially the one of the warbler head-on....lol, love their spindly little legs.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5436 on: May 06, 2014, 12:53:55 AM »
All our summer birds have started to arrive. One of my favorites species is the American Oystercatcher.

I was doing my bit for science and photographed the bird tags for the local wildlife folks.

These two females were very cooperative. Another pair started to mate ( much to my surprise) as I closed in to photograph the tags. Some folks get somewhat uncomfortable with photographing bird reproduction as it gives them a vague unsettled feeling. For me it was super cool as I now have the complete life cycle photographed !
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5437 on: May 06, 2014, 01:16:24 AM »
Such crummy weather here, you guys are getting all these beautiful shots and I'm getting nothing - not fair! ;)

BTW thanks for the hints re fly fishing!

Not a good shot and not a bird but maybe good for a laugh.  A typical feeloading macho male!  Honest, there is nothing to shoot here. :(

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5438 on: May 06, 2014, 03:12:15 AM »
Superb Starling perched on a Masai speartip in Tanzania...
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5439 on: May 06, 2014, 03:23:51 AM »
Such crummy weather here, you guys are getting all these beautiful shots and I'm getting nothing - not fair! ;)

BTW thanks for the hints re fly fishing!

Not a good shot and not a bird but maybe good for a laugh.  A typical feeloading macho male!  Honest, there is nothing to shoot here. :(

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It's a tough life Jack. Maybe you need to get something colorful and livly from the local pet store ;)
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5440 on: May 06, 2014, 05:22:36 AM »
There are also small, personal-sized floats for flyfishing.  They're a bit like an inflatable chair, but have holes in the "floor" for your wading boots.  I've never used one, but it appears you can lightly walk the bottom, or keep a small paddle on-board.


These are called float tubes (heres a link http://www.fishingmegastore.com/float-tubes--accessories_2188.html ) and they are awesome, you can wear chest waders are a pair of fins to manouvere around Lochs/Lakes/ponds (stangnant waters) without getting wet at all, I never thought about putting one to photography use!!!!!!!
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5441 on: May 06, 2014, 08:36:18 AM »
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5442 on: May 06, 2014, 11:08:46 AM »
Float tubes - thanks guys  - was thinking an inflatable boat but they are much larger and heavier so this may be a very handy alternative.  Here's a good article: http://flyfish-edmonton.webs.com/floattubing.htm

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5443 on: May 06, 2014, 11:46:59 AM »
Float tubes - thanks guys  - was thinking an inflatable boat but they are much larger and heavier so this may be a very handy alternative.  Here's a good article: http://flyfish-edmonton.webs.com/floattubing.htm

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I'd still be pretty worried about losing my gear. If I had some kind of floating stand to put the camera on...something very stable that couldn't be swamped, then I might feel safer...but even with a float tube, if I'm just holding my gear.... *shudder*
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5444 on: May 06, 2014, 12:52:37 PM »
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