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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #5580 on: May 16, 2014, 11:07:17 AM »
Any comments or critique, good or bad, is highly welcome.

Nice set, but my favorite is the Siberean Jay - beautiful earth rust tones of the bird against the snow.

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Rodor's Common Redpoll - Auðnutittlingur is also pretty amazing.

Below is a Tree Sparrow from a few days ago (6D + Tammy 1/160s f/8 600mm ISO 640):
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« Reply #5581 on: May 16, 2014, 11:20:01 AM »

Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) by alabang, on Flickr

The Naked-faced Spiderhunter (Arachnothera clarae) is a species of bird in the Nectariniidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

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Dolina, as a fan of your work I hope one day you'd share with us how you go about getting your shots. One thing I do know is you don't go camo in order to avoid getting shot :) Here in Taiwan, though, it's something of a fashion statement for hardcore bird photogs to wear full or semi-camo. Anyway, please keep posting!


Yes, scratch right there. Feels so good.


Creative perspective with fantastic details -- that it makes me think of Angry Bird is an unfortunate distraction  :-[

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« Reply #5582 on: May 16, 2014, 12:31:43 PM »
Dolina, as a fan of your work I hope one day you'd share with us how you go about getting your shots. One thing I do know is you don't go camo in order to avoid getting shot :) Here in Taiwan, though, it's something of a fashion statement for hardcore bird photogs to wear full or semi-camo. Anyway, please keep posting!
Hank thank you!

If you want to stay in one piece you do not use camo while in the Philippines. I can explain it to you fully but I'd probably offend one set of people or another.

What is important to keep in mind are the basics. These are namely food, water and shelter. If you figure that out then you're set.

Knowing animal behaviour is key as well. Like people they are creatures of habit and have routines.

Practice, practice and more practice. If you have a background as a hunter or poacher then you're a far better birder than I will ever be. I used to go birding every week when I first started but recently I only go birding once a month if I am lucky.

Having a network of birding friends helps whether they be bird watchers or bird photographers. Being a member of a birding org helps but it isn't a prerequisite.

A lot of foreign birders find Philippine birds the most challenging to enjoy the hobby/sport. Through hard learned experience Philippine birds know to avoid Filipinos as my countrymen often have no source of livelihood but to hunt and eat the birds or else go hungry, poach the birds for pet collectors and traditional medicines. Habitat loss due to illegal loggers who just clear cut tropical rainforest to try to satisfy the demand for fresh lumber.

In a nutshell the Philippine birds are doomed to be only found in zoos, museums or in my photos.
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« Reply #5583 on: May 16, 2014, 05:34:04 PM »
Little guys in a tree in the Tiger Preserve in Peryar (Southern India).  Taken with a 5diii, 200mm, 1/50, f/7.1, iso 5000.  Don't know what they were (species) but it looked pretty cool.  This is a crop form a larger image.
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« Reply #5584 on: May 16, 2014, 05:43:01 PM »
Very nice shot JPAZ  :)

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« Reply #5585 on: May 16, 2014, 06:03:27 PM »
Little guys in a tree in the Tiger Preserve in Peryar (Southern India).  Taken with a 5diii, 200mm, 1/50, f/7.1, iso 5000.  Don't know what they were (species) but it looked pretty cool.  This is a crop form a larger image.
I believe these are young Caprimulgus/nightjars. In Norway we call them Night Ravens. Very cool birds and a very cool image!
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« Reply #5586 on: May 16, 2014, 06:32:29 PM »
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« Reply #5587 on: May 16, 2014, 06:43:08 PM »
Turkey Vulture near Placerville, California.  Taken several years ago with a Canon 350D, 75-300mm.  Not nearly as technically perfect as most shots in this thread but I was just starting to get into photography.
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« Reply #5588 on: May 16, 2014, 06:46:02 PM »
Eastern Kingbird in the meadow:


Tree swallow:

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« Reply #5589 on: May 16, 2014, 11:57:14 PM »
Laughing Gull - in breeding plumage.
Taken from kayak.

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« Reply #5590 on: May 17, 2014, 12:23:28 PM »
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« Reply #5591 on: May 17, 2014, 08:48:41 PM »
Love all the shots of late.  We're just getting leaves out now so I'm looking forward to more birds but there still isn't much.  However, I did get this vistor to my deck a few minutes ago so it helped make my day.

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« Reply #5592 on: May 18, 2014, 12:27:34 AM »
One more of this striking redhead!

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« Reply #5593 on: May 18, 2014, 09:36:01 AM »
Nice close-up Jack  :)

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« Reply #5594 on: May 18, 2014, 10:08:49 AM »
Awesome closeup Jack.


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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