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Jack Douglas

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15540 on: February 17, 2018, 11:05:16 AM »
Thanks guys.  Getting tired of cold and snow!   :(

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15541 on: February 17, 2018, 12:39:18 PM »
getting close to a heron...who doesn't seem to mind.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15542 on: February 17, 2018, 02:50:58 PM »
Beautiful picture. Nicely done, clbayley.   8)

+1  Lovely.  Is that a good birding area or more resort?

The best I could do today is a dab of color on a drab but cute and thoughtful bird.

Great pic!

I was amazed at the diversity of birds around...

We went to the Villas resort just south of Loerto (https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g150772-d1987334-Reviews-Villa_del_Palmar_Beach_Resort_Spa_at_The_Islands_of_Loreto-Loreto_Baja_California.html)

The hotel is all alone in a large bay on the Sea of Cortez.  On the resort are your typical sparrows, but I also saw the orioles and hummingbirds (2 types).  Outside the resort are trails up into very rugged desert mountains.  Tons of small songbirds I can't identify and lots of colour.  There are also hawks, kestrels, and turkey vultures and osprey circling around.  Towards the beach is a scrubby sand dune habitat with more coloured birds (cardinals, scrub jays, flycatchers) and roadrunners.  The beach itself had various gulls and terns, herons and egrets, and sandpipers.  A boat ride will get you out to islands with cormorants and boobies and pelicans.  So, in my opinion, very good for birding!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15543 on: February 17, 2018, 03:40:58 PM »
Mountains on islands are great for species diversity. I had never thought about that until I took a bus tour on Maui to the Haleakala Crater last month, going from near sea level to 10,000 ft. The driver/guide talked about how a species of bird might come to the island and descendants would fill various niches at different elevations, meanwhile plants and insects are doing the same thing. He said that if Darwin had visited that mountain, he would have forgotten about Galapagos. Exaggeration or no, that still speaks to great diversity. He also said that with such diversity of species, there is more rapid loss of species. He also mentioned that where birds and insects were essentially without predators that flight was too much of a luxury to hang on to.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15544 on: February 17, 2018, 04:51:55 PM »
Excellent series of shots since I last logged in. Here is a pensive Dunnock from this morning (5DSR + 400mm DO II).
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15545 on: February 17, 2018, 05:19:59 PM »
Very nice picture, Alan.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15546 on: February 17, 2018, 06:31:08 PM »
Here are some photos from my recent trip to Sax Zim Bog. It's been a fairly decent year there so far. All images taken with 7D mkii and 500 f4, some with 1.4xiii and some without. It's nice being so close to owls that 500mm is full frame!

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15547 on: February 17, 2018, 06:41:41 PM »
clbayley, thanks for that.  We're thinking about such a trip maybe next winter.  Do you ever wonder about safety relative to packing expensive gear?

It's a treat to have this thread and oooh those owls - I'd sure love the opportunity.  The Great Grey is amazing but so are the little guys.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15548 on: February 17, 2018, 06:55:45 PM »
clbayley, thanks for that.  We're thinking about such a trip maybe next winter.  Do you ever wonder about safety relative to packing expensive gear?

It's a treat to have this thread and oooh those owls - I'd sure love the opportunity.  The Great Grey is amazing but so are the little guys.

Jack

Hi Jack - Not once was I worried about my safety.  And around the resort I saw at least 3 other rigs set up for diving (large housings with fisheye and flash) that look way more expensive than my setup.  Mostly Canadians at the resort since WestJet flies there daily.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15549 on: February 17, 2018, 06:56:38 PM »
Beautiful series, Jeremy.   :)

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15550 on: February 17, 2018, 07:01:13 PM »
Every time I walked into the desert the turkey vultures would follow, like they knew I wasn't coming back...

And the osprey was very shy, I was lucky even to get a look into his eye.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15551 on: February 18, 2018, 03:05:37 PM »
Every time I walked into the desert the turkey vultures would follow, like they knew I wasn't coming back...

And the osprey was very shy, I was lucky even to get a look into his eye.

Nice pictures, clbayley. I especially like the Osprey.

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15552 on: February 18, 2018, 04:47:20 PM »
My first attempt half hearted with the new 500f4.  I am pretty impressed considering the amount of effort I put into this.  This was a test run.  This is heavily cropped, but is pretty sharp.  I might try to put the lens to work for real tomorrow.

EDIT:  The uploaded jpg doesn't look very sharp at all.  Oh well.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15553 on: February 18, 2018, 06:11:52 PM »
This was my favourite target in the Mexican desert... if I had more time I would have chased them around all day and tried for a cleaner background.  This pic does show off some of the hidden colours of the Roadrunner. 

*BEEP BEEP*

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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #15554 on: February 18, 2018, 06:23:28 PM »
*BEEP BEEP*

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I really like your picture. Well done.  :)

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