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AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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Largely confined to back garden. Normally, I don't like taking photos of ringed birds. But, in this case I have got to know a particular Bluetit because of its leg ring. Here he is with a fly.
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AlanF

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Longtailed tits are building a nest now actively. They make them using moss, leaves and spiders webs as glue. This bird was behind some twigs with some moss and then a little later with spiders web.

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Bert63

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This morning I had a chance to enjoy some Wood Ducks lingering for about an hour. Being so unique looking, it was a treat to get many shots. Of course the background was a cluttered tangle of branches. Here are a few cropped shots.View attachment 189444

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While I've enjoyed the Tamron 150-600mm, I'm yearning for the extra sharpness and light gathering power of the EF 600mm III IS.

I have never in my entire life seen a duck perched in a tree. Ever. These are great shots too by the way.

EDIT - just learned that the Wood Ducks are one of the only breeds to make their nests in trees so that explains that - I've only seen a wood duck in the wild once and I blew the highlights into the stratosphere.

Kept the shots though. LOL...
 
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Maximilian

The dark side - I've been there
Nov 7, 2013
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Largely confined to back garden. ...
Alan, that bluetit is wonderful. :love:
I really get a little bit jealous. I don't know why, but I couldn't manage to get my tries even half that sharp and crispy. (Though I know the drawbacks of a 5D3 over a 5DS R)
What exposure data do you have here?
 

Mikehit

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Waterfowl are still moving through my area and more are arriving each day. The past couple days were two of my favorites. Wood Duck and Ring-necked Duck. It's usually dark and gloomy by me in early spring, and it has been exactly that lately. 7D mkll / EF600 F4 ll / 1.4xlll

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It's the low angle that lifts these images from record shots to excellent. Well done!
 
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becceric

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:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

Man, you've made my day... birds... Social Distancing... right now... I'm lying underneath my desk... cyring for joy... *gasp*
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Thanks. After 20 minutes, the female flew into a tree cavity. A few minutes later, she reappeared with another male. All three hung around for a while. Unfortunately, I could not get a clean shot of them together.
A couple years ago in the same area, I watched two males and a female lingering together during nesting season. I would not have expected a trio.
 

Maximilian

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I am still practicing on small birds. Here is a nuthatch shot through the window from my home office workplace.
Still thinking about why my AF is not spot on, exposure data is:
5D3, 100-400L2 with 1.4xTC3 @560mm, f/8, 1/1600, ISO 1000, croping to 1/3 of original size.

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AaronT

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Jan 5, 2013
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I am still practicing on small birds. Here is a nuthatch shot through the window from my home office workplace.
Still thinking about why my AF is not spot on, exposure data is:
5D3, 100-400L2 with 1.4xTC3 @560mm, f/8, 1/1600, ISO 1000, croping to 1/3 of original size.

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Your camera+lens+TC might need an AF Micro-adjustment (AFMA). At say, 12 feet, 560mm at F8 your depth of field is about 3/4 inch. Not much room for error. Also, when using the 100-400+1.4 TC it might help to stop down a bit if you have enough light. It has been said that the 100-400+1.4TC combo is sharper when stopped down a bit. With mine I usually use F9.5 as a minimum. You were shooting at 1/1600 so you had room to trade some speed for aperture. The big whites are different, they are sharp wide open. But they are primes and cost 5 times as much. Just my opinion. The shot below was ISO800, F9.5 with 5DsR, 100-400L MKI, 1.4TC MKII at 560mm. About a 1/3 crop. I used center point, single shot AF. BTW, I got the same results when shooting with my 5D MKII.

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AlanF

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I am still practicing on small birds. Here is a nuthatch shot through the window from my home office workplace.
Still thinking about why my AF is not spot on, exposure data is:
5D3, 100-400L2 with 1.4xTC3 @560mm, f/8, 1/1600, ISO 1000, croping to 1/3 of original size.

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I never get sharp shots through windows.
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