Show your Bird Portraits

AlanF

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Jack Douglas said:
Ooh, I like that, Eldar.

Here's an oldie from me when I was shooting from my observatory in 2015. I've discovered a good number of these I'd never even processed.

Jack
Jack, you were pretty good when you were young.
 

AlanF

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I haven't logged in for a few days and missed these wonderful shots. Well done everyone, great stuff.
 

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I post too Much on Here!!
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Eldar said:
This thread is incredible :)

Here´s another one of the Dalmatian Pelicans, from my trip to Lake Kerkini in northern Greece.

1DXII, 16-35mm f2.8L III @16mm
I really like this shot. :) Well done, Eldar.
 

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HB said:
I spent 3hrs yesterday waiting for a kingfisher to come in for image taking, plenty of flyby views but never close enough, the supporting cast provided entertainment to pass the time without being bored.
Very nice pictures, HB.
 

stevelee

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Even if I had a decent long lens, I don't have the patience to take pictures like these. I see so many nice shots on this thread that it tempts me to buy a nice long lens. And then I remember that they don't sell the patience as an accessory.
 

Jack Douglas

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There is a reason this thread survives and grows - great shots continuously submitted from everyone.

Steve, you have to be educated! Once a long lens is purchased, assuming you love/appreciate nature the patience grows by leaps and bounds. ;) Many things are too challenging if you don't have the appropriate tools. From what others have said it seems that the relatively inexpensive 400 5.6 might be worth considering (used?).

Of course you may not parallel my nature but I had the Nikon 70-300 cheapo and that was fun and got me enthused but getting the 300 2.8 II and 1.4X, 2X, 6D really propelled me. As a a first expensive lens purchase I was apologizing to myself and everyone else for spending so much on such non-essential stuff, but not any more. Scrimped all my life so now is the time for fun. Starting out, I didn't even know the eye "had" to be in focus! ;D ;D

So, no guarantees but I suspect you'd find this to be true.

Jack
 

stevelee

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Jack Douglas said:
There is a reason this thread survives and grows - great shots continuously submitted from everyone.

Steve, you have to be educated! Once a long lens is purchased, assuming you love/appreciate nature the patience grows by leaps and bounds. ;) Many things are too challenging if you don't have the appropriate tools. From what others have said it seems that the relatively inexpensive 400 5.6 might be worth considering (used?).
Thanks for the encouragement. Maybe it is more laziness than lack of patience. There are 5 or so acres of woods right behind my house, and my next door neighbor has bird feeders close to my house. I see lots of birds without going anywhere, so I'm not very motivated to go out birding. I do post to this thread on occasion, but nothing so spectacular as what else I see here. The rooster I shot in Hawaii was no challenge to my G7X II, but it was a pretty bird. The cardinals on the snowy tree were shot with my 24-105mm lens because that is what was on the camera, and I didn't want to risk their flying away while I changed lenses. And I shot through a window, since I figured they would fly when I opened the door, and I didn't want to stand out in the cold until they got hungry enough to come back.

I think I did post a link to the time-lapse video I shot with what passes for my telephoto lens of cardinals at the bird feeder. It starts to be interesting about 1:30 in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ-qQbVpEqA&feature=youtu.be I was mostly just using that to help me learn how to use the camera.

I do need to replace the old 75-300mm zoom some time, whatever I decide to do about photographing birds, although the lens did pretty well with my eclipse pictures on the T3i (before I got the 6D2). So I'll more likely get something of more general use than a longer prime.

So I'm inspired by the pictures I see here, just not inspired enough to emulate them. I might still post an occasion lazy man's bird portraits, however. So in that vein, here's a bad shot of a wet raptor I saw on the rail on my deck one day. I think I took this with my phone and didn't dare get even close to the window. I wanted a friend to tell me whether he knew what sort of hawk it might be:
 

HB

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Jan 6, 2016
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Thanks for the kind words re. my images.
Steve, Patience is the Best tool a nature watcher/photographer can have, mine was honed monitoring raptor breeding performance here in Scotland, hours spent for just a few minutes of action most days. focus on your subject but enjoy the environment your in as well, sure top of the range equipment provides a better chance of success but nothing beats fieldcraft enabling you to get closer to your subject and less cropping for that neat portrait.
Harry.
 

ISv

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A lot of great shots when I was out of the site! Really tasty!
Hey, Jack - nice shots of "small birds in fly" - I take the message!
Here are mine from today (didn't find the bird I was looking for, took these just randomly, all of these are common birds around).
 

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Eldar

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ISv said:
A lot of great shots when I was out of the site! Really tasty!
Hey, Jack - nice shots of "small birds in fly" - I take the message!
Here are mine from today (didn't find the bird I was looking for, took these just randomly, all of these are common birds around).
Really nice ones ISv. Most of us would have loved to have these as "common" birds around :)