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ISv

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Apr 30, 2017
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But, wouldn't you like a secretary like that?
Thanks Click.
Sorry Alan, but I have a little bit different taste concerning the "secretaries":)!
Very nice pictures off course and the bird "Secretary" is always amazing!
 

digigal

Traveling the world one step at a time.
Aug 26, 2014
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Emperor Penguin Chicks on a "walkabout" while their parents are off fishing and discover the remains of a deceased penguin chick. Snow Hill, Antarctica

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Emperor chick and parents stand in front of a glacier. Snow Hill
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It was a fabulous trip. I could watch these little guys all day--they're like toddlers in snowsuits wandering around in the snow.

Catherine
 
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AlanF

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Absolutely superb, Catherine!
Did you have to go out in a Zodiac to take the photo? What camera and lens did you use?
Alan
 

AlanF

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Just packing to fly to Florida for a couple of weeks to use up some BA airmiles, a circular tour beginning and ending in Orlando. Decided to travel light, just the 5DSR + 100-400mm II for me and the Sony RX10IV for my wife as we hope to spend most of the time walking around nature reserves and some sightseeing. Hope to do some posting.
 

digigal

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Absolutely superb, Catherine!
Did you have to go out in a Zodiac to take the photo? What camera and lens did you use?
Alan
Absolutely superb, Catherine!
Did you have to go out in a Zodiac to take the photo? What camera and lens did you use?
Alan
We went down on the Russian icebreaker, the Captain Khlebnikov, then flew in on helicopters, and then hiked in a mile with our gear. The Emperors nest on fast ice (ice that is attached to land) so they never "officially" set foot on land their whole lives. I used a 7DMII and a 100-400 II or the new 70-200/f4 II for all my shots. I tried taking my M5 but didn't work because of the glare. Artie Morris was on the same trip with his GF.
 

AlanF

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We went down on the Russian icebreaker, the Captain Khlebnikov, then flew in on helicopters, and then hiked in a mile with our gear. The Emperors nest on fast ice (ice that is attached to land) so they never "officially" set foot on land their whole lives. I used a 7DMII and a 100-400 II or the new 70-200/f4 II for all my shots. I tried taking my M5 but didn't work because of the glare. Artie Morris was on the same trip with his GF.
That's very interesting as Art Morris complained bitterly on his blog about the boat, and he normally enthuses. I recall he wrote that you couldn't take photos from the boat as it was too rocky. Is that so?
 

Don Haines

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A female Downy Woodpecker from today in Texas (5D iv, 70-200 2.8L ii, 1.4x iii; 265mm, ISO 1600, F5.6, 1/125)View attachment 182436
Lovely picture. I see lots of them up here in Canada, and have even had one land in my hand looking for a treat.

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I mounted a branch beside the bird feeders and drilled some holes into it to hold shelled sunflower seeds. This get them land I close to me for a treat. I even have a comfy chair to sit in while I wait. :)
 
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digigal

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That's very interesting as Art Morris complained bitterly on his blog about the boat, and he normally enthuses. I recall he wrote that you couldn't take photos from the boat as it was too rocky. Is that so?
He was right about not being able to take any pictures!! This was my 4th trip to Antarctica and because it was on a flat bottomed icebreaker it was the roughest across the Drake I've ever had. I was sitting in my room and the chair I was in was thrown over and I hit my head and hip on the floor--thankfully not breaking anything!. This picture was taken from our window and I've got tons more like it. Boats with a keel are more stable so they manage the waves and seas better.
But, I have to say, Artie's a bit of a whiner, I'm older than he is and didn't have the luxury of someone else carrying my gear out and back. This trips' express purpose was to go to the Emperors and it requires an icebreaker which is not good in rough seas and that's the definition of the Drake. Boats with a keel handle the Drake much better and allow for deck photography but they won't get you to the Emperors. You pay your money and you take your choice!!
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On the ice
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jmeyer

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I know it's winter now, but I finally edited some fall warbler photos! All taken with 7D mkii / EF500 f4 / 1.4xiii.

Bay-breasted Warbler (1st fall)
Blackpoll Warbler (1st fall)
Cape May Warbler (female-1st fall)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1st fall)
Magnolia Warbler (1st fall)
Nashville Warbler (1st fall)
Northern Parula (1st fall)
Tennessee Warbler (1st fall)
Wilson's Warbler (1st fall)

Jeremy

Bay-breasted Warbler (1st fall) 105.jpg
Blackpoll Warbler (1st fall) 114.jpg
Cape May Warbler (female-1st fall) 100.jpg
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1st fall) 106.jpg
Magnolia Warbler (1st fall) 116.jpg
Nashville Warbler (1st fall) 101.jpg
Northern Parula (1st fall) 106.jpg
Tennessee Warbler (1st fall) 113.jpg
Wilson's Warbler (1st fall) 106.jpg
 

AlanF

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He was right about not being able to take any pictures!! This was my 4th trip to Antarctica and because it was on a flat bottomed icebreaker it was the roughest across the Drake I've ever had. I was sitting in my room and the chair I was in was thrown over and I hit my head and hip on the floor--thankfully not breaking anything!. This picture was taken from our window and I've got tons more like it. Boats with a keel are more stable so they manage the waves and seas better.
But, I have to say, Artie's a bit of a whiner, I'm older than he is and didn't have the luxury of someone else carrying my gear out and back. This trips' express purpose was to go to the Emperors and it requires an icebreaker which is not good in rough seas and that's the definition of the Drake. Boats with a keel handle the Drake much better and allow for deck photography but they won't get you to the Emperors. You pay your money and you take your choice!!
Crossing the Drake
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On the ice
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Thanks for the account. He did mention someone was thrown across a room. It’s a small world. It was worth it for that marvellous shot!
 

ISv

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Apr 30, 2017
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Absolutely awesome photos! mikekeck, Catherine, Don and Jmeyer - great shots guys!
Jmeyer - this is really nicely done series (especially concidering the usual behavior of these birds)!
After such a great shots I was hesitating to post my more than humble contribution, especially because both birds are more than common around...
White-rumped Shama and Common Waxbill.
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digigal

Traveling the world one step at a time.
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Great Warblers, Jeremy. I don't have the patience to photograph them, but they and the kinglets are so sweet. I get some through my garden and enjoy watching them.
ISv, I just love that Common Waxbill--for a bird that beautiful you would think the ornithologist could come up with a better name!
Catherine