Great shots! I love to see the birds doing what birds should be doing!Here I have few from today: the regular Japanese White Eye (but this time on Passion Fruit Wine) and Red-vented Bulbul fighting Ascalapha odorata (Black-witch Moth).
That Bulbul is ~20-21cm long. The females of the moth are with wing-span up to 17cm. I thing this is a male (because of the markings on the hind-wings) - they get up to ~12cm wing-span.
Second photo at ISO 1600 but I succeed to get few meters closer (and to control my adrenaline - these moths are hard to spot despite of the size and I have never seen one eaten by bird)! In the second photo the bird already removed some wings from the moth - I knew I have no time...
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This one was migrating from Europe to Africa via the desert in Israel (Negev). I have been in a (generally non-photographic birding) group with great guides and we couldn't get close except on rare occasions.Nice photos Alan! I'm jealous for the Red Start - expected in my vacation in Europe and never seen!
They are finally in Qatar, too. Unfortunately for me, they prefer trees in parks where big lenses are strictly forbidden. :-(This one was migrating from Europe to Africa via the desert in Israel (Negev). I have been in a (generally non-photographic birding) group with great guides and we couldn't get close except on rare occasions.
Hard to believe, but several security guys immediately approach you when you appear with a DSLR camera and a telephoto lens. People are paranoid about being secretly photographed here. Privacy, privacy, and privacy. Plus everybody is convinced that you are a professional photographer if you have a big camera. So another thing security tell you is that photography is forbidden and you need special permission (almost everywhere, except public places where there are no birds, of course). Smartphone cameras are OK, though.Forbidden??
Thanks Alan!Great shots! I love to see the birds doing what birds should be doing!
You are correct! Here is a genuine eurasian beeeater (non-breeding plumage) I took in Tanzania last year and a rather distant one I took in Portugal earlier in breeding plumage.Alan, would love to have taken this image, it's a Green Bee-eater. It's been a while since I visited the topic and i'm still well impressed by everyone's contributions.
We used a 5DSR + 100-400mm II + 1.4xTC and a 90D + 100-400mm II. My wife generally used the lighter 90D, and I grabbed it when she wasn't using it. To be honest, I couldn't tell the difference in IQ between shots we took with each. The fields of view are similar and the 5DSR with the 1.4xTC is equivalent to a 100 Mpx FF or 40 Mpx crop sensor in terms of resolution as opposed to the 83/32 Mpx of the 90D without a TC. In the past, the 5DSR + 100-400mm II + 1.4xTC outperformed in IQ my 5DIV + 400mm DO II + 2xTC. The 5DSR + 100-400mm II + 1.4xTC is similar to the 90D for BIF, despite being limited to just the centre point + 4 helpers at f/8, and isn't worse. I am happy with both combos.For sure, that 90D is working well - it is 90D, right?.
But Alan, are you trying to convince us you didn't flip this guy a treat?