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AlanF

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Redshank flying yesterday. Taken at 500mm, which is as about as long as I can mage on FF for fast flying birds.

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AlanF

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North America doesn't have House Martins. These are very, very fast moving, erratic flying small members of the swallow family who are perpetually on the move. I saw some this afternoon under rather difficult conditions of their being against a background for most of the time and the light was overcast. But, the AF and tracking of the R5 was amazing and the 100-500mm was light enough for my slow reflexes to move quickly. The second one is amusing as the bird is swallowing an insect.

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Maximilian

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North America doesn't have House Martins. These are very, very fast moving, erratic flying small members of the swallow family...
But, the AF and tracking of the R5 was amazing and the 100-500mm was light enough for my slow reflexes to move quickly.
Kudos!
Not only to tracking of the R5 but much more to your tracking abilities.
I can tell, because I've tried myself - on both, house martins as well as barn swallows.

The fourth one, swooping, is my favorite.
 
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Del Paso

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North America doesn't have House Martins. These are very, very fast moving, erratic flying small members of the swallow family who are perpetually on the move. I saw some this afternoon under rather difficult conditions of their being against a background for most of the time and the light was overcast. But, the AF and tracking of the R5 was amazing and the 100-500mm was light enough for my slow reflexes to move quickly. The second one is amusing as the bird is swallowing an insect.

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I NEVER succeeded in taking one (even) unsharp picture of these little birds !
 

Billybob

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Here is a hummingbird series I took with the R5, electronic shutter (20fps). Virtually all the shots were in focus (a series of about 40-50 shots), so the following are a representative few. What I found most impressive was not the camera but that I got these shots with my 70-200 at 200mm and f/2.8. My backyard is a touch on the dark side, so I wanted to see what I could get with f/2.8. With a bit of patience, I was able to get close enough (or more accurately, let the bird get close enough to me) for these shots.
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AlanF

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Here is a hummingbird series I took with the R5, electronic shutter (20fps). Virtually all the shots were in focus (a series of about 40-50 shots), so the following are a representative few. What I found most impressive was not the camera but that I got these shots with my 70-200 at 200mm and f/2.8. My backyard is a touch on the dark side, so I wanted to see what I could get with f/2.8. With a bit of patience, I was able to get close enough (or more accurately, let the bird get close enough to me) for these shots. View attachment 198727 View attachment 198728 View attachment 198729 View attachment 198730 View attachment 198731 View attachment 198732
Lovely shots, and I am so jealous because we don't have hummers in Merry England.
 
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macrunning

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Here is a hummingbird series I took with the R5, electronic shutter (20fps). Virtually all the shots were in focus (a series of about 40-50 shots), so the following are a representative few. What I found most impressive was not the camera but that I got these shots with my 70-200 at 200mm and f/2.8. My backyard is a touch on the dark side, so I wanted to see what I could get with f/2.8. With a bit of patience, I was able to get close enough (or more accurately, let the bird get close enough to me) for these shots. View attachment 198727 View attachment 198728 View attachment 198729 View attachment 198730 View attachment 198731 View attachment 198732
Nice series Billybob!
 

Maximilian

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Here is a hummingbird series I took with the R5, electronic shutter (20fps). Virtually all the shots were in focus (a series of about 40-50 shots), so the following are a representative few. What I found most impressive was not the camera but that I got these shots with my 70-200 at 200mm and f/2.8. My backyard is a touch on the dark side, so I wanted to see what I could get with f/2.8. With a bit of patience, I was able to get close enough (or more accurately, let the bird get close enough to me) for these shots.
Brilliant shots, lovely series. And I really appreciate seeing the hummingbird at a natural blossom instead of a feeder - though I can understand the latter, too.
Beautiful, really beautiful.
And thank you for the info about gear and technique (though we don't have hummers in Germany).
 

Billybob

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Thanks all!

I didn't realize HBs were so scarce in Northern Europe. It makes me appreciate the ruby-throated HB (the only HB that I've seen in this part of Florida), which I had started to take for granted. I'm going to California next month. Hopefully I'll see other species there.

Brilliant shots, lovely series. And I really appreciate seeing the hummingbird at a natural blossom instead of a feeder - though I can understand the latter, too.
Beautiful, really beautiful.
And thank you for the info about gear and technique (though we don't have hummers in Germany).
I actually tried feeders, but the HBs prefer nature blossoms. My wife is an accomplished gardener, which brings lots of species (mostly insects) to the yard. Since I haven't traveled much lately (who has?), her work is greatly appreciated.
 

Maximilian

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... HBs were so scarce in Northern Europe...
Billybob, they're not scarce. We don't have any anywhere in Europe. HBs live only in northern, mid and south america. That's it! :oops:

We "only" have the hummingbird hawk-moth which I also like to photograph but didn't succeed yet ;)

My wife is an accomplished gardener, which brings lots of species (mostly insects) to the yard. Since I haven't traveled much lately (who has?), her work is greatly appreciated.
Please say "thank you" to her, as she makes it possible for us to see such great pictures from you (y)
 
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