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AlanF

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They are showing on Nikon threads that the Z9 works well with BIF, using gulls as subjects. I saw a few gulls the other day and took some quick shots of Blackheaded belting around and a Blackbacked taking off to see if the R5 and 100-500 still worked. It seems to.

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Nice shots Alan (not only because of the performance of the camera/lens;))!
P.S. I hardly can compare Z9, R5 or R3 (and even the R1:ROFLMAO:) - simply because I never had one of these in my hands!
 
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AlanF

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Nice shots Alan (not only because of the performance of the camera/lens;))!
P.S. I hardly can compare Z9, R5 or R3 (and even the R1:ROFLMAO:) - simply because I never had one of these in my hands!
I find all of the hype about the latest models a bit much, with every little advance being magnified out of importance. In reality, the 7DII + 100-400mm II enabled me to do just about everything I wanted. The IQ of the 5DSR is just about as good as anything coming since, and I was able to get good BIF shots with it despite its slow fps and good focus only in the centre. The R5 20 fps or 12 fps does enable me to get sequences I coudn't get before, and its bird eyeAF is a useful plus as is its ability to focus at the edge of the frame and with narrow apertures. I suppose for those specialising in extreme action the enhanced AF is more important but for me the improvements are incremental except for dragonflies in flight.
 
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One of the White Ibis decided to land in a small patch of late afternoon light.
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R5 RF600 f/4 w/1.4X 1/3200 : f/6.3 : ISO 1000
 
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Stroke of luck. We parked our car in an industrial area for a half-mile walk to a reserve, and my wife saw a Red Kite overhead. My R5 and 100-500mm were at the ready.

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My wife had the R6 and RF 100-400mm, and I had fortunately set it up for BIF. Not bad for the lightweight lens and lower resolution.

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We now have a his and hers RF 100-400mm. WEX is having a sale of 10% off open box returns, and I couldn't resist. It arrived yesterday and I tested it on charts, and it was fine. I tried it out on BIF this afternoon. The birds were backlit. The AF on the R5 worked well and caught a Wigeon and Little Egret. Wigeon_flying.gif Little_Egret_flying.gif
 
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Very nice shots, bhf3737. I especially like the second one. Well done.
 
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I was going after the Masked Booby today - I still have no acceptable photo of it. Since ~90% of the Red-footed Boobies here (adults, white form) have a white tail I was going after anything with black tail (it's a bigger mark than the face and you see it from enough distance). Failed! The tail is there but the face is still of the much more common Red-foot

First photo is the usual for here Red-food. After that the one with the black tail (and same face!). The Masked has black bare skin at the base of the bill - not that "rainbow"!

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Oh, I forgot to illustrate some technical difficulties when shooting Boobies: I don't know how but they are The Masters navigating between the waves (big, unpredictable waves from my point of view). The result is very low flying birds (and they are NOT small!!) that use to disappear in the waves. And you get a nice photo of the wave - occasionally with a fragment of the bird :LOL:!

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