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Billybob

800mm f/11 because a cellphone isn't long enough!
May 22, 2016
121
235
Still getting a feel for the 100-500L. It's clearly the best long zoom I've used. I believe it matches the 100-400L--sharpness, clarity, color rendition--and gives you an additional 100mm to boot in an extremely compact package. My hit rate for BIF shots has also improved.

It was a bit of an overcast day with intermittent rain showers. That actually established a mood that I don't normally capture.

Here is the majestic ahinga. It can often look goofy when it spreads it wing and points its beak to the sky, but this pose highlights its beauty.
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I normally don't shoot small birds, so this was different for me. Here is a yellow warbler being rather attentive.
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This one's more relaxed.
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Here is a male common yellow throat. I love the black mask on his face.
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Cardinals are probably my most-shot bird, but mostly in my backyard. This wet one is one of my few shots in the wild.
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I employed a slightly different processing method with this great blue. I'm trying to decide if I like it.
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Snowy egrets are fairly common here, but I really like the background.
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A couple more cavorting around in the trees.
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I normally avoid vultures, but these black vultures are moving through the area, and they are more interesting looking than the more common turkey vultures in the area.
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AlanF

Hands. Face. Space.
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
7,250
6,858
Still getting a feel for the 100-500L. It's clearly the best long zoom I've used. I believe it matches the 100-400L--sharpness, clarity, color rendition--and gives you an additional 100mm to boot in an extremely compact package. My hit rate for BIF shots has also improved.

It was a bit of an overcast day with intermittent rain showers. That actually established a mood that I don't normally capture.

Here is the majestic ahinga. It can often look goofy when it spreads it wing and points its beak to the sky, but this pose highlights its beauty.
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I normally don't shoot small birds, so this was different for me. Here is a yellow warbler being rather attentive.
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This one's more relaxed.
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Here is a male common yellow throat. I love the black mask on his face.
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Cardinals are probably my most-shot bird, but mostly in my backyard. This wet one is one of my few shots in the wild.
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I employed a slightly different processing method with this great blue. I'm trying to decide if I like it.
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Snowy egrets are fairly common here, but I really like the background.
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A couple more cavorting around in the trees.
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I normally avoid vultures, but these black vultures are moving through the area, and they are more interesting looking than the more common turkey vultures in the area.
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You clearly had a great day! Very nice.
 

ERHP

EOS RP
CR Pro
May 9, 2013
402
379
San Diego
erhp.smugmug.com
Had a Yellow Crowned Night Heron fly in and land on a rock, then migrate to an even closer rock, to the point the 600 was too much for a full portrait. This is a landscape crop of the portrait orientation shot of it giving me a yawn. Still very impressed with the R5's performance.

R5 w/600 f/4L II 1/1600 : f/10 : ISO 1000
 

Click

I post too Much on Here!!
Jul 29, 2012
13,441
1,685
Canada
Had a Yellow Crowned Night Heron fly in and land on a rock, then migrate to an even closer rock, to the point the 600 was too much for a full portrait. This is a landscape crop of the portrait orientation shot of it giving me a yawn. Still very impressed with the R5's performance.

R5 w/600 f/4L II 1/1600 : f/10 : ISO 1000

Beautiful portrait, ERHP. I really like that golden light on the bird.
 
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bhf3737

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CR Pro
Sep 9, 2015
584
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Calgary, Canada
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I have never ever seen a Wood Duck. Are those colours typical?
Yes, the male wood ducks are really beautiful and colorful, specifically in good light. My favorite ducks are these and the Harlequins. I haven't changed the color of this picture. I only increased clarity in Lightroom and added a little bit sharpness with Topaz studio.
 

AlanF

Hands. Face. Space.
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
7,250
6,858
Yes, the male wood ducks are really beautiful and colorful, specifically in good light. My favorite ducks are these and the Harlequins. I haven't changed the color of this picture. I only increased clarity in Lightroom and added a little bit sharpness with Topaz studio.
I wish we had some over here to brighten things up.
 
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