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jmeyer

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/
CR Pro
Dec 11, 2014
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Wisconsin
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I currently have about 105 Pine Siskins in my yard. It's been a growing number daily, since I had 13 on 9/23. I counted 92 and I'm guessing there are about 10-15 up in the trees yet. I have always seen a few in spring and fall, but this is crazy!!! Here are a few photos from the other day. I also did a post to my website about them, including 30+ photos, showing all the variations in color between them, if that interests you. Some are very yellow, others hardly any and still others are more whitish, with less steaking. This has been very exciting for me! 7D mkll / EF600 F4 ll / 1.4x lll.

Jeremy

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Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
I currently have about 105 Pine Siskins in my yard. It's been a growing number daily, since I had 13 on 9/23. I counted 92 and I'm guessing there are about 10-15 up in the trees yet. I have always seen a few in spring and fall, but this is crazy!!! Here are a few photos from the other day. I also did a post to my website about them, including 30+ photos, showing all the variations in color between them, if that interests you. Some are very yellow, others hardly any and still others are more whitish, with less steaking. This has been very exciting for me! 7D mkll / EF600 F4 ll / 1.4x lll.

Jeremy

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Very nice. I usually have lots of them but this year just a very few. Is it just me or could my normal quota of various birds have dropped this year? NO shortage of robins though.

Jack
 

jmeyer

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/
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Dec 11, 2014
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Wisconsin
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Very nice. I usually have lots of them but this year just a very few. Is it just me or could my normal quota of various birds have dropped this year? NO shortage of robins though.

Jack

Today I counted 165 Pine Siskins!!! It's crazy how many keep adding to the flock daily! I'm definitely catering them though, changing water daily, throwing food all over the ground and keeping feeders full. In Wisconsin, siskins are in an irruption year. I talked to one person up north, who usually hosts 50-100 siskins over winter, and he has over 900 of them right now! Hopefully I can keep several around and maybe even attract Common Redpolls. Right now, the finches are so noisy, they keep attracting others! Here is the winter finch report for this year, and a siskin report.



Jeremy
 

Jack Douglas

CR for the Humour
Apr 10, 2013
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Alberta, Canada
Today I counted 165 Pine Siskins!!! It's crazy how many keep adding to the flock daily! I'm definitely catering them though, changing water daily, throwing food all over the ground and keeping feeders full. In Wisconsin, siskins are in an irruption year. I talked to one person up north, who usually hosts 50-100 siskins over winter, and he has over 900 of them right now! Hopefully I can keep several around and maybe even attract Common Redpolls. Right now, the finches are so noisy, they keep attracting others! Here is the winter finch report for this year, and a siskin report.



Jeremy
Thanks for that interesting read. Unlike other years the Robins have all but depleted my abundant Mountain ash trees berries. Generally these would be available much later for the Bohemians and Grosbeaks.

Jack
 
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jmeyer

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/
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It has slow the past few days but I did fid these two.
1 Northern Parula
2. Warbler , Jeremy can you help with this one please? Thanks

It is a female Prairie Warbler. I'm guessing you're in the SE area of the US? I have only ever seen males. They are rare in Wisconsin, so I don't see them very often. Only other time I get to see them, is in Florida during my February vacation. Very nice shot!

Jeremy
 

jprusa

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Apr 29, 2013
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It is a female Prairie Warbler. I'm guessing you're in the SE area of the US? I have only ever seen males. They are rare in Wisconsin, so I don't see them very often. Only other time I get to see them, is in Florida during my February vacation. Very nice shot!

Jeremy
Thanks for your help again, I am on the coast of NC. I thought it was a Prairie Warbler but I talked myself out of it.:) This time of year there are so many new birds stopping by it seems like I spend a lot of time in my books lately.
Thanks
Joe
 

Billybob

800mm f/11 because a cellphone isn't long enough!
May 22, 2016
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Here are recent bird portraits I took with my R5/100-500L kit.


Herons are prolific here in Florida. Personally, I think that the GBH should be our state bird rather than the mocking bird.
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After a great blue heron must come a little blue heron
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I really enjoy the black-crowned night heron. He takes this position and preens every morning before returning to his nest.
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I normally capture big bird images. Here is my first shot of a kingfisher.
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And since it is our state bird--for better or worst--here is a Northern mockingbird.
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Now, back to the big birds. I found a pair of sandhill cranes that apparently didn't migrate north or returned south early. It is rather difficult taking "portraits" of such big birds with relatively small heads.
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Here is a head shot.
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Finally, a head and shoulders shot.
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Bert63

What’s in da box?
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Dec 3, 2017
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Here are recent bird portraits I took with my R5/100-500L kit.


Herons are prolific here in Florida. Personally, I think that the GBH should be our state bird rather than the mocking bird.
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After a great blue heron must come a little blue heron
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I really enjoy the black night-crowned heron. He takes this position and preens every morning before returning to his nest.
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I normally capture big bird images. Here is my first shot of a kingfisher.
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And since it is our state bird--for better or worst--here is a Northern mockingbird.
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Now, back to the big birds. I found a pair of sandhill cranes that apparently didn't migrate north or returned south early. It is rather difficult taking "portraits" of such big birds with relatively small heads.
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Here is a head shot.
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Finally, a head and shoulders shot.
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Great stuff here. Sometimes I miss Florida - we’ve lived all over the state..
 
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Bert63

What’s in da box?
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Dec 3, 2017
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First shots out of the R5. Sorry they’re nothing spectacular but the weather up here has been typical for this region at this time of the year - high winds and rain.

Love this camera. Still no DxO support but Alan and a couple of guys gave me some ideas for work-arounds so good enough for now.

This White Crown Sparrow (?) was loving the seeds, and a little shot of the first of the three storms that have been rolling through here over the last week or so. This one had gusts to 70 so it was nice to see it departing.

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AlanF

Stay at home
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Aug 16, 2012
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Here are recent bird portraits I took with my R5/100-500L kit.


Herons are prolific here in Florida. Personally, I think that the GBH should be our state bird rather than the mocking bird.
View attachment 193334

After a great blue heron must come a little blue heron
View attachment 193326

I really enjoy the black night-crowned heron. He takes this position and preens every morning before returning to his nest.
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I normally capture big bird images. Here is my first shot of a kingfisher.
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And since it is our state bird--for better or worst--here is a Northern mockingbird.
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Now, back to the big birds. I found a pair of sandhill cranes that apparently didn't migrate north or returned south early. It is rather difficult taking "portraits" of such big birds with relatively small heads.
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Here is a head shot.
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Finally, a head and shoulders shot.
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I can't wait to get back to Florida after covid. Thanks for these.
 
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AlanF

Stay at home
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First shots out of the R5. Sorry they’re nothing spectacular but the weather up here has been typical for this region at this time of the year - high winds and rain.

Love this camera. Still no DxO support but Alan and a couple of guys gave me some ideas for work-arounds so good enough for now.

This White Crown Sparrow (?) was loving the seeds, and a little shot of the first of the three storms that have been rolling through here over the last week or so. This one had gusts to 70 so it was nice to see it departing.

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Lovely shots. The 3rd is my favourite of the 3 of the sparrow as the bird pose and composition are spot on.
 
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Bert63

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Lovely shots. The 3rd is my favourite of the 3 of the sparrow as the bird pose and composition are spot on.


Thanks man - I would appreciate any kind of feedback you care to give. I'm still a work in progress and I have a thick skin when it comes to taking pointers and I respect your perspective.
 

Bert63

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Dec 3, 2017
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Tried so hard to get a clean shot of this friendly bugger but the water was too cold to go any deeper. lol.. Even in the summer time our water doesn't get much above 50 degrees. This dude was on a branch hanging out over the water and let us get pretty close but I couldn't get the sticks out of his head.

I did a little work with color cast removal to make the whites more natural instead of the yellowish white balance can give and I'm curious what you think about that so please, let me have it. Criticism is very welcome across the board.

The rest is pretty much SOTC.

R5 with 100-400L II in Fv mode.

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