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AlanF

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Just a tiny shot to show what you can get out of the R5 sensor. It's been terrible weather here and in the drizzle I could see a small bird hopping inside a bare tree, surrounded by twigs, 15m away. The plus of the EVF is that it lightens the scene so I could make out the bird, a female Chaffinch. Considering this bird is only 600px long and the gloom needed iso5000 and f/4 at 1/400 s and 400mm, it's a pretty clean shot. This would have needed iso16000 for my f/7.1 100-500mm.

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AlanF

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The sun shone this morning and so it was a covid-lockdown-compatible walk with the 1.4xTC on the 100-500mm and R5 at 700mm, iso 1250, f/10 and 1/500s for a Blue Tit who perched for just a few seconds. I used point focus with this complicated background as I had to be quick. No way the lens and TC are being sent back.

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The sun shone this morning and so it was a covid-lockdown-compatible walk with the 1.4xTC on the 100-500mm and R5 at 700mm, iso 1250, f/10 and 1/500s for a Blue Tit who perched for just a few seconds. I used point focus with this complicated background as I had to be quick. No way the lens and TC are being sent back.

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Very nice shot Alan! Are the long tail Tits in your area as well? The Great Tits are also very beautiful .
 

AlanF

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Very nice shot Alan! Are the long tail Tits in your area as well? The Great Tits are also very beautiful .
The Longtailed Tits are here but I haven't got a close up this year yet. Here is a tiny shot of a distant one take on Friday with the 400mm DO II on the R5 and a nice close up of a Great Tit from the 100-400mm II on the R5 earlier at iso 8000
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AlanF

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They Are such beautiful birds! Those are great shots .Thanks
Here's another one, a Coal Tit from yesterday. I rarely see these tiny birds and it was in my apple tree, and I had to shoot it through ugly double glazing. Also, I was testing the 5DSR and it was so gloomy that it needed iso 6400 and f/4. This is a 100% crop from the centre, OK for the record.
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AlanF

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Here's another one, a Coal Tit from yesterday. I rarely see these tiny birds and it was in my apple tree, and I had to shoot it through ugly double glazing. Also, I was testing the 5DSR and it was so gloomy that it needed iso 6400 and f/4. This is a 100% crop from the centre, OK for the record.
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Got a better shot today from outside and with the 2xTC on. Again, the bad light doesn't help and the bird doesn't keep still for more than a second or two.

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AlanF

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Very Nice Alan! so are they all common to your area as you said the Blue Tit was?
The birds I see most frequently in my garden are Blue Tits, Great Tits, Longtailed Tits and now Coal Tits. Several finches; Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch being the most common and now to my delight Bullfinches. Blackcaps occasionally, and Chiffchaffs will come in the spring. Two species of woodpeckers, the Great Spotted and Green, visit regularly, as does a Jay, and there is an abundance of Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Robins, and unfortunately, Magpies and Crows. Rare visitors like a Sparrowhawk and Little Egrets are welcome, and Buzzards circle overhead. Starlings and Woodpigeons are usually around. I don't like the pigeons because they are so skittish they scare the other birds into flying off when they see me.
 
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The birds I see most frequently in my garden are Blue Tits, Great Tits, Longtailed Tits and now Coal Tits. Several finches; Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch being the most common and now to my delight Bullfinches. Blackcaps occasionally, and Chiffchaffs will come in the spring. Two species of woodpeckers, the Great Spotted and Green, visit regularly, as does a Jay, and there is an abundance of Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Robins, and unfortunately, Magpies and Crows. Rare visitors like a Sparrowhawk and Little Egrets are welcome, and Buzzards circle overhead. Starlings and Woodpigeons are usually around. I don't like the pigeons because they are so skittish they scare the other birds into flying off when they see me.
Interesting, I'd never realized there was such a difference between the UK and the northeastern US in which birds are common or exist at all until seeing your posts, Alan. And I had lived in the UK for nine months, but in an urban area. I'd assumed we had mostly similar birds, but it seems that there are more differences than similarities. Quite interesting to see the birds you have. I'm in Connecticut, and our feeder attracts mostly black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, American goldfinches, housefinches, white- and red-breasted nuthatches, sparrows (much less common than when I was young), red-winged blackbirds (we back up on a wetland), downy, red-bellied, and hairy woodpeckers, blue-jays, juncos in the winter. Also, not at the feeder, American robins from spring through autumn, and occasional pileated woodpeckers and northern flickers. Crows, starlings, and grackles also. And some raptors (red-tailed hawks, etc.) and turkey vultures (those mostly circle above, but they do land in our trees sometimes).

Edit: And how could I forget, northern cardinals, usually in pairs. And for the last 3 or 4 years a couple of barred owls from spring through autumn (they're not supposed to be migratory, but we never see them in winter). I'm sure I've forgotten some, and the list above is probably biased towards more interesting birds - we hadn't ever seen a northern flicker until just a few years ago, but now we see them quite a few times each summer. Same with the owls.
 
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