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ISv

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Don't have a clue, but the leaves reflecting in the water was kind of cool.
Canon EOS R5 - Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS USM III

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Not 100% sure but it looks like a female of the Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) in definitive basic. The problem is the dark (or kind of dirty?) tip of the bill. Nice photo anyway!
 
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ISv

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Today was really hard day for me: hot, humid (a lot of wind but not helping!). Insects where somewhere else. The birds - almost the same!
The only thing I got there was a juveniles of the Japanese White-Eye (family): not rare siting (not at all!) but when there is something more interesting you simply don't shoot them and I think these are my best (? still have to go into the folder to compare:sleep:). Anyway - these are only my photos from today and I will try to show why some visitors are reporting an Amakihi on totally unbelievable spots here (like near the beach :ROFLMAO::cry:).
On the first two photos you can see the white-ring just developing . The second bird (third photo) was significantly forward (same nest!). And the last photo is an adult - this is an old photo...
There are several things that separate the Japanese White-eye from the Amakihi but in some light (and if you have no experience!) it may not be that easy. Many people are just looking at the white ring around the eyes! No ring (bad photo or very young bird!) - "must be" Amakihi!!!
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Today was really hard day for me: hot, humid (a lot of wind but not helping!). Insects where somewhere else. The birds - almost the same!
The only thing I got there was a juveniles of the Japanese White-Eye (family): not rare siting (not at all!) but when there is something more interesting you simply don't shoot them and I think these are my best (? still have to go into the folder to compare:sleep:). Anyway - these are only my photos from today and I will try to show why some visitors are reporting an Amakihi on totally unbelievable spots here (like near the beach :ROFLMAO::cry:).
On the first two photos you can see the white-ring just developing . The second bird (third photo) was significantly forward (same nest!). And the last photo is an adult - this is an old photo...
There are several things that separate the Japanese White-eye from the Amakihi but in some light (and if you have no experience!) it may not be that easy. Many people are just looking at the white ring around the eyes! No ring (bad photo or very young bird!) - "must be" Amakihi!!! View attachment 198137 View attachment 198138 View attachment 198140 View attachment 198141
Beautiful photos, ISv. The last one is breathtaking! (What lens did you use?)
 
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I tracked down the Spotted Flycatcher again but this time had the R5 at 1000mm with the 2xTC on the 100-500mm. I don't usually post more than one image of a bird but this time I'll show a study of it in different poses. Hand-holdable 1000mm is a breakthrough.
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I tracked down the Spotted Flycatcher again but this time had the R5 at 1000mm with the 2xTC on the 100-500mm. I don't usually post more than one image of a bird but this time I'll show a study of it in different poses. Hand-holdable 1000mm is a breakthrough. View attachment 198149 View attachment 198150 View attachment 198151 View attachment 198152
...your last comment (1000mm handholdable) is significant to this particular canon rumors reader.

Real nice pix. Even better (i.e. more informative) commentary.
 
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ISv

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Last week I didn't have a time to post some photos of "leftovers" migratory birds here. Some of them stay over the summer because they are not ready for breading, others are just injured birds: like this female Pacific Golden Plover. I think it has it's left leg injured, hard to see where exactly (and I tried hard!).

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You guys (and perhaps gals) are so amazingly talented. After a couple of weeks I now know how hard it is to actually get great looking shots of birds, even stationary so to speak.
You keep inspiring me.

Some sort of seagull I think, approx. 300ft away. I moved slightly closer and it flew away :D

f/4 @600mm (and very cropped)

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You guys (and perhaps gals) are so amazingly talented. After a couple of weeks I now know how hard it is to actually get great looking shots of birds, even stationary so to speak.
You keep inspiring me.

Some sort of seagull I think, approx. 300ft away. I moved slightly closer and it flew away :D

f/4 @600mm (and very cropped)

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It’s an Arctic Tern, a lovely bird. It has a forked tail, seen when flying, and just the top of its head is black - the Black-faced Gull has the whole the face black and is much stockier. Nice composition.
 
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It’s an Arctic Tern, a lovely bird. It has a forked tail, seen when flying, and just the top of its head is black - the Black-faced Gull has the whole the face black and is much stockier. Nice composition.

Oh, thank You Alan.
There were a lot more of them in the air, but even further away. This was the closest i got. I wonder if there is som kind of tent or so that one can "hide" in, with the camera, tripod and perhaps a little chair. That would be a lot more discrete than me running around the shore with a tank-of-a-lens and not that smooth :)
I could sit for hours if there were such an option. Perhaps with some coffee and a sandwich, I could easily spend a whole day out there in the fields/shores.
 

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Oh, thank You Alan.
There were a lot more of them in the air, but even further away. This was the closest i got. I wonder if there is som kind of tent or so that one can "hide" in, with the camera, tripod and perhaps a little chair. That would be a lot more discrete than me running around the shore with a tank-of-a-lens and not that smooth :)
I could sit for hours if there were such an option. Perhaps with some coffee and a sandwich, I could easily spend a whole day out there in the fields/shores.
You can buy a small camouflage tent to sit in that is not expensive, but I have only ever seen one used once. Usual is to wait in a proper hide, sit in a car or stroll around with a lightweight lens, though there are many stronger than me birders who can carry the 600mm III. For birds in flight you need open skies. I think I once recommended you keep the 100-500mm as well, and if you sold it, a used 100-400mm II is a cheap great alternative for casual strolling around. You have got real talent for this genre and are taking some great shots so welcome to one of the most enjoyable pastimes.
 
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You can buy a small camouflage tent to sit in that is not expensive, but I have only ever seen one used once. Usual is to wait in a proper hide, sit in a car or stroll around with a lightweight lens, though there are many stronger than me birders who can carry the 600mm III. For birds in flight you need open skies. I think I once recommended you keep the 100-500mm as well, and if you sold it, a used 100-400mm II is a cheap great alternative for casual strolling around. You have got real talent for this genre and are taking some great shots so welcome to one of the most enjoyable pastimes.

Now I'm so spoiled with the f/4 so I'm practising with it :) But I get Your thoughts and agree. I'll check out the mini-tents that are available in stores around here.
And, thank You. Just another amature practising (a lot) perhaps it's getting better. Would be fun to check out my images from today after a year or two just to see if there's any progress :)