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Jul 29, 2012
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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!).

Very nice series. Well done, ISv.
 

AlanF

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I wasn't intending to take any photos today but we were serenaded by a Song Thrush while I was barbecuing this evening, from the same tree that a Blackbird had done similarly in a photo I posted last week. Fortunately, I had the R5 and RF 100-500mm + 2x TC at hand. The bird was 33m away for the best angle of view. These are much sharper shots than I was getting with the 400mm DO II + 2xTC. I couldn't resist snapping up an RF 800mm f/11 used bargain and when it arrives I'll compare the lenses carefully (the loan copy I had a couple of months ago wasn't particularly good).

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AlanF

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For amusement, some Blue Tits were flitting around in an apple tree a little later, in deep shade. Here is a shot at iso 8000 pushed through 1.33 ev, equivalent to an overall iso of 20,000. The only noise reduction is DxO DeepPRIME at 60 on the luminescence slider. The high iso performance of the R5 is quite acceptable - the image is a 100% crop. There is probably an ant in its beak.


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Jack Douglas

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I wasn't intending to take any photos today but we were serenaded by a Song Thrush while I was barbecuing this evening, from the same tree that a Blackbird had done similarly in a photo I posted last week. Fortunately, I had the R5 and RF 100-500mm + 2x TC at hand. The bird was 33m away for the best angle of view. These are much sharper shots than I was getting with the 400mm DO II + 2xTC. I couldn't resist snapping up an RF 800mm f/11 used bargain and when it arrives I'll compare the lenses carefully (the loan copy I had a couple of months ago wasn't particularly good).

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My question would be, does aperture play into this assessment? Since having the R5 and shooting 400 X2 I can't say so far that I'm exceedingly impressed but I don't have enough shots to really assess this.

Jack
 

AlanF

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My question would be, does aperture play into this assessment? Since having the R5 and shooting 400 X2 I can't say so far that I'm exceedingly impressed but I don't have enough shots to really assess this.

Jack
The 1000mm is at f/14. The 400mm DO II at 800mm sharpens up a bit at f/11, and f/11 seems at first sight to be still brighter than f/14. However, an 800mm f/11 lets in only the same amount of light as a 1000mm f/14 - entrance diameter of both is ~72 mm, and if you up the iso with the f/14 by 2/3rds of a stop you will get the same signal to noise in a cropped image from both lenses as the 1000mm's image is larger.
 
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Raptors

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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.
Hi Dockland, I just finished watching a video by Jan Wegener Epic Outback Road Trip With The R5 - Bird Photography Adventure, where they use a bird hide suit. Not sure if this is what you’re looking for. Here is the link for the LensCoat LensHide. https://amzn.to/3bAkoAo
 

HenryL

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I can tell it's June...I had a full contingent of mosquitoes and other bugs following me around on my walk. Only managed one loop before I had to run for my car and avoid being eaten alive!

Here's a couple of birds I've not seen out there until this weekend...

Tufted Titmouse
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This brown thrasher was mostly hiding, but I stuck around just long enough for it to come out and pose in the open
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And the ubiquitous Great Blue Heron overseeing his domain...or just eyeballing me as I intruded. I noticed the missing toe only during processing in DxO.
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jprusa

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For amusement, some Blue Tits were flitting around in an apple tree a little later, in deep shade. Here is a shot at iso 8000 pushed through 1.33 ev, equivalent to an overall iso of 20,000. The only noise reduction is DxO DeepPRIME at 60 on the luminescence slider. The high iso performance of the R5 is quite acceptable - the image is a 100% crop. There is probably an ant in its beak.


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Beautiful shot Alan! first time I have never seen a immure Blue Tit shot posted. Thanks for sharing.
 
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ISv

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You have got real talent for this genre and are taking some great shots so welcome to one of the most enjoyable pastimes.
You forgot to add "and one of the very addictive - resulting in rather expensive":). Otherwise I agree 100% with the sentence!
 
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ISv

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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.
Look at the second link from Raptors. I can't recommend the LensCoat - I had it (may be it's still somewhere at home...) and hate it. Used it few times without any success: birds are still seeing you and in windy weather that cover is more disturbance than help!!!. And it's hot under it - I mean very hot! Sweden is not the hottest country that I know (I was there for ~1.5 years - Stockholm) but still... I had also tiny retractable chair to sit but all this combo was very uncomfortable.
On that second link you will see other options. I never tried one of them but they seems to offer room for chair and backpack with coffee, WATER! and snacks.
The best way to use any of these (according to my opinion! - not practice) is to leave them 1-2 days on proper spot for the birds to get familiar with the presence of the "object" and enter when it's still dark. If you don't have secure spot to leave your tent - go there when it's dark, mount and wait (and enjoy your time in the nature!).
 

Dockland

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Look at the second link from Raptors. I can't recommend the LensCoat - I had it (may be it's still somewhere at home...) and hate it. Used it few times without any success: birds are still seeing you and in windy weather that cover is more disturbance than help!!!. And it's hot under it - I mean very hot! Sweden is not the hottest country that I know (I was there for ~1.5 years - Stockholm) but still... I had also tiny retractable chair to sit but all this combo was very uncomfortable.
On that second link you will see other options. I never tried one of them but they seems to offer room for chair and backpack with coffee, WATER! and snacks.
The best way to use any of these (according to my opinion! - not practice) is to leave them 1-2 days on proper spot for the birds to get familiar with the presence of the "object" and enter when it's still dark. If you don't have secure spot to leave your tent - go there when it's dark, mount and wait (and enjoy your time in the nature!).

That's great tips. Thank You!
 

AlanF

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AlanF

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A couple of shots with the RF 800mm + 1.4xTC on the R5. As John has shown first using charts and then many fine "redbud" shots, it's a sharp lens. These could have been posted in the Dragonflies thread: a Pied Wagtail with Damselflies flies that he was catching and feeding to a fledgling.

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