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usern4cr

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I finally have something to post: Inca Tern!!! It's even not in the 'hypothetical list" of vagrants coming here (not my discovery!)!!!
There was one in March (I didn't have a time:() later reports for one on Big Island and now it's back to Oahu! Presumably the same bird! Single bird and first appearance on Hawaii!!!
I made ~ 300 shots, even after deleting the few out of focus and bunch of the same I'm with ~150 to evaluate... Here are the "best" for now!
Wow - Birds with yellow smile lines and white handle-bar mustaches! Nature is amazing! Thanks, ISv.
 
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Beautiful series, ISv.
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Nat_WA

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I finally have something to post: Inca Tern!!! It's even not in the 'hypothetical list" of vagrants coming here (not my discovery!)!!!
There was one in March (I didn't have a time:() later reports for one on Big Island and now it's back to Oahu! Presumably the same bird! Single bird and first appearance on Hawaii!!!
I made ~ 300 shots, even after deleting the few out of focus and bunch of the same I'm with ~150 to evaluate... Here are the "best" for now!
Great series ISv, must feel very special to have such an opportunity to see / experience / shoot pictures of such a rare visitor! And managing to get close enough to capture all the details :D
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ISv

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Great series ISv, must feel very special to have such an opportunity to see / experience / shoot pictures of such a rare visitor! And managing to get close enough to capture all the details :D
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Actually to take the photos was easier than getting down to the right spot: on that spot there are (always, except at very angry ocean) fisherman. And as I learned they use to give away some small/bite fish to the bird. Also when they clean the fish it goes there to see if there is something edible left. So, the bird is not afraid of people and this was the reason not to take some photos in fly (I was very disappointed to be there with the prime 500mm instead of 200-500!) - the bird was flying very close for fixed 500mm! You can't "zoom" by legs on that place - behind of you is a cliff, in front of you is also cliff but low and descending abruptly into the ocean. The waves are braking and sending splashes to you from that direction, easy to get swiped into the ocean (the way so many tourists are getting in (deadly) trouble here).
There were at least 6-7 fisherman there, all like 1/2 of my age or younger. Descending the cliff and getting back was the main challenge for my old body: today I had big trouble to get downstairs in my Institute. Going up was painful but not that difficult. My colleagues were laughing at me :mad: but I'm still very happy because of the photos and the experience with the bird:cool:! So, it feels very special and kind of painful but I wouldn't hesitate to go there again for such a bird:D!
 
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AlanF

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Actually to take the photos was easier than getting down to the right spot: on that spot there are (always, except at very angry ocean) fisherman. And as I learned they use to give away some small/bite fish to the bird. Also when they clean the fish it goes there to see if there is something edible left. So, the bird is not afraid of people and this was the reason not to take some photos in fly (I was very disappointed to be there with the prime 500mm instead of 200-500!) - the bird was flying very close for fixed 500mm! You can't "zoom" by legs on that place - behind of you is a cliff, in front of you is also cliff but low and descending abruptly into the ocean. The waves are braking and sending splashes to you from that direction, easy to get swiped into the ocean (the way so many tourists are getting in (deadly) trouble here).
There were at least 6-7 fisherman there, all like 1/2 of my age or younger. Descending the cliff and getting back was the main challenge for my old body: today I had big trouble to get downstairs in my Institute. Going up was painful but not that difficult. My colleagues were laughing at me :mad: but I'm still very happy because of the photos and the experience with the bird:cool:! So, it feels very special and kind of painful but I wouldn't hesitate to go there again for such a bird:D!
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his photos. John 15:13 (KIng James version). I'm even older and less stable than you!
 
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Nat_WA

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And the last for now, from quite a distance - a pair of Eurasian spoonbills
Unfortunately it was not possible to get lower, closer to the water surface; to capture their reflection in the wet sand and pools better...
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R5 with 100-400L IS II at 400mm, 1/1600s f/6.3 ISO250
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ISv

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his photos. John 15:13 (KIng James version). I'm even older and less stable than you!
I was thinking he had a "friends". Didn't know he made a "photos";).
Here is my version of what you are saying: "John 15:13 (King James version in Alan F. interpretation)".
 

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And the last for now, from quite a distance - a pair of Eurasian spoonbills
Unfortunately it was not possible to get lower, closer to the water surface; to capture their reflection in the wet sand and pools better...
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R5 with 100-400L IS II at 400mm, 1/1600s f/6.3 ISO250
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If you can close the distance it will give you more opportunities to play with the other factors! You have a lot of disturbed air between the lens and the object (not only for this photo)! Don't take me wrong - it's just very friendly remark!
Well, I know by experience that it's not easy but hey! - see what an advise Alan send to me above :LOL: (I'm not prepared for this - yet!). Getting wet is better than getting... whatever, I don't want to say it:)!
Whatever - I'm really happy you started posting in this topic again! As I recall you was the very first person to respond to my very first posting in Canon rumors!