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AlanF

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I went to a nature reserve just for a walk as I usually find very few birds there but was really pleased to come across a Goosander (Merganser) as I have rarely seen one. As a bonus, there was a Marsh Harrier as well. (R5 +100-500mm + 1.4x).

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ISv

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I went to a nature reserve just for a walk as I usually find very few birds there but was really pleased to come across a Goosander (Merganser) as I have rarely seen one. As a bonus, there was a Marsh Harrier as well. (R5 +100-500mm + 1.4x).

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Well, if you don't go out you have no chance to take a photos like these!
If you go out and look around you may get photos like these (or worst or better) - unfortunately not always but I'm sure every one got the logic! Staying home is just boring:p!
 
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ISv

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Today I got just two species of birds: First one in the BIF topic and here are the "stationary" (huh, kind of...).
The "mirror slapping" has (at least sometimes!) it's advantage - birds are getting synchronized looking at what made the noise:LOL:!

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A few martins collecting nesting material earlier this year. Had to lay in the mud to get these but got lucky when they came very close.

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AlanF

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Visited the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust site in Welney in Norfolk. Migrant birds descend on it in November for the winter, flying in from Russia, Iceland and northern countries. It has overcome my bird famine. Here is a selection. First, a view from the major hide. Then the reason why the birds are flying, a Marsh Harrier. Canada and Greylag geese flying. A male Pochard, and unusually a female as well - they normally winter in Spain. Great light for the 100-500 on the R5.

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Beautiful series, Alan.
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macrunning

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Another autumnal shot, this time back with the RF 100-500mm + 2xTC. Chaffinches have been rare this year and last, but this male was on my apple tree for quite a while, allowing me to change lenses and compare with the RF 800mm and RF 800mm + 1.4xTC. Not much to choose between them in practice.

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Beautiful Alan!
 
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Ivan Muller

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Ivan, those are some lovely photos. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks! For some reason my 'story' didn't get included...I started bird photography as hobby in January this year ( because of covid restricting my usual travel photogrpahy) and my goto place for birds apart from my garden is the Rietvlei Nature Reserve 10min drive from my home...there are more than 200 species to be found there plus some animals like rhino, eland, cheetah, zebra etc.
 
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Ivan Muller

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Hi, everyone! I'm new at bird photography (although not new at photography) having started this year in January because covid put severe restrictions on my people and travel photography and , after a lifetime of photography, I at last got myself a long lens. Having a fabulous nature reserve right on my doorstep really helped getting this very addictive hobby going...the Rietvlei Nature Reserve is a mere 10min drive from my home and I try and go a few times a week. October saw controlled burning and as its the beginning of summer and rains everything is uncharacteristically green and with the migratory birds returning I'm hopeful for some great photography opportunities. Here are some more from October...

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