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Beautiful pictures. I especially like the first one. Great shot. Well done, Alan.
 
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macrunning

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macrunning

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Cam - 1DX MKIII
Lens - 500f4
Often heard, but rarely seen Water Rail. Having a swim on looks like "liquid gold" one early morning!
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Cam - 1DX MKIII
Lens - 500f4/1.4TC
Puffin
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Cam - 1DX MKIII
Lens - 500f4/1.4TC
Puffin portrait
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Nice shots Alan. Beautiful portrait shot!
 
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becceric

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usern4cr

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All my photos are taken in New Zealand.

All of New Zealand's native birds flew here from Australia originally even the flightless ones such as kiwi which became flightless afterwards.
Some very small birds such as the Riroriro (warbler) which weighs only 6gm have managed to cross the Tasman Sea between NZ & Aussie which is over 1050 miles/1700km which is pretty impressive although probably blown across in a severe storm.
Of course strong flyers cross this sea often especially large seabirds so this has a big affect and New Zealand only has about 200 native birds vs Australia has more than 800 native species.

The other big factor affecting NZ bird evolution was the lack of mammalian predators before humans arrived about 600 years ago. This made flightlessness more advantageous so we had a huge number of flightless birds which have since become extinct due to predation by humans and predators we introduced such as Stoats, Rats and Possums

We had flightless swans, ducks, geese & parrots as well as many species of Moa which varied in size between the Bush Moa which was the size of a turkey up to 2 species of about 3.6m / 12' in height and weighing about 230kg / 500lb and also the heaviest eagle known: the Haast Eagle which weighed about 15kg and had a wingspan of about 2.6m, this would have been a pretty scary bird easily capable of killing humans as it specialized in eating Moa.
Thanks for all the feedback, Chig.
So NZ once had 500lb kind-of-turkeys, and 33lb eagles which could easily swoop down and kill humans if it wanted to? - Wow!
 

ISv

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Here is my only bird from the walk today. There were 3-4 Rudy Turnstouns foraging at low tide at the nearby beach park. I concentrated on one of them - it was picking off crab after crab! Didn't have wide window for taking photos: according to the NOAA radar there was another (but small) rain coming and I was in rush to avoid it...

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jprusa

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Happy New Years birding clan! It's been fun to listen, watch and learn from all of you. I hope 2022 brings us all a bit of a refreshing breather and more great bird photo opps. Here's a few photos from our PNW Christmas weekend winter storm that made for a great opportunity to get out and shoot during the winter months here. All taken with the R5 & RF 100-500 @ 500mm f/7.1. DxO is a no brainer for me! Also recently figured out how to load R5 color profiles into Lightroom so that was a bonus Christmas gift to me :)
1. Chestnut Backed Chicadee
2 & 3. Dark Eyed Junco
4. Spotted Towhee
5 & 6. Varied Thrush
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Beautiful Pictures!
 
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OskarB

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This is, what describes Holbox best to me, or how I will remember it: beaches and birds.
It seems that everyone is used to share the same place with each other....

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... well, maybe not everyone... :unsure:
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AlanF

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My back garden was popular this afternoon, with amongst others, a Jay, a Green Woodpecker and a Chaffinch feeding off my wilded-lawn - shot through double glazing.

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Click

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This is, what describes Holbox best to me, or how I will remember it: beaches and birds.
It seems that everyone is used to share the same place with each other....

... well, maybe not everyone... :unsure:


Very nice series, Oskar. I really like your pictures.
 
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AlanF

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The last 2 really have a lot of beautiful colors going, AlanF!
I love the Green Woodpeckers. They aren't common, but we occasionally see them in our back garden. They don't peck trees but are ground feeders.
 
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macrunning

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macrunning

Enjoying the Ride
Feb 12, 2021
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WA
Here is my only bird from the walk today. There were 3-4 Rudy Turnstouns foraging at low tide at the nearby beach park. I concentrated on one of them - it was picking off crab after crab! Didn't have wide window for taking photos: according to the NOAA radar there was another (but small) rain coming and I was in rush to avoid it...

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Nice series ISv! I really like the depth of field on these. Makes you feel like your right down in there with the bird. Good job.