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More backyard birds
Lens: DAL 55-300 Camera: K-x Photo Location: Australia 
Posted By: rawr, 10-14-2011, 04:20 AM

A few recent backyard birds.

1/1000, f5.8, ISO 500, 300mm

Fluffy juvenile Scarlet Honeyeater on Flickr

1/320, f8, ISO 5000, 300mm - this came out really well despite the high ISO

Magpie portrait on Flickr

1/400, f9, ISO 400, 300mm

On alert - Noisy Friarbird on Flickr
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10-14-2011, 08:12 AM   #2
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that friarbird is one unattractive creature... love the capture though.... (guess it's a carrion eater... hence the lack of feathers on it's head) dave m
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guess it's a carrion eater
Thanks for the comments.

The Noisy Friarbird is actually a honeyeater, feeding almost exclusively on flowers, blooms, maybe fruit/berries sometimes. The nearest it would get to eating meat would probably be catching the odd flying insect.

They may look nasty but they are actually fun birds to have about. You should hear it when five or six of them start raucously singing together. Impressive.
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All good. Like the friarbird the best though.
Where were you set up in your garden? Did you have a hideout?

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Neat collection of back yard bird pics. Pity I don't have a back yard.
And that friarbird has definitely been hit with the ugly stick.
Moseys on up to the park to see what the feathered ratbags are up to......
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Where were you set up in your garden? Did you have a hideout?
I usually just step out onto the front verandah, which is about 2 metres from where I am sitting now. Or stand at the back door. All of these are without tripod too - I just lean against the doorway or rest the lens upon the lattice on the front verandah.

I have it easy now, since all of the flowering bushes and trees I've planted relatively close to the house have grown well, and brought the birds close to me.

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