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Australasian darter at Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Lens: F 300/4.5 Camera: K-3 Photo Location: Jerrabomberra Wetkands, Canberra ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F4.5 
Posted By: PJ1, 01-05-2020, 12:49 PM

I had a quick visit to Canberra recently. With all the heavy smoke (even though the fires were quite some distance away) it was not particularly conducive to nature photography. But on the best morning I managed a walk at Jerrabomberra Wetlands. At the moment, 'wetlands' is a bit of a misnomer - with the extended dry period what should have been a haven for wading birds is cracked and dry mud. But I passed one billabong containing water where this Australasian darter was perched on a dead branch. At least it gave me something to try my (new to me) F 300/4.5 on. Unfortunately I had left the aperture set at F4.5 so I didn't quite get what I hoping for. But it is still a striking bird. They are about 90cm (3 feet) in length.



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01-05-2020, 12:59 PM   #2
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Looks like you did a very good job all the same. I've always enjoyed watching Anhingas . Enjoy that F300 4.5 . I've had mine now a very long time.. Built like a tank and optically incredible. I look forward to seeing more pics with it from you!

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Terrific photo!

I hope you and yours are safely situated away from the fires - they're making big news here in the US.

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Very nice bird portrait. Definitely a striking bird. Well done.

Looks to me as though the F*300 performed quite well for this shot. Its optics certainly are superior - I use mine frequently for astro images, and stars are essentially perfect across the field. It won't let you down.

Take care in the "hot zone".

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Nicely done! Great use of DoF, great color, Nice!
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Very nice capture. You got good results shooting it wide open. It certainly created a nice smooth background to isolate the bird.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PJ1 Quote
I had a quick visit to Canberra recently. With all the heavy smoke (even though the fires were quite some distance away) it was not particularly conducive to nature photography. But on the best morning I managed a walk at Jerrabomberra Wetlands. At the moment, 'wetlands' is a bit of a misnomer - with the extended dry period what should have been a haven for wading birds is cracked and dry mud. But I passed one billabong containing water where this Australasian darter was perched on a dead branch. At least it gave me something to try my (new to me) F 300/4.5 on. Unfortunately I had left the aperture set at F4.5 so I didn't quite get what I hoping for. But it is still a striking bird. They are about 90cm (3 feet) in length.
Excellent Photo! Perfect focus. The "mistake" of shooting wide open, as ToddK says, avoids a possible busy background - the bird and the branch are the only discernible items in the pic. You have captured the interesting pattern on the upper portion of the wing very nicely.

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Looks like you did a very good job all the same.
Thanks. I am starting to get the hang of how much PP is enough.

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Terrific photo! I hope you and yours are safely situated away from the fires
Thanks. No fires near us thankfully but we still get very heavy smoke from fires 100 km away. On the last day I was in Canberra visibility was no more than 400 metres in the morning. And there were no fires that were very close to Canberra either.

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Very nice bird portrait. Definitely a striking bird.
Thanks. Yes, it is a striking bird. It pulled me up smartly when I saw it. I am more used to cormorants on my farm dams. Those are similar in shape but a lot smaller and either all black or black and white.

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Nicely done! Great use of DoF
Thanks. Can't claim any real planning in the DOF department.

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Very nice capture.
Thanks. I am starting to doubt myself less.

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Excellent Photo! Perfect focus.
Thanks. Perfect focus is down to the F*300/f4.5. It is my first * lens and I am very happy with it.
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Wonderfully detailed shot! That's a great lens.
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Wonderfully detailed shot! That's a great lens.
Thanks. I am looking forward to giving it more of a work out when there is an opportunity.
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