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01-04-2017, 09:06 AM   #24211
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
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Very nice, sharp compositions!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
... there are so many around, but are so hard to photograph...
part of the reason for that is they are seldom actually alone

crows and ravens set up perimeters around the areas they are visiting
if you look you will find birds at varying distances and heights
surrounding ground-feeding crows, for instance

they speak a language of their own
as long as you can hear their simple two note "all clear" you've got a chance of a shot
otherwise you will need a fast long lens

I have speculated that the "eye" of my lens is an active threat to raptors and corvids
(particularly when my "long" lens was a tamron mirror)
much like moving directly towards them
both actions seem guaranteed to push them up and away
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QuoteOriginally posted by woodywesty Quote
Very nice, sharp compositions!
Thx!
A bigger bird below (DA560).















01-04-2017, 12:15 PM   #24214
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
A bigger bird below (DA560).
Excellent photos.

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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
Excellent photos.

Thanks a lot. (I posted some more shots from the same session in the DA560 lens club.)
01-04-2017, 12:26 PM   #24216
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No birds around so I'm practicing with my recent acquisition (DA 300mm) and handsome model. This is one sharp lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by onlineflyer Quote
No birds around so I'm practicing with my recent acquisition (DA 300mm) and handsome model. This is one sharp lens.
Lens hoods are good protections against slobbery kisses. Nice shot.
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At the Den



Shot with the K7

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ian Stuart Forsyth Quote
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Shot with the K7
wow~how/where did you get this shot?
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My collection of flycatchers in Year 2016

Hill blue flycatcher
Slaty back flycatcher
Ultramarine flycatcher
White gorgeted flycatcher
Rufous gorgeted flycatcher male
Rufous gorgeted flycatcher female
Veriditer flycatcher
Large niltava male
Large niltava female
Himalayan blue tail male
Himalayan blue tail female
got 2 more not shown here...

Only 1 shot before, the rest are all lifers.

Click on image to flickr site for higher resolution
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QuoteOriginally posted by UserAccessDenied Quote
wow~how/where did you get this shot?
Probably not last week
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Well, I've been back from the south for a week or so, and so far haven' had much sun. We had some today, but by the time I was out in the blind it was mostly gone.

K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300 2.8 with HD DA 1.4 TC for 420mm ƒ4.
640 ISO, ƒ8 (or ƒ5.6) 1/250s - 1/500s.

Male Downy


The male Downy left with the arrival of the Male Hairy


Later the female Hairy turned up


Various Goldfinches

For some reason they just love this old feeder I haven't used for a few years. I put it up as an extra resource when I was gone for 9 days. They love it so much I can't bring myself to take it down. All these guys are perched on nearby branches waiting for their turn.








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Been awhile since I have posted as I am still dealing with FEMA and my Bank from Hurricane Hermine, they sure don't get in a hurry with dispersing money in a timely fashion but maybe that's a good thing as I have a desire for the K-1, D FA 150-450 and the DA 560
Anyway, took the K-5ii and Bigma for a walk this Morning as they were feeling neglected and was lucky enough to catch this Dolphin playing with this Mullet for a good 5 minutes, just tossing it up in the air, catching it, and having just a grand old time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
...For some reason they just love this old feeder..
it is our most popular goldfinch feeder as well
we load it with sunflower hearts now

when temps went from 40+ to 6 or so the crew of finches went from six to a high of twenty-nine (diane does a feeder count on the weekends)
high caloric yield for minor energy expenditure?
for some reason most of the other species hang out at the other feeders

you've taken some nice images, as always
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Beginners class in using focus tracking with K-1 and DFA 150-450 ... (DPReview still couldn't get the snail in focus)



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