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06-16-2019, 03:51 AM - 6 Likes   #31306
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mroeder75, I can speak only of my images but lots of practice, location and some luck is usually involved. Here is my other squirrel guard yesterday....

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QuoteOriginally posted by stihlmania Quote
mroeder75, I can speak only of my images but lots of practice, location and some luck is usually involved. Here is my other squirrel guard yesterday....
Is this a coyote in a tree? I did not know they could climb. How did you happen to pose / photoshop this photo?

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QuoteOriginally posted by mroeder75 Quote
Is this a coyote in a tree? I did not know they could climb. How did you happen to pose / photoshop this photo?
It is a gray fox, an excellent tree climber. No photoshop involved....I was looking out my back deck when the male fox was looking for a meal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stihlmania Quote
It is a gray fox, an excellent tree climber. No photoshop involved....I was looking out my back deck when the male fox was looking for a meal.
A local wildlife magazine to which I subscribed for a while had an article about fox pointing out that greys were good tree climbers, and went up regularly, but reds were anchored to the Earth. The next issue had multiple reports of red fox up trees, including several images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
A local wildlife magazine to which I subscribed for a while had an article about fox pointing out that greys were good tree climbers, and went up regularly, but reds were anchored to the Earth. The next issue had multiple reports of red fox up trees, including several images.
The gray fox, an omnivore, also loves peaches, apples, pears and wild grapes and will scale many things to get at them. We now have many new wine tasting places in the Texas hill country that grow some grapes vines and they fuss about the fox eating their grapes... I have wild grape vines in my back yard, some 40 feet tall and the fox can get to almost any of the grapes on these huge vines...

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While missing my former DA560 for its solid long distance performance and its top-level detail and clarity, I have found myself a new hobby: BIF
Seriously, in hindsight I would not have sold my DA560. I woúld have gotten the Canon 400DOII as I did, but would have saved up a bit longer, and would have gone in against my principle that I can only own óne 4000,- + lens.

Let's see what the Pentax new APS-C flagship will be next year. If it is very good, I will re-purchase the DA560 with the new Pentax flagship. The Canon 400DOII is a great lens, but very different from the DA560, which still remains a "600mm-light" prime. I know Sony has its new 200-600 zoom, but IQ will be so-so at 600mm compared to the DA560, and Pentax remains the only brand to make a top level detail 600mm'ish prime lens. It could not do shots like this one though, which is also at 560mm with the 1.4TC.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris Mak Quote
While missing my former DA560 for its solid long distance performance and its top-level detail and clarity, I have found myself a new hobby: BIF
Seriously, in hindsight I would not have sold my DA560. I woúld have gotten the Canon 400DOII as I did, but would have saved up a bit longer, and would have gone in against my principle that I can only own óne 4000,- + lens.

Let's see what the Pentax new APS-C flagship will be next year. If it is very good, I will re-purchase the DA560 with the new Pentax flagship. The Canon 400DOII is a great lens, but very different from the DA560, which still remains a "600mm-light" prime. I know Sony has its new 200-600 zoom, but IQ will be so-so at 600mm compared to the DA560, and Pentax remains the only brand to make a top level detail 600mm'ish prime lens. It could not do shots like this one though, which is also at 560mm with the 1.4TC.

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I'm on the list of people who hope that Nikon makes a 600 PF lens. I'm not holding my breath though...

Have you thought of trying out the 500 PF? I preordered the Sony 200-600 and will post images after I've gotten to try it out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris Mak Quote
While missing my former DA560 for its solid long distance performance and its top-level detail and clarity, I have found myself a new hobby: BIF
Seriously, in hindsight I would not have sold my DA560. I woúld have gotten the Canon 400DOII as I did, but would have saved up a bit longer, and would have gone in against my principle that I can only own óne 4000,- + lens.

Let's see what the Pentax new APS-C flagship will be next year. If it is very good, I will re-purchase the DA560 with the new Pentax flagship. The Canon 400DOII is a great lens, but very different from the DA560, which still remains a "600mm-light" prime. I know Sony has its new 200-600 zoom, but IQ will be so-so at 600mm compared to the DA560, and Pentax remains the only brand to make a top level detail 600mm'ish prime lens. It could not do shots like this one though, which is also at 560mm with the 1.4TC.

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Aw, come on, BIF with the K3 and 560 is a piece of cake!



Ok, I'm lying, that's a repost from 2015 and it probably took over 70 attempts to get that one shot.
Thanks for continuing to share your experience. I'm glad to hear you still have a soft spot for the 560 and if/when I add to my quiver for a dedicated BIF combo, I'll hang on to it.
I too am hoping for an upcoming improved AF K3ii successor, but if the 500 PF were currently available, I would have already pulled the trigger (along with the D500). I'm hearing nothing but good about that combo for BIF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by riseform Quote
Aw, come on, BIF with the K3 and 560 is a piece of cake!



Ok, I'm lying, that's a repost from 2015 and it probably took over 70 attempts to get that one shot.
Thanks for continuing to share your experience. I'm glad to hear you still have a soft spot for the 560 and if/when I add to my quiver for a dedicated BIF combo, I'll hang on to it.
I too am hoping for an upcoming improved AF K3ii successor, but if the 500 PF were currently available, I would have already pulled the trigger (along with the D500). I'm hearing nothing but good about that combo for BIF.
A piece of cake yes! see image below.
Although I always needed a good deal of luck
If you do any far distance shooting in full daylight, e.g. over water, then it is probably a good idea to keep the DA560, because I have heard remarks that the Nikon PF lenses, like the Canon DO lens, are not really that good at far distance shooting either. It seems that my wish for the 400DOII with extenders to replace the DA560 with 1.4TC, only works with limitations.

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QuoteOriginally posted by str8talk83 Quote
I'm on the list of people who hope that Nikon makes a 600 PF lens. I'm not holding my breath though...

Have you thought of trying out the 500 PF? I preordered the Sony 200-600 and will post images after I've gotten to try it out.
I did consider the 500PF + D500, but it did not help that prospect for delivery of the 500PF was not that good. I believe that is still the case.
Nikon may yet make a 600PF yes, but I am not sure if any PF or DO lens would excell in far distance performance, because the Nikon 500PF and 300PF also seem at their best with close to mid distance shooting. Perhaps there is after all no way around a good old large and cumbersome lens for that.
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Some portrait shots from a few minutes ago. SMC A ☆ 400 F2.8 ED[IF] with Pentax F 1.7 AF adaptor. The fox is now 7 years old, I call him grandpa. He is the only fox around here with the left eye fur tuft so he is easily identified......And he is use to hearing the K3-II shutter....and the 1st D and the 1st DS....
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