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10-07-2021, 02:50 PM - 14 Likes   #37021
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Dusky Woodswallow.
K-3 Mark III, DFA 150-450 handheld. See exif for shot details.

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Dusky Woodswallow.
K-3 Mark III, DFA 150-450 handheld. See exif for shot details.

Cheers,
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Perfect lighting, nice crisp detail.
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Another view of that 'cisti' bird, with its 'meal'.

K1 with DFA 150-450.
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Some from Braeside (yes, again) this morning, K3 Mk III, DA*300, Pentax HD-DA 1.4 TC:

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great series Craig.
Just another "ordinary" day at Braeside?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rod_grant Quote
Just another "ordinary" day at Braeside?
Pretty much Unfortunately much of the action is a long way away, I've left out Swamp Harriers being attacked by Ravens and Lapwings or flying with a Kestral. And I was thinking of doing a whole post on shots I missed
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'Katie", DFA 150-450.
Nice little fella.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Perfect lighting, nice crisp detail.
Thanks.
Glad you like it.

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Lewin's Honeyeaters (Meliphaga lewinii). KP + FA*300mm f4.5, with a little fill flash. Processed with DxO PL and Nik Color Efex Pro.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
Lewin's Honeyeaters (Meliphaga lewinii). KP + FA*300mm f4.5, with a little fill flash. Processed with DxO PL and Nik Color Efex Pro.

Very nice captures, Des. Did the flash chase the birds away after the shot?
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Very nice captures, Des. Did the flash chase the birds away after the shot?
Thanks Peter. Really skittish birds might be disturbed by the flash, but it takes a lot to faze these Lewies, so no!
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With the DA* 300 + DA 1.4x converter:

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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
Thanks Peter. Really skittish birds might be disturbed by the flash, but it takes a lot to faze these Lewies, so no!

FYI: I remember the question of birds being startled, spooked or sent flying by the blip from a strobe being raised way beck in the 1960s. Turns out that almost all birds seem to regard the blinding flash of light as some kind of natural phenomenon and consequently the vast majority don't even blink when a strobe goes off. The question arose concerning whether it was ethical or safe to set up a strobe near a nest, lest the parent birds be driven off. For all practical purposes that just never happens. On the other hand, most birds are hyper sensitive to movement, The most trivial motion will send most of them into panic escape mode.Significant exceptions include nesting birds that have no significant predators, such as the Galapagos finches and seabirds that nest on uninhabited oceanic islands or down in Antarctica (=penguins).

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
almost all birds seem to regard the blinding flash of light as some kind of natural phenomenon and consequently vast majority don't even blink when a strobe goes off.
Thanks for that contribution Walt. I found this article, which seems to be cited often: https://www.naturescapes.net/articles/health/flash-photography-and-the-visua...s-and-animals/ It supports your summary.

TL;DR Fill flash is OK, but "flash on nocturnal subjects during nighttime should be used sparingly due to brief impairment of vision."

If anything, in my experience, skittish birds are more likely to be disturbed by noises like the "coffee grinder" sound of AF on my old DA-L 55-300 or the shutter on entry level cameras than by a flash. Some birds and animals may be unnerved by a "big eye" looking at them, presumably if it feels like a predator watching. But mostly, as you say, it's movement, or proximity to a nest, that's the biggest issue.
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