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11-30-2022, 03:32 PM - 6 Likes   #39001
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More Little Egret pictures, this time taken with my K3iii/Sigma 800mm F5.6 APO EX/RRS BH-55/Eckla window mount.









And a Little Owl determined to hide from me.




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11-30-2022, 03:48 PM   #39002
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QuoteOriginally posted by steamloco76 Quote
Screwdrive converted DA*300/4 on KP, much enlargement.
An older juvenile Coopers hawk taking down a ringneck pheasant rooster.
Nice set of images. Did the Coop get the pheasant into the air as that last one suggests was about to happen?
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QuoteOriginally posted by K2 to K50 Quote
Hi. Des. I knew what echidnas were, and what they looked like (in general!!), and that echidnas were monotremes, egg-laying mammals etc.
I did NOT know - their hind feet face backward...!!!!!!????? Do they even know if they are coming or going?????
This little guy was kind enough to stick out his leg to illustrate the backward facing hind legs.



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I see them often, and find them easy to photograph as they do not seem to mind the attention, unless you get very close.
Their vision is very poor, if you stand still they usually don't know you are there and will go about their business without realizing anyone is nearby. The Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve in Canberra has a 485 hectare predator proof area with a decent population of echidnas, some of the younger ones that were born since the predator proof fence was built are very relaxed around people.
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Sacred Kingfisher.
K-3 Mark III, DA* 300 + 1.4x TC, handheld.

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Tawny Frogmouth and chick.
Dad is getting a bit bored with child minding!

K-3 Mark III, DA* 300 handheld.

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12-01-2022, 12:54 AM - 9 Likes   #39006
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Here's a long-eared owl taken with the M300/4 at about f/5.6.

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QuoteOriginally posted by HoutHans Quote
Here's a long-eared owl taken with the M300/4 at about f/5.6.
Fine shot Hans. Well done nailing the focus.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bspn Quote
Nice set of images. Did the Coop get the pheasant into the air as that last one suggests was about to happen?
No, the hawk was substantially outweighed by the pheasant and would drag it a few feet, rest, drag some more. She was trying to drag the kill into the bushes to hide.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tduell Quote
Tawny Frogmouth and chick.
Dad is getting a bit bored with child minding!

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Really fine image. I marvel that you're even able to locate that bird, they are so well camouflaged.
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Images of small birds almost always mean a long lens.Oly 300f4 used for all three, enhanced with Oly 1.4X TC for the hummer, and a deep crop for the towhee.
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DA* 300 and HD DA 1.4x TC on the K-3 III. Slightly better than the ooc jpegs after developing with DxO PL6, but I think the results without TC, enabling lens correction modules in DxO for sharpness etc, wouldn't have been worse.


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QuoteOriginally posted by HoutHans Quote
Here's a long-eared owl taken with the M300/4 at about f/5.6.

Fine work with the M* !
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Really fine image. I marvel that you're even able to locate that bird, they are so well camouflaged.
Thanks.
This Tawnie and its mate have been nesting in this spot for the last three of more breeding seasons, and hard to miss...if you know when and what to look for.
I've been spotting tawnies for many years now, and although they are almost invisible to many, you can eventually develop an ability to spot them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tduell Quote
Thanks.
This Tawnie and its mate have been nesting in this spot for the last three of more breeding seasons, and hard to miss...if you know when and what to look for.
I've been spotting tawnies for many years now, and although they are almost invisible to many, you can eventually develop an ability to spot them.

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True about practice and experience making it easier to locate and spot a specific subject. In animal behavior it's called a "search image" for a specific food, shown especially by some predators but also some herbivores that shift from one food source to another depending on what is abundant at the moment.
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No need to go any farther to find a nice subject at my father's place in Florida... Those Burrowing Owls have choose to live just in front of his house, and would often perch on his window frame when rain is pouring or there is too much action on the street. That is a nice change from the common sparrows we have in Quebec.

Chevêche des terriers / Burrowing Owl [Athene cunicularia]
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