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05-23-2020, 04:41 AM   #1951
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I wish I could find those in my backyard, Des. All I get are blue Jays, Northern Cardinals and a hawk or two.

Nice capture. TFS

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You are too modest Taks - these are terrific. Great job with exposure against a bright background (whether in the yard or in PP).
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Taks, comparing to my photos I think all 3 of those shots are really good and the second warbler shot is beautiful, love the composition.
Thank you so much for such kind words. I am really inspired by great photos and wonderful advice from both of you as well as others. Its encouraging me to continue learning and try improving on my techniques. I am still struggling to achieve focus on the right spot fast enough and getting closer to the birds The warbler shot is pretty much 100% crop
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Baltimore Oriole

The local oriole finally decided to come close enough and sit still long enough that I had time to get the camera.
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This Crimson Rosella is in the process of morphing from its green/blue juvenile plumage to the adult crimson and blue. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5. Fairly typical settings for mediocre light: f5.6, 1/250th, 1600 ISO.
Wow, even while morphing the colors of that bird are beautiful. Viewing that on your flickr site with my 24 inch monitor that photo is really awesome, great job Des.
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warblers of course

Here are some of the cape may male and female.
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05-23-2020, 09:11 PM - 1 Like   #1956
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I wish I could find those in my backyard, Des. All I get are blue Jays, Northern Cardinals and a hawk or two.Nice capture. TFS
Thanks very much, PL. The number and diversity of parrots is one of the distinctive features of the Australian fauna. We have 8 species who are residents or visitors.
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Wow, even while morphing the colors of that bird are beautiful. Viewing that on your flickr site with my 24 inch monitor that photo is really awesome, great job Des.Best Regards, Bob
Many thanks Bob. For detail, same old story - proximity! More interesting warbler shots - you have an amazing range of them on your farm.

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almost out of warblers

Had several male blackburnian warblers I was watching, here's shots of 2 of them. Last year I got some nice shots of the female but not the male. Strange how things change, this year so far I have not even seen a female.
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Some of our friendly resident songbirds with the KP + DA 55-300 PLM

Darcy, a Grey Shrike-Thrush.



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Rainbow Lorikeet, uncropped, K3 DA*300 Tamron-F 1.4 TC:
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Some of our friendly resident songbirds with the KP + DA 55-300 PLM
I can't believe what you can do with that lens+camera combo, Des! Absolutely stunning pictures!
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I can't believe what you can do with that lens+camera combo, Des! Absolutely stunning pictures!
Thanks very much Lidy. I find this combination unbelievable too! Friendly (and photogenic) birds that come up close make it a lot easier. These were all within about 4 metres; Darcy was probably only 2m (which is why the DOF is thin).

I used to use centre point focus-and-recompose for most things (I use one of the Auto settings for my birds-in-flight preset) but at the suggestion of a member here (a pro portrait photographer) I have switched to single point select. It has definitely improved my focus accuracy. For birds and animals I generally start with the point one or two above the centre point, because that is usually roughly where the eye of the critter will be when composing in the frame. It can be a bit fiddly (especially when switching between vertical and horizontal orientation) but I'm getting used to it and it is worth the trouble. I used to use back button autofocus, but I've gone back to shutter button - it leaves my right thumb free to move the focus point.

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Another Lorikeet, K3 DA*300 Tamron-F 1.4 TC:
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It just amazes me you Ozzies can just walk out your back or front yard and see these birds in abundance.

I did get a bird this evening that's hard to capture because they usually don't sit at the feeders for a long time.

The Tufted Titmouse, he looks wet.
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