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10-25-2014, 12:57 PM   #31
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I see several that visit my yard on a regular basis, soon I'll have feeders out and be getting more...nice job on the Downy Norm, I rarely get a change to snap a shot of those.

Here are a few from my yard. All in the yard, not wild ones in the woods... ok wild, but limited to in the yard...

Hummingbird of course, I think they're about gone though




Young female Bluebird in our birdbath



I put a nesting box in the front yard for Tufted Titmouse, a pair of Prothonotary Warblers took it over...





This wren got in the house, my mother held it for a minute so I could get a picture



Summer Tanager, never did find his nest...



Immature Bluebird ion the nesting box in the back yard. I built two of these, both have been used the past 2 years. This one was inhabited the day after I hung it on the post...

I think I found out where your humming bird went


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I think I found out where your humming bird wen
That is sick! I'm glad I lived long enough to watch it.
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not to worry

he survived, left here to head south on Sept 16
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This was on my neighbor's fence last year:


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Nice color on that first one--the iridescence is a challenge!
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A couple more

Not the normal yard bird, in fact this is the only time it was in my yard, and only seen one other time, but they apparently live in the patch of woods across the street. Never expected a Roadrunner though...but it was actually in my front yard so I guess it qualifies...but barely...



Very regular visitor, Cardinals are always around, and visit both our bird baths all the time.



Female Bluebird. That's one of her babies in the first post.



And here's dad



This is the first thing I usually hear when I walk outside, if you've ever heard a wren first thing you think is how the hell does a bird that small manage to be so loud...

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it qualifies
Sure does! Nice shooting ;~)
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Thanks a lot. I was actually about to leave, had been watching the bird bath that the Cardinal was in, having a bottle of water before I hopped on the ol bike for a photo ride, and got caught by surprise. If she had walked up the driveway 30 seconds later I would have spooked her without a chance at a shot...Couldn't show up any of the dozen times I sat there and waited an hour or more just for Roadrunners...

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A chickadee is one very fast mover. I posted this one as I like the wing action.... wish I could get it all in focus one day
anyone one like to try to capture one flying?

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A chickadee is one very fast mover. I posted this one as I like the wing action.... wish I could get it all in focus one day
anyone one like to try to capture one flying?

thanks

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I'm guessing if you want an image of a Chickadee flying something like a Nikon D4s, would be the thing. You really need to be able to crank up that shutter speed, with high ISO. I have taken lots of images of chickadees flying, but, if that was my assignment, I'd use mf... no AF i fast enough.. and burst mode and set up so i could get lucky with the bird flying through the plane of focus, hopefully with one of the burst images catching him in the right place. If someone tells me their AF is fast enough to track Chickadees, I'll be mightily impressed. But I want to see the sequence with exif info place before I believe it.
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I'm guessing if you want an image of a Chickadee flying something like a Nikon D4s, would be the thing. You really need to be able to crank up that shutter speed, with high ISO. I have taken lots of images of chickadees flying, but, if that was my assignment, I'd use mf... no AF i fast enough.. and burst mode and set up so i could get lucky with the bird flying through the plane of focus, hopefully with one of the burst images catching him in the right place. If someone tells me their AF is fast enough to track Chickadees, I'll be mightily impressed. But I want to see the sequence with exif info place before I believe it.
I followed all the above for the shot (except for the Nikon of course)...I think I needed higher shutter speed and something like F 8 but with the amount of light the ISO was already very high. As you know from your experience that even 8 fps isn't enough.... For my shots it took a LOT of misses
I don't like bright light shots so I guess I can keep on trucking

Thanks for the input

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I followed all the above for the shot (except for the Nikon of course)...I think I needed higher shutter speed and something like F 8 but with the amount of light the ISO was already very high. As you know from your experience that even 8 fps isn't enough.... For my shots it took a LOT of misses
I don't like bright light shots so I guess I can keep on trucking

Thanks for the input

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Those little chickadees are really tough... most of the images i see on the net of them in the air, are obviously taken right in front of a feeder.
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I'm guessing if you want an image of a Chickadee flying something like a Nikon D4s, would be the thing. You really need to be able to crank up that shutter speed, with high ISO. I have taken lots of images of chickadees flying, but, if that was my assignment, I'd use mf... no AF i fast enough.. and burst mode and set up so i could get lucky with the bird flying through the plane of focus, hopefully with one of the burst images catching him in the right place. If someone tells me their AF is fast enough to track Chickadees, I'll be mightily impressed. But I want to see the sequence with exif info place before I believe it.
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I followed all the above for the shot (except for the Nikon of course)...I think I needed higher shutter speed and something like F 8 but with the amount of light the ISO was already very high. As you know from your experience that even 8 fps isn't enough.... For my shots it took a LOT of misses
I don't like bright light shots so I guess I can keep on trucking

Thanks for the input

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I think the biggest issue is the point of focus is ahead of the bird, on the feeder
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I think the biggest issue is the point of focus is ahead of the bird, on the feeder
I agree. It seems like splitting hairs trying to get that precise.

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I agree. It seems like splitting hairs trying to get that precise.

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Have you tried flash. The duration, especially when you are close is much shorter time than any shutter speed you can get. The issue is to ensure the flash sees the subject and not the background. The distance to background can lead to extremes over exposure of the foreground subjects
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