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10-23-2014, 01:19 PM - 1 Like   #1
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The Yard Birds Thread

I enjoy watching and occasionally photographing backyard birds
Show me your birds! does not matter if they are flying, still, etc.
I will start with a few of my favorites

Thanks!

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Not necessarily favorites but definitely taken in the backyard! First one taken at my relatively new feeder which is reaaaly successful in attracting blue and common tits and sparrows. I once saw a jay messing around it. All taken with mirror lens. Here's the rest of them.

Passer domesticus


Carduelis chloris


Pica pica

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One from last week, will have to dig up a few more.

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Instead of investing in longer glass and roaming the parks like a vagabond, I should have just bought a house with a yard and a bird feeder.

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backyard bully

it seems that most people are posting birds at their feeders. OK, no problem, I have posted this before, but it really belongs here too. For the past several years, my yard has been regularly visited by several cooper's hawks.

I have only once seen them fly away with a mourning dove, but have found many many indications that they have scored a meal at my feeder. These indications vary from what seemed like snow, but was actually a light sprinkling of feathers falling from the sky, to rather significant evidence of a successful meal



the adult birds are usually a little more discrete in their hunting, but this young one is just a little too obvious.

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Hah, that hawk perching above the feeder is such a shameless hawk!! Funny thing

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Instead of investing in longer glass and roaming the parks like a vagabond, I should have just bought a house with a yard and a bird feeder.
You got nice humour

Stavri - I went to your flickr by clicking on the photo and you got some really nice & sharp images up there of birds. The 100-300 f4 Sigma looks impressive. How do you cope with the reach, having 300mm max and not 500?

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QuoteOriginally posted by misomosi Quote
Hah, that hawk perching above the feeder is such a shameless hawk!! Funny thing

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You got nice humour

Stavri - I went to your flickr by clicking on the photo and you got some really nice & sharp images up there of birds. The 100-300 f4 Sigma looks impressive. How do you cope with the reach, having 300mm max and not 500?
I have the Sigma 1.4x & 2x TC but they hardly get used on the 100-300mm f4. For critical sharpness I have the Sigma 300mm f2.8 which is my most used lens right now. I mostly use the 1.4x on the 300mm since it doesn't degrade the image significantly. One can grapple with the thought of landholding the 100-300mm f4 to some success, the 300mm f2.8 is too heavy so a mono pod is a necessity. (I haven't been hand-holding my long telephoto lenses since the Tokina At-X 400mm f5.6 days.) The K-3 sensor also helps a lot to when I need to do some heavy cropping.

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QuoteOriginally posted by misomosi Quote
The 100-300 f4 Sigma looks impressive
It is a very capable lens (in the right hands of course;~)
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Hah, that hawk perching above the feeder is such a shameless hawk!! Funny thing
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Glad you enjoyed it
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Stavri, I checked the prices for the Sigma 300 f2.8 and it seems that I need to sell the part of the yard with the bird feeder to be able to buy it!

I am actually looking for the Tokina you mentioned but it's really rare for pentax.. not on ebay, not on local online shops, nowhere. I really care about handholding as I only shot with mirror lenses at 500mm and I got used to the comfort of not carrying extra stuff other than camera + lens.
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These are all with the 55-300.

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Last yard bird is one of the first shots I took with the Sigma 150-500. Everything else is in the field or in someone else's yard.
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OK, then... just the ones for this year?

I better post a few and the link....










































Only 20, I must have missed some.

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Randy, does this count, it's in my back yard and it's in the air ?
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Too funny... nice capture... I do have a few of Flying Squirrels, but not flying ones... who knew there were flying chipmunks?
I used to know people who lived near Oro Station 30 years ago.
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