The Sunday BIRD Volume 7 #39 March 3, 2012

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Richard Pavek
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The Sunday BIRD Volume 7 #39 March 3, 2012
Mar 3, 2012

Good Morning All,

As always, the Sunday BIRD is a place for all bird photographers to show their photos, regardless of skill or camera brand. Ask questions or ask for critique and you will probably get several responses; we have many posters who like to help.

There are a few organizational guidelines to help the BIRD from becoming a confused mess. So:

Please post your photos first, a maximum of five, please , as a reply to this post before you comment on anyone else’s photos . IMPORTANT: please replace the Sunday BIRD title in the Subject window with one that describes your photos.)

After that, make any comments you wish on the photos already posted. But don’t put your photos inside a reply to someone else’s post, because others won’t see them.

Many photographers (especially newer ones) gain from knowing your EXIF data, especially: Camera, lenses, ISO, metering and focusing methods.

All of us welcome feedback.
The BIRD now goes online about Midnight Sunday morning GMT. )

Cheers and Chirps,

Richard Pavek
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My photo/essay blog is at: http://www.RichardsBirdBlog.com
Gallery at http://www.pbase.com/shenmaker

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A Red-shouldered Hawk
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 3, 2012

A Red-shouldered Hawk
Olympus E-5 1/4000s f/6.3 with the ZD 300.0 mm, ISO400

Thanks for looking, comments welcome,
Richard

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emporer's eagle, woodpecker and great brachvogel
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 3, 2012

e-5, ZD 2.8/90-250 & EC-20 @500mm, f/6.3, handheld with IS, ISO 400 to 800, 1/240s to 1/1000s

have a good sunday!

best regards gusti

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From South Florida
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Here are a few from this week. The wetlands here are starting into prime time with the Herons and Egrets of all types all breeding and nesting. My usual equipment - Olympus E-30 and the Sigma 50-500mm Bigma, hand held.

Rarely seen Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron. ISO 500, 1/2500, f/8.0, 500mm.

Tricolored Heron Taking Off. Note its blue bill - a sign of breeding plumage. IS) 500, 1/1250, f/8.0, EV+0.7, 268mm.

Another Tricolored Heron in Breeding Plumage. ISO 500, 1/160, f/8.0, EV+0.7, 313mm.

The Beautiful Purple Gallinule, feeding in the fireflag. ISO 400, 1/500, f/6.3, EV+0.3, 500mm.

For the first time in almost 5 years, I was able to photograph a Sora, which is a rail bird, out in the open. Ir usually lurks in the bulrushes. Photographed just before sundown in dark conditions. ISO 800, 1/50, f/6.3, EV+0.7, 363mm.

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More From South Florida
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Here are a few more from the south Florida wetlands.

Roseate Spoonbill photographed just as the sun was disappearing. ISO 400, 1/60, f/6.3, 337mm.

Glossy Ibis. ISO 400, 1/800, f/8.0, 500mm.

Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage. ISO 400, 1/4000, f/6.3, EV+0.3, 246mm.

Great Egret in Breeding Plumage. ISO 400, 1/1600, f/8.0, EV-0.7, 313mm.

Solitary Sandpiper in the mud flats. Very large crop. ISO 400, 1/640, f/8, 500mm.

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Re: A Red-shouldered Hawk
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Very nice series, Richard, especially #1. Your California Red Shoulder is much darker than the Florida version. Ours is brown while yours leans toward the grey side.
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Re: A Red-shouldered Hawk
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Wonderful shots Richard

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Just some backyard birds
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

It's been awful photography weather past few days here in Sydney.
Today the sun is shining so maybe I'll venture out.

Anyway, here are a couple of 'home' shots taken in the rain during the week.. Camera and lens got quite wet, but I've learnt to trust the weather seals

All shots: E-5, 150mm F2, hand held

Peter

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Re: A Red-shouldered Hawk
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Richard, that's a handsome bird, and really flattered by your excellent work. Just a pleasure to look at, Rich.

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Re: More From South Florida
In reply to Okreb, Mar 4, 2012

Milt, the time you put into your photography really pays off. Really some great shots. I like the Great Egret in Breeding Plumage best. Rich

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Birds from The Humboldt
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Just a few recent shots worth showing. Now, I miss the Pelicans. They were so cooperative. Rich

Raven or Crow? I don't know.
E5, ZD 150, EC 20, 200mm, ISO 500, 1/2000, f9.

Aleutian Cackling Geese. They are really aptly named. When they fly over in formation, they sound like a PTA meeting.
E5, ZD 150, EC 20, 300mm, ISO 500, 1/2500, f4.

Tired of being foiled by the Egrets' acute eyesight, I snuck up, crouched in the weeds. Then, stood quickly. The bird bolted immediately, but I had this one.
E5, ZD 150, EC 20, 300mm, ISO 500, 1/2000, f11.

E5, ZD 150, EC 20, 300mm, ISO 500, 1/2000, f11. B&W and color from same RAW file.

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird-Male
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

E5 and Bigma--ISO 500--F10--1/1000--FL636mm
This guy has been through some rough times.

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Juvenile Bald Eagles from Iowa
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

These Juveniles are as much fun to watch as the adults are. They fly together and play.

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Pharaoh Eagle Owls
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

These birds are quite difficult to find , let alone photograph. Got very, very lucky yesterday.

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Re: A Red-shouldered Hawk
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

Richard these are outstanding, but the color seems off to me. My monitor shows the sky with purple tint and bird with green tint.

I saved the first one and changed the hue to -5 and the colors appeared more natural to my eye.

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Re: Pharaoh Eagle Owls
In reply to John Iversen, Mar 4, 2012

Congratulations. Must have been a great thrill getting these pics. Great series. All good but love the last three especially.

Dharma

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Re: A Red-shouldered Hawk
In reply to dharma108, Mar 4, 2012

dharma108 wrote:

Richard these are outstanding, but the color seems off to me. My monitor shows the sky with purple tint and bird with green tint.

I saved the first one and changed the hue to -5 and the colors appeared more natural to my eye.

Dharma

On my calibrated monitor I see the same - purple sky and grey-green bird.
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Winter visitors
In reply to Richard Pavek, Mar 4, 2012

I thought I'd post a few shots of some northern species this week. These are some of these birds that us Saskatchewanians look forward to seeing when the temperature plummets and the snow starts to fly. In order of appearance: Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, and Bohemian Waxwings. The first four were with my E-30 + Zuiko 70-300, and the last two with my E-510 + 70-300.

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Re: Pharaoh Eagle Owls
In reply to John Iversen, Mar 4, 2012

That's one awesome predator. Nice find, and great captures.

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Re: Ruby Throated Hummingbird-Male
In reply to dharma108, Mar 4, 2012

Very nice. Love that fanned-out tail. I'm hoping to get my first Hummingbird photos when I go on vacation later this year (fingers crossed).

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