The Sunday BIRD Volume 8, Issue 31 January 20, 2013

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Richard Pavek
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The Sunday BIRD Volume 8, Issue 31 January 20, 2013
Jan 20, 2013

Good Morning All,

Hope you’re having a good weekend! .

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Richard Pavek

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Mine for today
In reply to Richard Pavek, Jan 20, 2013

Great Egret

Harrier

Oak Titmouse

Thanks for looking, comments welcome,

Richard

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Snowy Owls
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All at Semiahmoo, WA (where Snowy Owls never appear), taken with EM5 + 75-300.

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In the backyard today
In reply to Richard Pavek, Jan 20, 2013

Here are some birds shot from my backdoor today.
All shot with E-5, ZD300mm, monopod, PP in LR4.  The pigeon was downsized to 30%, the other shots are 100% crops.

Peter

1.   Crested Pigeon

We now have a dozen of these birds in our 'home' flock which grazes the grass in our backyard every day. My wife wants to feed them and I keep telling her the good reasons not to, but she keeps emptying the 'spent' seed from her pet canaries on the grass. The flock is growing and looking fatter and healthier so I suspect the canary seed is being diverted 



2 - 4.   A Grey Butcher Bird

This one is a juvenile and seems to have taken up residence in our neighbourhood. They are very aggressive predators and this bird spends a lot of time on our window ledge trying to figure out how to get inside to make a meal of my wife's canaries.  At times I've used the canaries as 'bait' to draw out the butcher bird.  Unfortunately (for me) the wife puts a stop to that before I can get any good shots 

This morning however the Butcher Bird was happy to perch and pose on the neighbour's chimney and satellite dish, and then on one of my garden border fences. I had the E-5 ready this time


Juvi Grey Butcher Bird on the garden fence

5.   The Australian Magpie-Lark (male)

These are real characters with, at times, odd behaviour especially during breeding season when the males can be found engaged in battle with their own reflection in windows. I once saw one attack the windscreen of every car that stopped at a red light, including my own. 

Magpie-lark

Peter

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Re: Snowy Owls
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Nice shots!

Richard

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Re: In the backyard today
In reply to Messier Object, Jan 20, 2013

All nice, Peter.

Like the Crested Pigeon best, I think,

Richard

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Re: Mine for today
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Very nice ones Richard.  Like the harrier and titmouse best, the last because I have never seen one.

Andrew

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In reply to sb123, Jan 20, 2013

Great images of perhaps my favourite bird of prey.

Andrew

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Great series Richard, love the harrier. The action, composition, sharpness and background all contribute to an outstanding image.

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this weekend in Darwin, NT
In reply to Richard Pavek, Jan 20, 2013

The monsoon has finally set in here, but the birds are still around.

Little Corellas

Crimson Finch

Red Collared Lorikeet

Long Tailed and Double Barred Finches

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What's on the menu? A kingfisher's smorgasbord.
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Had some fun with this little Azure Kingfisher. Not yet a adult but still a very efficient hunter.

Had some issues witn the conditions, wind, bright sun, cloud and shade over the perches. So didn't nail the exposure or focus on some images.

Entrees

Entree, sardines anyone?

Or maybe a bug.

Or crab?

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Re: What's on the menu? A kingfisher's smorgasbord. Post 2
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Main Course, you have the choice of the following:

Fillet of Garfish

Sorry did you say that you wanted the garfish tenderised?

Is this the way you wanted it served?

Or maybe another fillet of our best fish?

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Fishing with an audience
In reply to Richard Pavek, Jan 20, 2013

here are a few shots taken back in November.

The location is Lake Morris, the water supply for the city of Cairns in Northern Australia.
The shots were taken from the water intake tower in front of the dam's spillway.
The water was very turbulent and upwelling and there was a network of floating pipes about 60m out.  I don't know what their purpose is, but as far as the birds were concerned the pipes were fishing and resting platforms.

The Great Egret was perfectly balanced on the moving pipe as he snatched his meal from the water.

I've not seen an egret working in deep water before - can they swim ? What would have happened if he lost his footing?  The Cormorants might have been wondering the same thing and were waiting to see.

All shots:   E-5, 150mm f/2 + EC-20, hand held,  PP in LR4

Peter

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Re: What's on the menu? A kingfisher's smorgasbord. Post 3
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Or one of our specials

Crustacean

or freshly caught Mud Crab

Bon appetit

Cheers

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Bird shots from India
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Posting some shots taken with the Olympus E-620 and the Sigma 135-400mm lens as well as the Olympus 50-200 mm lens..All are taken hand-held and JPEGs straight out of the camera.

Thanks for watching.



Tern with Catch1

Tern with Catch2

Gull in Flight

Western Reef Egret

Grey Heron1

Grey Heron2

Tern with Catch3

Western Reef Egret & Black Headed White Ibis

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Super shots Richard. Love the harrier and the 2nd egret shot the most.Thanks for sharing.

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Stuff from Cape Town.
In reply to Richard Pavek, Jan 20, 2013

Well not actually wet but every thing else was. I was away this week and the only thing I managed to do was get some lousy mouse birds and prove that the E-5 is weather sealed if you leave it outside on a tripod in a howling rain lashed gale for 4 hours. Olympus weather sealing works. For these pictures the photographer was not so lucky.

As to the birds they where taken in very low early in the evening  and are pretty poor. The bull bull is passable.

E-5 50-200/EC20

Best first

Cape Bul Bul

Mouse Birds ( They should be called monkey birds)



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Re: Stuff from Cape Town.
In reply to CollBaxter, Jan 20, 2013

Nice set of images Collin.I read your thread about the E-5 being in the rain all night and still surviving the onslaught.Kudos to Olympus for that and hopefully you will not repeat your act again.You should write a mail to Olympus with your photos captured with the camera after the rain onslaught-that will serve as a very good ad for them.LOL!!!

Thanks for sharing these wonderful snaps.

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Great captures with an excellent narrative........
In reply to Messier Object, Jan 20, 2013

............you make an excellent storyteller Peter.You must read Jim Corbett's books on his trysts with the Man-Eaters of Northern India.You will become an even more better storyteller then.....as far as the images are concerned they are superb to say the least.I thoroughly enjoyed them.Thanks for sharing.

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