***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***

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maxeythecat
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Parrots, sparrows and hummers oh my!
In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Apr 3, 2013

A few years ago there was a small flock of parrots that resided up here in the Footies but thanks to the crows chasing 'em off, these little guys were largely absent from the area. Imagine my surprise while I was out birding this morning and these red crowned beauties decided to put in an appearance....hopefully they'll be around for awhile!

Also saw the usual assortment of avians out for their breakfast...all in all a pleasant way to spend the early hours of the day:

Red Crowned Parrot

Red Crowned Parrot

s Mourning Dove

House Sparrow

Hummingbird

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Blue Tit
In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Apr 3, 2013

The overcast and cold weather here is horrible.
Nevertheless I got some nice shots.

Within the next weeks everything should blossom then and I desparately hope the sun will be back then and give me wonderful images.

All shot handheld with Sigma 150-500, developed RAW and colors and brightness improved, cropped and reduced to 50% of size. No additional sharpening applied.

Hhmm.... Fine!

Really....

Fine!

Hey, what do you do with that big lens?

Anyway, I dont care

This is a wonderful Smell and Taste...

Have fun and sun,

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***
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This are from a ride in a catamaran in the island of St. Maarten, dutch side...some are with the blown sky cause it was raining, but others, just minutes between them, are with great sky colors, go figure the weather...

My wife giving the snakcs from the boat to the birds...

Small pony near the beach, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

A "cobito" found in the beaches in the island...

A "Pitirre" (the small bird) fighting a " Guaraguao" (the big one)...we have a saying here, its something like this: "Every Guaraguao has its Pitirre!"...meaning, yeah you're big and strong, but I'm not afraid of you!

An Iguana, non native reptile to Puerto Rico, but decades ago people brought them as pets and they're now all over the island putting in danger our native species...it had also become food in street stands, as their meat is very similar to the taste of chicken...it has been approved by the goverment to catch and hunt them...

A humming bird...

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A few from my backyard
In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Apr 3, 2013

Or more specifically from the comfort of my house as it is still freezing here with Easter... :S

70-400g on a77 with 11mm double glazing to keep me warm (how's that for a horrid filter pretty sure all UV is gone...)

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In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Apr 4, 2013

The German name is "Rotkehlchen".
These are 1:1 pixel crops.

Given the conditions, I am extremely happy with these.
Look to the exposure time...

Shot with Sigma 150-500, Monopod and Stabilizer of the Sigma Lens "on".

have fun and sun,

Peter

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In reply to jameswyatt, Apr 5, 2013

Nice ones.  The squirrel looks like he's conducting an orchestra

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Very cool catching all those pairs.  I snagged pairs of Blue-winged Teals and Ringed-neck Ducks this week.  The Teals were a new bird for me

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Very colorful Parrot! And, that hummer is a dandy shot!

Nice shootin!

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Great variety.  My favorites are the snacking Gull and the Iguana.  Flowers are very colorful too.

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Nice set of backyard birds.  We only have the Dove on our side of the pond.

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Those are your best this week Peter - all very sharp.

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Re: From my daily walks - 10 images
In reply to Ed at Ridersite, Apr 6, 2013

I'm still a noobie and am wondering on something like the mallard shot, what's the physical distance from your subject? Is it cropped to fill the image? If so how are u maintaining sharpness? I have an a57 with the Sony 55-300 and working on getting some sharp wildlife images. Thanks!

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Not the best shot but it was fun watching the hawk's capture.

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cool

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In reply to Smi77y, Apr 7, 2013

The Mallard - very lucky. I'm getting too old to track BIF accurately.

It was only maybe 30 feet away.  The key on this shot was being ready with the right settings.  I was watching a pair in a creek.  I knew if they flew, I would have to use spot AF because the background was going to be trees and apartments - isn't it always that way?  If you think the background will be clear (like blue sky), use wide area AF - much easier.  With Mallards, just before they fly, they start a fairly rapid set of quacks, so their jump will be predictable.  You can pre-focus, choose your zoom level and settings before they fly.

Almost forgot - it is about 60- 70% of the frame.  And, lucky me, it wasn't centered well.  Not sure how the focus came out as well as it did.

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You caught nice focus and a nice tail spread.  Not a bad shot.

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