The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014
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Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for your fantastic Crane shots. They are quite rare around here.
These parrots like to come for a quick dip in the mornings in our bird bath but are soon gone.
The Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), also known as the Red-backed Parrot or Grass Parrot, is a common bird of south-eastern Australia, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin. Red-rumped Parrots are slim, elegant, moderate-sized parrots approximately 28 cm (11 in) in length. The male's plumage is a bright emerald-green with yellow underparts, a brick-red rump and blue highlights on the wings and upper back. The female's plumage is less vibrant, with pale olive underparts, dull green wings and back and blue-black wingtips. The characteristic red rump is only found in the male.
We have a small flock of goldfinches that are roosting in the hedges just over the fence. When they are thirsty or want a few seeds they jump over the fence and pose for me (or maybe just tolerate me... )
All taken with the E-30 and the 70-300mm lens. ….
262mm; f/7.1@1/800; ISO 800
215mm; f/8@1/1250sec; ISO 800
One of the joys of photographing yard birds is the occasional stranger that drops by
215mm; f/8@1/1000sec; ISO 800
This is not a goldfinch but I believe he is a Pine Warbler who just came to town to see what was going on and whether life was better in the city than where he usually stays....
Thanks for stopping by.. all comments and critiques are gratefully received...and usually responded to and so I apologize for not coming back last week, just spent too many hours waiting for and watching the yard birds.... (I'm having some problems with this entry so I'm not sure how it will look when I submit it...)
Hardly anyone coming out and play. I just manage to snap a couple.
These are with the E-M1 and ZD 150. Definitely a work in progress for the shooter.
Richard Pavek wrote:
Not bad! A bit bluish, though.
Thank you. I left these unaltered, RAW direct to jpg through Lightroom 5, otherwise untouched. A work in progress.
Lots of migration birds passing by, while many predary birds are spending their winter here in Vancouver.
Some home and away shots this week . . .
The parrots were taken at my home in Sydney last week.
The Pelican shots from last month about 200Km south of Sydney on a coastal lake
Canon 5DIII, hand held, raw PP in LR5.2 cropped and resized to 1600p wide
Parrots with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L II + TC2X
Pelican with Sigma 50-500mm
This guy was in deep shadow in my front yard.
Because he was quite close I needed to stop the lens down to get a reasonable DOF (disadvantage of the FF format) so even at ISO 1600 I needed to push it in PP giving an overly bright background
This young male King Parrot was making a lot of noise up in the neighbour's tree.
And an Australian Pelican from last month
Some Slideshows of a wee bit of my work, more to be added if I ever sort out my music rights issues.
Initially I was not getting the results I was when using this combo on the E-5.
Tried the AF adjust but I don't know if it is my eyesight or not but I couldn't see any obvious need to adjust the focus points. Based on my results with the E-5 I know the combo worked well and so I left things as they were.
Did some test shots on a tripod. Nothing very scientific just at full zoom, AP at f/8, antishock at 8sec, changing the ISO through the range 200-3200 to increase shutter speed. Results looked fine so maybe its just handholding is more sensitive because of the addition of the adaptor and I will need to watch my shutter speed more. This where shooting at F/8 is a distinct disadvantage.
Fortunately with the E-M1 the better sensor allows shooting with a higher ISO. With the E-30/E-5 I was reluctant to shoot higher then 800.
Anyway here are some shots from this week, I think I maybe getting the hang of using this combo.
Eastern Spinebills in the backyard