The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014

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Re: Sandhill Crane and Blue heron, Fraser River estuary
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Nice nice shoot of the heron. The crane is a bit obscured.

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Re: Eagle & Grackle
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Scott I do like the Grackle. Nice pose from these gregarious birds.

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Re: All about superb fairy wrens
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I love your wrens but the blue ones always make me look at them in wonder. Very nice.

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Re: All about superb fairy wrens
In reply to tert, 6 months ago

Nice captures Terence.  It's very hard not to like these cute little birds, and it's a treat when they keep still enough for long enough for you to get a good set of images like these
I like the first shot of the female the best.  It's the simple composition that makes it a stand-out for me.
I shot dozens of Superb Fairy Wren images this past spring, and not once did I find it easy to show detail in the male's black neck. That's got to be just about the blackest black on any bird going.

Peter
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Re: Stuff from Cape Town.
In reply to CollBaxter, 6 months ago

An interesting set to start the new year Collin.
Good to see your E-30 getting some exercise, and I'm glad to see you are getting some nice results with the 150mm x2 combo. I love that combo for it's portability.

Your ostriches are very nice indeed, but have me wondering - where's mother, and will she be angry when she finds you near the chicks ?

The juvi Shrike is my favourite shot.

Peter

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Re: Cardinals in late afternoon sunlight
In reply to Richard Turton, 6 months ago

Wonderful captures!!! Thank you for sharing..

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Re: Tufted Ducks
In reply to Wu Jiaqiu, 6 months ago

Nice shots. I especially like the second one.

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Re: Captive and wild - which is which?
In reply to K1W1 55, 6 months ago

Well, the quarrions aren't native to NZ, whilst the other two aren't either but I think have been introduced? Nice pics, anyway.

Rick

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Re: More Australian Parrots
In reply to sinkas, 6 months ago

Nice to see these less well-known parrots - thanks!

Rick

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Re: All about superb fairy wrens
In reply to tert, 6 months ago

Great shots of a very cute little bird. I especially like the first and last. The males have very nice color.

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Re: Stuff from Cape Town.
In reply to CollBaxter, 6 months ago

Nice to see a jacky hangman or two again - the ones I recall were usually sitting on telephone wires (or don't the S African ones do that?) The fiscal flycatcher was a new one for me. Thanks for posting them, Col, and the baby ostriches too.

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Re: Bird of Prey
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Me too. Especially with the 70-300.

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Re: All about superb fairy wrens
In reply to tert, 6 months ago

Nice ones - they can be pretty flitty little birds to photograph. I had some pretty abject failures a couple of weeks ago, admittedly in low light.

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Re: The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014
In reply to Richard Pavek, 6 months ago

From yesterday with the old e-520 and 70-300. Latter two lightly cropped.

Rick

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Re: All about superb fairy wrens
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Nice work Terence. You have certainly learned how to use that combo.
Richard

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Re: The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014
In reply to BabuRick, 6 months ago

Like the last oneRichard

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Re: A few shots with the E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD +EC2.0
In reply to Denjw, 6 months ago

Not bad at all for ISO-1600. The next to last picture is nice and sharp.

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Re: Stuff from Cape Town.
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Nice bokeh on the last three. Interesting birds.

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Re: Black Vulture
In reply to CollBaxter, 6 months ago

Thanks Colin, and everyone else who commented.

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J Warren

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Thanks everyone. And on black feathers
In reply to tert, 6 months ago

Many thanks to all the kind comments. These birds are really a joy to photograph.

Peter, I agree with you on how difficult it is to capture details on the bird's neck. It does not help that significant cropping is required given the bird's size. All of these photos were taken with available light and I have only recently started learning to use fill-flash, which not only helps to freeze motion, and provide a catch-light, but also enhance micro-contrast of feathers. I have had a little success last week with the Spotted Pardalote which is an equally small bird. The use of flash though adds another layer of complexity. I have learnt about the use of flash through WH Majoros internet-based book on digital bird photography, which is a comprehensive and excellent guide to bird photography (with inspirational photographs to match). I plan to try using fill-flash with the wrens when I next get the chance to.

Cheers,

Terence

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