The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 32 February 2, 2014

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Re:Wako with Sigma 50-500
In reply to µJoe, 7 months ago

The first heron is really great.

Yes the bigma can be a beast . Actually I look forward to using it after the 90-250 + EC's.

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Re: Birds in Snow - Southeastern USA
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These are very good. Well done.

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Re: A few more from the backyard
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Peter those are very good . That looks like a local myna.

We get the scummy ones in South Africa.

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Re: The Searching Look
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Yep they get that one dimensional look . But take one step closer and they are gone.

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Re: Cuban sea bird
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Nice all the same Brad.

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Re: From window
In reply to CollBaxter, 7 months ago

CollBaxter wrote:

Dave for front focus your must go plus. (Push the focus forward)

Manual focus will not be affected.

Live view in The E-series still uses the mirror in a hybrid fashion.

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Oh, yes + not -. I made a mistake durring typing. I checked again and with +2 seems better. Will make some tests.

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Re:Wako with Sigma 50-500
In reply to jiankliu, 7 months ago

Thanks.  I didn't try any BIFs.  I wasn't really looking for it and the few I did see flying were directly towards or away, not side to side, so I didn't think they'd be very good.  The heron landing was one of the few I tried as he came towards me.

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Re: Mouse Birds and stuff from Cape Town.
In reply to CollBaxter, 7 months ago

Lovely pics, Collin.  The blue sky is just perfect and the second pic is great.

PS - Milt said he spoke with you quite a bit now and then.  I told him I am hoping to get down to your corner of the world in South Africa one of these days and see the wonderful sites.  I like your Namibia pics and it looks like you had a fun time.

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Re:Wako with Sigma 50-500
In reply to µJoe, 7 months ago

Joe,
Very good!! You did very well for the first time with the Bigma. As far as your battery capacity is concerned, you may not have seen my battery recommendation. I recommend BLN-1 batteries from DSTE which you can get from on eBay for about $20.00 a pair including charger.  Capacity stated on eBay is 1450mAh but they are currently shipping 2100mAh which is much higher than Oly's 1220mAh. Service from DTSE is excellent, shipping is from Shenzhen and takes about a week by US post. Be sure to get their charger.  Batteries are made by Sanyo.

Richard

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Re: Birds in Snow - Southeastern USA
In reply to watcher1, 7 months ago

These are great.  I was raised in Minnesota so driving in snow is not much of a problem  but I can sure understand why it would be for you guys as i was in Amarillo Texas some years ago when a huge blizzard brought about two feet of snow. Folks sliding all over the freeway.  A very scary experience, indeed!

Glad you weathered it OK,
Richard

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Re: Mouse Birds and stuff from Cape Town.
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Interesting behavior, thanks for these,
Richard

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Re: A few more from the backyard
In reply to Messier Object, 7 months ago

You sure have an interesting yard!!
Richard. ...

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Re: The Searching Look
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A satisfied bird,
nice,
Richard

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Carolina Wren, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Dark-Eyed Junco from ATL
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Carolina Wren

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Dark-Eyed Junco

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Re: More Birds in Snow
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Nice series, especially the exposures. Not much practice in Atlanta for getting 'snow' pictures.

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Re: Backyard shots
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You've made me appreciate parrots. How many species are found in your area? Are these native species?

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Re: Southern California Birds, EM1, 50-200 SWD, EC14, some shot with DTC
In reply to Bob657, 7 months ago

I like the Kingfisher. For me this is an elusive bird...hard to capture.  Well done.

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Green Heron, Large-footed Finch and Yellow-thighed Finch from Costa Rica.
In reply to Richard Pavek, 7 months ago

Thanks for looking.

Green Heron

Large-footed Finch

Yellow-thighed Finch

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Re: Backyard shots
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CalNature wrote:

You've made me appreciate parrots. How many species are found in your area? Are these native species?

All are natives of Australia. I don't think we have any introduced parrots.
Ranked by numbers and visibility:
Rainbow Lorikeet   -  seen or heard within 1 minute 
Sulphur - crested Cockatoo -  a few mins 
King Parrot -  10 mins
Galah - couple of times per day
Eastern Rosella - every couple of days
Crimson rosella - every few weeks
Short-billed Corella - few times per year.

The top 4 breed locally, so we get to see them with their family groups which can be very noisy when the youngsters are demanding to be fed. 
When I was  kid in Sydney it was rare to see any of these in the solid urban areas, you only saw them on the fringes.   The greening of many suburbs has drawn them in, especially the Lorikeets, and repeated harsh droughts have pushed some of the inland species - like the Cockatoos - to the coast where they are now permanent residents.

We don't leave food out for them. To do so is to invite bad - destructive to our house     -  behaviour by the Cockatoos.  We do however hand feed  selected 'friends' who take individual grains of seed from my fingers.

Peter

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Re: Green Heron, Large-footed Finch and Yellow-thighed Finch from Costa Rica.
In reply to bobdant, 7 months ago

A nice set Bob.  Haven't seen the heron with the feathers on the head standing up before.

Andrew

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