The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 33 February 9, 2014

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Richard Pavek
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The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 33 February 9, 2014
6 months ago

Hi everybody,

Well after weeks of dire predictions about no rain for the next months, we have been deluged this week! It’s a good thing, too. We were already on water rationing. This will surely help.

But I’ll have to look in my files for some I haven’t shown, since I got nada this week.

Cheers and Chirps,

Richard Pavek

SHENmaker@MSN.com

My photo/essay blog is at: www.RichardsBirdBlog.com

Gallery at www.pbase.com/shenmaker

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If you’re new to the thread please read this.
In reply to Richard Pavek, 6 months ago

Whatever your cameras and whether you post snapshots of birds or museum quality photographs, please know that you are most welcome!

We would like you to help us keep the BIRD from becoming a confused mess by
1. Posting your photos first, as a reply to the Parent post (the one with the Sunday BIRD in the title)
before you view or comment on other posts.
A maximum of 5 or 6 per post, please. Post again if you need.

2. IMPORTANT: replace the Sunday BIRD title in the Subject title of your post with a title that describes your photos or they will be missed.)
3. Please ID your birds, we have readers all over the world and many will not know yours.

(If you don’t know the IDs by all means ask.)
4. Please don’t put your photos inside a reply to another poster, because the rest of us won’t see them.
5. You may make any comments you wish on the photos others have already posted.
6. It is not necessary to thank each person who makes a minor comment on your photo(s). Sometimes there have been so many ‘thank yous’ that dpReview cut us off at the 150 post limit!
So, if you wish to say thank you please do it once for all those who commented. Thanks.
Richard

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Mine for this Weeks all with the M1 with the ZD300 + EC14
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Sandhilll Crane

American Widgeon

Greater White-fronted Goose

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A Winter's Day
In reply to Richard Pavek, 6 months ago

….in my backyard... Here are a few of the birds seen one morning. All taken with the E-30 and the ZD 70-300mm lens. All at ISO 800

A small Chickadee after taking a seed from the feeder ...300mm;f/8@1/600 sec.

A Goldfinch deciding whether or not to try the feeder … 300mm; f/8@1/800sec.

A jolly crowd all having a good time including the Cedar Waxwing who must think he's a Robin or just one of the boys, as I have a complete sequence with him fully participating in the merriment... 190mm; f/5.6@1/400 sec

And what morning is complete without a visit from our neighborhood Turkey Vulture checking out the activities and if anything was left for him... 262mm; f/8@1/800sec.

All comments and critiques will be appreciated and thanks for spending this time here....

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From South Florida
In reply to Richard Pavek, 6 months ago

Here are a few images made with the E-M1 and the m75-300mm lens. All at ISO 400.

I'm getting used to the lighter camera and lens and also the EVF.

Green Heron. 1/125, f/8.0, 228mm.

Great Blue Heron. 1/500, f/13, 300mm.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron. 1/1600, f/6.1, 194mm.

Dove. 1/4000, f/8.0, EV+0.3, 300mm.

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Nice captures! Can I ask you something Richard?
In reply to Richard Pavek, 6 months ago

Nice captures Richard.

I was wondering how those new higher amp batteries from ebay, that you mentioned a while back, are serving you? Do they hold their charge? I've had some Hahnel batteries die pretty quickly on me the last few weeks with my EM5.

How about your general experiences using the EM1 with the 300/2.8?

I own the 300 and still deciding on purchasing the EM1 for birding - I'd really not like to let that lens go, but if the AF doesn't hold up that well, then I'm not so sure.

Would you say the EM1 is approx. equal to the E5 for birding?

Thanks

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From New Zealand
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Southern Giant seagull

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From NSW...
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... this week I had the luck to meet easily the most accommodating wild bird of prey that I've yet encountered. This little Nankeen Kestrel allowed me to approach quite closely, and turned to face the sun a couple of times when I had my camera up.

Taken with e-520 and 70-300mm, minimal pp beyond slight crops and minor WB on second image.

Rick

Eating a cicada

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Re: Mine for this Weeks all with the M1 with the ZD300 + EC14
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Nice ones - I really like the unusual pose of the widgeon.

Rick

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Re: From South Florida
In reply to Okreb, 6 months ago

An interesting selection of herons and poses - especially the yawn -  and I really like the effect you've captured with the dove.

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Mating Tui not looking so pretty
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Some Slideshows of a wee bit of my work, more to be added if I ever sort out my music rights issues.
http://www.youtube.com/user/truder55/videos

 K1W1 55's gear list:K1W1 55's gear list
Olympus E-1 Olympus E-3 Olympus E-510 Olympus E-5 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro +20 more
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A victim of liquefaction in Christchurch?

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Re: A Winter's Day
In reply to WhyNot, 6 months ago

I especially like the robins + waxwing yakking at the 'pub' - that's a great crowd photo!

Rick

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Re: Mating Tui not looking so pretty
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...rated PGR or R18?

KB

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A few from the Backyard this week
In reply to Richard Pavek, 6 months ago

here are a few recent shots from my Sydney Backyard
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Peter
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Kookaburra - deep in the shadows in the neighbour's tree

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Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo - posing for a close shot

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Magpie Lark

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A pair of Crested Pigeons
The birds were a few houses away up on a TV antenna - cropped to 5% of original

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Re: A few from the Backyard this week
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Now you have an enviable backyard, all I get is some sparrows and thrushes eating the grass grubs

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Some Slideshows of a wee bit of my work, more to be added if I ever sort out my music rights issues.
http://www.youtube.com/user/truder55/videos

 K1W1 55's gear list:K1W1 55's gear list
Olympus E-1 Olympus E-3 Olympus E-510 Olympus E-5 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro +20 more
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Re: Two Thumbs Up
In reply to Messier Object, 6 months ago

Peter,

The 'Kooka' and the 'Cocky' are great shots IMHO. Maybe I sway toward these two, because of all the birds around, these are right up there with my favourites.
Thanks for posting them.

Cheers

JB

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Fringilla coelebs
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Here we have more or less cloudy or rainy days, so I took Tripod and a Bigma near window to make some test (again) with E-M5 and E-30. Here are a few from both cameras. Of course no sun here, so high ISO was used. E- M5 was more or less manual focus, because auto focus on this lens and 50-200 is never acurate. E-30 was a joy to use after fiddling with E-M5 focus. Just aim and fire. Very fast focus. But, then on the computer there is a difference:

All are croped to about a half or more.

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Olympus E-30 Olympus PEN E-PM1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50mm 1:2.0 Macro Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 +13 more
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Galahs and Magpies
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Some BIFs from today.

I sense mischief in the making...

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Re: From NSW...
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BabuRick wrote:

... this week I had the luck to meet easily the most accommodating wild bird of prey that I've yet encountered. This little Nankeen Kestrel allowed me to approach quite closely, and turned to face the sun a couple of times when I had my camera up.

Taken with e-520 and 70-300mm, minimal pp beyond slight crops and minor WB on second image.

Rick

Great stuff. Those little fellows are usually very cautious and shy.

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