The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 33 February 9, 2014

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19andrew47
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Re: The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 33 February 9, 2014
In reply to Michael Otis, Feb 10, 2014

Very nice.

Andrew

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Re: South Florida Deja Vu
In reply to µJoe, Feb 10, 2014

A nice set.

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Re: A first for me....despite the weather!
In reply to Private Custard, Feb 10, 2014

Like the hawk and middle image.

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Re: My Winter Friends
In reply to Pam47, Feb 10, 2014

Like the woodpecker and your wren friend.

Andrew

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Re: First shots with the ZD50-200+EC-14
In reply to DonSC, Feb 10, 2014

The 70-300 is a very useful and versatile lens and scores very high on price vs performance.  The AF/MF switch shows that it is not a native Four-thirds design and is thought by some to be a full frame Sigma.  The problem is, that compared to the real Zuiko lenses, it always looks soft and the autofocus is barely adequate.  The 50-200 is better in every way.  It is noticeably sharper, focuses much faster as long as you are reasonably close to the correct distance, and is effectively one stop faster.  It is also virtually silent, compared to the 70-300 which sometimes frightens birds away when it decides to grind through its whole focus range.  The optimum aperture for the 70-300 at 300 mm is f/8 and wide open at f/5.6 is a lot worse.  The optimum aperture for the 50-200+EC-14 is also f/8 (combined), but f/5.6 is only slightly worse and very usable.  The extra stop is a big advantage for the E-5, because image quality seems to fall off a cliff above the maximum "real" ISO of 800.  Despite being, according to my kitchen scale, 35% heavier than the 70-300 with the E-5, I do not find it any more difficult to use handheld.  As far as I am concerned the only negative aspect to the lens is the much higher cost, although as we all know, the cost and weight of lenses goes up exponentially with quality.

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Re: Winter SongBirds
In reply to 19andrew47, Feb 10, 2014

Nice shots of the little guys, Andrew.  Nuthatches (both varieties) have always been among my favorites.  We rarely get Cardinals up in this neck of the woods, I'm envious.

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Very nice robin shot dharma. It's an Eastern Yellow Robin.....
In reply to dharma108, Feb 10, 2014

one of my favourite birds.

Cheers

Dennis

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Re: From South Florida
In reply to Okreb, Feb 10, 2014

Nicely done

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Re: From New Zealand
In reply to Kiwi Bloke, Feb 10, 2014

Funny!!
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Re: From NSW...
In reply to BabuRick, Feb 10, 2014

Lovely shots.
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Re: Mating Tui not looking so pretty
In reply to K1W1 55, Feb 10, 2014

Love the Tuia

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Re: A few from the Backyard this week
In reply to Messier Object, Feb 10, 2014

Hard to choose, so I won't.  All good.

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Re: Fringilla coelebs
In reply to DavBem, Feb 10, 2014

Interesting little birds

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Re: Galahs and Magpies
In reply to Martin.au, Feb 10, 2014

Like 3 & 4 the best,
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Re: from the flooded River Avon
In reply to Wu Jiaqiu, Feb 10, 2014

Thanks for these,

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Re: First shots with the ZD50-200+EC-14
In reply to Richard Turton, Feb 10, 2014

Excellent first shots!!
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Re: Through the windows......
In reply to Ravenwing Photo, Feb 10, 2014

Great window work
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Re: Australian Robin portrait
In reply to dharma108, Feb 10, 2014

Nice Robin
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Re: CLOSE enough
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Like the first the best.
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Re: A few from the Backyard this week
In reply to 19andrew47, Feb 10, 2014

19andrew47 wrote:

Your 5% crops are about as sharp as my full frame shots (have to be careful, full sensor)! Hope you are a long way from the fires!

Andrew

Thanks for your comments Andrew.
As a bird shooter almost everything is cropped, and sometimes cropped in so close that regardless of how still you kept the camera, how fast the shutter, how efficient the sensor and how perfect the lighting , , , I end up hitting the Delete key when I view it in PP. 
The fires . . . I had no idea the international media was running stories on them.
Thankfully here in Sydney we have had a mild summer so far (high 90's and a few 100 deg days).
We had our devastating fires to our west in early spring - hundreds of homes destroyed. Thankfully at the moment all clear for us
In the past few weeks though in the southern states of Victoria and South Australia they have had record heatwave runs of 5 and 6 days above 110 degrees, including the city of Melbourne (see Dharma's post), and they have been on high alert with major fires and emergency evacuations over the past few days.  Dennis (Denjw) in his home town of Orbost is right in the middle of it. So far it seems that little property has been lost and they have had a cool change in the weather yesterday.

Peter

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