The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 34 February 16, 2014

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Richard Pavek
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The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 34 February 16, 2014
10 months ago

Hi everybody,

Well I am not going to complain about our weather after watching the news on TV this week. It is hard to believe the pounding the Eastern half of the States got this week. And no end in sight!

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

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This Week’s Birds
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All with the E-5 or the E-M1 usual rig, the ZD300 + EC14

Black Phoebe

Black Skimmer

Black-necked Stilt

Great Egret and Black-necked Stilt

Elegant Tern

Richard

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Re: This Week’s Birds
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Hi Richard--lovely shots as usual--The Tern is my favorite. Your right about the weather; I am back in the States from Australia and we have had about 30 inches of snow the past week.

Dharma

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Cormorants
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These are Australian Cormorants. All taken with E5 -50-200 and EC 2.0

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Re: Frogmouth at dusk
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Re: Cormorants
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Nice, they let you get pretty close, didn't they?
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Re: Frogmouth at dusk
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Great shot!  Wow, those eyes!
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At the Garden
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I spent another winter's day walking at the Botanical garden which in winter is a birding trail.... These are what I found on that day ….All taken with the E-30 and the 70-300mm lens

Cardinal in the bushes.. 300mm;f/7.1@1/320sec;ISO 200...

It's these pictures that I have to fight CDAF on the G5 to take and that keeps me thinking that PDAF is still a prerequisite for these kinds of shots, that is if you like this type of picture...

A Sparrow in the field... 300mm;f/7.1@1/1250;ISO400..

Finally, a Yellow Rumped Warbler at the pond. … 300mm;f/8@1/320;ISO400

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

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Re: Frogmouth at dusk
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Spectacular shot!

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Re: Cormorants
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Very nice .... It looks like you were almost closse enough to take the EC2..0 off... were you?

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Re: Frogmouth at dusk
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Very nice..  I think I've seen that look before when the bird thought I was getting too close...

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Re: This Week’s Birds
In reply to Richard Pavek, 10 months ago

Very good, as always and a very interesting set of birds.. I particularly like the diagonal composition of the Black Skimmer.

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Kingfishers - The laughing one and the normal one!
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Hi

Both of these are with Panasonic GH3, 100-300 lens.

First "White Throated Kingfisher"

And Then, the world's largest Kingfisher - "Laughing Kookaburra"

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Australian Raptors
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I got away for a few days during the week and spent some time on the SE coast 200Km south of Sydney. The weather (specifically the light) was just about the worst I've experienced as a bird shooter. The sky was a uniform bright grey all day long, for 4 straight days. No shadows, no contrast just dazzling bright with very light misty rain. Every shot seemed to be back-lit and I struggled with exposure. Even my best lenses, - Zuiko and Canon 300mm /2.8 - seemed to have CA, and low contrast

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I did find some nice birds though, and after a lot of PP I managed some presentable pics.
All hand-held with 5D3, EF300mm/2.8 x2 , raw PP in Lightroom 5.3, exported as jpg 160op wide
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Peter

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Nankeen Kestrel
I found this little bird resting up on a power pole on a quiet country road
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1/4000 sec,  f/6.3, ISO 800  cropped to about 5% of the original

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A juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle.
This bird passed overhead while I was out on a mud flat shooting some waders and pelicans.
The adults are more 'regal' looking with dark grey on top and white underneath
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1/3200 sec  f/5.6  ISO3200, cropped to about 4%

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And another juvenile - a Peregrine Falcon.
We could hear the birds squawking high in the forested hill across the lake.
After climbing up through the thick undergrowth I sat and waited in the forest, sure enough the bird was curious enough to come and check me out - from a distance and high vantage of course.
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1/800 sec f/5.6 ISO800, cropped to about 7%

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1/1000 sec f/5.6 ISO1600, cropped to about 5%

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Re: Australian Raptors
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Nice photos!

Was it around Jervis Bay?

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My Usual Snapz!
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My very early hummingbird visitor, Costas Hummingbird.

Black Swan Signet

Black Swan Signet

Drake Mandarin Duck

Wooduck - Mating pair

Cheers,

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Nice work & a very good haul, why not use a flash gun on very back-lite subjects.

Cheers,

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Your Usual A-grade images! 

Cheers,

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Ditto on the eyes, Super Image! 

Cheers,

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