Ridiculously colorful bird taking a bath

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Ridiculously colorful bird taking a bath
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From a few weeks ago - I just thought it would be nice to help break up the various tech data, new camera debates, and occasional argument threads with a few occasional photo threads too - these were not the best of conditions as it was raining almost constantly this day - I had my NEX-5N in its Ziploc bag cover, with the 55-210mm lens and DH1758 1.7x teleextender, in very grey poor light, and found this bird way down at the waterline hiding under overhanging trees - pretty much a nightmare scenario for nice shots.  But these birds are so ridiculously colorful that even in poor low light and grey overcast they look like a carnival float or colorful stuffed kids' toy.  I couldn't help but snap some pics of the little guy - ended up being my only birding photos from that day as the rain got heavier and heavier and eventually chased me away.  Here you go:

Male painted bunting, standing in the water - notice I started with ISO3200 to make sure I had enough shutter speed to get the shot

Once I knew I had a few shots of the bird safely on the card, I decided for as long as he was willing to stay there, I'd lower the ISO, bring the shutter speed down, and see how slow of a shutter I could use and still get usable details on the bird - this was ISO1600

Really pushing it - I went down to ISO800 - which at F8 could only net me a 1/40 shutter speed - at 535mm equivalent focal!  Stabilization and a good old steady hand to the rescue, and timing the bird in between its shakeoffs and head bobbing (birds seem in almost constant motion and stabilization won't help keep the bird still!)...but I got a few usable shots out of 4 or 5.

Not my finest work - the conditions were horrible.  But I thought the birding crowd here might enjoy a look at one of the more colorful wild birds you'll find in the United States!

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In reply to zackiedawg, 9 months ago

What a nice chance you have. I made a day trip last April to a park in west Texas hoping to take picture of this bird. It was no where to be found.

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Thats a bird I've never heard of thanks for sharing, especially the third shot.

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Wow! Looks like a sparrow with a very funky "hair" style.

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FL has a population of very colorful birds I have not seen. He looks like one wet bird. You would think he would take cover. Maybe he does not mind the wet so much. We often think animals do not like the rain, but that is likely not true.  A good bath is a routine for many animals.

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Very pretty.  I believe it's a Rainbow Lorikeet.  Nice capture!

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Very pretty. I believe it's a Rainbow Lorikeet. Nice capture!

perhaps not - pls. look esp. at the beak, but also the tail, and the general size & posture

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peacefrog33756 wrote:

Very pretty. I believe it's a Rainbow Lorikeet. Nice capture!

Has colours like a rainbow lorikeet but it certainly isn't one.

Great captures Justin.

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peacefrog33756 wrote:

Very pretty. I believe it's a Rainbow Lorikeet. Nice capture!

perhaps not - pls. look esp. at the beak, but also the tail, and the general size & posture

jpr2

It is a Painted Bunting, assuming you are in North America.

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Wow! Looks like a sparrow with a very funky "hair" style.

Yup.

No idea what that fellow is, but really colorful.
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I know what you did... You captured that bird, and then you spray painted it using multiple colors, and then you let him loose and took some quick pictures. You bird abuser you! And all that for a few pictures. Shame on you!

Now with that out of the way. Do you know of any good comparisons of the 55-210 + that extender, against some of the run-of-the-mill A-mount telezooms (eg. 70-300, 75-300, 55-300, etc)?

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MikeSul wrote:

jpr2 wrote:

peacefrog33756 wrote:

Very pretty. I believe it's a Rainbow Lorikeet. Nice capture!

perhaps not - pls. look esp. at the beak, but also the tail, and the general size & posture

jpr2

It is a Painted Bunting, assuming you are in North America.

I was going to guess a Cyndi Lauper-Bird...

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In reply to zackiedawg, 9 months ago

You been out with the spray cans again huh Was it put to sleep before you painted it ??

LOL, what a gorgeous bird, man those colours are out of the 70's Justin. I reckon it's been listening to Purple Haze with Hendrix.

What a beauty to have seen let alone get some great shots of. Painted Buntings I have seen shots of, but these would probably be the most fun shots I've seen of them ..... by far. That last shot is to die for, gorgeous in fact. Talking about colours, how about green with envy this end We have nothing on this little beauty.

Had a beautiful fine weekend here but couldn't get out to shoot. Too much to do at home, but, aha, going away up north for 4 days this week to cover the formula 1 and hydroplane power boats, that should be fun. Gives the long lenses a shot or two at high speeds. Really looking forward to it.

Anyway, this little one is just remarkable and so darn cute !!. All the best up there Justin, take care mate.

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zackiedawg wrote:

From a few weeks ago - I just thought it would be nice to help break up the various tech data, new camera debates, and occasional argument threads with a few occasional photo threads too - these were not the best of conditions as it was raining almost constantly this day - I had my NEX-5N in its Ziploc bag cover, with the 55-210mm lens and DH1758 1.7x teleextender, in very grey poor light, and found this bird way down at the waterline hiding under overhanging trees - pretty much a nightmare scenario for nice shots. But these birds are so ridiculously colorful that even in poor low light and grey overcast they look like a carnival float or colorful stuffed kids' toy. I couldn't help but snap some pics of the little guy - ended up being my only birding photos from that day as the rain got heavier and heavier and eventually chased me away. Here you go:

Male painted bunting, standing in the water - notice I started with ISO3200 to make sure I had enough shutter speed to get the shot

Once I knew I had a few shots of the bird safely on the card, I decided for as long as he was willing to stay there, I'd lower the ISO, bring the shutter speed down, and see how slow of a shutter I could use and still get usable details on the bird - this was ISO1600

Really pushing it - I went down to ISO800 - which at F8 could only net me a 1/40 shutter speed - at 535mm equivalent focal! Stabilization and a good old steady hand to the rescue, and timing the bird in between its shakeoffs and head bobbing (birds seem in almost constant motion and stabilization won't help keep the bird still!)...but I got a few usable shots out of 4 or 5.

Not my finest work - the conditions were horrible. But I thought the birding crowd here might enjoy a look at one of the more colorful wild birds you'll find in the United States!

Comments, questions, critique welcomed, as always.

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Wow, those are some fun colours!

Thanks for posting!

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Justin,

Amazing little bird.  Nature sure has surprises for us.

Great series . . .

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Thanks Joel...
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I'm not sure of Texas' schedule for these birds - down here, we typically start seeing them around September, and they stick around through mid-April...depending on the weather they can be a few weeks early or late.  If you come down this way in winter, especially Feb - early April, I can pretty much guarantee sightings - there are dozens of them at this particular wetlands I go to, and they're not too shy of people so they'll stay within 10 feet of you.  A few feeders are out that bring them in, but shots of them on a feeder aren't as nice photographically - so if you get lucky you can stake them out in other spots like this, where they like to take baths!

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Great colours Justin !!!
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regardless the conditions a job well done ( as usual from you ).

keep them coming my friend.

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They are very cool little birds...
In reply to gkstar, 9 months ago

The funniest thing is watching people who don't know birds very much, and happen to see one - it takes them completely by surprise because they don't expect to see such a colorful looking bird - many think it's some kind of baby parakeet or something!

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Thanks Dave - it's a painted bunting...male...
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The males get all the colors - the females are just a plain green color, head to toe.

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