Weekly Wildlife Thread aug 5 2007

Started Aug 5, 2007 | Discussions
John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Re: SF south bay birds

Hey Tom,

Yes, that would be fun. Great variety but your Green Heron is awesome. Congrats, JR

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John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Re: A Mixed Bag

Thanks. Yes, it was perfect sunset light. JR

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John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Re: A Mixed Bag

Thanks. Yeah, I thought it pretty funny too. It just had landed and was still balancing.

Unfortunately, I missed the actual landing shot due to a full buffer with - to add insult to injury - a whole bunch of OOF shots. Oh well.

JR

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John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Thanks. n/t
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John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Re: A Mixed Bag

Dave,

thanks for making a comment on how to improve the pic. I really appreciate it. I will take a look at it and see if I can make it better. JR

Dave In LA wrote:

well done John.
6 and 8 are my favs here......a little more light on that incoming
juvie heron and that image rocks.

The "piece of me" is a winner.....love it!!
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mzokk Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Weekly Wildlife Thread aug 5 2007

A couple of Black Guillemots. Caught by hanging over a pier. With a Cheapie 80-200MM 4.5/5.6 II @200mm F8

John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Re: A Mixed Bag

Joan,

Thanks for your kind feedback, especially re the Phalaropes. It made the hour laying in the gunk worthwhile. JR

JRobins wrote:

Quite a day you had! That stance on the young Heron is funny--great
shot. I love the clarity on those Phalaropes.
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John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
Re: A Mixed Bag

Tom,

thanks for the kind feedback and the bird ID. I am in awe of all you guys who can distinguish all these LBBs.

As for your ID skills: watch for a silver Nissan Murano and a guy with very small glasses carrying the 30D with 400F5.6 and the lowepro slingshot with tripod attached.

JR

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John Rain Senior Member • Posts: 1,348
I guess I am missing Unagi

Unagi as in Situational Awareness as described by Ross in the 2000 Friends episode "The One with Unagi"...

Going back and looking at the file, it is clear that it was underexposed. If memory serves right I had been photographing Snowys and the EC was set to -1/3 when I spotted the Juvi BCNH. Well, I forgot to change the settings.

Anyway, due to the magic of postprocessing I brightened the two flight shots a bit. And you're right: they look much better. Thanks again for pointing this out! JR

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geni01 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,282
Re: SF south bay birds

Hi Tom,

Very nice series & the fledgling Black Necked Stilt are the same one that I have & to my surprise this morning they are all flying now! (I go there every Sunday cause of the Dog Park)

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axelhi Veteran Member • Posts: 3,969
Shorebirds

Taken on Long Island and the Connecticut shore, skimmers with XTi, the others with 1D3 and all with 500f4IS and 1.4x TC.

Black Skimmer

Common Tern

Osprey

Great Egret

Little Blue Heron

Alder Flycatcher

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geni01 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,282
WOW!

Hi Axel,

Excellent as usual but the the skimmers, specially the ones with the baby chicks are the winners! Just Fabulous!

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Dave In LA Veteran Member • Posts: 5,057
Stunning series Axel (nt)
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tgrey Contributing Member • Posts: 574
Re: Shorebirds

Congrats on the Mk3, Axel, and from that tern with fish, doesn't look like the much-debated Servo is too shabby

I love the skimmers, the adult with chick best of all.
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Julia E Senior Member • Posts: 1,332
At the lake

Great Crested Grebes

"Go on Mum, give us a feather!"

20D with 500 f/4 + 1.4 extender

Kind regards
Julia

Daleroy Regular Member • Posts: 206
Tks David; Duly Noted, and Tks John ntx

Dave

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OP ejmartin Veteran Member • Posts: 6,274
Great series, Axel

especially the Skimmers. BTW, are you experiencing the
much lamented BIF issues of the 1d3?
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bobbyz Veteran Member • Posts: 4,918
Love the look in #8 (n/t)
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axelhi Veteran Member • Posts: 3,969
Re: Great series, Axel

ejmartin wrote:

especially the Skimmers. BTW, are you experiencing the
much lamented BIF issues of the 1d3?

Thanks, Emil. My impressions are still very preliminary. With default settings the AF seems too sensitive and jumps to the BG if the bird is not covered by the focus point. I switched to the AF setting that covers a ring around the central point and increased the time it takes before the AF picks something else to focus on. That seems to work quite well but I have to test more. I shot mostly against a clear BG and then it performs as well as you could imagine, even if you have a TC on the 500. Of course, it is not too hard to impress me, coming from a XTi.

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bobbyz Veteran Member • Posts: 4,918
Only 2

Barn swallow from palo alto baylands

Owl??? I saw it while coming out of Ed Levin. Had to shoot straight up at ISO1600.

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