***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

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lehill
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Re: Mine from the week - 9 images

That's a great one of the Red-shouldered Hawk. Lighting and his expression are wonderful.

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Re: Color Version

I prefer the color version too. Do divers run across these whirlpools very often?

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The Blaumeisen or Blue Tit

Shot a few of the little ones around my feeder today using the a77 and Sony 70-400G.

I think I'll go see what there is to eat!

Hmmm, not bad!

Sharing dinner with friends

Can I have seconds, please?

That was good! I'll be back tomorrow.

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lehill
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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

That spread-wing shot of the tricolor with the nesting material is terrific. I've never been able to get one of those.

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dennismullen
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Re: Color Version

Hi Lance,

The bait fish school. What you are seeing is the larger Jacks circling them into a bait ball as the hunt. Here is a link to a video I made of the schooling fish last year...

http://www.dennismullen.com/Videos/HD-Videos/3998710_b2whnZ#!i=1752632071&k=x6NSqws

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lehill
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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

Those of you in the northern US and Canada think of Canada Geese as a bunch of vermin/pests. I've spent some time in Ohio and yeah, they can be a pain. But here in the southern half of the US they only come by for a few months and leave again before they become much of a bother (sort of like grandkids :-)).

So I was really surprised to come upon a nesting Canada Goose at the marsh. I actually thought she was sick or injured at first since she didn't walk away as I approached:

Birder report says there's 5 eggs. Looks like we'll have some goslings in a few weeks.

Neither she or the dad (a few dozen yards away) seemed threatened by me and I backed off quickly as soon as I realized she was nesting.

The female Red-winged Blackbird isn't black, isn't red but does have wings:

Female Red-winged Blackbird, nothing like the name.

It's spring and flowers are starting to bloom. Here's a Ceanothus (California Lilac) with sunflowers in the background:

California Lilac

And finally, our famous California Poppies. The yellow color is so intense I have to use the same technique I use for egrets to keep the yellow from blowing out:

California Poppy

Bonus:

Great Egret in-flight

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newvusa
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Re: Color Version

dennismullen wrote:

I also have a color version. Which one is better?

Cheers,

Wow! This is spectacular. I like the colored one. Excellent work!

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Re: Florida Spring Birding Life

zackiedawg wrote:

Continuing in Florida's wetlands, here are some more recent captures with my A580 and Minolta 300mm F4 APO this month...

Tree swallow doing his missle impression at 30+MPH over the water

Yellow-rumped warbler in the dappled shadows

Mottled duck glistening in the sun

Purple gallinule and duckweed-covered red-eared slider turtle together

Least bittern lurking through the reeds

Closeup look of a tree swallow in flight

Red-winged blackbird male in the reeds against a water backdrop

I've seen great hummingbird shots here - I'll have to say catching them feeding in the wild with 400+mm is very difficult! Here's a ruby-throated hummingbird

The fact that they constantly move from flower to flower, rather than coming to a fixed feeder spot, and that they're so tiny, makes them very hard to follow!

The very pretty painted bunting is another one seen often at feeders, but difficult to find in the wild - they love to sit quietly in deep shadows

Sora coming out into the open

Young purple gallinule

I really like the variety of wildlife in your place. They're beautiful. Love the hummingbird shots. Excellent shots as always!

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Re: Mine from the week - 9 images

Ed at Ridersite wrote:


All with A-77 and Big Beercan.

Red-tailed Hawk - poor light

Red Fox in the snow

Red Fox with family dinner

Male Cardinal in the shadows

Squirrel - munching

Male Downy Woodpecker on a branch

Red-shoulder Hawk - closeup

Eastern Chipmunk - nose out

Doe in a thicket

Superb shots, Ed. Great timing of the hawk's pose (pic 7). That chipmunk shot is so cute. Funny to think that I went to my usual walk in the woods to look for new birds and the ones I saw were the same that visits my feeders. Good exercise though..lol

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

Atgard wrote:

I snuck in another trip to the wetlands here in South Florida and got lucky with another "down the hatch" shot.

All were taken with my A37 and my el cheapo $35 Sigma DL 75-300mm (so tack sharpness is sadly not in the cards until I upgrade lenses).

Most were taken at 1/1,250 shutter speed, ISO 400 or 800 (it was late in the day and the light was not super strong). I vacillate between using center point focus or wide focus -- for these I used center. I haven't had much luck with AF-C, so I use AF-S. Whatever I do, I get a lot of sharp backgrounds with blurry birds flying right through the center focus point … ah well, that's why we have large memory cards...

I also did a lot more burst mode shooting than in the past.

Tri-colored heron working on an addition to his nest.

Gotcha!

Down the hatch!

Cattle egret

The big guy -- great blue heron "on the wing"

Great egret coming in for the night

As always, comments/criticisms/tips are welcome. Thanks for looking.

Very nice series. Your bif's are impressive. Well done!

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Re: The Blaumeisen or Blue Tit

busch wrote:

Shot a few of the little ones around my feeder today using the a77 and Sony 70-400G.

I think I'll go see what there is to eat!

Hmmm, not bad!

Sharing dinner with friends

Can I have seconds, please?

That was good! I'll be back tomorrow.

Such a beauty!

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Re: The Blaumeisen or Blue Tit

Absolutely gorgeous series of this charming bird!

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

Waders in Poole Harbour.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

lehill wrote:

Those of you in the northern US and Canada think of Canada Geese as a bunch of vermin/pests. I've spent some time in Ohio and yeah, they can be a pain. But here in the southern half of the US they only come by for a few months and leave again before they become much of a bother (sort of like grandkids :-)).

So I was really surprised to come upon a nesting Canada Goose at the marsh. I actually thought she was sick or injured at first since she didn't walk away as I approached:

Birder report says there's 5 eggs. Looks like we'll have some goslings in a few weeks.

Neither she or the dad (a few dozen yards away) seemed threatened by me and I backed off quickly as soon as I realized she was nesting.

The female Red-winged Blackbird isn't black, isn't red but does have wings:

Female Red-winged Blackbird, nothing like the name.

It's spring and flowers are starting to bloom. Here's a Ceanothus (California Lilac) with sunflowers in the background:

California Lilac

And finally, our famous California Poppies. The yellow color is so intense I have to use the same technique I use for egrets to keep the yellow from blowing out:

California Poppy

Bonus:

Great Egret in-flight

Beautiful series! I really thought that they (Canada Geese) are (in abundance) anywhere in the US. In parks where there are lots of them, it's hard to walk straight because of too many geese poops..lol.The flowers are so beautiful and indeed, spring is here. Can't wait to see the beautiful butterflies pics..soon.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

Sonyshine wrote:

Waders in Poole Harbour.

SAL500F80 on my A57

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekrankis/

Very nice shots! That lens continues to deliver good image quality. Sony shouldn't have discontinued it.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

Three fine shots there.  I like the ground level perspective.

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Re: The Blaumeisen or Blue Tit

Very colorful Gary.  Nice catch of the Chickadee and Tit together too.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

lehill wrote:

That spread-wing shot of the tricolor with the nesting material is terrific. I've never been able to get one of those.

Thanks!! I really like the tri-colored herons too, and was spending more time following them around. I've learned it definitely helps to follow a bird around for a while and see what it's doing so you can anticipate shots (when it's about to take off, or how it feeds then flips a fish in the air to swallow, etc.). That's also how I got the great blue flying by, I tracked him approaching from a distance and hoped he was coming into his nest.

This is in contrast to my earlier method of trying to look everywhere at once and see something interesting or a bird flying by and try to grab a quick shot of it before it was gone.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 24 - Mar 30***

These look pretty nice to me.  Good exposures, close to subject an clearly well tracked.  I'm wondering if they could use a touch of contrast and/or clarity, but regardless a nice set.

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