**weekly wildlife 5/19-5/26**

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barb_s
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Re: Bald eagles - in Alaska!

I'm speechless. Wow!!!!  Amazingly good shots.

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Ed at Ridersite Forum Pro • Posts: 18,151
Re: **weekly wildlife 5/19-5/26**

Looks good.  Especially the second one - nice look by the bird (female House Finch I think), nice & sharp and no CA/PF.

For closeups, I often shoot at f11 just to increase DOF so as much of the subject is in focus as possible.

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Re: **weekly wildlife 5/19-5/26**

Thank you. I'll try f11 next time.

One thing I noticed is that looking for photo subjects gave me a whole new perspective of what's around me. All three of these photos are just in front of my door. Previously, I wouldn't pay attention to them. I feel more connected to my environment now.

zackiedawg
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Re: Sam's weekly wildlife

Nice, rich 3D type color - really makes the subjects stand out nicely - looks like the lens is performing very well for you.  I still love those grebes you have up there - so much better than our drab little guys!

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Re: Common Starling nest

I like the effect in the first shot - normally a throwaway when you get bad motion blur and can't make out the subject, but the starlings' spot pattern made the streaky bird actually come out pretty cool.

I have seen a few starlings nesting around my area, but haven't spotted the babies yet this year.

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Re: Some stuff from Namibia Last month.

Gorgeous scenery - I like that you didn't just concentrate on animal closeups (though admittedly I'd have taken millions myself!) but also a little bit of the environment/landscape that the animals were in.

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Re: Ducklings under-wing

Very cute, and a particularly fortuitous composition having ducklings sticking out of either side like that!  Nice shot - I do love the way baby birds tuck under their moms for protection.

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Re: Welll, you said non-Sony is OK, so.....

Very nice RB, and welcome.  Indeed, this thread is about our love of wildlife, so any camera is welcome...very nice shots and some nice worldly locations.  The leopard kill in the tree is a great catch - I am surprised to see a porcupine as the main dish!  Love the bird that follows too - quite a colorful fellow!

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Re: Cardinal

Isn't it nice to have such cool birds near our homes?  The hawk is nicely detailed and well lit - cardinals are difficult at times because they're SO red, they can overwhelm the sensor in bright light - it's actually a little better the light wasn't so harsh in yours.  Compositionally, you may want to consider moving the birds just a wee bit more off-center - it tends to add some interest and dynamic to the shot to have the birds offset to the outer thirds of the photo and pointing towards or looking into the empty area.  Not a must - just an idea!

Nice birds, both!

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Re: Gray Fox

That is extremely cool!  Great shots, beautiful animal, and thrilling too - I love when I have wild animals like that approach me or spot me and pull closer...that is assuming it's not a wild animal large enough to consume me at will!    No problem for a cute little fox.

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Luis Villablanca Senior Member • Posts: 1,454
Re: What I have this week

Hi Ed,

Those are a Magnolia Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

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Re: Some stuff from Namibia Last month.

Lovely images. I really enjoyed the fourth one.

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Re: Gray Fox

I like the last shot.

Really nice find! Did you run into it at Grant Park?

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Re: Common Starling nest

Thanks all for the nice comments!

Sam, I really think these nests in tree are somehow are hightech nests: solid, warm, dry, weatherprotected, secure. If I compare them with nests from swans, crested grebes, coots,  where the adults often have no breeding success because of cold weather, rising water level or easy access by hunters, these nests can't be beaten.

Ed, tree holes could also mean long branches with over 10 cm diameter, broken at the end and rotten from inside, which is see much more often used by starlings.

zackie: I fully agree. In this case I think it works even better since the chick beak is revealed through the have-transparent wings, which is steady and therefore sharp (enough). This is the second message of the pic, seen just a second after the first impression from the adult starling.

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Re: Cardinal

thanks for looking and commenting .

I have tried to take Cardinal shots before and the red was too overwhelming but I had rented a 70-400 lens for the weekend and it really made a difference.

I was trying to take a series of shots very quickly before it  flew away. I was stopped by the side of the road in a nature park. I actually did crop it so I could get the cardinal as close as possible to a cross point on the right side

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Sorry about the slow response.

NZ Scott wrote:

Nice shots, Colin.

I'm doing a two-month safari later this year from Kenya to South Africa. I'm taking Micro Four Thirds gear, including a 75-300 and three primes (12/2.0, 17/1.8 and 45/1.8)

Do you have any advice that might be helpful?

I'm weighing up whether or not to take a tripod. Some people have suggested beanbags to help with shooting out the windows of safari vehicles. However, very few of the people offering advice have actually been to Africa. I'm tempted to leave as much stuff at home as I can, as I prefer to travel light, but I don't want to leave something out and regret it.

Regards,

Scott

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Hi Scott

I did post a reply the same day but I think I hdd a iffy word in it (Buggered) . I have only noticed it has not gone through now.

AS to lenses . If I was you I would take a short zoom with me as well. Things get very small/big on you quickly and you often don't have time to change lenses or zoom with your feet.

What is imperative tio take with you are.

1) Lots of batteries.

2) A spare charger. ( m4/3 is not big in Africa so if you lose it or its breaks you are dead in the water)

3) Lot of memory cards

4)  Bean Bag . One of these that you can fill yo on location with , beans , rice , maize etc)

5) Tripod / Mono pod. Go with a lightweight tripos( Fold up int 4/5 sections) There are occasions where you will need one. If you hols the legs in you can use it as a mno pod. The revers can happen with a monopod.

6) A spare body is essential. ( You don't want to spend the rest of your life remembering the one that got away. ) . Maybe a secondhand EP that you can resell when you get back.

7) Extra lens body caps if you can. I always lose a few.

The common sen stuff like , zip lock , bags , cleaning materials etc I will leave to you. But getting replacements in Africa in the short term is nearly impossible.  If you have any queries send me a PM.

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dennismullen
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Re: What I have this week

Luis Villablanca wrote:

Those are a Magnolia Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Thanks for the IDs, Luis.

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Re: **weekly wildlife 5/19-5/26**

Big mama black bear with three cubs spotted on my drive to the cottage yesterday. Cubs were in shrubs so I could not get a good picture.

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Re: Some FIF & others

Hi Gene,

Great catch with the FIF!
The young heron is super.

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