The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014

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CollBaxter
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Re: Sandhill Crane and Blue heron, Fraser River estuary

Nice nice shoot of the heron. The crane is a bit obscured.

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CollBaxter
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Re: Eagle & Grackle

Scott I do like the Grackle. Nice pose from these gregarious birds.

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CollBaxter
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Re: All about superb fairy wrens

I love your wrens but the blue ones always make me look at them in wonder. Very nice.

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,462
Re: All about superb fairy wrens

Nice captures Terence.  It's very hard not to like these cute little birds, and it's a treat when they keep still enough for long enough for you to get a good set of images like these
I like the first shot of the female the best.  It's the simple composition that makes it a stand-out for me.
I shot dozens of Superb Fairy Wren images this past spring, and not once did I find it easy to show detail in the male's black neck. That's got to be just about the blackest black on any bird going.

Peter
(in Sydney)

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,462
Re: Stuff from Cape Town.

An interesting set to start the new year Collin.
Good to see your E-30 getting some exercise, and I'm glad to see you are getting some nice results with the 150mm x2 combo. I love that combo for it's portability.

Your ostriches are very nice indeed, but have me wondering - where's mother, and will she be angry when she finds you near the chicks ?

The juvi Shrike is my favourite shot.

Peter

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Gopal42986 Contributing Member • Posts: 891
Re: Cardinals in late afternoon sunlight

Wonderful captures!!! Thank you for sharing..

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Scott Whittemore
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Re: Tufted Ducks

Nice shots. I especially like the second one.

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BabuRick
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Re: Captive and wild - which is which?

Well, the quarrions aren't native to NZ, whilst the other two aren't either but I think have been introduced? Nice pics, anyway.

Rick

BabuRick
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Re: More Australian Parrots

Nice to see these less well-known parrots - thanks!

Rick

Scott Whittemore
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Re: All about superb fairy wrens

Great shots of a very cute little bird. I especially like the first and last. The males have very nice color.

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BabuRick
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Re: Stuff from Cape Town.

Nice to see a jacky hangman or two again - the ones I recall were usually sitting on telephone wires (or don't the S African ones do that?) The fiscal flycatcher was a new one for me. Thanks for posting them, Col, and the baby ostriches too.

Rick

BabuRick
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Re: Bird of Prey

Me too. Especially with the 70-300.

Rick

BabuRick
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Re: All about superb fairy wrens

Nice ones - they can be pretty flitty little birds to photograph. I had some pretty abject failures a couple of weeks ago, admittedly in low light.

BabuRick
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Re: The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014
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From yesterday with the old e-520 and 70-300. Latter two lightly cropped.

Rick

Richard Pavek
Richard Pavek OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,597
Re: All about superb fairy wrens

Nice work Terence. You have certainly learned how to use that combo.
Richard

Richard Pavek
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Re: The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 28 January 5, 2014

Like the last oneRichard

joeletx Senior Member • Posts: 1,795
Re: A few shots with the E-M1 and 50-200mm SWD +EC2.0

Not bad at all for ISO-1600. The next to last picture is nice and sharp.

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joeletx Senior Member • Posts: 1,795
Re: Stuff from Cape Town.

Nice bokeh on the last three. Interesting birds.

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J Warren Forum Member • Posts: 74
Re: Black Vulture

Thanks Colin, and everyone else who commented.

Regards,

J Warren

tert Forum Member • Posts: 69
Thanks everyone. And on black feathers

Many thanks to all the kind comments. These birds are really a joy to photograph.

Peter, I agree with you on how difficult it is to capture details on the bird's neck. It does not help that significant cropping is required given the bird's size. All of these photos were taken with available light and I have only recently started learning to use fill-flash, which not only helps to freeze motion, and provide a catch-light, but also enhance micro-contrast of feathers. I have had a little success last week with the Spotted Pardalote which is an equally small bird. The use of flash though adds another layer of complexity. I have learnt about the use of flash through WH Majoros internet-based book on digital bird photography, which is a comprehensive and excellent guide to bird photography (with inspirational photographs to match). I plan to try using fill-flash with the wrens when I next get the chance to.

Cheers,

Terence

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