The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 32 February 2, 2014

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Richard Pavek
Richard Pavek Veteran Member • Posts: 6,624
The Sunday BIRD Volume 9, Issue 32 February 2, 2014
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Hi everybody,

Well it has been a very busy week again but this time I do have a few birds for you. None are from this week because even though there is a herring run in the harbor, the thousands of birds are just sitting in the water slurping herring roe. About as uninteresting a scene for photos as I can imagine.

Hope for better shooting next week!

Cheers and Chirps,

Richard Pavek

SHENmaker@MSN.com

My photo/essay blog is at: www.RichardsBirdBlog.com

Gallery at www.pbase.com/shenmaker

Richard Pavek
Richard Pavek OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,624
If you’re new to the thread please read this.

Whatever your cameras and whether you post snapshots of birds or museum quality photographs, please know that you are most welcome!

We would like you to help us keep the BIRD from becoming a confused mess by
1. Posting your photos first, as a reply to the Parent post (the one with the Sunday BIRD in the title)
before you view or comment on other posts.
A maximum of 5 or 6 per post, please. Post again if you need.

2. IMPORTANT: replace the Sunday BIRD title in the Subject title of your post with a title that describes your photos or they will be missed.)
3. Please ID your birds, we have readers all over the world and many will not know yours.

(If you don’t know the IDs by all means ask.)
4. Please don’t put your photos inside a reply to another poster, because the rest of us won’t see them.
5. You may make any comments you wish on the photos others have already posted.
6. It is not necessary to thank each person who makes a minor comment on your photo(s). Sometimes there have been so many ‘thank yous’ that dpReview cut us off at the 150 post limit!
So, if you wish to say thank you please do it once for all those who commented. Thanks.
Richard

Richard Pavek
Richard Pavek OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,624
My birds this week

All Sandhill Cranes. M1 with the ZD300 f2.8 plus the EC14

Thanks for looking, comments welcome,

Richard

CalNature Senior Member • Posts: 1,063
North Valley bird trip...

Rare day with clean air...after a piddling storm.

Snow geese...about 20,000 in this particular wetland.  They were swirling all around me...hard to focus!

White-fronted goose...not supposed to be able to focus out of the clear blue sky?

Snow goose

More snow geese.

Grebe (Pie-billed?)

White-faced Ibis.

Hope you enjoy these!

WhyNot
WhyNot Veteran Member • Posts: 5,097
Birds at the Garden

I went to the Botanical Garden which in January is mostly for the dogs and the birds.... Actually, it was so cold the dogs mostly stayed home but there were birds .. All pictures taken with the E-30 and the ZD 70-300mm lens at ISO 800 and f/8 at various shutter speeds...

A robin at the stream.. his friends were further up the stream taking baths...

A bluebird in a tree...

Finally a Sparrow in the field...

Comments and critiques will be appreciated and thanks to all that spent this time stopping by....

Richard Pavek
Richard Pavek OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,624
Re: North Valley bird trip...

Good Shooting!
Richard

joeletx Senior Member • Posts: 1,831
Re: North Valley bird trip...

Nice duck landing shots.

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,620
Backyard shots

Hare are some BIF shots taken from my Sydney Backyard.
All were hand-held, shot at 600mm with canon 5D3, raw PP in LR5.2 cropped and resized

Peter

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A Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo heading west into the setting sun
1/3200 sec, f/5.6 ISO1600

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A Spotted Dove landing on the neighbour's rooftop.
1/3200, f/6.3, ISO1600, 2-shot sequence.

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A flash of colour as a group of Rainbow Lorikeets fly by
1/3200, f/5.6, ISO1600 (more DoF would have helped with this shot)

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A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo departing

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Bob657 Senior Member • Posts: 2,214
Southern California Birds, EM1, 50-200 SWD, EC14, some shot with DTC
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I hope. You enjoy these as much as I did capturing them!

Belted Kingfisher, rare event, usually behind branches!

White Faced Ibis

Hummingbird

Nutall's Woodpecker

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sinkas Senior Member • Posts: 1,201
Re: Backyard shots

Beautiful photos.

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Regards Daryl
Hobbes: You're ignorant, but at least you act on it.”
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sinkas Senior Member • Posts: 1,201
Sacred Kingfisher

I was very pleased to see this little juvenile fellow. First one I have seen in our area.

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Regards Daryl
Hobbes: You're ignorant, but at least you act on it.”
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sb123 Senior Member • Posts: 1,158
Eagle with Prey
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Semiahmoo, WA.  Pana GX7 + 400 Canon.  After the eagle cleaned the corpse to bone and finally flew off we examined the remains and guessed as best as we could that it was a scoter.  While it was eating no amount of people walking by disturbed it.

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Okreb
Okreb Veteran Member • Posts: 5,907
From South Florida

I met up with uJoe at Wakodahatchee Wetlands on Friday afternoon. These are my photos, all with the E-M1 and the m75-300mm lens at ISO 400.

Still getting used to camera-lens combo and EVF. We're getting there.

Male Anhinga. 1/640, f/8.0, EV -0.7, 194mm.

Osprey. Extremely Serious crop. 1/640, f/10.0, 300mm.

Egyptian Goose. 1/1600, f/8.0, EV -0.3, 140mm.

Great Blue Heron with Lunch. 1/640, f/8.0, EV -0.7, 117mm.

Little Blue Heron. 1/160, f/8.0, EV +0.7, 187mm.

Tricolored Heron. 1/400, f/8.0, 109mm.

Pied-bill Grebe. 1/640, f/8.0, 234mm.

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Martin.au
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 10,463
Eulogy for a cormorant.

Rather sad tale this week.

While walking last night I found this fellow alongside the jetty. It didn't want to move and when it tried to walk away after it spotted me, was very unsteady on its feet. I suspect that it didn't last the night. Hopefully it didn't (which sounds harsh) but today is going to be 42ºc.

Anyhow, now it is preserved in a photo for many years to come.

There were also 7 or so other dead cormorants on that section of beach, so I shall have to lodge a report on Monday.

Other than that, it was a pleasant evening.

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,620
Re: My birds this week

Good set Richard.
The last is my favourite - I really like the framing and positions of the birds.
The splash of red on their heads is at odds with their otherwise drab colour.
Is that  a breeding plumage, or do they always have the red?

Peter

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,620
Re: North Valley bird trip...

Terrific colour and clarity in all of these shots. 90-250mm ?
The white-fronted goose landing is my favourite.
Did you track the bird  with C-AF or was that a 1-shot ?

Peter

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,620
Re: Birds at the Garden

Cute little birds.
I like the lighting in the stream shot - gives it a warm feel despite what you say about the cold weather.
Peter

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,620
Re: Eulogy for a cormorant.

Hi Martin, 
Your subject looks like a young bird but plenty old enough to feed itself.
Its problem is unlikely to be due to natural causes - sad what we do to our wildlife
Peter

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Messier Object Veteran Member • Posts: 4,620
Re: Sacred Kingfisher

Good shot Daryl.
Stands up well to 100% viewing - possibly worth a closer crop ?
I still have not bagged a Sacred Kingfisher    but seen many up close

Peter

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Martin.au
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 10,463
Re: Eulogy for a cormorant.

Messier Object wrote:

Hi Martin,
Your subject looks like a young bird but plenty old enough to feed itself.
Its problem is unlikely to be due to natural causes - sad what we do to our wildlife
Peter

Yeah, there's something screwy going on here at the moment. I think it's unlikely that cormorants are being hooked and injured by the fishers on the jetty. I know that does happen sometimes, but I haven't seen it occur, so I don't think it happens regularly. There also weren't any signs of line or hooks on the dead birds. I'm guessing perhaps a decline in fish stocks or a disease of some sort. There were a lot of dead cormorants in a pretty small area.

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