The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 33 February 9, 2014
Hi Richard, glad to hear you finally got some proper rain.
Your shots are excellent as usual.
I mentioned this once before . . . when I click on view at 100% the image I see has a weird colour change. I've seen this issue mentioned in another forum, and is not dependent on which computer I use to view.
Terrific results with that combo. I rarely go above ISO400 on my E-30. Your ISO800 shots are very clean (cleaner than many E-M1 shots I see).
The gang of Robins (or is it Robin) is my favourite shot. Always fun to see a close group like that interacting
I'm wondering what 'ended' the bird - humans, the sea or a quake
Wow, what luck !
And you didn't waste the opportunity - well done Rick
I've never been close enough for any shots.
Don't know what to say , Peter, when I click on anybody's image it seems a bit darker when it's larger but I don't see a color shift.
Tough shoot - dark birds in dappled light.
That lens combo punches well above its weight in dollars.
Beautiful shot Dharma.
I hope you're enjoying the break from the ice and snow
Outstanding shots Pam.
Very cute birds, especially the wren.
Your framing and presentations are perfect
Wonderful work ! The subtle lighting adds something to the mood - a very 'natural' look to all of these shots
Andrew, I hope you are not going to tell me that these were also shot through your kitchen window.
Thanks for your comments. It's days later and I'm still in disbelief about this bird, especially in view of what 'Whynot' and Peter said.
When I first saw him he had just flown onto the top of the rock (see pic1 below), and I took a series of photos approaching obliquely, first below and to the right of the rock and then going round to the higher left side of the rock to get a really close up view from a little below (the first pic in my original post.)
Then I said 'thank you' and went back down to the beach to join my daughter. A few seconds later he took off and disappeared. I started looking at a larger bird of prey (?sea eagle?) well down the beach and then suddenly saw the kestrel hawking back over the beach. I've so far proven useless at BIFs with that camera/lens combination but I pointed the camera at him anyway and took several more. They're not good photos, but in the 100% detail you can see (what I couldn't at the time) the cicada in his left claw.
Next thing he's back on the rock, and allowing me to approach all over again. This time I chose a less close but higher vantage point on the cliff, where I could see what he had caught, and took a a whole lot more photos, including the second one in my original post. Then I left him to finish his meal (my daughter was getting pretty bored and I felt he had earned a bit of peace.)
I confess that they were Peter with the 40 -150 mm m4/3 lens I paid $90 for new from Olympus. The nuthatches are difficult because they don't sit still for very long. It is likely about 2 m to the branches they perch on from the window so they are pretty close. It was snowing a fair amount when I took these and bloody cold.
Good to hear the fires are less damaging than I thought.