The Sunday BIRD Volume 9 Issue 34 February 16, 2014
Well I am not going to complain about our weather after watching the news on TV this week. It is hard to believe the pounding the Eastern half of the States got this week. And no end in sight!
Cheers and Chirps,
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Hi Richard--lovely shots as usual--The Tern is my favorite. Your right about the weather; I am back in the States from Australia and we have had about 30 inches of snow the past week.
These are Australian Cormorants. All taken with E5 -50-200 and EC 2.0
I spent another winter's day walking at the Botanical garden which in winter is a birding trail.... These are what I found on that day ….All taken with the E-30 and the 70-300mm lens
Cardinal in the bushes.. 300mm;f/7.1@1/320sec;ISO 200...
It's these pictures that I have to fight CDAF on the G5 to take and that keeps me thinking that PDAF is still a prerequisite for these kinds of shots, that is if you like this type of picture...
A Sparrow in the field... 300mm;f/7.1@1/1250;ISO400..
Finally, a Yellow Rumped Warbler at the pond. … 300mm;f/8@1/320;ISO400
All comments and critiques will be appreciated... Thanks for spending this time here...
Both of these are with Panasonic GH3, 100-300 lens.
First "White Throated Kingfisher"
And Then, the world's largest Kingfisher - "Laughing Kookaburra"
I got away for a few days during the week and spent some time on the SE coast 200Km south of Sydney. The weather (specifically the light) was just about the worst I've experienced as a bird shooter. The sky was a uniform bright grey all day long, for 4 straight days. No shadows, no contrast just dazzling bright with very light misty rain. Every shot seemed to be back-lit and I struggled with exposure. Even my best lenses, - Zuiko and Canon 300mm /2.8 - seemed to have CA, and low contrast
I did find some nice birds though, and after a lot of PP I managed some presentable pics.
All hand-held with 5D3, EF300mm/2.8 x2 , raw PP in Lightroom 5.3, exported as jpg 160op wide
I found this little bird resting up on a power pole on a quiet country road
1/4000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 cropped to about 5% of the original
A juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle.
This bird passed overhead while I was out on a mud flat shooting some waders and pelicans.
The adults are more 'regal' looking with dark grey on top and white underneath
1/3200 sec f/5.6 ISO3200, cropped to about 4%
And another juvenile - a Peregrine Falcon.
We could hear the birds squawking high in the forested hill across the lake.
After climbing up through the thick undergrowth I sat and waited in the forest, sure enough the bird was curious enough to come and check me out - from a distance and high vantage of course.
1/800 sec f/5.6 ISO800, cropped to about 7%
1/1000 sec f/5.6 ISO1600, cropped to about 5%
My very early hummingbird visitor, Costas Hummingbird.
Nice work & a very good haul, why not use a flash gun on very back-lite subjects.
Your Usual A-grade images!
Ditto on the eyes, Super Image!