Green Cay and Wako yesterday

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snapa
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Green Cay and Wako yesterday
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It was such a nice day, me and the wife decided to go out for 2 hours and check out the wildlife. We went to Green Cay first for one hours and one lap, then did the same at Wako since it's only a five minute drive. When we got to Wako, Justin was there waiting to take a few BIF pictures just before sunset, it's always nice to see him out there! Although it takes about 30 minutes to get there, it was well worth the drive, as you will see. It seems like the birds have finally started to nest and fill the small islands of trees, so there was plenty to see and shoot.

I have plenty more pictures to share, but I can only post a few in the OP, but I'll start out with the pictures I think were worth posting first. I don't take too many BIF pictures, so I figured I'd throw a few into the mix. I don't get that many keeper BIF pictures, I wonder if the improved AF on the a6400/a6600 would give me more keepers? If anyone can answer that question coming from the a6300 could answer that question, I'd like to know. I also tried to include as much variety to keep it interesting.

Anhinga, preening as the do alot when drying off.

Another Anhinga with an iguana making it uncomfortable for him while shaking the branches.

A cattle egret flying low.

One of the many gators we saw cruising around.

Another gator that looks like it just ate something, and still had a mouth full of plants.

Just a grebe coming up for air after eating a few fish.

A tri-color heron relieving itself. I just hope it did not hit anyone on the board walk.

One of the many glossy ibis birds that seemed to have the sun hitting it just right to show off its colors.

Another one with its colorful iridescent feathers.

The wood storks have finally begun to start nesting.

A Great Blue Heron, one of my favorite bird. They are there all year long.

An ibis, with another as a reflection.

I had to post an iguana, since there were so many out there.

An finally, one last BIF shot of a wood stork since it flew right past me.

Well... that's it for this week, I hope you liked a few of them. I might have to start doing this once a week as long as the weather stays so nice and the birds keep coming.

As usual, any and all comments and questions are always welcome.

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Re: Green Cay and Wako yesterday

Nice set. The glossy IBIS feathers are stunning! Well captured.

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glossy ibis!

Wow, that glossy ibis is a beautiful bird! And you've captured it well.

My parents live in Sebring, but I've never come across that species when visiting them. Lots of white ibises, but not the glossy ones. I'm definitely going to seek them out next time I'm down there.

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Newbie Phewbie wrote:

Nice set. The glossy IBIS feathers are stunning! Well captured.

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Here is another bird with some nice colors taken the same day.

A grey-headed swamphen

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Joachim Wulfers
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Re: Green Cay and Wako yesterday

Hi snapa, some nice shots there. Who better to ask that question about more keepers of BIF than the Guy you are shooting with, Justin. Practise, practise and the keepers will come.
Nice colourful Ibises showing off their feathers. And I am always amazed with the details in the skin of those Iguanas.

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Joachim,

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Hi snapa, some nice shots there. Who better to ask that question about more keepers of BIF than the Guy you are shooting with, Justin. Practise, practise and the keepers will come.

I know Justin can tell me all about the difference between the a6300 vs a6600, but I'd like to get other opinions as well. It's always good to get a second or third opinion.

Nice colourful Ibises showing off their feathers. And I am always amazed with the details in the skin of those Iguanas.

Thanks Joachim. I saw about 20 glossy IBIS's and 70 white IBIS's that day. It's fun to try and get the sunlight to shine just right on the glossy IBIS's to show off their full colors. Here is another picture of a white IBIS taken the same day, just for taking your time to comment.

They always keep an eye open for the gators cruising around.

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zackiedawg
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Snapa,

snapa wrote:

It was such a nice day, me and the wife decided to go out for 2 hours and check out the wildlife. We went to Green Cay first for one hours and one lap, then did the same at Wako since it's only a five minute drive. When we got to Wako, Justin was there waiting to take a few BIF pictures just before sunset, it's always nice to see him out there! Although it takes about 30 minutes to get there, it was well worth the drive, as you will see. It seems like the birds have finally started to nest and fill the small islands of trees, so there was plenty to see and shoot.

Indeed - like someone threw a light switch - Wako goes from no woodstorks nesting to 50-60 of them nesting in just one week!

I have plenty more pictures to share, but I can only post a few in the OP, but I'll start out with the pictures I think were worth posting first. I don't take too many BIF pictures, so I figured I'd throw a few into the mix. I don't get that many keeper BIF pictures, I wonder if the improved AF on the a6400/a6600 would give me more keepers?

Probably you'd get more keepers, but it's evolutionary - the new focus system is better at tracking with the subject, but the A6300 is no slouch at acquiring focus and the continuous focus system can keep up with really fast birds if you have good panning technique - the only real difference is having the tracking system be able to lock onto the subject and help avoid anything else catching the focus' attention.  The A6300 AF has no trouble at all, but it can switch off the subject if it flies behind a tree or another bird on occasion because it's not actually tracking or locked on a subject, it's just continuously focusing on the closest subject.  Lock-on AF mode simply can't keep up with flying birds on the A6300, so most of us just avoided using it.  Tracking-AF mode on the 6400/6600 works as it should, so it's very usable.

But it's not going to mean you'll come home with a 100% hit rate on all moving subjects!  And it still requires good panning technique to keep the bird in the frame...so experience/practice will still yield more keepers and better results than improved tracking algorithms will.

The first gator shot came out very nice with the warm light on him, and the glossy ibis were nicely captured to pick up the iridescence.  The iguana, and the final wood stork in flight were my other two favorites here.

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Re: Joachim,

snapa wrote:

Joachim Wulfers wrote:

Hi snapa, some nice shots there. Who better to ask that question about more keepers of BIF than the Guy you are shooting with, Justin. Practise, practise and the keepers will come.

I know Justin can tell me all about the difference between the a6300 vs a6600, but I'd like to get other opinions as well. It's always good to get a second or third opinion.

Nice colourful Ibises showing off their feathers. And I am always amazed with the details in the skin of those Iguanas.

Thanks Joachim. I saw about 20 glossy IBIS's and 70 white IBIS's that day. It's fun to try and get the sunlight to shine just right on the glossy IBIS's to show off their full colors. Here is another picture of a white IBIS taken the same day, just for taking your time to comment.

They always keep an eye open for the gators cruising around.

I meant to say that Justin can teach you how to get more BIF keepers with your A6300. After all he used that camera fora few years 😎

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Joachim Wulfers wrote:

I meant to say that Justin can teach you how to get more BIF keepers with your A6300. After all he used that camera fora few years 😎

I actually did get Snapa set up for BIF back when we first started meeting up to shoot at the wetlands - showed him my settings, and set up his MR settings with one for BIF that he's been using.  He just never really concentrated on BIF until about a year ago, so still in the early stages.  BIF is one of those things that gets better and easier with experience, so no matter the camera or focus system, just getting out and panning and shooting various subjects is the only way to really get good at it.

He's definitely gotten some good results already over the past year, so is well on the way!

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Re: Joachim,

zackiedawg wrote:

Joachim Wulfers wrote:

I meant to say that Justin can teach you how to get more BIF keepers with your A6300. After all he used that camera fora few years 😎

I actually did get Snapa set up for BIF back when we first started meeting up to shoot at the wetlands - showed him my settings, and set up his MR settings with one for BIF that he's been using. He just never really concentrated on BIF until about a year ago, so still in the early stages. BIF is one of those things that gets better and easier with experience, so no matter the camera or focus system, just getting out and panning and shooting various subjects is the only way to really get good at it.

He's definitely gotten some good results already over the past year, so is well on the way!

I noticed that snapa’s more recent BIF looked good. I also have most of your settings for BIF on my A6600 but my results are dismal since I seldom practice. And most of the places I shoot are tight and make panning difficult. Excuses, excuses

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Joachim & Justin,

Joachim Wulfers wrote:

zackiedawg wrote:

Joachim Wulfers wrote:

I meant to say that Justin can teach you how to get more BIF keepers with your A6300. After all he used that camera fora few years 😎

I actually did get Snapa set up for BIF back when we first started meeting up to shoot at the wetlands - showed him my settings, and set up his MR settings with one for BIF that he's been using. He just never really concentrated on BIF until about a year ago, so still in the early stages. BIF is one of those things that gets better and easier with experience, so no matter the camera or focus system, just getting out and panning and shooting various subjects is the only way to really get good at it.

He's definitely gotten some good results already over the past year, so is well on the way!

I noticed that snapa’s more recent BIF looked good. I also have most of your settings for BIF on my A6600 but my results are dismal since I seldom practice. And most of the places I shoot are tight and make panning difficult. Excuses, excuses

Justin did set up my a6300 about a year ago, just like his, so I started to practice BIF for about 2-3 months. I haven't tried taking any BIF since then, but here are a few I took last year. I was pretty happy with most of those shots. I guess the a6300 is still pretty good at BIF, once you practice panning enough and get real good at it, like Justin is!

I'm not planning on upgrading to the a6400 or a6600, I was simply inquiring IF those cameras were much better at BIF than my a6300, for those who have upgraded. I figured Justin would chime in, but was hoping for other opinions, besides his. I will not upgrade my camera until the successor to the a6600 is released, period, for many reasons.

My a6300 & FE 300G is more than I need until then. Although, if I do upgrade to the a6600 successor (if it ever comes(?)), I may go all the way and get the FE 100-400GM to go with it. That lens is better, and has more range which I need very often. It seems with only 300mm, I shoot at 300mm most of the time, and need to crop too much. With the FE 100-400GM, I will be able to 'Fill the Frame' and get a lot more resolution and detail, which would be very nice.

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