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#279143 - 23/07/2009 12:51 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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great photos everyone.Heres one of a willy wagtail.

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#279144 - 24/07/2009 00:14 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Looks like we're on a roll.

Some Pale Headed Rosellas among the Paw paw trees on Sunday afternoon.



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#279145 - 25/07/2009 14:05 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Here's a couple I took on Friday while doing some track maintenance at Belair NP. The Musk Lorikeets where distracted enough with nest building to get up close without much effort. The Little Correllas on the other hand where quite timid. It took about 20 minuets to creep close enough without throwing there confidence.


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#279146 - 25/07/2009 15:24 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Lovely shots you have there Chris. cool The Corellas however are the Long-billed Corellas as evidenced by the longer beaks and abundance of colour over the cere and to the eye.

Little Corellas lack in this colouring and have distinct yellow under the tail. smile

The Musk Lorikeets are beauties. We have a pet one and she's the biggest clown around. laugh
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#279147 - 25/07/2009 16:44 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Thanks for clearing that up Helen. Clown definitely summed up both flocks. It was fascinating to see how they interacted with each other. Whether or not it was play or just social order, it still made me smile.

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#279148 - 27/07/2009 19:00 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Amazing photography so far in this thread! Here are my two - definitely not up to the standard of others in this thread, but nice enough wink





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#279149 - 29/07/2009 16:46 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Love the detail and lighting on that dove Shultz! smile

Forest Kingfisher over the billabong..

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#279150 - 29/07/2009 17:09 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Lovely shot of the kingfisher, RainBird! My shots were actually taken of pigeons in the backyard :p
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#279151 - 02/08/2009 10:04 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Here's a pic taken in my backyard of a Rainbow Lorikeet. Taken with my new Sigma 70-200mm Macro lens.


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#279152 - 02/08/2009 21:24 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Bird life around my block is kind enough to sit still for long enough to be photographed..

Corellas doing a flypast at eye level


A traffic jam of corellas in the mist


Kookaburra hunting




Kookaburra bath

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#279153 - 04/08/2009 17:58 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Crimson Finch (Morph, lacking crimson cheeks). Taken during a recent birding trip with a 55-200mm VR while hiding in a Pandanus thicket.. ouch! :p

200mm, VR on, f8, ISO 200, 1/320, fill flash.



I'm really looking foward to getting my new lens, the 600mm/f4 VR! laugh
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#279154 - 14/08/2009 17:21 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Mighty fine work there Jacci... book quality for sure. cool

Quote:
Originally posted by RainBird:
I'm really looking foward to getting my new lens, the 600mm/f4 VR! laugh
Just what hubby wants, but in the Canon version... new stove, tumble dryer, 4WD, my 5D MkII and 17mm f4L tilt-shift lens come first. wink

Certainly not as speccy, but I chanced across a pair of Adelaide Rosellas which have a nest in a White Cedar tree right in the heart of Burra. Raced back to the car and grabbbed the camera with my 70-200mm f2.8L IS lens on board and I was pleasantly surprised to find them still there... and unafraid of the big white lens. smile Managed a couple of quick shots before they got scared off by a big white van.

200mm, f5, ISO400, 1/500, IS on.

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#279155 - 14/08/2009 18:44 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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I love the little "pose" you've caught him in Helen. His little hand around the jacaranda stem, and the scrapes of food stuck to his beak, he's been sprung!

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#279156 - 15/08/2009 13:50 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Thanks Chris, he certainly was a character. smile
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#279157 - 16/08/2009 11:08 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Pelicans smile






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#279158 - 16/08/2009 14:53 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Quote:
Originally posted by RainBird:
I'm really looking foward to getting my new lens, the 600mm/f4 VR! laugh
That is some really serious birding that you are doing if you are digging deep for a 600mm! Makes my 80-400 appear little... although with the cropping factor of the D90 It takes it up to 600mm @ f5.6 lol... no substitute for magnification though. Makes me laugh seeing it has VR, I can't imagine anyone shooting this thing without a monopod or tripod, must be to prevent blurring due to mirror slap laugh

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#279159 - 16/08/2009 17:17 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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digging deep alright. I struggled to afford an 18-200 let alone this piece of magnificence. Coupled with the D700 it will be one awesome piece of kit. May render the fill flash notion obsolete at 600mm though wink

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#279160 - 16/08/2009 21:32 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Nice pics everyone, just a few pics from my backyard today. Dof pushed to the limit which threatened sharpness a tad.... but those birds are welcome anytime smile



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#279161 - 16/08/2009 21:47 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Helen Offline
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Originally posted by -hillsrain-:
May render the fill flash notion obsolete at 600mm though wink
A Better Beamer helps in this regard. wink

...at $3000 dearer than the Canon version, I'm glad I went the way I did, regardless, I think both kidneys, gall bladder and a couple of lungs would be needed to be sold to pay for it. :p
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#279162 - 18/08/2009 18:55 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Jacci Offline
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Yeah definately Helen smile
The SB900 speedlight with a BetterBeamer and the 600mm/f4 VR attached to a Wimberley gimbal head should ensure some nice shots ahead..
Teleconverters are also an option to but I'd only go to 1.4x tops which will give me 720mm @ f5.6, any higher than that and your basically sacrificing quality and stopping down further for that extra length.

I'll be after that elusive Azure Kingfisher when it arrives! wink

BTW WelloMeteo your second pelican pic is very nice, love the comp and pose smile
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