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#279163 - 20/08/2009 15:13 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Harlz Offline
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Registered: 28/05/2009
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Loc: Castle Hill, NSW
Quote:
Originally posted by RainBird:

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
That's a mighty good sounding setup RainBird. Looking forward to seeing some shots. Bird shots is something I would dearly like to try when I get some good glass.

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#279164 - 21/08/2009 08:06 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
davidg Offline
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Registered: 01/06/2008
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Just a couple of pics from my time in Kosciusko National Park last week.

This one was take down by the Thredbo River at a camping area called Ngarigo a few minutes east of Thredbo Village.



This was taken at Geehi Hut/Camping Grounds west of the ranges.



Was my first attempts at anything other than landscapes so only got the two that were usable but am pleased with them especially the first one.

Cheers. Dave.

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#279165 - 26/08/2009 01:21 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Seabreeze Offline
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Loc: South West Rocks, NSW
Snapped a couple of quick pictures of a happy magpie looking for food and gargling about on the front lawn. The magpies have started swooping around here, they prefer to swoop bike riders and little kids. They just give me the evil eye when I walk past their nesting area, probably because they're use to me.


And him again, a gust of wind ruffling his feathers makes him look different though.
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#279166 - 27/08/2009 23:25 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Damn, I re-shuffled my photobucket account, here they are again anyway smile




Thanks,

Dave.

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#279167 - 02/09/2009 19:55 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Loc: Beresfield - near Maitland, NS...
Here a few images of some seagulls at Darling Harbour:





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#279168 - 02/09/2009 19:56 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Shultzy Offline
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Continued...





:cheers:
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#279169 - 02/09/2009 20:50 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Jacci Offline
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Aweome pics all!
Shultz the duck is really nice and sharp, good soft light too smile

Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus




Red-headed Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta




Double-barred Finch Taenoipygia annulosa

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#279170 - 02/09/2009 21:20 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Thanks RainBird, I love those last few photos, special as always! I especially love the bokeh in all the pictures you take of the birds - what aperture are you using?
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#279171 - 02/09/2009 21:29 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Jacci Offline
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Thanks! smile
It kind of varies depending on distance and light but often at close range sitting in a hide f11 seems to be the sweet spot for my 55-200mm f5.6 VR lens, getting closer focus tends to give that desirable shallow depth of field too. I also apply fill flash manually when needed at different levels depending on the situation.
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#279172 - 03/09/2009 07:39 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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f11? Wow, one would expect a much lower aperture setting with the way your pictures turn out eek Keep it up, I am really enjoying seeing amazing pictures of birds that I have never seen before smile
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#279173 - 03/09/2009 09:09 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Jacci Offline
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f11 is really sharp but is not always usable, the ISO need to be stepped up. I use between ISO 200 - 500 most of the time. f11 is good in full daylight at close range but in shade or soft light f5.6 to f8 is preferable, I have upped the exposure comp on my camera to +5 aswell, which in rutern makes the lens' performance faster wink
The above images were taken at f8, ISO 200, 1/320 w/FF manual @ 200mm smile
I have to admit the autofocus is horribly slow and tends to hunt in low light, making it very difficult to get birds! :rolleyes:
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#279174 - 06/09/2009 08:11 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Registered: 08/01/2007
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Loc: Brandon.. QLD..EX Karratha
Thought i would put this Galah in here..

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#279175 - 06/09/2009 18:06 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Registered: 04/01/2008
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Loc: Beenleigh SEQ
Over the last few weeks ive noticed a Magpie hanging around the house quite a lot, not being aggressive at all, just being rather curious. Then About 2 weeks ago he got so curious that he came up and ate a not potato chip from my hand. I was stoked. He now eats from my hands regularly and has even let his female companion come and eat now too.

Mr magpie eating some bread from me this arvo:



Mr Magpie in his Classic pose:



He got very close to the cam in this shot, the click sorta spooked him a bit lol:



Mrs Magpie. Shes a bit smaller and wont yet eat from my hand. Mr Magpie is always close by when she is around:



Closer look at the eye she had an infection in when i first saw her. Seems a lot better now smile



She got a lot closer than normal in these shots, and unbeleivably the male was nowhere to be seen. No doubt somewhere in the trees above.



Its amazing how intelligent these birds seem to be and happy to be around me. I dont have to walk slowly or anything around them anymore. In fact they come running across the road after me when im out the front now lol.
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#279176 - 07/09/2009 17:01 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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I got a nice shot of this Rosella in next door's garden.
But i got to keen and close and scared him off and this is the result.

Click for larger image.
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#279177 - 07/09/2009 20:59 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Lovely Eddy, I especially like the last shot - his head is lovely, in focus and sharp, while his wings are motion blurred and indicates action. Good capture wink
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#279178 - 11/09/2009 14:24 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Thanks ShultzCity
I was trying to get close enough so i could set the camera to Macro and experiment with Macro, so in the end it was more of a fluke than good capture. :cheers:
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#279179 - 19/09/2009 08:47 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Andy Double U Offline
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Loc: Mundoolun, SE QLD, 129m ASL
These little fellas are keeping us entertained building their house while we build ours smile


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#279180 - 19/09/2009 17:11 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
kazzycaboodles Offline
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Registered: 14/12/2005
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Loc: Springwood QLD
This guy was watching me while I walked to the laundry:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/33360488@N03/3933697358/

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#279181 - 19/09/2009 21:52 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Jacci Offline
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Nice photos Andy and Kazz! smile
Andy, this little guy is called a Straited Pardalote wink
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#279182 - 20/09/2009 20:45 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Andy Double U Offline
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Straited Pardalote eh? They should make mention in the bird books that that little fella right there (perched atop a 16mm piece of reo so you can get an idea of scale) makes quite a racket that belies his tiny size! We always look around for the bigger bird before figuring out that is where the noise is coming from!

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