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#279123 - 30/06/2009 09:20 Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
Jacci Offline
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Any keen bird watchers/photographers in here?

Though I'd get this topic started, a great remedy to take the edge off from the lack of storms in the dry season laugh

Subjects are Australian native birds. smile


White Breasted Sea Eagle.




Comb crested Jacana.




Rainbow Bee Eater.




Darter.

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#279124 - 30/06/2009 10:06 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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I'm not a bird watcher, but I love your shots! Favourite out of those ones is the rainbow bee eater.

You've definitely got a great talent and you are using it very well wink Cheers, Jacob
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#279125 - 30/06/2009 12:37 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Nice shots RainBird
He's a nice looking Sea Eagle in pic 1.
Were you fairly close to him or did you use a long lense?
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#279126 - 30/06/2009 21:46 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Thanks guys smile
The lens I used was a Nikkor 55-200mm, using a hide to get closer to him wink
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#279127 - 01/07/2009 00:21 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Hi Rainbird - great photos. My fave is the Jesus bird. Love birds and watching them. Sean Dooley's book, 'The Big Twitch', of three or so years ago, should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in birding. Here's a Gang Gang in my 'garden'


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#279128 - 01/07/2009 13:52 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Thanks ULD smile The Gang Gang is lovely, were you really close to it when you got the shot?
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#279129 - 01/07/2009 15:44 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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I think about 3 metres away. All the photos I took were flawed; the birds just wouldn't cooperate! The noteworthy thing was the gang gangs were concentrating so hard on feeding that I was able to get almost as close to them as I liked.

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#279130 - 06/07/2009 19:30 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Evening all,

Seeing as this is the Ornithography thread I would slip this link in to Perry's web site.
This guy has a veritable arsenal he uses for his photos.
Check em out and enjoy!
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#279131 - 06/07/2009 21:20 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Awesome photos Jacci, love the White-breasted sea eagle... my favourite bird of prey. cool

Great site Feral. Another great place for Australian bird images is: http://www.birdingoz.com.au

Hubby and I spent the weekend cruising the Murray River from Morgan to Wentworth and back.

This one from hubby Graeme using a 100-400mm lens:



and this one, my only effort using a 24-70mm:

http://www.ospreyphotography.com/gallery/cpg135/albums/userpics/10001/NoisyMiner1_04072009_t.jpg

...and some more HERE .
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#279132 - 07/07/2009 21:28 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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I haven't got the patience to sit and wait and watch birds but I love them.
On a hot summers evening, just on dusk and when all the raptors have started their evening glides to their home roosts, it is a joy to sit very quietly and watch a family flock of Stubble Quail come out of the edges of the cereal stubble and start to play.
Or a family of a dozen or so Treecreepers squabbling and squeezing into impossibly small spaces between their fellows along a small branch as they settle for the night.

I do so envy your photographic skills in those magnificent and at times quite touching photos of those birds like the Superb Blue Wren, you have in your galleries.
My brother and his wife have a whole family of Blue Wrens who sit on his window sill and demand to be fed as well as buzzing around as only Wrens can do, only a couple of feet away when they sit outside on a warm evening.

Thank you for placing your photos where those of us who do not have your skills can also enjoy just looking at some of those birds, those marvellous creations of nature that we just so often take for granted.

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#279133 - 07/07/2009 22:09 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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I think the only birds I have "shot" I had to hold still ha ha! Still this fella was very cool and his eyes are magnificent!


edit found these 2 shots.

New holland honeyeater


Not sure what he is, purple naped honeyeater or something I think.

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#279134 - 08/07/2009 15:16 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Yellow-Bellied Sunbird


Azure Kingfisher


Little Kingfisher


Southern Cassowary




Double-eyed Fig Parrot


Pied-Imperial Pigeons

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#279135 - 09/07/2009 12:38 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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some really great examples of bird photography so far, good work.
some of the birds around here
Australian Ringneck (Port Lincoln Parrot)


A Blue Wren, this little male always lands on my car down the beach, always sits in the same spot wink


and of course the Pelican, this time down at the Coorong

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#279136 - 09/07/2009 12:44 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Awesome pics all!
I've been after the Azure Kingfisher for quite some time, such an elusive little bird.
Well done Caldera smile


Whistling Kite.

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#279137 - 10/07/2009 14:18 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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There are some fantastic works in here, and by the look of some of them, a lot of time has been devoted to capturing them. I think it's a fair statement to say that ornithological photography has to be one of the most enduring tests of patience around. I took a couple of shots today that don't quite reach the caliber of some of the shots in here, but document a unique experience I had ta the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Whilst sitting down, two juvenile magpies that where near by approached me seemingly out of curiosity and proceed to just go about there business mere feet from me. They where overlooked by a nearby parent, and at one point a colorful noisy miner even popped through. It was fascinating just observing the family dynamics of this little tiding.




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#279138 - 10/07/2009 14:23 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Those Magpies will become my enemy in about 6 weeks or so, until about mid/late October. :p
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#279139 - 18/07/2009 00:00 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Tawny Frogmouth Owl

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#279140 - 20/07/2009 18:32 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Great capture Willow smile
I love the red in the eyes!
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#279141 - 21/07/2009 19:15 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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Yellow Honeyeater taking a bath in my fish pond.



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#279142 - 21/07/2009 23:36 Re: Avian Photography - Australian Native Birds
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The second photo is really cool, nice wing movement and water droplets flying off smile

Here's a couple from the last week with the 55-200mm...

Brown Honeyeater.



Peacful Dove.

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