Dave Williams

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  1. It's too cold, damp and miserable to go out at the moment and with 2 weeks gone my species photo count is 1. We get the odd Snow Bunting over wintering from Scandinavia here in the UK and fortunately there were 3 on our local beach recently. Worth the effort, these very confiding little birds easily lend themselves to photography. Stretch by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  2. Cruising around South America would be good for birds and cetaceans. The advantage of cruising is you get to move around without having to live out of a suitcase which can be very tedious, even when it's in the back of a Hilux.
  3. 3rd and most disappointing cruise to date. 3 species and only 7 birds seen in 14 days and that included stops in 4 countries too Alex.
  4. 326) White Wagtail One of a pair of stowaways that travelled from Hong Kong to Vietnam on our cruise ship. White Wagtail. Motacilla alba by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  5. 325) Great Egret In a rice paddy somewhere near Da Nang ,Vietnam. I have worse shots than this one which may or may not surface!
  6. 324)Dusky Crag Martin Flying round the hotel nr Delhi Airport. Dusky Crag Martin. Ptyonoprogne concolor. Delhi by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  7. 323) Zebra or Peaceful Dove. Grand Palace, Bangkok.Thailand. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata. Bangkok by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  8. At least you are there now despite the traumas! Enjoy.
  9. Nice addition to the camera bag! The D500 has to be the best crop body around at the moment looking at the specs,
  10. Excellent additions there Michael. Looks like you had a brilliant trip.
  11. @xelasI have had the 1DX2 for a almost couple of years now, the 7D2 I bought used in December last year as back up in case my 5D3 failed me. I have been expecting the 5D3 to break down for a year or two, ever since it got a good soaking in salt water on a Dolphin trip. It continues to function perfectly and I thought I don't need 3 bodies, the 7D2 which I have never really taken to was the obvious choice to sell.11 months, 11,000 shots and I sold it for £25 less than I paid for it. Had to go!
  12. 322)Pacific Reef Egret. Cai Lon Bay, Vietnam. Cai Lon Bay has been declared one of UNESCO's 7 natural wonders. I wondered why there was so little bird life! Pacific Reef-egret Egretta Sacra. Vietnam by Dave Williams, on Flickr This was taken with the 100-400 plus a 1.4TC, then cropped!
  13. I took my 100-400 and 24-105 on the holiday but would decide which lens to take on each particular day out. I also sold my 7D2 just before going so no longer have a crop body camera either.
  14. 321) Rose-ringed ( Ring-necked Parakeet). Ocean park Hong Kong. Wished I'd taken a bigger lens than the 24-105mm! Rose-ringed Parakeet. Psittacula krameri. Hong Kong. by Dave Williams, on Flickr A big crop for Alex! Rose-ringed Parakeet. Psittacula krameri. Hong Kong. by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  15. For @xelas ! I'm not usually interested in capturing images of captive animals but these were so, so cute!
  16. Here's a new one! Taken in Ocean Park, a theme park in Hong Kong which was included in our tour but somewhere I didn't really fancy going to. Turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip with the few captive species they keep there appearing to be well looked after and in decent accommodation. 320) Red-whiskered Bulbul. Red-whiskered Bulbul. Pycnonotus jocosus. Hong Kong by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  17. I have been feeling quite rough all week suffering a case of genuine Delhi belly from the named source but silly me for accepting BBQ offerings in the half light of the night sky that I suspected might be undercooked. Seems they probably are the cause as a few others from our tour are still suffering too. My great adventure to the Far East certainly fell short on many expectations, birds being one of them however I'm not too disappointed. I took your good advice and went with the flow savouring what was on offer, both the good and the not so good. I decided to set a new objective of photographing birds with well known background locations. I wasn't particularly successful but it made for an interesting challenge until the novelty wore off mainly due to my lack of success. Black Kites. I presume the same species classification to those I saw in Spain earlier in the year. Black Kites over the Taj Mahal by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  18. You call that a large drink! This is more like it! That took nearly as much time to drink as the first one, I was quite distracted by the group of birders a few metres away trying for shots of a mere Common Kingfisher which I'm told was unusual for Singapore.
  19. @GalanaWater was unfortunately consumed too often, the price of the drinks was scandalous!
  20. Why pick on me! I would like to see other angles but it looks good for Lesser to me.
  21. 319) Red-footed Booby One of the few birds seen from our cruise ship despite being on it for 2 weeks sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore. The harbours we called at were bird free and I saw one pair of Booby's and two singles out at sea. Two Barn Swallows appeared nearing Singapore and we left Hong Kong with a resident pair of Pied Wagtails that got off in Vietnam. The South China Sea was basically an avian desert. Still, this one showed well . Red-footed Booby. Sula Sula. South China Sea by Dave Williams, on Flickr
  22. Great collection and very tempting to visit Australia. It's on our list but we keep on putting it off due to the distance and length of time to get there.
  23. You have been busy too Peter and all quality shots to boot.
  24. You have been flying along in my absence. Some great birds!
  25. Some great addition there Tony.

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