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#1 graynomad

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

There's no Aussie birds section so I guess I'll start a thread along those lines.

Here's a few to get started

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Galahs on a dead tree just before dawn.
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Pelican cruises shallows at dawn, Lake Bonney, Barmera, SA
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Wedge-tailed eagle, near Cadney Park, SA
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:25 AM

Anybody else got Aussie bird photos please feel free to post them here as well.

Meanwhile here's another one (I've got heaps :D)

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White necked heron fishing, Redbank Gorge, West MacDonnell NP, NT
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This was used for a Wildlife Australia magazine cover.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:37 AM

Here you go mate Young Baza just fledged a few hours ago on 5-01-13
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:44 AM

canon 7d +500mm f4
Adult baza
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:47 AM

canon 7d + 500mm f4 + 1.4TC
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

Great shots and thanks for contributing.

I love those bazas, we have a couple that pass through our land every now and then, but I've never got a shot of them.

These days I use a similar rig for birds, 400/4 with 1.4x, flash and better beamer.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:11 AM

When I'm away from Africa I concentrate on birds. Here's a few, plenty more if you want to see them....
Canon gear, either a 1D IV or 7D with 300mm f/2.8 + 2.0 TC or 400mm f/5.6

Red-capped Robin, Welcome Swallow, White-fronted Chat, Crested Tern, and from the other day the sultan of speed, Peregrine Falcon (1st year bird i think)

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:05 AM

GW has started a thread about Australian Outback and Wildlife i dont know if we can move this up there or not, anyway i already posted a few pics there and its time to post one up here too.
Thanks graynomad

A Black Kite near its nest at Hay NSW
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:11 AM

Let's keep all the Aussie birds to this section. Matt.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

I love the robin Geoff, such pretty birds.

I'll add a few that I've processed for other things so they are easily accessible (and I'm lazy!).

Pelicans in the mist at a nearby water reserve.

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Emus on the side of the Barrier Highway after good rains.

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A galah feeds on grass seeds, Outback NSW after unseasonal summer rains.

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A bronze winged pigeon in our garden

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Corellas

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Pelican

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Silver gull, Port Lincoln


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Sacred Ibis

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Female King Parrot

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Pelican in first light

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Black swan checking out my camera

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:24 AM

Just a few more whilst I'm motivated.

Silver gull

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Gull coming in to land, Port Lincoln

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Wild black swan around the corner from our house

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Tern, Port Lincoln

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An experiment with an old gum tree near us which has more nesting hollows than you can point a stick at.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

few pics with same combo 7d +500mm +1.4 TC

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

Well, I leave the computer for half a day and look what happens, who would have thought Australia had so many birds :)

All good photos with some great ones as well. Looks like I'll have to rummage through the (virtual) slide boxes. I see we have some accomplished BIF (Birds In Flight) photographers, that's very hard to do and I don't have many.

@mmackwan
Are you happy with the 500 + 1.4 combo? It's a bit of a weight. Hand-held?

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What gear do you use for birds?


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

Does this qualify as a BIF image? :D

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Emu on the run, Ningaloo, WA
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Note I've tried linking to an off-site hi-res version, the rendering here seems to leave images a little soft I think.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:05 PM

Definitely a EIF (emu in flight). :D

My images are on a combination of cameras as some are quite old, I just had them on file, hence some very varied quality.

Fuji S2 for the very old

Canon 40d, 7d and 5d2

100-400 mm, 300 f4 ( + 1.4tc), 70-200 f2.8, 50mm

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

Does this qualify as a BIF image? :D

Emu on the run, Ningaloo, WA
Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@200(640), 2x extender, 1/350s, f11



Well both feet are off the ground. :) A good effort with that camera, lens & TC combination. Why f/11? you lost a lot of shutter speed.

A few more BIFs from my local beach... Australian White Ibis, Double-banded Plover, Red-necked Stint flock, Hooded Plover, Whiskered Tern.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

For all you Bird in Flighters, please consider adding said images to this topic. Thanks, Matt

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:16 AM

Graynomad its heavy combo but you get used to it after a few weeks of use.
As you stated that you loved the Baza am going to posting one more hope its ok. This one is fresh from this morning
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:27 AM

Wow, wow, wow to all of you!
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:37 AM

@Geoff

Why f/11? you lost a lot of shutter speed.

Can't remember, that's only 2 stops down from open though and you really need at least one stop to get things sharp with the 2x. I normally use aperture priority, maybe it was just set to f11 from before and I didn't notice or didn't have time.

@mmackwan
Thanks for more bazas, "our" birds don't seem to hang around, I've only seen them a few times and they always appear to be just passing through. I thought they might be migratory.

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Wow as well, I love these shots. Don't stop posting.
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