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Posted by jk: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 13:19 601st Post
Looks good, Iain.
I can see why GeoffR likes the D4.



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Posted by Robert: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 17:36 602nd Post
Pennies well spent Iain!



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Posted by Richard_M: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 18:52 603rd Post
Robert wrote:
I can't wait to see the wider variety if you ever get the urge to go further from home!

Amazing images compared with our mostly somewhat dull and drab species in the UK.  Thanks for posting.
Thank you Robert

There are reportedly 828 bird species in Australia

Seeing many of the birds being posted on local social media groups, does bring home how many I have not seen

 


Posted by Richard_M: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 18:56 604th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
Richard more super images when can I jump on a plane with my camera and come and see you!!!!?
Thank you Graham

If you're ever down our neck of the woods, I'm sure we'll be able to show you some of the local bird life.

 


Posted by Richard_M: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 19:05 605th Post
Eric wrote:
I agree with your approach.

In fact, from a pure bird ‘observation’ point of view, I’ve always said 20mins in a hide and you know what’s about. If nothing shows, move on. Of course if your aim is photographing the birds, you may have to stay longer, if only to get more / better opportunities.
I agree, it usually doesn't take too long to know if you're likely to see many birds or not. Knowing where popular spots are for birds does help as well. This is where social media has helped, but also has been detrimental. When a locally rare bird has been spotted in a reserve, it can cause a big influx of birders which ultimately causes distress for the birds. Particularly when they are Owls, and photographer's harass them while they sleep so they open their eyes.

 


Posted by Richard_M: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 19:16 606th Post
jk wrote:
Then you must go at the best times!

Did you use the D500 for the "Golden-headed Cisticola doing the splits", I cant see any EXIF details?
I usually try to be at a reserve about an hour after sunrise to ensure there is plenty of light and the sun is still low. It also allows me to observe birds of prey once the temp starts to rise to hopefully be in a good spot to see and hopefully photograph them.

Yes I did use the D500 with 200-500mm lens
Here is another image taken not long after the previous one.

 


Posted by Iain: Sat Dec 19th, 2020 20:13 607th Post
Robert wrote:
Pennies well spent Iain! There is something about the images that the big pro Nikon’s produce.

 


Posted by Eric: Sun Dec 20th, 2020 10:20 608th Post
Trying out the new Click & Collect service.



I wondered why there were no birds on the feeders this morning.....




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Posted by Eric: Sun Dec 20th, 2020 11:50 609th Post
Two frames...and she saw me through the patio doors...gone 😞 




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Posted by jk: Sun Dec 20th, 2020 15:19 610th Post
Looks like you have a new garden pet Eric.
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Posted by Iain: Mon Dec 21st, 2020 13:46 611th Post
Eric wrote:
Trying out the new Click & Collect service.



I wondered why there were no birds on the feeders this morning.....




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Looks like its thinking this Bl***y click and collect service is useless!

 


Posted by chrisbet: Mon Dec 21st, 2020 15:00 612th Post
Iain wrote:
Looks like its thinking this Bl***y click and collect service is useless! That's because he should have used the cluck & collect service instead .. :lol:



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Posted by jk: Tue Dec 22nd, 2020 17:22 613th Post
Eric's food bill just got more expensive.   Steak bits required!!!



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Posted by Eric: Wed Dec 30th, 2020 11:38 614th Post
No photographic record, it was over before my coffee cup hit the carpet:whip:

Sat calmly sipping my 11am brew when I was startled by a mass of furred and feathered bodies bouncing across the patio. 

The sparrow hawk had swooped in to grab a blackbird at the same time as the local feline assassin had gone for the same blackbird. 
Those talons would have hurt the moggy but as is often the case with birds of prey, despite potentially more lethal weaponry they don’t risk flight incapacity in a fight and it flapped a hasty retreat. 
The blackbird sat stunned into motionless. So did the cat a mere foot away from his prey.

I unlocked the patio door (that sound is all that’s needed) and the cat was off. The bird sat motionless. I noticed it was blood red in the beak....not a good sign.

I decided to leave it and let nature take its course....but kept an eye out for the cats return.

15mins later the bird was still sat motionless there.

After 20mins I decided to go out and ‘do something’. But as I approached the window the blackbird turned its head to reveal it was holding a red holly berry in its mouth, not blood. One click of the door lock and ...whoosh....it flew off down the garden. One lucky blackbird. Wonder if he had time to swallow that berry?

About 20 mins later a black and white figure slinked across the patio to the spot where the blackbird had sat. The bird had clearly left the scent of his panic...... if not a residue. 😂 

Happy New Year to everyone....and the blackbird.

Last edited on Wed Dec 30th, 2020 11:42 by Eric



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Posted by jk: Thu Dec 31st, 2020 07:52 615th Post
Well another year nearly finished.  We are going to need a new Bird Photography thread for the new year.
I hope that 2021 is a more productive year than 2020.
A Happy and Vaccinated New Year to you all.



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Posted by Iain: Thu Dec 31st, 2020 09:01 616th Post
Happy new year everyone, let’s hope we’re as lucky this year as Eric’s blackbird.

 

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