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Posted by Eric: Mon May 25th, 2020 14:11 251st Post
chrisbet wrote:
I never feed the birds - we have a very woodland like garden with a variety of trees and surrounding wild hedges that attract and feed the birds, from the hawthorn that the doves & pigeons love to eat the buds in May through to the apples & plums in autumn. The garden is full of insects that attract the bats as well. We have several species that nest every year, blue tits in the boxes, blackbirds, wrens & robins in the hedges and doves, magpies and pigeons in the trees.

The problem is that they have such good cover that getting a clear shot of them is usually only possible if they are at the bird baths or the pond.
Sounds perfect.  I am inclined not to do so as well, but I am afraid if I didn’t feed them the wife wouldn’t feed me. :lol: 
I am happy to prepare my own meals ...but she won’t let me in HER kitchen. o.O



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Posted by Iain: Mon May 25th, 2020 17:45 252nd Post
Eric wrote:
My birding friend Mike was telling me that the Cley reserve has been completely closed off to the public, not just the hides. In the few weeks we were all in total lockdown, many birds have started nesting within feet of the paths....including a Bittern! They don’t want to risk scaring them off before the young fledge. I suspect the wardens and friends are getting some good photographs. ☹️ I hope things open up as we are due to come down to Norfolk in July if we can. Just watching what is being said.

 


Posted by Iain: Tue May 26th, 2020 13:26 253rd Post
A few form one of the reserves today.

DI5_2356 by Iain Clyne, on Flickr


DI5_2370 by Iain Clyne, on Flickr

this not a bird but thought I would include it.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Tue May 26th, 2020 17:42 254th Post
Ian glad you are out and getting some good pixs.



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Posted by Eric: Tue May 26th, 2020 19:43 255th Post
Birdwatching is a fascinating hobby....




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Posted by Eric: Wed May 27th, 2020 20:58 256th Post
For some reason, this Song Thrush which has been shyly keeping to the bottom hedge in the garden, today decided to forage in the open. It came very close considering we were sat outside and not trying to hide out of sight.

I suspect it’s because it’s feeding young, as I then threw out some bread and it grabbed several mouthfuls before flying back to the bottom hedge.

Will have to keep an eye out for it’s fledglings. 🤞 



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Posted by jk: Wed May 27th, 2020 22:02 257th Post
Second image shows the beautiful markings really well.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed May 27th, 2020 22:03 258th Post
Super inages, long time since I have seen one. Hope to get some new pixs out in local wood on Friday.



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Posted by chrisbet: Wed May 27th, 2020 22:31 259th Post
"My" Magpie has been foraging bits of bread from somewhere - it brings them to our bird bath and dunks them!



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Posted by Eric: Thu May 28th, 2020 07:56 260th Post
Last one...



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu May 28th, 2020 09:34 261st Post
Good capture but you were a bit dark? Very slight shadow detail in Photoshop bring out detail, I wish we had Thrushes in our garden. In wild bird local wood tomorrow hope to get some changes of subject matter. 

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Posted by Iain: Fri May 29th, 2020 08:40 262nd Post
Nice shot Eric.

 


Posted by Eric: Fri May 29th, 2020 11:23 263rd Post
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Nice shot Eric. Thanks  Iain.
Are you still using Affinity Photo for processing your images?

Ive been a little disappointed with these recent images in terms of sharpness. And wondered if it’s raw converter is the root cause.  
I’ve sent a batch to Mr Whistler to see if he can get more out of the NEFs using Nikon Capture. If he can, it may be time to stop the iPad - Affinity experiment and go back to the desktop. If he can’t, then either I am doing something wrong, or the equipment has an issue. 8-)



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 29th, 2020 17:59 264th Post
Barn Owl this evening in the woods Nikon D500 with 80-400mm Lens 1/400sec f13 ISO 2000

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri May 29th, 2020 18:02 265th Post
This morning in the woods a wild Kestrel  Nikon D850 500mm PF Lens + x1.4 = 700mm 1/400 sec f13 ISO 1600

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Posted by Iain: Sat May 30th, 2020 09:17 266th Post
Eric wrote:
Thanks  Iain.
Are you still using Affinity Photo for processing your images?

Ive been a little disappointed with these recent images in terms of sharpness. And wondered if it’s raw converter is the root cause.  
I’ve sent a batch to Mr Whistler to see if he can get more out of the NEFs using Nikon Capture. If he can, it may be time to stop the iPad - Affinity experiment and go back to the desktop. If he can’t, then either I am doing something wrong, or the equipment has an issue. 8-)
No, I use a mix of Lightroom and Nikon’s software. The Nikon software gets the best out of the files but is a bit slow even on my Mac Pro with 32g of ram and 8 core cpu

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat May 30th, 2020 11:24 267th Post
This is damage control only saved by the amazing dynamic range of the Nikon D850 camera. The kestral above was spot on exposure and needed little Photoshop but it the flew to another post with very deep shadow in the woods. I had to move quickly as it only stayed for a few seconds so had no time to add -2 stops to camera settings before it flew away for a 2nd shot. (IE Classic subject failure) Below is as shot with no Photoshop or RAW adjustments. It was also 2 hours before the above shot and light was not as good sun was still low and not at best angle. I also noticed how clear the light was with much reduced pollution since I was last out in the woods two months ago!!!!!

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat May 30th, 2020 11:25 268th Post

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sat May 30th, 2020 12:14 269th Post

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Later in the day just caught it as it landed for another mouse. Better light but not quite enough DOF with 700mm   1/500 sec f13 ISO 1600



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Posted by jk: Sat May 30th, 2020 18:53 270th Post
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Later in the day just caught it as it landed for another mouse. Better light but not quite enough DOF with 700mm   1/500 sec f13 ISO 1600
Great capture Graham.
Perfect timing.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun May 31st, 2020 10:48 271st Post
Sorry Eric todays pix is a family of young Starlings with parent bird! D500 with Nikon 80-400mm lens

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Posted by Eric: Sun May 31st, 2020 23:54 272nd Post






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Posted by Iain: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 08:09 273rd Post
:lol::lol: Love the story line Eric and the pic's.

 


Posted by Eric: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 09:15 274th Post
I was trying to photograph Swifts at a 1000 feet. 


Still having a bit of sharpness issues in my photos....but it was travelling 37,000 feet and 450knots





Needless to say it’s a heavily cropped image. 😆.

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Posted by chrisbet: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 10:58 275th Post
Hmm, I wonder if there is some haze / air shimmering involved?



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Posted by Iain: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 13:13 276th Post
Eric wrote:
I was trying to photograph Swifts at a 1000 feet. 


Still having a bit of sharpness issues in my photos....but it was travelling 37,000 feet and 450knots





Needless to say it’s a heavily cropped image. 😆
Should have been pin sharp then. :lol:.

 


Posted by Eric: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 14:25 277th Post
chrisbet wrote:
Hmm, I wonder if there is some haze / air shimmering involved? And Eric wobble.... as it went virtually overhead



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Posted by Iain: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 20:14 278th Post
Eric wrote:
And Eric wobble.... as it went virtually overhead I had that problem taking photo of a red kite the other day as it went over the top of me I went back over, luckily there was a fence behind me so no harm done.

 


Posted by Eric: Mon Jun 1st, 2020 20:58 279th Post
Iain wrote:
I had that problem taking photo of a red kite the other day as it went over the top of me I went back over, luckily there was a fence behind me so no harm done. We are hoping to visit a CL with the caravan in early Sept (after the traditional school holiday period) which had Red Kites overflying regularly. The owner told me last year that a few chunks of cheap corned beef chucked over the fence into (his) adjacent field gets them sitting on the fence posts. 8-).  So we will be taking stocks of corned beef this time. 😆



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Posted by Bob Bowen: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 10:24 280th Post

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I need a bigger bath than this one please.



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Posted by GeoffR: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 11:13 281st Post
Eric wrote:
I was trying to photograph Swifts at a 1000 feet. 


Still having a bit of sharpness issues in my photos....but it was travelling 37,000 feet and 450knots





Needless to say it’s a heavily cropped image. 😆
Do you have a license to photograph endangered species?.

 


Posted by Eric: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 13:48 282nd Post
GeoffR wrote:
Do you have a license to photograph endangered species? Plenty of them still whizzing over us.




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Posted by jk: Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 13:53 283rd Post
Eric, looking at the image it looks like the camera has focussed on the moon not the aircraft. 
I dont know what you had your AF focus point on but I guess it was not the moon, but I might be completely off on this.



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Posted by GeoffR: Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 08:17 284th Post
Eric wrote:
Plenty of them still whizzing over us.
The endangered species is the 747 being relegated to carrying cargo and probably gone from passenger service by 2025.

 


Posted by Eric: Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 21:10 285th Post
jk wrote:
Eric, looking at the image it looks like the camera has focussed on the moon not the aircraft. 
I dont know what you had your AF focus point on but I guess it was not the moon, but I might be completely off on this.
You are too observant Jonathan .:lol:



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 07:51 286th Post
I think you are slightly missing the point as beyond infinity everything is in sharp focus so both should be in focus and it must be movement of the plane and not even Eric shake!



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 08:25 287th Post
Surely even "Trekkers" can't go beyond infinity   :lol:

Eric shake would have blurred the moon?

Plane movement would have blurred the leading and trailing edges only.

I am guessing that the photo was taken by a long focal length lens and the focus field fell beyond the plane.



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Posted by GeoffR: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 09:27 288th Post
I'm not sure there is a lack of sharpness, I think the lack of contrast between the aircraft and the sky is being interpreted as a lack of sharpness. Looking at the contrails they are sharp and they must be on, or very near, the same plane as the aircraft.

 


Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 10:54 289th Post
I am surprised no one has questioned whether they were two images. ;-)


With only 700mm I would never achieve that level of foreshortening ....the plane was too small (37,000 feet!) as it passed the moon.

I sectionally enlarged the plane (+ contrails) and streeetched them relative to the moon.

So the loss of detail in the plane is mainly over enlargement....but a silver body in a blue sky didn’t help with definition.

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Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 11:01 290th Post
Carrying on my unhealthy obsession with ornithological ablutions, the Blackcap came for complete immersion therapy ....requiring a good deal of dehydration afterwards.  1/250th @f11 2000iso (as the sun went in 😡)




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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 11:01 291st Post
Lol - cheeky!



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Posted by GeoffR: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 11:42 292nd Post
We'll not argue Eric but the aircraft is in the colours of Atlas Air Cargo and is thus White and Blue Fuselage and vertical stabiliser with Grey wings and horizontal stabiliser, engine cowlings are Blue. There is a grey section on the lower fuselage, mainly because Boeing do it that way.

 


Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 12:08 293rd Post
Anti-clockwise sparrow



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Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 12:15 294th Post
GeoffR wrote:
We'll not argue Eric but the aircraft is in the colours of Atlas Air Cargo and is thus White and Blue Fuselage and vertical stabiliser with Grey wings and horizontal stabiliser, engine cowlings are Blue. There is a grey section on the lower fuselage, mainly because Boeing do it that way. :bowing:  Yes you are right .....I misremembered the wrong plane.

I was photographing a US Airforce transport plane just before this one...that was the grey beastie.

No wonder I had difficulty separating it from the blue sky. 😆



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Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 14:50 295th Post
A VERY heavy crop...but couldn’t resist this almost prehistoric look...



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 18:41 297th Post
Eric I love the Blackcap bathing! Another Barn Owl pix from last Friday D500 image with 80-400mm lens.

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Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 20:55 298th Post
Not sure why my saturated image was duplicated post...perhaps mods would remove one?



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Posted by Eric: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 21:01 299th Post
Graham Whistler wrote:
Eric I love the Blackcap bathing! Another Barn Owl pix from last Friday D500 image with 80-400mm lens.

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Lovely shot Graham. Amazing legs on those birds.



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Posted by chrisbet: Thu Jun 4th, 2020 22:50 300th Post
Eric wrote:
Not sure why my saturated image was duplicated post...perhaps mods would remove one? Done - looks like you hit quote & post ...



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