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Posted by jk: Fri Jan 1st, 2021 13:07 1st Post
Please post your new bird images in this new topic.
This helps the topics load quickly for all members and allows us to remember more clearly where certain images that we are trying to find may be located.



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Posted by Richard_M: Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 00:46 2nd Post
I start by posting a few snaps

D500 with 200-500mm lens

#1 Common Tern


#2 Common Greenfinch


#3 Yellow-faced Honeyeater


#4 Red-browed Finch


#5 Striated Pardalote

 


Posted by Richard_M: Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 00:51 3rd Post
#6 Sacred Kingfisher


#7 Wedged-tailed Eagle


#8 Eastern Yellow Robin


#9 Red-rumped Parrot


#10 Tawny Frogmouth

 


Posted by Robert: Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 08:00 4th Post
Thank you Richard, a lovely set.

Gets 2021 off to a great start.

Edited date... Sorry!



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Posted by jk: Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 10:16 5th Post
Great start to 2021 Richard.
Fine set of images.



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Posted by GeoffR: Sun Jan 3rd, 2021 12:51 6th Post
Robert wrote:
Thank you Richard, a lovely set.

Gets 2020 off to a great start.
Pardon? Let's not go through 2020 again.

 


Posted by Iain: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 12:44 7th Post
Robert wrote:
Thank you Richard, a lovely set.

Gets 2020 off to a great start.
Noooooooooo

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed Jan 6th, 2021 12:26 8th Post

Happy NY to All!  Richard more super photo thank you. Modest studio portrait of a tame Tawny Owl with studio flash and a D850 Nikon>.



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Posted by Graham Whistler: Wed Jan 6th, 2021 18:45 9th Post
Another pix from my studio session with my Tawny friend. Lighting is with pro electronic flash.

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Posted by blackfox: Fri Jan 8th, 2021 17:58 10th Post
couple from me last Sunday fieldfares at a local industrial park ,luckily no traffic to spook them taken from the mobile mondeo hide olympus omd1-mkii + olympus 100-400 

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Posted by Graham Whistler: Fri Jan 8th, 2021 22:48 11th Post
Jeff super pixs, well done!!! I have been busy with a trail cam at night and took (not very good quality) footage of a fox catching a large rat under our bird table at 2.00 am in the morning -3C IR B&W not very good quality but interesting I have reset it again tonight. Plenty of rats at the moment with the local river Meon in flood.



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Posted by jk: Sat Jan 9th, 2021 08:11 12th Post
Well instead of WinterWatch we will have WhistlerWatch! :lol:

Sounds like you are having fun Graham.  

You can upload mp4 file to Vimeo or YouTube and link to here so we can watch.



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Posted by Iain: Sun Jan 10th, 2021 10:00 13th Post
Instead of a Robin in the snow here's a Dunnock in the snow.


DN4_9623-Edit by Iain Clyne, on Flickr

 


Posted by Graham Whistler: Sun Jan 10th, 2021 15:26 14th Post
Nice one Ian. JK here is the trail cam footage from last two nights as requested.

https://www.facebook.com/graham.whistler/videos/10225730267072066



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Posted by Iain: Sun Jan 10th, 2021 20:30 15th Post
At least the Fox is trying to keep the rat count down for you Graham.

 


Posted by jk: Mon Jan 11th, 2021 00:45 16th Post
You have quite a colony of rats there.  Need a second fox or a Jack Russell! :lol:



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Posted by blackfox: Fri Jan 15th, 2021 09:36 17th Post
just signed a (model) release form for winter watch to use 2 of my images .. whether or not they appear is I presume down to schedules and overruns

 


Posted by jk: Fri Jan 15th, 2021 14:54 18th Post
Which ones so we can look out for them.



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Posted by blackfox: Sun Jan 17th, 2021 10:54 19th Post
close up of a blackbird and a unspecified magpie Jonathon

 


Posted by Iain: Mon Jan 18th, 2021 20:28 20th Post
blackfox wrote:
close up of a blackbird and a unspecified magpie Jonathon Are they paying you for their use?

 


Posted by jk: Mon Jan 18th, 2021 21:52 21st Post
I would hope so but it is the BBC!



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Posted by Richard_M: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 06:27 22nd Post
It was grey and overcast this morning, before the cloud moved away and it became bright and sunny. Great weather to put the Fujikon to the test.

These were all taken using a Fuji X-T3 with Fringer NF-FX adapter and Nikkor 200-500mm lens

#1 White-eared Honeyeater


#2 Yellow-faced Honeyeater


#3 Laughing Kookaburra


#4 Galah


#5 Little Wattlebird


#6 Red Wattlebird

 


Posted by Richard_M: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 06:31 23rd Post
#7 Eastern Rosella


#8 Red-browed Finch


#9 Willie Wagtail


#10 White-naped Honeyeater


#11 Spotted Pardalote


#12 Superb Fairy-wren

 


Posted by jk: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 09:20 24th Post
Looks like you have it cracked Richard.  Lovely images.
So a 200-500 on an APS-C  Fuji XT3 camera so x1.5 straight away to 300-750mm. 
Looks like you have got the AF working well.
I guess you are using one up from smallest AF box and on AFS AF setting?.
XT4 with IBIS will give further flexibility but no better quality.



Pssst, dont tell Eric, he will be sorry he got rid of his XT3 but I am sure he is happy with the D850.



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Posted by Richard_M: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 09:51 25th Post
jk wrote:
Looks like you have it cracked Richard.  Lovely images.
So a 200-500 on an APS-C  Fuji XT3 camera so x1.5 straight away to 300-750mm. 
Looks like you have got the AF working well.
I guess you are using one up from smallest AF box and on AFS AF setting?.
XT4 with IBIS will give further flexibility but no better quality.



Pssst, dont tell Eric, he will be sorry he got rid of his XT3 but I am sure he is happy with the D850.

I was having a few issues with focusing. According to the Fringer manual, if you use a smaller focus point the focusing uses contrast detect. Some birds worked fine using the larger focus point, whereas others, the Superb Fairy-wren for instance would not focus. Luckily the bird stayed around long enough for me to change the focus point to the small one and it focused straightaway.

 


Posted by Eric: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 11:00 26th Post
jk wrote:
Looks like you have it cracked Richard.  Lovely images.
So a 200-500 on an APS-C  Fuji XT3 camera so x1.5 straight away to 300-750mm. 
Looks like you have got the AF working well.
I guess you are using one up from smallest AF box and on AFS AF setting?.
XT4 with IBIS will give further flexibility but no better quality.



Pssst, dont tell Eric, he will be sorry he got rid of his XT3 but I am sure he is happy with the D850.
Not really. Although the IQ was very good there were aspects of the XT3 functionality I found less appealing.The D850 is superb camera but in all honesty more features than I am ever likely to use and heavy/bulky/expensive as a walk around camera...which tends to be my main requirement these days. Richard and Jeff’s image are spectacular to see, but I fear my commitment to bird photography will never be sufficient for the application required.



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Posted by jk: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 14:18 27th Post
Eric wrote:
Not really. Although the IQ was very good there were aspects of the XT3 functionality I found less appealing.The D850 is superb camera but in all honesty more features than I am ever likely to use and heavy/bulky/expensive as a walk around camera...which tends to be my main requirement these days. Richard and Jeff’s image are spectacular to see, but I fear my commitment to bird photography will never be sufficient for the application required. I agree with you but I do find the XT3 a nice light camera to walk around with.  The battery can be a limitation but that is easily solved by a second battery.  The D850/Z7 really are superb cameras and I really dont push their capabilities these days.



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Posted by Iain: Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 20:23 28th Post
I’m afraid I gone back to using my D3 and 4 for wildlife as I can’t get away from the iq they produce. Yes there heavy but sometimes you have to have some give and take.

 


Posted by GeoffR: Sun Jan 24th, 2021 07:27 29th Post
Iain wrote:
I’m afraid I gone back to using my D3 and 4 for wildlife as I can’t get away from the iq they produce. Yes there heavy but sometimes you have to have some give and take. I never used anything else!


Except during the time before I had a D3.

 


Posted by blackfox: Sat Jan 30th, 2021 09:12 30th Post
hi all winter watch used 3 of my images in the current series so quiet pleased , must be doing something right I suppose .. and no they dont pay to use them unfortunately ..photos below 

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Posted by Eric: Sat Jan 30th, 2021 09:30 31st Post
blackfox wrote:
hi all winter watch used 3 of my images in the current series so quiet pleased , must be doing something right I suppose .. and no they dont pay to use them unfortunately ..photos below 

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Well done Jeff. I did see the Turnstone image last night. Lovely image. 👍



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Posted by jk: Sat Feb 6th, 2021 08:15 32nd Post
Well done on the images.
I have really enjoyed the Winterwatch series.  I find the presenters have worked well across all the sites. Weather has been pretty atrocious for them especially in Wales.



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Posted by Eric: Sat Feb 6th, 2021 18:28 33rd Post
jk wrote:
Well done on the images.
I have really enjoyed the Winterwatch series.  I find the presenters have worked well across all the sites. Weather has been pretty atrocious for them especially in Wales.
Not just Wales.
The bottom of our garden has gone sub aqua.:needsahug:

Not sure the bulbs around the trees and the roses in the border will survive, especially with sub zero temperatures coming this week to freeze the sodden ground. 



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Posted by jk: Sat Feb 6th, 2021 22:31 34th Post
Oh dear, I feel for you.  All the garden work washed away!
Hope it isnt too cold this weekend and those bulbs survive.



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Posted by Eric: Tue Feb 9th, 2021 16:47 35th Post
The heavy rains stopped, at last ..._but Storm Darcy turned up even more surprises this weekend...










A White Fronted Goose in the garden!





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Posted by jk: Tue Feb 9th, 2021 18:31 36th Post
Remake of   ..... The Snow Goose.



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Posted by blackfox: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 10:22 37th Post
some good shots there Eric ,nice garden m8

 


Posted by blackfox: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 10:26 38th Post
been having a play with changing methods of P/P  while in lockdown ...i.e the boredom files .:doh:  they seem to be attracting a lot of likes on flickr so must be doing something right ... the good news is im getting the vaccine jab later today 

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Posted by Iain: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 10:28 39th Post
A couple from last week.


DN4_1217-Edit by Iain Clyne, on Flickr



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Posted by Eric: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 13:49 40th Post
blackfox wrote:
been having a play with changing methods of P/P  while in lockdown ...i.e the boredom files .:doh:  they seem to be attracting a lot of likes on flickr so must be doing something right ... the good news is im getting the vaccine jab later today 

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The birds are nicely caught, but I am not sure I like the intense blurring of the background 🤔. I know I have a bit of a fixation about noise, but losing so much background detail makes the birds too divorced from their surroundings and a bit artificial for my taste.

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Posted by Eric: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 13:54 41st Post
Here’s a buzzard I forgot to post from the Kite photography expedition.



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Posted by chrisbet: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 16:47 42nd Post
Eric wrote:
Here’s a buzzard I forgot to post from the Kite photography expedition.



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The background is a bit blurred :lol:



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Posted by Eric: Wed Feb 10th, 2021 23:19 43rd Post
chrisbet wrote:
The background is a bit blurred :lol: Yes but it’s natural bokeh without added computer blur.



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Posted by Robert: Thu Feb 11th, 2021 20:46 44th Post
Eric wrote:
Here’s a buzzard I forgot to post from the Kite photography expedition.



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I like the sharp twigs and berries next to the subject, ...is there any chance you could flip it in Ps so we could see the front of the Buzzard?



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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 13:13 45th Post
Unusual sight in the trees at the bottom of our garden....8 Magpies. 



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Apparently the saying is  “8 for a wish”. 

I wished they would come closer....but it didn’t work.



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Posted by jk: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 14:42 46th Post
Need a longer lens?  Wishing for a 600mm?



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Posted by Iain: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 17:47 47th Post
Eric wrote:
Here’s a buzzard I forgot to post from the Kite photography expedition.



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Nice shot Eric.

 


Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 20:30 48th Post
jk wrote:
Need a longer lens? No.

That was right at the wide end of the zoom to get all 8 in the frame. If I used the extreme end I would have a shot of 2 or 3....and you wouldn’t have believed there were 8....so maybe an unrealistic wasted wish.
o.O

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Posted by Eric: Fri Feb 12th, 2021 20:35 49th Post
Robert wrote:
I like the sharp twigs and berries next to the subject, ...is there any chance you could flip it in Ps so we could see the front of the Buzzard? I did look but it’s all white on the other side. ;-)

Theres a couple of buzzard regularly sitting on field posts near the supermarket we visit. Will see if I can get them to turn and face me on Sunday. :thumbs:



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Posted by Robert: Sat Feb 13th, 2021 18:48 50th Post
Eric wrote:
I did look but it’s all white on the other side. ;-)

Theres a couple of buzzard regularly sitting on field posts near the supermarket we visit. Will see if I can get them to turn and face me on Sunday. :thumbs:
Thats all white then! :lol:

You must have a very rural supermarket, or very urban buzzards?  Looking forward to a frontal portrait.

Living in the country I rarely see buzzards, Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places.  I saw a small but rather nice murmuration last week (not of buzzards! LOL).

While at my friend Bob's near Cartmel last week I spotted an unusual bush growing in the thicket of a small, dense woodland which looked completely out of place, Bob called it a pheasant berry bush, he didn't know the botanic name but it's actually Leycesteria formosa, the Himalayan honeysuckle, just growing wild in Cumbria. It attracts birds and deer for the berries.  I intend to photograph it when it flowers.



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