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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

That's a nice find Tord. The only Long Tailed Ducks we see here are little dots on the sea.

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What a beauty...

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

The female from a pair of Stonechats at Carlton Marshes a couple of days ago. I have seen quite a few Stonechats recently and have just found out that they bred at Carlton Marshes last year for the first time since 1995. That is great news.





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Lovely little birds aren't they. Two nice photos, well caught...
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Ron, I have to say your images are getting better and better. These are stunning. Whatever you are doing is really working.
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Come on Ron, what are you doing.....
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Thanks for your kind comments Mark and Peter. Unfortunately I don't know what I am doing (in life in general as well as attempting to photograph birds.)

Good light definitely makes everything much easier and these were taken at ISO 200 on a bright, sunny day. I have found that I get on better stopping down to f5.6, as I can usually get most of the bird in focus. It is very helpful if there is plenty of space between the bird and the background, as I still have great problems trying to autofocus on a bird surrounded by twigs. It really is hit or miss.

I have recently started to use silent shutter. I didn't like it at first as there wasn't enough feedback about when the shot was taken and I ended up with three or four shots of everything. However, I am used to it now and appreciate that it doesn't scare the subject so much. The dual stabilization with the 300mm f4 works really well and helps no end.

There is no substitute for getting close to the bird (easier said than done) but these are heavy crops. The male flew off before I could get a shot, so I didn't want to risk attempting to move closer.

Apart from that, it all comes down to whether it is a lucky or unlucky day.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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Apart from that, it all comes down to whether it is a lucky or unlucky day.

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Agree about the technology. But luck is the key thing. And to my mind, when the technology is helping and you relax with it the lucky days increase too.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I fully agree that Ron's pictures have improved dramatically.

But is it really luck? Only to a certain degree. I think it comes to building experience, which comes from technique, patience and perseverance as well as learning from sucess and avoiding repeating mistakes. The new gear (E-M1 II) may have helped. I'm pleased with mine, only wish the AF would have been even more consistent.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Must stop reading this thread. You're making me crave a MkII and 300 f/4. And I can't possibly justify them. (And maybe I need to improve technique to get the best out of what I have got first)
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

With the weather so dreich up here today I decided on a walk through my local reserve hoping for a red squirrel or two but they were elusive today. Still a few birds were kind enough to pose for a shot or two.

Robins always seem curious enough to come quite close.
Another Robin by dode21, on Flickr

The swans were the only ones on the water.
Grey Swan by dode21, on Flickr

and the highlight for me was a woodpecker. I have never spotted one before.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

A couple from this morning.

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Ducks, ducks and more flippin' ducks

Mallards in the cold and rain..........
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With the weather so dreich up here today I decided on a walk through my local reserve hoping for a red squirrel or two but they were elusive today. Still a few birds were kind enough to pose for a shot or two.
Your 4/3 equipment has served you well George. Three super shots here, especially the Robin and Woodpecker.

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Your 4/3 equipment has served you well George. Three super shots here, especially the Robin and Woodpecker.

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Thanks Ron. I'll not be changing from the 4/3 any time soon either so gotta try and get the best out of it. :-)

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