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Cockies in a Flame Tree.

These cockies were trying to break into the seed pods on our flame tree,
taken with the E-M1 Mk II (+ 40-150 Pro lens with MC14) with the small AF target area after I did the FW update to 2.0.



Focussing is good now as seen in this actual 900 X 1200 crop.





And the 900 X 1200 crop.



The tree when it was in flower (last November).
Illawarra flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)



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Re: Cockies in a Flame Tree.

Lovely photos of the Cockies Ross. I imagine they can be really interesting characters to observe and photograph. Australia seems to have a much more colourful selection of birds than we have in the UK.

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Re: Cockies in a Flame Tree.

You're getting some nice results there Ross, though really that small focus point should have been part of the E-M1 MkII armoury from day one.
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Re: Cockies in a Flame Tree.

Love those birds.
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Re: Cockies in a Flame Tree.

Great shots Ross, good to see the firmware upgrade is paying dividends.
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Re: Cockies in a Flame Tree.

Superb set Ross. An identical situation almost at my back door but no way can I capture it as well as you can with your superior fire power!
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Re: Cockies in a Flame Tree.

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Lovely photos of the Cockies Ross. I imagine they can be really interesting characters to observe and photograph. Australia seems to have a much more colourful selection of birds than we have in the UK.

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Yes, they can be interesting & also quite destructive too. In reality they are really greater in number than would naturally be if it wasn't for home gardens with food sources, such as our citrus trees & passionfruit etc that they thieve frequently & of course, the bird seed feeders & some of them sound like they are saying "hello" too, so quite likely pet birds have been released or escaped as well. Really, it would benefit other birds if their numbers were reduced (one person must have done that in recent years when a number were found dead in the mid Blue Mountains area). But of course, there is that other inhabitant overrunning & ruining it for most wildlife that is the biggest problem, the human.

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You're getting some nice results there Ross, though really that small focus point should have been part of the E-M1 MkII armoury from day one.
Yeah, it works nicely & I wonder why it wasn't there to start with, other than a possible less reliable implementation to start with & so was decided to leave it out.

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Love those birds.
Thanks John. Occasionally, during the middle of a warm day I have seen a regular pair quietly sitting up in the shade of a tree preening each other. When they are quiet, that is common for them to be found resting like that, thankfully. It's when they have young constantly squawking for food that less than kind thoughts come to mind. And even less when they chew on house timbers.

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Great shots Ross, good to see the firmware upgrade is paying dividends.
Thanks Iain. Yes, I'm very pleased with it. It was a little disappointing when I first got the camera when I could get better focus in difficult scenes with the E-M1 (Mk I).

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Superb set Ross. An identical situation almost at my back door but no way can I capture it as well as you can with your superior fire power!
Thanks, but you've got some nice shots of them all the same.

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