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They do choose the most focus-unfriendly places to build their nests
As yet I've not been able to ID this bird not seen before that I spotted this morning. I'll edit it in as soon as I know.




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Re: Nesting

If I'd seen it over here I would have identified it as a female blackbird (Turdus merula).

Checking Wikipedia, it states that they've been introduced into Australia, so maybe that's what it is.

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Re: Nesting

Thanks Jim. I'm not sure as the blackbirds I'm familiar with are just plain black.
The top image is I believe the male as it was perched above the nesting female.
Yet the yellow circle around the eye is a blackbird feature. So maybe you're right.
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Re: Nesting

EDITED: A nice 'front on' of the juvenile male blackbird Mark.

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If I'd seen it over here I would have identified it as a female blackbird (Turdus merula).

Checking Wikipedia, it states that they've been introduced into Australia, so maybe that's what it is.

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It is because some useless poms ( ) wanted a piece of home here & now they dig up our gardens & chase the native birds away. After that (beside stealing our pet's food), they have a nice song & are nice enough otherwise. I've been pulling out their nest here to try & keep the numbers down.

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Thanks Jim. I'm not sure as the blackbirds I'm familiar with are just plain black.
The top image is I believe the male as it was perched above the nesting female.
Yet the yellow circle around the eye is a blackbird feature. So maybe you're right.
EDIT: Maybe they are like our Satin Bowerbird where juvenile males look similar to female colouring for some time before getting the iridescent black feathers but the adult male Blackbird does have a bright orange beak as seen here in my bird album.
A juvenile male in England. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common...e)_-lawn-8.jpg
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Re: Nesting

Thanks Ross, great bird album you have there. Is that a flickr presentation?

You are right. From my 2009 archives I found some long forgotten female / male Blackbird E3 images, actually shot 9yrs ago when I lived in Tasmania.


A bit soft. Kuso told me why!

Ross, you're a techie kind of guy, would appreciate your advice: I have the SWD 50-200 F2.8 that I used with the E3. It is a lovely piece of glass as you know.
Would anything be gained by buying an mfi adapter for the M5 Mkii, given that I have the mft 40-150mm F2.8 pro + X1.4 tc ?
Can you say if the adapter + converter set up would still be fully compatible with the 50-200, thus extending my existing reach to 280mm (a 70mm advantage over the mft lens), or will there be conflicts ?
The SWD 50-200 on the E-3 is notoriously slow focusing, contrary to Oly's bull/s*** that it was the fastest focusing lens on earth at the time.
I can imagine that there could be significant AF issues for wild birds, especially in flight.
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Re: Nesting

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they have a nice song
The song of a male blackbird, singing from a rooftop in April after an evening shower is truly uplifting!

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The song of a male blackbird, singing from a rooftop in April after an evening shower is truly uplifting!

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Yes, they do have a lovely & varied chattering song.

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Re: Nesting

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Ross, you're a techie kind of guy, would appreciate your advice: I have the SWD 50-200 F2.8 that I used with the E3. It is a lovely piece of glass as you know.
Would anything be gained by buying an mfi adapter for the M5 Mkii, given that I have the mft 40-150mm F2.8 pro + X1.4 tc ?
Can you say if the adapter + converter set up would still be fully compatible with the 50-200, thus extending my existing reach to 280mm (a 70mm advantage over the mft lens), or will there be conflicts ?
The SWD 50-200 on the E-3 is notoriously slow focusing, contrary to Oly's bull/s*** that it was the fastest focusing lens on earth at the time.
I can imagine that there could be significant AF issues for wild birds, especially in flight.
I think this has been discussed a number of times, but the 50-200 with 1.4x on MTF is very good even with the 2x @ f11 can produce excellent results. A no brainer if you have the lens already....
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Re: Nesting

Mark, I trawled through the archives and found this shot taken with the EM-1, 50-200 and 1.4x effective FL of 566mm if the EXif is to be believed. ISO 800 and F6.3 hand held!



Rare (for UK) Phalarope @ 60+ meters with some crop.

Not sure how good the focusing would be with the 5 ii though.
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Re: Nesting

Andrew, thanks for the reply, I suspect that Ross didn't read the question addressed to him.
Okay, puzzled by your "no brainer" comment. As said, I do have the 50-200, my Q was whether on the M5 Mkii it is functional with the X1.4 converter. If it converts to 566mm (equiv), as per the image, then that meets my needs (assuming AF is okay).
Now to hang a stocking on the bedpost.
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Re: Nesting

I was talking about the old 1.4x. I have used both the old and the new one together on another setup for macro, but that included a modified ring to fit the new converters nose into as it will not go onto the Oly converter as I remember. Hold on to your stocking!
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So, do you think the converter / adaptor + 50-200 set up would meet my expectation, pin sharp at 30-40 metres?
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Re: Nesting

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Ross, you're a techie kind of guy, would appreciate your advice: I have the SWD 50-200 F2.8 that I used with the E3. It is a lovely piece of glass as you know.
Would anything be gained by buying an mfi adapter for the M5 Mkii, given that I have the mft 40-150mm F2.8 pro + X1.4 tc ?
Can you say if the adapter + converter set up would still be fully compatible with the 50-200, thus extending my existing reach to 280mm (a 70mm advantage over the mft lens), or will there be conflicts ?
The SWD 50-200 on the E-3 is notoriously slow focusing, contrary to Oly's bull/s*** that it was the fastest focusing lens on earth at the time.
I can imagine that there could be significant AF issues for wild birds, especially in flight.
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I think this has been discussed a number of times, but the 50-200 with 1.4x on MTF is very good even with the 2x @ f11 can produce excellent results. A no brainer if you have the lens already....
Sorry, I didn't see this bit before. It was fine for what I was doing on my E-M1 (before the lens died) but it will be useless on the E-M5 Mk II for AF. Since Mark has the 40-150 Pro lens & MC14 it is by far better on the E-M5 Mk II being a CD-AF only camera.
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Re: Nesting

Sorry Ross, do you mean far better, or useless on the M5 mk2. I'm already having focusing issues with CD-AF in some situations. I regret not going the extra mile for the M1 Mkii. Btw, im already on location for the KF. Perfect weather No sign of it yet.
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