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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

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I used to see Crossbills at Strumpshaw Fen sometimes, feeding on some large Norway Spruces. Unfortunately, the trees had been planted to harvest decades before and didn't 'fit in' with the reserve, so they were cut down, which I felt was a pity. No more Crossbills.

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It does seem a very blinkered approach. Crossbills certainly appear to like Norway spruce in particular, but most of our local commercial plantations (and there are a lot of them) are Sitka spruce which doesn't seem to be quite as attractive to them. Larch comes a close second in the crossbill gourmet stakes - unfortunately we are in the midst of a phytophthera epidemic which has wiped out virtually all of the larch in the Galloway Forest Park. Those that are left on the borders of the park are being felled as quickly as the forestry can manage in an attempt to control the disease.
On the plus side we have a lot of areas of second generation planting which seem to to be encouraging a small but growing population of nightjars:

Nightjar by DavidMB2006, on Flickr

(If you click on the picture it should take you to a short video clip. Make sure the sound is on!)
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

That is interesting information David. Unfortunately your link doesn't work for me without logging in to Yahoo. I assume that is a Nightjar in the photo?

Edit. It did work the second time I tried. A nice video of a churring Nightjar.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

The mergansers are captive exotic imports not UK birds, Tesni was saying there's a lot of Asian and South American varieties the lakes... including a couple that neither she, nor the keeper can identify! As also seen here!
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I'm not a birder at all and know very little about them. Sorry! My wife is a birder though if that helps :-) Anyway, I traded in my E-M5 for a mk1 E-M1, mainly for macro. I was intrigued by the all the discussions regarding BIF with this camera and copied some recommended settings into the camera.

I'm on holiday and headed down to the sea front to see if I could get some gull shots. I had my BIF settings saved to a myset so I could recall them quickly from a button. I was amazed how well the E-M1 performed. I took around 30 shots and it nailed focus on 29. I did little other than point the camera at the birds and follow them while holding down the shutter with C-AF. I guess it helped that they were contrasted against the blue sky. I'm sure there are much trickier situations than this.

Anyway, it was fun even though it's not my thing. These are taken with the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro. Click on the pics for a higher res version.







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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Good results, chippy. Especially if you aren't used to taking birds in flight.

I had thought about swapping my M5 for a Mk 1 M1, but money is tight this year, and I don't get much opportunity to do bird shots now. My better half can't walk far now, and so we don't go to reserves any more. As I'm diabetic, I don't feel safe going alone.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Just about every adult bird I focused on yesterday was scruffy and moulting for either the winter or for heading south to avoid the winter.

A scruffy male Cardinal.



A scruffy male Downy Woodpecker with a metal shed as a background.

You can see the downy feathers around the base of the bill which is where the species gets its common English name from.



And a non scruffy juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It's not scruffy because it's on its first set of feathers. Although it does have an injured toe. I noticed the toe in the viewfinder as I was taking the shot.



I know it's tight in the frame, if it was a more interesting bird I'd be tempted to clone in some extra background like I did with some of my Kingfisher shots.
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Bit of a grab shot, but got it anyway...........
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

These two shots are a nice example of how certain feathers will change colour depending on the angle the light hits them. The two shots are one second apart so it's the same male Ruby-throated Hummingbird.



A second later as the Ruby-throated Hummingbird turned its head.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I was combing through the last of my images from May in the Outer Hebrides the other day, and came across this tern bringing a sand eel home one morning on the south-west shore of South Uist.
Would have been nice, grilled with a little thyme and a squeeze of lemon.
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The Tern or the Sand Eel?
Terns go better with an orange sauce and roast potatoes, don't you think?

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

Sandwich Terns taste great between a couple of slices of bread and butter.

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Sandwich Terns taste great between a couple of slices of bread and butter.

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And Roseate Terns go well with a glass of Rose.

Equine urine is the drink to accompany a Forster's Tern.
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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

An inquisitive youngster Reed warbler is checking me out while my attention was on the Kingfishers.

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Re: Communal Bird Photography Thread

I can't help thinking that I've seen that before somewhere.
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