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Whimbrel and Skylark.

We are fortunate this Spring to have quite a few Whimbrel stopping by on our reservoir to "refuel" on their long journey from their winter home on the African coasts to their breeding grounds in Northern Scotland and Iceland. I saw 4 on Saturday, 10 yesterday and at least 20 today. Today's bright sunshine provided some photo opportunities although they were quite distant from the hide resulting in 80% crops for these shots.





I had another bit of luck when strolling round the reserve. A Skylark shot up from the ground just in front of me (as they do) but instead of flying away obligingly landed on a nearby fence and posed. Again 80% crops but I was pleased to get the shots.






All taken with the E-M5 and 75-300mm.II

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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

I know what you mean by Skylarks shooting up from the ground in front of you Peter. There were loads of them doing this at Hickling last week and then disappearing on the ground again a few metres further on. They were too fast for me so you did well capturing this one on the fence.

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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Well done, Peter, never seen a Whimbrel in the flesh and never seen a Skylark that close
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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Wow lucky you ,nice shots
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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Many thanks Ron, David and Ed.

I guess some days you just get lucky.
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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Skylarks are frustratingly elusive so you did well to get this picture. The Whimbrel remind me of Curlews, do they have a similar call?
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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

The Skylarks are amazing Peter, but what gets me is the dragonfly in the background! very well done
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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

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Skylarks are frustratingly elusive so you did well to get this picture. The Whimbrel remind me of Curlews, do they have a similar call?
Thanks John.

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is closely related to the Curlew (Numenius arquata) but is smaller with a less curved bill and darker eye stripe and a distinctive light crown stripe. The call is not as nice as the Curlew's, my book describes it as "begins like the Curlew's but breaks into bubbling, long-drawn-out, straight trill, lacking Curlew's pulsating rythm and has a more woeful ring".

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The Skylarks are amazing Peter, but what gets me is the dragonfly in the background! very well done
Thanks Mark.

He he, the "dragonfly" is actually a midge. There were thousands of the pesky things but fortunately they are not the ones that bite. Here's the original full frame which shows them and the crop before I spent some time with the healing tool to get rid of them.




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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Peter,

Skylark is wonderful; I really like your photo. I'm new to this photography Lark (no pun intended) and I'm a wee bit ignorant about the things it's possible to do to your photos to improve them! I noticed you cropped the photo above by some 80% and what a difference to the original photo.

I only have the knowledge to take some photos and get them on to a photo host = FlickR.. What does one need to enhance ones photos? How do you crop down the photos? Is there another download that I need; or should have on my computer to achieve the quality of photos that your producing. Thanks
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Peter,

Skylark is wonderful; I really like your photo. I'm new to this photography Lark (no pun intended) and I'm a wee bit ignorant about the things it's possible to do to your photos to improve them! I noticed you cropped the photo above by some 80% and what a difference to the original photo.

I only have the knowledge to take some photos and get them on to a photo host = FlickR.. What does one need to enhance ones photos? How do you crop down the photos? Is there another download that I need; or should have on my computer to achieve the quality of photos that your producing. Thanks
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Hi Moss and a belated welcome to the group.

To "improve"/edit or simply change your photos to your liking you need a bit of software to do "post processing" (PP) .One example of this is Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements but you already have a basic programme which came on the disc with your camera called Olympus Viewer 3. This is fairly basic and not too many of us use it but it will certainly allow you to crop photos and a few other things.. Install this programme on your computer and look for the "EDIT" symbol (it looks like a pencil) at the RHS of the top bar. Click on this and a list of the things you can change will drop down.One of these is "crop" and when you click on this a box with 8 dots on it will appear around the photo. Drag any one of these dots and you will see the area of the photo change.

Being a cheapeskate and not wanting to pay Adobe money I (and quite a few other members) use a free downloadable programme called FastStone which is more capable and,I think easier to use than OV 3.I would recommend you start by experimenting with one of these programmes to find out what you can achieve.

I'm sure you will come up with more questions but members here are always happy to help.

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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Hi peter,

Thanks for the reply. Would FastStone Photo Viewer be suitable to run with FireFox as my browser. Yup I use Firefox ! How difficult is the facility on Oly 3, viewer to master?
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Hi peter,

Thanks for the reply. Would FastStone Photo Viewer be suitable to run with FireFox as my browser. Yup I use Firefox ! How difficult is the facility on Oly 3, viewer to master?
I use Firefox too but that has nothing to do with post processing. You need to process/edit your photos on the computer first before uploading them anywhere via the internet. Personally I don't use Flickr or any other host, I store all my photos on my PC (I have a separate external Hard Drive for all my photos) so I can go back and re-edit in the future if I want to. Here's an outline of my "workflow".

1/ Download photos on to the computer by using a card reader ( I have one built into my PC). You can download from the camera via the supplied lead but I prefer to go directly from the card. Olympus viewer has a facility to do the download.

2/ Edit each photo and save as a JPEG with a new file reference. e.g. add "-1" or "-a". This way you keep the original file for later use and have the edited version for sharing/printing etc.

3/ The only sharing I do is with this group via the free Gallery Space that you have as a member. However you can also link images from Flickr to your posts if you wish.

OV 3 is not difficult to master. If you click on the "Help" button it brings up a manual which explains how to use all the functions of the the software.The best way to learn is simply to give it a try and experiment.

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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Glad you explained you cloned out the flies I thought you were using a .............. Without having the sensor cleaner working.
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Re: Whimbrel and Skylark.

Cracking Skylark, great bird
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