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    Birds

    Let's start a "Birds" thread ......... hopefully "that lot" will stay out of it, but I doubt it!

    One you seldom get in the UK

    follows me around when I'm mowing ...... winters in Sub-Saharan Africa ....... breeds in Europe





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    I've not seen a hoopoe before, and was quite surprised to find how far north they have been sighted https://twitter.com/Hoopoesuk . It's been too dull recently when I've had the chance to try for some birds, resulting in having to use high ISOs to get a usable shutter speed with a 70-200 2.8 with a 2x converter attached. However with the spring seemingly here should be able to get something usable to post here soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    I've not seen a hoopoe before, and was quite surprised to find how far north they have been sighted https://twitter.com/Hoopoesuk . It's been too dull recently when I've had the chance to try for some birds, resulting in having to use high ISOs to get a usable shutter speed with a 70-200 2.8 with a 2x converter attached. However with the spring seemingly here should be able to get something usable to post here soon.
    weather and light - same problem down here - sun and clouds at best - warmish but far mare rain and "dank"weather than usual

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    The first one is an easy one that you can get near - taken with my "new" D7100

    The second one is one that you can NEVER get near - taken from "miles" away and just a speck in the full sized image
    I follow the "bugger" around for hours trying to get a good shot - it always knows were I am even if I sit near it's favourite tree and wait for it ...... but they are spectacular birds ...... you can hear them for miles so you know when they are around, which at this time of year is most of the day - winters in Equatorial Africa ....... breeds in Europe





    There was one spotted in the UK on the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve on the Solent about three weeks ago, a male - must have been "blown in" from the Continent - very unusual habitat for the bird. I was in Hampshire so I went down to try to see it, but had no luck
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    Nothing as exotic as your offerings Bill, but a couple from the garden on a very dreary day to keep the thread going. I used my 70-200 2.8 with a 2x converter, which (including the crop factor of my 7D) gave me an effective 640mm FOV. Of course using the converter knocked the lens back to f5.6, and I used ISO 1600, which gave me 1/350th sec. Big crops which doesn't help. I was surprised again, re the range of the oriole this time, one was spotted on the 13th of this month in South Shields, just up the road from me! I found some recordings of them on Youtube, and as you say they have a really distinctive call.









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    Thanks magirus

    any photo of a bird is good

    A couple of Linnets were around last week - I took a few images and then researched them on the web
    The way bird species have declined over the past few years is tragic ....... and it is on the increase ........ the Linnet is now on the "Red" list and has declined by 57% in the last 40 years.
    Everywhere you look it is the same ....... even sea birds are now suffering



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    Just thinking about this decline business Bill, and I can't recall when I last saw a starling in the garden.

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    I have a few















    now to save up for the new Nikon 800mm lens and someone to carry it for me as i couldnt.

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    Nice Kingfisher

    Never seen one in France, yet

    Seen a few in S Africa and the following is a Pied Kingfisher one of the most common Kingfishers in the world.

    They are quite small but beautiful little birds




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    Beautiful birds those kingfishers. They are at two sites on the Wear near me, one within walking distance. However I doubt my lenses would give enough reach for decent shots. I went to view a used Canon last year and the seller had a body with an EF 500mm f4L on it, big, heavy, desirable...... far beyond my wallet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    The first one is an easy one that you can get near - taken with my "new" D7100

    The second one is one that you can NEVER get near - taken from "miles" away and just a speck in the full sized image
    I follow the "bugger" around for hours trying to get a good shot - it always knows were I am even if I sit near it's favourite tree and wait for it ...... but they are spectacular birds ...... you can hear them for miles so you know when they are around, which at this time of year is most of the day - winters in Equatorial Africa ....... breeds in Europe





    There was one spotted in the UK on the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve on the Solent about three weeks ago, a male - must have been "blown in" from the Continent - very unusual habitat for the bird. I was in Hampshire so I went down to try to see it, but had no luck
    Golden Oriel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Beautiful birds those kingfishers. They are at two sites on the Wear near me, one within walking distance. However I doubt my lenses would give enough reach for decent shots. I went to view a used Canon last year and the seller had a body with an EF 500mm f4L on it, big, heavy, desirable...... far beyond my wallet!
    I only have a total reach of 420mm so I have to use cunning and cropping.

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    Here's our friendly woodpecker
    [IMG] untitled shoot-012.jpg by craigh1912, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    and a Swan[IMG] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/craigh1912/8344982803/]
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    A 'formation' of swans



    In Galway, March 2012

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    African Fish Eagle

    We seems to have a bit of an African influence in this thread; so



    An African Fish Eagle seen while in KwaZulu-Natal.

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    Pickle

    now that is nice

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    Good shot of the eagle Pickle, you got the white plumage spot on to my eye.

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    who doesnt love Eagles?


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    Quote Originally Posted by soapy View Post
    who doesnt love Eagles? ...
    Or an owl?


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    Sacred Ibis


    _DSC2497.jpg by BillN33fr, on Flickr


    _DSC2634.jpg by BillN33fr, on Flickr

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    This blackbird lives in my garden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Or an owl?
    yes i love Owls





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    Another raptor ...


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    One from a recent visit to National Trust property


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    Thought this wonderful bird photographer might be of interest:

    http://www.andrewzuckerman.com/work/bird

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corporalsparrow View Post
    Thought this wonderful bird photographer might be of interest:

    http://www.andrewzuckerman.com/work/bird

    Some great work in there, the toucan is fantastic. Thanks for the link.

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    +1 - fantastic images

    Trying to figure out how he does it!

    Looks like most of the birds could have been taken in a "captive" environment as he credits the (US) National Aviary, and a US Zoo and wildlife park

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    No pics unfortunately as was too busy with the binos, but had a great family day out at Minsmere yesterday. Place is buzzing at this time of year, obviously but much improved by recent (ish) expansion/renovation. Highlights were two Bitterns in flight, and my eldest boy (9) got to handle/release a Nightingale which was part of the day's ringing activities. Made a real impression on him :-)

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    Another Black Swan from Dawlish


    _DSC9267 by rogden31, on Flickr

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    OP - your inbox is full, I'm trying to send you a PM about something unrelated to this thread! Please PM me.
    You can live in your car but you can't drive your house.

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    Sparrows

    Took this quick snap through my kitchen window. At times there are up to 15 of them.
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    Hi, I'm a keen bird photographer and was pleased to see this thread. Below is a selection of some of my images.


    Western reef heron


    Barred warbler


    Whinchat


    Collard pratincole


    Grey francolin and family


    Ruff


    Lesser kestrel


    Winter Dunlin


    Spotted flycatcher


    Upcher's warbler

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    Great shots there ajdh​.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Great shots there ajdh​.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Great shots there ajdh​.
    +1 to that - nice shots

    where did you see the Barred Warbler and Upcher's?

    Great hobby/past-time bird watching/photography

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    +1 to that - nice shots

    where did you see the Barred Warbler and Upcher's?

    Great hobby/past-time bird watching/photography
    The barred warbler was in western Saudi Arabia, the Upcher's in Bahrain. All of the images were in one of these locations.

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    I dug this out of the archives the other day. It's a male Siberian stonechat taken in Bahrain.


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    Some cracking shots on this thread. I am by no means a twitcher - but after the storms of the past few days the birds have returned to our garden. So I though I'd take the chance and play with my 50-250mm lens - I was hoping to capture a nice Robin picture, but nothing too exotic to start with...(all these are hand held).







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    Impressive display by Noodlefish, on Flickr


    Guinea Fowl Portrait by Noodlefish, on Flickr

    From a Tanzanian safari back in '07


    Beaks.jpg by Noodlefish, on Flickr

    Brookfield Zoo, IL, '08


    Hedwig.jpg by Noodlefish, on Flickr

    Zoo Nights '07, at ZSL London Zoo

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    Got this one a while ago at Center Parcs at Whinfell Forest near Penrith.



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    nice, what is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soapy View Post
    nice, what is it?
    Thanks, and sorry, should have said! It's a jay.

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    Birds



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    This handsome creature is a turkey vulture.....



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