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    Red face photo

    those photo you have posted are interesting and wonderful . i enjoy it

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    Swallow?


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    One of mine from a few years back. A herring gull with a starfish for dinner ..
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    Cotswold Falconry Centre

    A few snaps form earlier today...














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    I just managed to catch this shot recently although he was in quite a hurry to leave....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mav112 View Post
    had this land on my rod this summer
    Magnificent birds and mighty fine capture, well done that man

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    I'm not a big fan of the Gloucester seaguls - as they are a noisy nuisance & poop on my car (but only when it's clean !)
    However, this youngster landed pretty close - well close enough to snap with my X1.

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    Some seriously talented photographers here. The kingfisher is ace.
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    Playing with a new lens and captured this. Just a little sparrow.....


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    I took this smudge last night .

    I know there are a lot of Parakeets in the south but I've never seen them this far north before.


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    Here's a Monk Parakeet, a long way south.




    They build the most impressive nests.




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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyE View Post
    ... and one more, taken in my front garden in May 2013. Don't think I've ever seen a Goldfinch before. A wee stunner.

    See a lot of goldfinches where I am over the winter months. My favourite British finch, and your pic makes it look stunning.

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    A bit ironic that one of my best bird shots was taken in Central Park, in NYC:






    Looks like a small eagle (or young). Red Tailed Hawk maybe?

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    Not very good at warbler id. but here is a furtive sedge warbler, I think, from me.


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    Dinner time..


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    Went for a walk in the arboretum earlier with the X1 - so not ideal for capturing wildlife.
    However, I was impressed with the colours of the ducks in the bright sunshine, so I gave it a go ...



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    I recently risked life and limb hanging out of our apartment dining room window attaching a hummingbird feeder to the lintel above. It has really paid off and we now have regular visitors throughout the afternoons, often fighting over it. I have counted four different species, one is not much bigger than a bumble bee. Here are a couple of quick snaps.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I recently risked life and limb hanging out of our apartment dining room window attaching a hummingbird feeder to the lintel above. It has really paid off and we now have regular visitors throughout the afternoons, often fighting over it. I have counted four different species, one is not much bigger than a bumble bee. Here are a couple of quick snaps.



    Beautifully done M, they are notoriously difficult to get a clear shot of in the wild. Lovely colours and bokeh
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDG View Post
    Beautifully done M, they are notoriously difficult to get a clear shot of in the wild. Lovely colours and bokeh
    Thanks V, they move so damn fast and often blend into the background. Here are a few more of my efforts.








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    They are beautiful! And must be damn difficult to shoot at!

    Where are you located if I may ask?


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    Quote Originally Posted by angeche View Post
    They are beautiful! And must be damn difficult to shoot at!

    Where are you located if I may ask?


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    I saw it myself. Bogota!


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    Quote Originally Posted by angeche View Post
    I saw it myself. Bogota!
    Their wings beat at around 80 times per second. I usually try to set the shutter speed slow enough to convey the wings' movements.


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    Speckled Mousebirds - S Africa

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    Just a Seagull






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    We had some great spotted woodpeckers in the garden for several years, but unfortunately they didn't show up this year. ;-( I posted some pics a while ago, but of course they disappeared in the Great PB fiasco. Checking through a memory card before a format I found an image of the male feeding the young one and thought it might be of interest. As you can see the chick has a pale pink rump and a red forehead, which change as it moults in the autumn to a red rump and either no head colour for a female or a red nape for the male.









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    These Andean ducks have very striking blue bills and chestnut feathers.


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    Never seen this: seagulls glowing in red before sunrise. They can also be seen in the picture below, to the left...


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    Parrots are always worth a little time with the camera.










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    The Great Indian Hornbill is also pretty photogenic


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    Birds of Prey are a favourite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Their wings beat at around 80 times per second. I usually try to set the shutter speed slow enough to convey the wings' movements.


    That really is a cracking shot. Lovely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    Birds of Prey are a favourite.
    What kit are you shooting? Really great close ups!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    That really is a cracking shot. Lovely!
    Thank you kindly. Much appreciated from someone who takes such magnificent photographs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    What kit are you shooting? Really great close ups!
    Thank you.

    The ones of the parrot and hornbill were the D750 with the 500mm f4 AF VR.

    The BoP were the D750 and the old, non-VR, 300mm f4 AF, which is one of my favourite lenses. As well as being a superb small telephoto it also offers very close focusing, which makes it almost like a mini macro lens (apologies for the non-bird image)



    Nikon have now replaced this with a VR version, which from all reports is better still.

    The beauty of the Nikon system is that the older lenses work with the newer bodies. I started with a manual focus 500mm f4 and then progressed to the AF VR version. Both lenses are out of the top drawer.

    Same at the other end of the focal length spectrum. I have the old manual 24mm f2.8 and it works just fine. I recently added on the slightly newer AF-D 20-35 f2.8 and it has become a favourite for when I occasionally need a wide angle.

    Good glass is good glass, regardless of age, and both Nikon and Canon have produced some truly outstanding glass over the years.

    Your D810 is from all reports a lovely camera. If you haven’t already, check out the Moose Peterson and Thom Hogan websites for their recommended settings for the D810, which is a good way to get started.

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    Flamingos, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo



    (the odd blur is due to the fine green net in front of me, crouching in a bush)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Another lovely shot.

    Is that one of the rockhopper penguins? I am not so good on distinguishing the different species.

    I am finding penguins wildly frustrating to photograph. I spent a good while trying to capture these Humboldt penguins leaping from the water but after 30 minutes or so had to give up as I had limited time. I plan to go back and encamp for the day




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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokyo Tokei View Post
    Flamingos, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo



    (the odd blur is due to the fine green net in front of me, crouching in a bush)
    If you hadn't pointed out the blur I wouldn't have noticed it, as the flamingos are lovely and sharp. I think what also works a treat is the blurred audience in the background. Were they looking at the flamingos or you crouching in the bush

    My earlier photo of the hornbill was taken through a pretty thick guage wire mesh. With a long telephoto it really does become invisible, particularly if you can get the lens right up close to the mesh.

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    Wallace's Standardwing bird-of-paradise


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    A few of my favourites.



    And closer to home, taken yesterday whilst sitting in the lounge.

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    Love that image, no birds, no problem...

    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    Thank you.

    The ones of the parrot and hornbill were the D750 with the 500mm f4 AF VR.

    The BoP were the D750 and the old, non-VR, 300mm f4 AF, which is one of my favourite lenses. As well as being a superb small telephoto it also offers very close focusing, which makes it almost like a mini macro lens (apologies for the non-bird image)



    Nikon have now replaced this with a VR version, which from all reports is better still.

    The beauty of the Nikon system is that the older lenses work with the newer bodies. I started with a manual focus 500mm f4 and then progressed to the AF VR version. Both lenses are out of the top drawer.

    Same at the other end of the focal length spectrum. I have the old manual 24mm f2.8 and it works just fine. I recently added on the slightly newer AF-D 20-35 f2.8 and it has become a favourite for when I occasionally need a wide angle.

    Good glass is good glass, regardless of age, and both Nikon and Canon have produced some truly outstanding glass over the years.

    Your D810 is from all reports a lovely camera. If you haven’t already, check out the Moose Peterson and Thom Hogan websites for their recommended settings for the D810, which is a good way to get started.

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    Fading light, and 200mm hand held - so high ISO & hope for the best...



    Not too shabby as it turns out

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    Last edited by zelig; 19th November 2017 at 18:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    Not too shabby as it turns out
    Not too shabby at all!
    Excellent, z
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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    Fading light, and 200mm hand held - so high ISO & hope for the best...



    Not too shabby as it turns out

    z
    Very nice indeed.

    I envy you having the chance of a kingfisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    Fading light, and 200mm hand held - so high ISO & hope for the best...



    Not too shabby as it turns out

    z

    Well done Z! Not easy to get a shot of a kingfisher. It's a separate area of interest for some photographers, with a lot of time and money invested by some. I've seen one in town flying under Elvet Bridge, and others 5 minutes away from me near my house, also on the Wear. I know of two other sites quite near too, but I can't justify the expense of a long lens and the time needed. Well, maybe after I get the tilt and shift lens . . .

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    Very detailed and sharp shots there Mr. Gunn, can I ask where you took them please?

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