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Skywatcher
07-03-2010, 08:11 PM
This is going to be very photo heavy so sorry about that - trying out lots of settings and framing in preparation. (please click to make them bigger they look better but they are still heavily reduced)

I just adore this lens and the problem is I fear it is going to spoil me for all my future lenses :sigh:
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0574.jpg

Eider
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0578.jpg

Eider Under
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0585.jpg

Moorhen
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0589.jpg

Hawaiian goose (rarest in the world apparently - Thomas loved these)
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0600.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0655.jpg

Drippy duck
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0662.jpg

Shiny duck ( the probably have a better name :lol: )
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0608.jpg

Ruddy duck ( amazing colour)
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0619.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0679.jpg

and a lady pheasant

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0693.jpg

Again the clarity the lens brings these to is astonishing - worried this might be getting a little long so will post some more in another post ... hang on

arkvilla
07-03-2010, 08:13 PM
I love your photo's - you feel like you could reach out and touch the downy feathers

Superb

Sandra

Skywatcher
07-03-2010, 08:17 PM
Long Tailed Tits - love these little guys spent ages trying to get the depth of field right on these
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0640.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0652.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0650.jpg

Great Tits
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0642.jpg

with tongue
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0639.jpg

Blue Tit
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0646.jpg

Reed beds for something different
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0665.jpg

Lichen to see what the macro was like
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0672.jpg

and..
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0668.jpg

THE END :D


You'll be glad to know

Sorry to bore with so many bird pics, but am trying to get this just right for the trip - its amazing how many I have to shoot at the moment just to get it how I want it - its going to take a LOT of time and practice to get this right I'm sure
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0575.jpg

daveann
07-03-2010, 08:23 PM
brilliant pics :)

Britchick
07-03-2010, 08:31 PM
you're getting the hang of it for sure! were you holding the lens or was it on the tripod? i have a shaky hand that lets me down sometimes. Must be the Gin :tongue:

Skywatcher
07-03-2010, 08:39 PM
All hand held - it has a very good IS :lol:

Britchick
07-03-2010, 08:42 PM
can't wait to see what you take on safari

Skywatcher
07-03-2010, 08:46 PM
Me too :D - don't worry I'll stop with the birds for now ;)

Britchick
07-03-2010, 08:49 PM
Me too :D - don't worry I'll stop with the birds for now ;)

that's ok, i like seeing them. I'll try and get out next weekend with my 70-200 see what i can get. Got some nice ones of ducks last year with my cheapo zoom/macro combination :thumbsup:

arkvilla
07-03-2010, 09:04 PM
No, I'm a twitcher, don't stop with the birds - I love them

Please, please don't stop :unsure:

Sandra

Skywatcher
07-03-2010, 09:13 PM
No, I'm a twitcher, don't stop with the birds - I love them

Please, please don't stop :unsure:

Sandra

:lol: OK no problem - gutting thing was i *just* missed a kingfisher

josh.p.
07-03-2010, 09:13 PM
These are fantastic. REALLY good! My favourites are;
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0608.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0668.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/Birds/IMG_0662.jpg

Skywatcher
07-03-2010, 09:15 PM
Thanks Josh - I like the water drips on the last one - the long tailed tits are my favourite just because they were so much of a challenge as they are tiny and they moved so flippin quick

Isafari
08-03-2010, 12:47 AM
Wow!!!! Truly amazing quality!!! Great photos.
I daren't show DH or we will need a second mortgage for new camera lenses!!!

Tink
08-03-2010, 01:49 AM
Oh please don't stop taking and sharing your photos! :beg: Herself and I love birds and your's are simply beautiful. We don't get the opportunity to see the pretty tits, at all! The long tailed one is particularly nice, but the blue is great too. Heck, we like them all.


What an angelic pose for Matthew. He really is such a beautiful child. :yes: :hug2: (Don't tell him I said that. Boys are funny about being called beautiful sometimes). :redface:

arkvilla
08-03-2010, 07:50 AM
:lol: OK no problem - gutting thing was i *just* missed a kingfisher


When we went to Devon about 7 years we hired a cottage by a stream and it was my mission to see a kingfisher so I sat by that stream for hours most days and finally I spotted one. I didn't get a photo but just had to see one.

I also spotted a Dipper which I didn't recognise until I went through my bird book and identified it.

Last year we went to Harry P Leu Gardens and whilst I was standing quietly in the nature garden I saw 2 - yes 2 hummingbirds - well I cried like a baby as it was so unexpected, it has been my lifes dream to see a hummingbird in natural habitat.

I didn't have a camera so Jai has promised we can go back this holiday to see if we can spot them again and we'll have video and camera :yes:

Sandra

Skywatcher
08-03-2010, 08:00 AM
I can see us becoming twitchers , we have already bought a book on the birds of Eastern Africa :D

Tink
08-03-2010, 12:11 PM
Oh Arkvilla, you should see more hummingbirds there! They plant the gardens to attract them. :yes:

There are LOADS of kingfisher in the Fort Myers area. :yes: We used to see them there all the time. They are one of our most favorite little birds. :yes: (If we are both referring to the same bird... never too sure about names across countries).

I saw one on my drive over Alligator Alley a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping to see more as we don't get them up here in Central Florida often, but was happy with seeing one. :yes:

Tink
08-03-2010, 12:13 PM
Oh, meant to say we saw Cedar Waxwings at Disney a bit ago. Couldn't get a decent shot with the camera phones so went back the next day and they were gone. :sigh:

They were feeding on a tree that had dark blue berries. There were still berries left on the tree, but no birds. :(

Maybe next year... :sigh:

uscwest
08-03-2010, 12:31 PM
Some beautiful bird pictures there Skywatcher. Might I ask what the Arundel WWT is?

arkvilla
08-03-2010, 12:39 PM
I took this photo at Harry P Leu Gardens but I don't know what the bird is called - the photo is a bit dark but you can just see it.

It was in the undergrowth and I couldn't see it when I took the photo but I just aimed and got lucky

Tink
08-03-2010, 12:45 PM
OOOOH! It's a cardinal!!! :yes: We LOVE cardies!

Skywatcher
08-03-2010, 12:55 PM
This is a British Kingfisher Tink - probably our most beautiful bird

http://coyotescall.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/kingfisher.jpg

Loved the cardinals when I saw them

WWT is the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Tink
08-03-2010, 12:56 PM
Ah. Nope. That's not an American Kingfisher, although it's a small bird too. I'll try to find a photo. Be righhhhhht back! :D

Tink
08-03-2010, 12:59 PM
Hmmmm, learning something! Your's comes up easier than the one we see most often here!

It's blue and grey and silver and has a ruff on it's head... I'll keep looking...

Tink
08-03-2010, 01:03 PM
Found it.
Belted Kingfisher - Whatbird.com (http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/61/_/Belted_Kingfisher.aspx)

This is the kingfisher we see.

arkvilla
08-03-2010, 01:40 PM
Not as colourful as our British one but still a pretty bird

Sandra

Tink
08-03-2010, 01:45 PM
No not nearly as colorful! It's a sweet cute bird though and makes us laugh to see it!

Skywatcher
08-03-2010, 01:51 PM
Yeah lovely, but on this one occsaion I prefer the Brit one - makes a change a so many of ours are LBJ's

Tink
08-03-2010, 01:53 PM
LBJ's? Lyndon Baines Johnson? :lol:

We like it because it is so small with it's imposing name KINGfisher! LOL. They are small pretty birds. :yes:

I like the top crest. :yes: I was surprised to see how many varieties of "kingfisher" there are! Many colorful ones. :yes:

Dawn
08-03-2010, 05:04 PM
Are we having a meet here? My camera will feel all tiny and inadequate. :unsure:

Skywatcher
08-03-2010, 05:40 PM
LBJ's? Lyndon Baines Johnson? :lol:

Little brown jobs :D

Yes Dawn would love to meet there sometime , just decided to go as it was lovely and sunny and I wanted to see a Kingfisher - which I didn't

Oh and we thought they did marmite sandwiches - but they have stopped those :mad:

Tink
08-03-2010, 06:06 PM
Little brown jobs? :unsure: Further explain please? :unsure: :confused:

Dawn
08-03-2010, 06:17 PM
No more Marmite sandwiches? :(

Well we can arrange a meet for when it is just a tad warmer. :D

Skywatcher
08-03-2010, 06:56 PM
A lot of British birds are non descript little brown birds

josh.p.
09-03-2010, 04:53 PM
all tiny and inadequate. :unsure:
story of my life :sigh: :rotfl:

Skywatcher
09-03-2010, 05:00 PM
:laugh:

well some of the ultra geeks there had lenses so big I felt tiny and inadequate!

definitely been bitten by the bug now - just want to get out and do more and take different stuff - still not sure about that reed bed one