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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Tue May 12, 2009 8:24 am

Couldn't get a good focus on some of these birds for some reason, but here's some more of the locals:

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Re: Birds

Postby Hunner » Tue May 12, 2009 9:55 am

I found that on the D300 using the more narrow field of focus sensors works better when there are surrounding objects. Maybe 9. Like in the bird in the tree if you had 11 or 51! ha ha it was trying to get it all in focus rather than just the bird. Using the spot metering and focus will be "spot" on. In Nikon View you can have it highlight the focus point to see where you had it centered. The other thing Im still not certain of is that when I shoot birds in the water with some lapping waves if you have wide sensor area and continuous focus on rather than single the dang thing will keep trying to focus on the different wave heights rather than the bird. These things are smart but need human intervention to show them who's boss :lol: You might know that but I thought I would throw it out.
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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Tue May 12, 2009 10:12 am

Hunner wrote:I found that on the D300 using the more narrow field of focus sensors works better when there are surrounding objects. Maybe 9. Like in the bird in the tree if you had 11 or 51! ha ha it was trying to get it all in focus rather than just the bird. Using the spot metering and focus will be "spot" on.
Thanks, I came to the same conclusion... ...after I'd taken the pics :wall:

I'm going to set up one of my programs for a narrow field of focus and think that will help.

I do need something with more reach than my 18-200 VR for this type of shot though, and will take a look around, the 80-400 sounds about what I need.
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Re: Birds

Postby beavis » Tue May 12, 2009 2:53 pm

Nice birds!

1) Inca Dove
2) Brown Pelicans, Laughing Gull, Great Egret
3) American Oystercatcher
4-5) Roseate Spoonbill
6-7) Reddish Egret
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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Tue May 12, 2009 3:18 pm

beavis wrote:3) American Oystercatcher
Thanks, I wasn't sure about that one.

6-7) Reddish Egret
I had that one as a Little Blue Heron, and thought the one below was a Reddish Egret, but I may well be wrong.

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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Tue May 12, 2009 3:19 pm

BTW I was real pissed the Spoonbill pics came out so out of focus, I will try again and get some better ones this weekend.
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Re: Birds

Postby beavis » Tue May 12, 2009 3:24 pm

Ooops!

Your right Phil, I looked too fast!

6-7 are Little Blue Herons and that new pic is a Reddish Egret.
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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Tue May 12, 2009 3:35 pm

Thanks, I thought that was the case, but my old eyes aren't what they used to be!
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Re: Birds

Postby Rich » Tue May 12, 2009 7:48 pm

We don't have such interesting birds up here.

We've been getting some awesome butterflies in the yard - I'm going to keep the camera a little more handy and try to get some pics.
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Re: Birds

Postby Rich » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:43 pm

I was lucky enough to spot this guy AND have my camera handy on a camping trip this past weekend. I rushed to get the pics I could and just left the camera on auto. I would have loved to have more time to use different settings and get some really good pics. :wall:

Pics do this guy no justice. He was very impressive in person.

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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:07 pm

Nice 8)
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Re: Birds

Postby Seth » Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:52 pm

Wow, I have never seen a bald eagle in the wild. That is so cool. Magnificent creature. I am glad you got some pictures.
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Re: Birds

Postby West OZ H2 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:56 am

Guys,

Great pics, enjoyed looking at them, interesting to see similier birds with different colouring to here in Aus.

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Re: Birds

Postby PhilD » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:51 am

A cormorant trying to camouflage himself in a palm tree:

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Re: Birds

Postby Charles Helm » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:41 am

That's a cool shot, but it may be too cold here for me to properly appreciate it! :lol:

Did the weather turn off bad down there?
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