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  • #3597302
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    OBX,

    Altona and the near coast is similar to your spot. Most of the birds we see here are migratory.

    Unfortunately I often  can’t tell one from another.

     

    #3597442
    obx hiker
    BPL Member

    @obxer

    The averted gaze is priceless. So then it’s Roberta. I’ve always liked that name for some reason. I guess I’ll have to add a better camera and lens to match to a sadly growing list; (material world and all) but the photos really are an artful joy! Thanks again!

    #3597485
    Pamhikes
    BPL Member

    @pamhikesfl

    Wow Franco!   These shots are fantastic…I love birds!   I try really hard to get good bird photos but they are not as crisp as yours.  I have a Sony 6500 with a Zeiss 16-70.  I have trouble with focusing in AF or MF….still learning

     

    #3597505
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    You should see the photos the local birders post.

    Some examples from the last couple of days

    as you can see when I stated that my photos are OK but not great it wasn’t false modesty, it just happens that I am familiar with photography and my limits.

    I see photos of the above standards every day. They are all local birds from local birders.

    BTW, most at that level use Full Frame (the 24x36mm sensor size) with lenses like the Tamron or Sigma 150-600mm, several with a 100-400mm of the same brand as their camera, often with a dedicated 1.4x converter.

    I use an APS C sensor (about 2.3x smaller) with a Sony 55-300mm or Tamron 200-500mm.

     

     

     

    #3597509
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    I try to compensate for my lacking skills by injecting some humour into my posts.

    For example a few days ago I posted this photo

    asking people to keep an eye out for the missing leg.

    (straw necked ibis)

     

    #3597510
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Pamhikes

    we have the yellow and royal spoonbill here but not that roseate  type (that I know…)

    Nice photo.

    my photos of ours

     

    #3597522
    Pamhikes
    BPL Member

    @pamhikesfl

    Franco I’ve not seen the spoonbill in white before.  In Florida with have Roseate…a pretty light pink.  I’m enjoying your photos very much, keep them coming!

    #3597601
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    3 from today

    welcome swallows , N 1 black shouldered kite and N3 kestrel.

    ( I number the individuals I know)

    All within about 300m (900′) of each other.

    #3597607
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    A bird that is very common here, we see flocks of 100-300 often enough, are the black swans.

    Here is a family photo

     

     

     

     

    #3597664
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan

    Check this work out……

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/edpost/

    #3597742
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Great shots there, Ken.

    I worked in the camera trade for over 30 years. Many of my co workers were very good photographers , tipically working for us  to get some regular income to get themselves established before turning pro full time. So I have for many years observed work from pros and that is why I know my shots are OK at best but I am having fun anyway.

    Yesterday I posted this photo

    describing it as a photo of the contenders lined up for the annual dash across the bay race .

    I was so impressed with it that I had it stored inside the recycle Bin.

    but it was fun for 5 minutes .

    #3597957
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    From this afternoon.

    Black cormorants, not so black cormorants and a game of kite and mouse

    the last one is a little Eagle. It was getting closer to me when a crow started to harass it driving it away. There was a rabbit on the ground where the eagle was slowly moving to.

    #3598023
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Another kite hunting

    #3598026
    Dan Y
    BPL Member

    @zelph2

    Your photos are awesome…..thank you!

    I love the kestrel

    YouTube video

    #3598027
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Thank you.

    I am having fun capturing these birds.

    I see the kestrels, kiyes and brown falcons most days, I have started to see the little eagle and a hobby but there are other raptors in the area that I still have to photograph.

    just before this comment I was looking at this photo posted by a Pro :

    for a start you need to spend about $17 k (Sony A99 II/500mm F4 and 1.4 conv) then you need to know how to use it…

    #3598093
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Very nice photos folks. Thanks for sharing.


    @Franco
    are you shooting handheld with image stabilization or on a tripod?

    Cheers,

    Bruce

     

    #3598094
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Swan with sygnets on the Rhine River, Germany (shot with Sony RX100vi)

    #3598121
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Bruce, all hand held.

    There is an  IBIS (!) inthe camera , that is In Built Image Stabilisation. Works by moving the sensor to reduce the effect of camera movement.

    But I use high shutter speed with it too, however  that alone would not be enogh for me.

    One of the reasons I did not get the 150-600 mm version is because that is too heavy for me to enjoy using  without a tripod.

    BTW, some of my shots are taken with a Sony 55-300mm (compact and light) the others with the Tamron 200-500mm, longer , heavier and at about the limit of my hand holding capability.

    #3598163
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    This afternoon

    #3598166
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    I just noticed that I had a better shot (still pretty poor…) of the same flame robin taken a couple of days ago.

    I was by myself so the bird came much closer than today but my camera was not able to focus on it so I had to manual focus, not ideal with my lens.

    #3598288
    Sharon J.
    BPL Member

    @squark

    Locale: SF Bay area

    These days I spend more time watching birds than hiking. Few of our birds are as flashy as the ones Franco has been posting, but this little guy comes close

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    Violet-green Swallow, at Mono Lake, California

    #3598387
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Up North , right on the Northern coast, we get the Barn Swallow and the Red Rumped type. Both with a blue back, very pretty. Down here we only get the Welcome and White Backed type.

    When I took the photo I posted the other day , swallows were flying all around me , darting about, but I had a tele lens on so found it impossible to capture them in flight. The next day they were gone.

    Litle Pied Cormorants (very common…)

    There are 6 types around here, I know  3 of them and taken photos of at least 4 types.

    #3598512
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    I took this welcome swallow about 1 month ago

    #3598514
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Very nice!

    #3598529
    Franco Darioli
    Spectator

    @franco

    Locale: Gauche, CU.

    Thanks. This afternoon I went ou with the camera, about 5 minutes later it started to drizzle. So went back, put rain pants on and went out again (It has been raining on and off for a few days) Did not get a drop of rain , in fact at some point the sun came out. I walket right under a tree with a kite looking down from about 3 metres above, later on spotted the little eagle less than 15 metres away in full clear view. Could not see it from the side but in the open at the front.

    This is the bird from a previous but not so good encounter :

     

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