Jun 12, 2019 at 2:38 am #3597302
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.Jun 12, 2019 at 7:32 pm #3597442obx hikerBPL Member
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!Jun 12, 2019 at 11:07 pm #3597485PamhikesBPL Member
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 learningJun 13, 2019 at 12:06 am #3597505
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.Jun 13, 2019 at 12:16 am #3597509
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)Jun 13, 2019 at 12:19 am #3597510
we have the yellow and royal spoonbill here but not that roseate type (that I know…)
my photos of oursJun 13, 2019 at 1:10 am #3597522PamhikesBPL Member
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!Jun 13, 2019 at 6:00 am #3597601
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.Jun 13, 2019 at 6:53 am #3597607
A bird that is very common here, we see flocks of 100-300 often enough, are the black swans.
Here is a family photoJun 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm #3597664Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
Check this work out……Jun 13, 2019 at 10:23 pm #3597742
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 .Jun 15, 2019 at 5:35 am #3597957
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.Jun 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm #3598023
Another kite huntingJun 15, 2019 at 11:49 pm #3598026Dan YBPL Member
Your photos are awesome…..thank you!
I love the kestrelJun 16, 2019 at 12:09 am #3598027
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…Jun 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm #3598093
Very nice photos folks. Thanks for sharing.
@Franco are you shooting handheld with image stabilization or on a tripod?
BruceJun 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm #3598094
Swan with sygnets on the Rhine River, Germany (shot with Sony RX100vi)Jun 16, 2019 at 11:19 pm #3598121
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.Jun 17, 2019 at 7:01 am #3598163
This afternoonJun 17, 2019 at 10:05 am #3598166
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.Jun 18, 2019 at 4:05 am #3598288Sharon J.BPL Member
@squarkLocale: SF Bay areaJun 18, 2019 at 11:01 pm #3598387
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.Jun 20, 2019 at 4:33 am #3598512
I took this welcome swallow about 1 month agoJun 20, 2019 at 4:45 am #3598514
Very nice!Jun 20, 2019 at 6:38 am #3598529
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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