Strictly For The Birds

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Tony Britton, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I haven't posted in quite a while. Here's a few of my recent favorites I hope you'll enjoy.

    Best regards,
    Tony

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Well, we've really missed your talents, Tony. Stunning, as usual. I don't know how you do it. Patience, stealth, and a long lens, I imagine! And a good eye.
     
  3. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Another fantastic set Tony, good to see you back here again.
     
  4. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks for your wonderful comments, Rob.
     
  5. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    I appreciate your comments, Dave.
     
  6. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    These images are wonderful Tony.
     
  7. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thank you very much, Brian.
     
  8. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hope you're doing well. Hoping you'll enjoy a few more portraits.

    Western Gull
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    Black-crowned Night Heron
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    Double-crested Cormorant
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    Black Oystercatcher

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  9. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Seasons greetings to you Tony.
    The quality of your images is fantastic, as always. How do you get them so sharp with a long lens?
     
  10. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Dave. Proximity is the key. I use the long zoom on my cameras to "fill the frame" with very near subjects and in this way, capture a good amount of detail. With good detail obtained, I can sharpen when desired in post. Also, I hardly ever have to crop an image given the generous amount of zoom I have available. My Sony DSC-RX10 M3 has an equivalent focal length of 600 mm and my Canon SX50 has a ridiculous 1200 mm!

    Happy Holidays!
    Tony
     
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  11. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Got mysef a Lumix DMC-FZ72, partly as a result of seeing your fine pictures, has a 20 - 1200 range.
    Very pleased with it, light enough to carry all day and very versatile. The wide end is great for landscapes, can get some strange effects due to atmospherics and foreshortening using the long end. I have yet to master wildlife pics, more practice needed.
     
  12. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Yet more stunning images, Tony. Those eyes!
     
  13. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hi Dave,
    That's what I like about my SX50. Light-weight and very versatile. I'm not familiar with the Lumix, but most of my favorite bird & wildlife photos with the SX50 (1200 mm) display EXIF data as follows: I use Shutter Priority mode (Tv) with average shutter speeds of 1/640 sec, ISO 80-100 range, and negative Exposure Compensation around -1/3 to -2/3. This works especially well with white-feathered birds such as egrets. No "blown-highlights."

    Best,
    Tony
     
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  14. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hi Pete,
    Thanks! Here's a photo of a Brandt's Cormorant with absolutely amazing eyes. Like jewels!

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  15. Aaron Quinn

    Aaron Quinn Active Member

    Fantastic photos in this thread. Here’s a small contribution. Saw this little one the other day. Looks to be a Western Meadowlark but unsure. C0C00B99-F2E4-4975-A0EE-15B97122995C.jpeg
     
  16. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hi Aaron,

    Wonderful photo! Nice pose from this bird and I like the background bokeh effect.

    Tony
     
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  17. Aaron Quinn

    Aaron Quinn Active Member

    A couple days after that first shoot I posted I captured this little one. I like this one better but still learning bird photography. 457A680C-3EC1-4BEE-A27C-788CFECF89C1.jpeg
     
  18. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Excellent color and clarity. Well done, indeed!

    Tony
     
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  19. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hello!

    I hope you'll enjoy this set! This Snowy Egret held each pose for several seconds, which was quite amazing!

    Tony

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  20. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Gorgeous animal and photo's Tony. I especially like the second to last.
     

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