This thread is so everyone has a place to post bird photos to and discuss. Also a good place for exchanging ideas on how to make your birding photos
This is not meant as a competition, just a gallery. If, for some reason, the photo salon thread has birds for a theme, it would just be a coincidence for the period of the contest.
Have at it, everyone. You know I will.
I have never taken a photo of a bird - must try that soon.
I will start with a picture of my Fulmars,, they are lovely and I am surrounded by them at the moment.
We used to have a feeder right in front of the kitchen window
it was great fun and the cats loved it
Some photos HERE
Taken with my old Sony Cybershot so not too great but I was happy with them.
My sock feeder has proven popular with the goldfinches and sparrows. Took this one this morning.
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Mommy wagtail on the nest....
Wish this one was mine.
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It's a poor quality scan but here's a turkey vulture i saw in Chile
And some penguins in Patagonia
Here is my favorite bird:
I had some loverly budgie fotos that somehow went west when something fell over. Problem is, I've still got everything else, and the storage devices are still working fine, strange! It's only one lot of fotos taken when on holidays with the camera I always use.
Looks like I need to invest in a new 35mm slr as I cant get decent photo's with a digital camera . Wish I hadn't sold all my gear .
It was very windy today with even stronger gusts.
My small. mostly ornamental feeder blew out of the tree.
Which wasn't all bad as the seed on the ground attracted a couple of mourning doves.
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Gonna have to get or make a ground feeder, me thinks.
Duck eggs just starting to hatch....
THIS explains it in a NON=Photoshop
Photoshop CS3 introduced an automated way of doing it that's pretty painless while CS4 introduced a variation that uses various shots with different focus points to give you artificial depth of field.
I've played somewhat with HDR but prefer to use filters to get it all in one shot. Maybe I'll play with it more this summer when doing landscapes.
Here is the 1st of those eggs......
Awwww, priddeee! In a few months he'll be ready for the pan!
Since the birds have gotten used to me being around the feeders refilling them and the bird bath, I figured today would be a good day to take the
camera, big lens and tripod out of the dining room window and move outside,
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Good decision on my part.
This "punk" chipping sparrow obviously has been to Adam Lambert's hairdresser.
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(As opposed to the bird in the bottom of the two images above, which is ALSO a chipping sparrow)
The Wagtail chicks........
Hi Dreamweaver, I am so glad all your eggs are hatching, ducks and wagtails, you are so lucky to have that all around you.
Well done, they are lovely !
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Two Kayakers paddle by a Great Blue Heron rookery. (That's what the big nests in the upper left are, complete with one guarding its young.) This image HAS to be seen at full size/resolution to be appreciated. It's set for an 8x10 print as shown here (with resolution reduced to a web-friendly 75 DPI)
I have heard that these birds will fly over interlopers and regurgitate on them if you get to close. There were a few circling overhead but the couple didn't seemed to be "distressed." This being "Rookery Island" in Lake Wausau, it is FULL of Great Blue nests. I suspect there might even be a bald eagle nest on it as we see a pair circling in this area from time to time.
An aside, I want a kayak so BAD!
Cropped in to show the nests.
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You still can't really see them at such low resolution.
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"Get your fat, ground feeding butt out of OUR hanging feeder this INSTANT!"
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"Do you MIND?"
I liked the ground feeder! Very good!
I scatter seed on the ground for the doves and other big birds. That's the first time I saw one in the hanging tray feeder.
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The early birds get the breakfast of dehydrated mealworms that have soaked overnight in water.
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"Goldfinch on a Fencepost"
Nice Digital or SLR
Digital camera or 35 mm slr camera ?????
Canon 40D with 135-400mm lens (for most of the shots) I still have my Elan 7 for emergencies -- like if BOTH my 40D and back-up Digital Rebel go belly
up at the same time).
But I've been digital for about five years now. Never looked back except for two times my old Rebel was in the shop and it was my only digital body.
I recently bought a Minolta 35mm and the photo's are a whole lot better than I get with my digital camera's , although they are aging . Used to love developing and printing back in the day , have some time lapse pics somewhere , will have to dig them out and scan them . They where taken at night in December , and it was cold .
I've long since come to grips with not having to do darkroom work anymore.
Even though I spent 25 years learning how to be REAL good at both B&W and color printing.
I can do all my dodging and burning and adjusting one time in Photoshop and then make as many copies as I need in the time it took to make a test print in the "old days."
Added bonus, my fingers don't turn brown from the chemicals anymore.
I learnt how to process film in high school but could not afford to set up my own lab so that's where that hobby stayed. Used to like photography, but, with the cost of film and processing, it slid by the wayside. I should invest in some good digital equipment one day...... when I run out of other expenses.
A digital SLR is high on the shopping list. We have an early digital snapper which is great for "happy snaps" provided you are not in a hurry (shutter lag is atrocious) but no good for serious shots.
Taken with a Canon Ixus. Couldn't go too close - Mother Goose was watching ... and hissing ! They were huddling together for warmth, I think, but were right in the middle of a cycle track. The cyclists had to dismount and walk around them.
It's a good thing that they were on a cycle track and not the road!
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Magnificent! He looks like a bird with a lot of character.
Bluejays have personality, that's for sure.
And they are very hard to photograph because they are fairly shy.
Speaking of shy, these guys have been hiding right under my nose for a few days.
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Finally got to spend a pleasant half hour playing hide and seek with them.
Half ya luck! I just spent a (un)pleasant hour climbing around the ceiling playing hide and seek with my aerial cables that I'm attempting to shift from one end of the room to another!
It was overcast and late in the afternoon when I took the above shot.
Today is sunny and warm. Going to have the tripod out by those flowers today with my 135-400mm and take breaks there as we are FINALLY going to start clearing out the garage that will be my studio in the near future.
Hope for even BETTER shots.
Got a couple of "Monica" yesterday in the brighter conditions.
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She's a female ruby-throated and very, VERY territorial when it comes to HER bee balm. I've seen her run males and members of other species off.
Good luck to her!
No luck involved.
She comes out of the tree like a heat-seeking missle and the interlopers are GONE with her in hot pursuit.
I'm waiting on a couple to team up to get a meal by taking turns having her chase them.
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Sometimes it's good to just sit out on the patio with a cuppa and a 40D on full manual with a 135-400mm lens and commune with some good friends.
You know, catch up on all the neighborhood gossip.
I've created a trio of welfare birds, it seems.
Now these Blue Jays sit out in the trees or on the wires at 7:30 a.m. and noisily demand my attention -- i.e. a few handfuls of peanuts.
At least they are coming around for photos now. Hopefully I can figure out something that works for cardinals. Haven't gotten one of the four in the area to come within camera range. They'll sit out there all morning long if I DON'T have my rig set up, however.
A year later...
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As you can tell, I'm having MUCH better luck with the blue jays these days.
So much so, in fact, I caught THESE two yesterday
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I don't mind them talking about me, mind you.
However, "FAT MAN" is the term the SQUIRRELS use to describe me.
And THIS year...
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A lovely triptych of my favorite female bird in Tranquility Bay.
I was set up on my "Faerie Stand" for 3 1/2 hours in a 108 degree heat index to get these shots.
Next day I was set up for 1 1/2 hours in 111 degrees only to get just a glimpse of her.
My Monica, she is a tough one to snipe!