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    Default Assignment #8: Birds

    Maybe we're all getting a little carried away with this. Admittedly a few birds did act strange, but that's no reason to...
    - Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds

    In the wild or in the city, birds are plentiful and provide a popular subject for photographers. Presenting plenty of colour and variety, spotting and identifying them is a hobby in itself. For this assignment, let's look at the challenges involved in photographing these flighty creatures.

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    It's HDR

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    Ok here is my contribution to the Bird Assignment...
    I was at a Bird Aviary yesterday and had so much fun takeing pics of the awesome looking birds they had in there encloseures .. they had some beautifull birds there ...
    the only bad thing was i had to shoot through the small chain link fencing they had all around the enclosure .. so I had to try hard to focus through the fencing .. some of the shots look soft due to the fencing..
    all shot with the E-1 in Raw ..









    Not sure how many im allowed to post here .. I will delete some if this is to many ...

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    I was out a couple of weeks ago when the weather was nice, giving my 50-200 its first real work doing what I bought it for: shooting nature. Here are a couple good shots of birds that I turned up. They're significantly cropped, but I think they're reasonably good, sharp shots. I'm improving, anyway

    #1: A robin, found outside my apartment before I even made it to the forest.


    #2: A woodpecker. Cute, if you ask me.
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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    I think I'll try something a little different. These belong to a Golden Eagle.


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    I love the way people photograph birds, and all of the colours and variety that exists in the world. It's a hard subject to have a unique view on, but it's great to see when it happens.

    I live and work downtown, so the birds I see look like this:


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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    Great Horned Owl
    Comments and critiques welcome.
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    I have wayyyyy too many bird photos,, of all them I keep looking at my hawk photo with the starling it caught one snowy day,,

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    In a bird sanctuary, not far from where I live.

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    I love to chase birds - Here's one of a Red Tailed Hawk. They are very plentiful but don't like to stay in one place for long - this one did and tried to stare me down!

    Best Regards, Jim


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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    Here's a couple from Pensthorpe in England
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    E-1 with 150mm ISO 200

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    Stunning shot.
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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    MadMax ... I loved those shots... that is sooo cool ..

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    Well I love birds, and there's some real beauties here! Some great out-of-the-ordinary takes too, like Old Jim's Golden Eagle's talons.

    Here's one of my favorites, two Mourning Doves sitting on the fence during a snowstorm, taken through the kitchen window.



    For something a little different, here's a couple of the parrots who let me share the house. The first is Tausi, an African Red Bellied Parrot. He's a real character, and sweet as all get out.



    This is Quito, she's a Green Cheeked Conure. My little green Velociraptor.

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    WOW, some incredible and sharp photos submitted! I am just testing out my new 50-200 lens (original version)








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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    Wow .. loved the hummers .. my favorite bird .. but my fav is the second one ... I really liked the pose..

    Marion

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    I'll add a few. E-3 and 50-200 with TC1.4.

    Flying birds are very difficult for the 50-200 to handle unless IMO you get a good head start in tracking them. One the lens misses your done.











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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    I'm a newbie here ...
    thought i'd add a couple of shots to this thread
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    (sort of also works as figuring out how to do it)
    Regards..

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    Many very nice images;

    I like the Shoebill, blu-by-u.

    OldJim: great shot of those claws!

    Matthew: Looks like one that sleeps under the bridges

    Here is one in my "polderscape" style :



    And a portrait of a breeding lady:

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    There goes my take.
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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    I managed to get a few photos of birds from today's outing. I have no idea what these ones are, since they're not gulls or pigeons:





    Goose chase:



    Another goose chase:


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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    OK, here's one from me. This red-tail hawk landed on a bird feeder outside a nature center near me. Needless to say, the rest of the birds left right away! Taken with the 70-300mm.
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    Oh my .. look at those talons .... nice shots..

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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    My submission .Cheers Pete
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    Default Re: Assignment #8: Birds

    had my E3 mounted on my TeleVue TV85 telescope,, equivalent to a 1200mm lens,, very minor cropping of this Dove,,

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