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16th July 2011, 08:11 AM
This is a red browed firetail finch which I spied sitting on our fence. C&C is very welcome please. They are pretty flighty and I didn't get a chance for a more lateral shot to show off its magnificent red beak. If you look hard it can just be seen below the small central black strip on its head which is at eye level.
Thank you for viewing.
16th July 2011, 02:34 PM
It's got no head!
What an amazing little bird. No neck at all. I love seeing these images where I am discovering and learning something new.
16th July 2011, 10:50 PM
Thanks for viewing and commenting Donald. Now that you mention it, all of our finches down here seem to be undersized, coloured fluff balls with no necks.
Originally Posted by Donald
16th July 2011, 11:34 PM
A very pretty and interesting bird , ken. One i've never seen before.
What lens are you using? For small birds , a 300mm is prob. a min. focal length. ( you will still have to get extremely close---around 12 feet) Getting close is the key to a great shot. Perhaps if you feed them you could get closer.
17th July 2011, 12:16 AM
Thank you for viewing and commenting Steve. We do feed them, sort of, by planting native trees which have the seeds they like to feed on. The lens I used was a canon kit lens. From the 'rune markings' on it, it is an ES-5, 55 -250 mm, 1:4 -5.6 IS. I like to work with AV settings with a setting of around 5.6. The closest I could get to this little guy before he took off was about 20 to 30 feet. I just wish I could sneak up to within 10 to 12 feet of them.
Originally Posted by Steve S