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    Birds of the Desert

    The abundance of water at this in the desert has brought a lot of bird life to the area. Here are some we saw.

    Australasian Grebe
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    Flock of noisy Corellas
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    Emu amongst the wildflowers
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    Little Eagle
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    Pacific (White Necked) Heron
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    Yellow Billed Spoonbill (in the morning just before he took off for the day)
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    Yellow Billed Spoonbills roosting for the night.
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    Re: Birds of the Desert

    Another nice series from you Peter, Really like #5 and 6.

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    What a wonderful opportunity for you Peter and you have come up with the goods I particularly like #6.

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    Thanks Paul and Keith. It's good to be back. We ran a photographic tutorial all through the desert with the other people who came along. I did tutorials at night and then followed up the next day as we stopped for shots. I had them all lined up on the bank taking photos of the roosting spoonbills. As each bird moved to preen itself everyone was firing off shots. I could not tell you how many variations of the sponbills I got. One member of the party was heard to say 'this is better than sex'.

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    Excellent series Peter, I like all your current posts.

    These shots are all good but #6 and #7 are my favourites, you must have had a great time in the outback (I hope that's what you call it ).

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    Re: Birds of the Desert

    I like all of them...as a newbie...I have to ask...what kind of lens did you use to get the birds?

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    Thanks Mike and Liz for your kind comments.

    I did have a great time. My partner say I am always happy on the 'red dirt' of Central Australia. The bird life was wonderful following a couple of years of good rains in the desert.

    I use a 70 - 300 mm Tamron VR lens. My setup is: -

    Aperture Priority with the aperture wide open. I am not interested in the background detail and this gives me the fastest shutter.
    ISO 200 or 400 but I have been known to shoot at 1200 or 1600 in rainforests.
    I normally do not use VR on the lens for birds in flight but do so for stationary birds.
    I will crop as necessary but always allowing room for the bird the 'breath' in the shot. Sometimes I think people crop too tight wit bird shots.

    I definitely use single point focus and sometimes continuous focus mode but more often than not just single servo. I did experiment with multi-point focus for birds in flight where there was nohing but sky in the background and it worked well but forgot to change it for a Black Kyte sitting in a tree and the camera reverted back to 'closest-to-the-camera-subject-priortiy' and I got some really sharp branches but the bird was blurred. A great missed opportunity but another learning experience.

    I hope this helps Liz.

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    Re: Birds of the Desert

    Love em all but the spoonbill in front of the moon... that is truly a great capture !

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    Thanks James. It would take another 12 months and hopefully the birds back in the right position to get it again. I tried the next morning to see if I could repeat it but the moon was 15 minutes later getting to this spot and the birds had left for the day.

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    Thank you...it does! But what does the VR mean? Not virtual reality...I'm sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Ryan View Post
    Thanks Mike and Liz for your kind comments.

    I did have a great time. My partner say I am always happy on the 'red dirt' of Central Australia. The bird life was wonderful following a couple of years of good rains in the desert.

    I use a 70 - 300 mm Tamron VR lens. My setup is: -

    Aperture Priority with the aperture wide open. I am not interested in the background detail and this gives me the fastest shutter.
    ISO 200 or 400 but I have been known to shoot at 1200 or 1600 in rainforests.
    I normally do not use VR on the lens for birds in flight but do so for stationary birds.
    I will crop as necessary but always allowing room for the bird the 'breath' in the shot. Sometimes I think people crop too tight wit bird shots.

    I definitely use single point focus and sometimes continuous focus mode but more often than not just single servo. I did experiment with multi-point focus for birds in flight where there was nohing but sky in the background and it worked well but forgot to change it for a Black Kyte sitting in a tree and the camera reverted back to 'closest-to-the-camera-subject-priortiy' and I got some really sharp branches but the bird was blurred. A great missed opportunity but another learning experience.

    I hope this helps Liz.
    Last edited by lizzy310; 15th September 2011 at 02:25 AM. Reason: another question

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    Re: Birds of the Desert

    Sorry for the abreviation Liz - it means Vibration Reduction technology and allows me the hand hold with this lens at 4 stops below normal setting for its focal lenght.

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    Lovely series.

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    Cracking series Peter... I really like the shot of the Emu!

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    Thanks Tommy, sometimes they are in the right place with the right light. Most often you cannot see their eyes.

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    Re: Birds of the Desert

    Good variety of shots there Peter, well done.

    If mine, I might try 10% off the left of the Pacific (White Necked) Heron.

    Favourites are; the Emu and both the spoonbill shots.

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