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There's no Aussie birds section so I guess I'll start a thread along those lines.


Here's a few to get started




Galahs on a dead tree just before dawn.

Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@95(152), on-camera flash, 1/60s, f4.0




Pelican cruises shallows at dawn, Lake Bonney, Barmera, SA

Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@192(614), 2x extender, 1/1000s, f11




Wedge-tailed eagle, near Cadney Park, SA

Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@200(640), 2x extender, 1/350s, f5.6

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Anybody else got Aussie bird photos please feel free to post them here as well.


Meanwhile here's another one (I've got heaps :D)




White necked heron fishing, Redbank Gorge, West MacDonnell NP, NT

Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@150(480), 2x extender, fill flash, 1/90s, f6.7


This was used for a Wildlife Australia magazine cover.



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Here you go mate Young Baza just fledged a few hours ago on 5-01-13

7d+500mm f4 + 1.4 TC

1/500, f5.6, iso 400 with flash and better beamer



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Great shots and thanks for contributing.


I love those bazas, we have a couple that pass through our land every now and then, but I've never got a shot of them.


These days I use a similar rig for birds, 400/4 with 1.4x, flash and better beamer.



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When I'm away from Africa I concentrate on birds. Here's a few, plenty more if you want to see them....

Canon gear, either a 1D IV or 7D with 300mm f/2.8 + 2.0 TC or 400mm f/5.6


Red-capped Robin, Welcome Swallow, White-fronted Chat, Crested Tern, and from the other day the sultan of speed, Peregrine Falcon (1st year bird i think)






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GW has started a thread about Australian Outback and Wildlife i dont know if we can move this up there or not, anyway i already posted a few pics there and its time to post one up here too.

Thanks graynomad


A Black Kite near its nest at Hay NSW

7d + 500mm f4 + 1.4 TC



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Let's keep all the Aussie birds to this section. Matt.

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I love the robin Geoff, such pretty birds.


I'll add a few that I've processed for other things so they are easily accessible (and I'm lazy!).


Pelicans in the mist at a nearby water reserve.





Emus on the side of the Barrier Highway after good rains.




A galah feeds on grass seeds, Outback NSW after unseasonal summer rains.





A bronze winged pigeon in our garden
















Silver gull, Port Lincoln






More silver gulls







Sacred Ibis




Female King Parrot




Rainbow Lorikeet





Pelican in first light




Black swan checking out my camera



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Just a few more whilst I'm motivated.


Silver gull





Gull coming in to land, Port Lincoln




Wild black swan around the corner from our house





Tern, Port Lincoln





An experiment with an old gum tree near us which has more nesting hollows than you can point a stick at.




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few pics with same combo 7d +500mm +1.4 TC



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Well, I leave the computer for half a day and look what happens, who would have thought Australia had so many birds :)


All good photos with some great ones as well. Looks like I'll have to rummage through the (virtual) slide boxes. I see we have some accomplished BIF (Birds In Flight) photographers, that's very hard to do and I don't have many.



Are you happy with the 500 + 1.4 combo? It's a bit of a weight. Hand-held?



What gear do you use for birds?




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Does this qualify as a BIF image? :D



Hi-res version


Emu on the run, Ningaloo, WA

Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@200(640), 2x extender, 1/350s, f11


Note I've tried linking to an off-site hi-res version, the rendering here seems to leave images a little soft I think.



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Definitely a EIF (emu in flight). :D


My images are on a combination of cameras as some are quite old, I just had them on file, hence some very varied quality.


Fuji S2 for the very old


Canon 40d, 7d and 5d2


100-400 mm, 300 f4 ( + 1.4tc), 70-200 f2.8, 50mm


I'm not really a bird photographer but keep trying to improve.

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Does this qualify as a BIF image? :D


Emu on the run, Ningaloo, WA

Canon EOS 10D, 70-200mm@200(640), 2x extender, 1/350s, f11



Well both feet are off the ground. :) A good effort with that camera, lens & TC combination. Why f/11? you lost a lot of shutter speed.


A few more BIFs from my local beach... Australian White Ibis, Double-banded Plover, Red-necked Stint flock, Hooded Plover, Whiskered Tern.

Next post will be some of my favourite Aussie species/images.






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For all you Bird in Flighters, please consider adding said images to this topic. Thanks, Matt

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Graynomad its heavy combo but you get used to it after a few weeks of use.

As you stated that you loved the Baza am going to posting one more hope its ok. This one is fresh from this morning

Canon 7d + 500mm f4 no TC




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Wow, wow, wow to all of you!

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Why f/11? you lost a lot of shutter speed.

Can't remember, that's only 2 stops down from open though and you really need at least one stop to get things sharp with the 2x. I normally use aperture priority, maybe it was just set to f11 from before and I didn't notice or didn't have time.



Thanks for more bazas, "our" birds don't seem to hang around, I've only seen them a few times and they always appear to be just passing through. I thought they might be migratory.



Wow as well, I love these shots. Don't stop posting.

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graynomad they normally breed between oct-feb so this year around that time just keep an eye out and you might locate the nest around where you see them. its awesome to just watch them feed the young and even better to photograph.

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These 2 photos of Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) were taken at Franklin, Tasmania in October 2008 with a Panasonic Lumix FZ18








Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibichen) photographed at the Hobart Domain.




Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris) at Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, February 2009.





Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) photographed at Northeast River, Flinders Island, November 2009.







Cape Barren Geese, (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) Flinders Island, November 2009.




The following were taken with a Panasonic FZ150. A young Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) at the Hobart Domain, April 2012.





Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), Hobart Domain, April 2012





New Holland Honeyeater (Philidonyris novaehollandiae) photographed at Strahan, in April 2012





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Very nice Treepol. I hope the fire aren't too close, terrible situation in Tassie.

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there were 40 fires burning across the state this morning and 152 homes lost to date according to the News tonight. The good news is that there has been no loss of life so far and we hope this continues. Hobart is a long way from the current fire fronts, although the city has been very smoky for 2 days and the mountain and eastern shore invisible due to smoke.


A cooler day today has allowed firefighters to gain some ground, although the major fires are not contained. Sadly, the temperatures will begin to rise again tomorrow and Friday.

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