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I guess it depends on one's reason for taking part in the first place @Galana, and just what one is trying to achieve? Yes, that is Matt's intention, but as explained in my first post, I have slightly different ideals, mostly due to my own pig-headedness...

 

10) Cape Glossy Starling

 

Kleinglansspreeu Lamprotornis nitens

 

Very unusually, only one good sighting...

 

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This was very early in the morning (5h50) on our way to Mankwe dam, and the bird was sitting reasonably still, so I dropped the shutter speed down to 1/800th to achieve an ISO of 500 (on f4).

 

2 January, Pilanesberg

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Time to gt this ball rolling.   To be honest, I haven't really decided what form this thread is going to take. Again, I don't expect to be competing for top honours on the count alone, and t

8) Whiskered Tern   Witbaardsterretjie Chlidonias hybridus   1 January, Mankwe dam, Pilanesberg   The following two were taken late last year at Ma

103) Pearl-spotted Owlet   Witkoluil Glaucidium perlatum   One of my most favorite birds, purely for it's beautiful sound. They are actually quite active in

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2 hours ago, elefromoz said:

@Peter Connan, what beautiful silky blues you've managed to get

I agree and a background to match!

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11) African Palm Swift

 

Palmwindswael Cypsiurus parvus

 

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Lots of people seem to be of the opinion that hand-holding a long lens is impossible. I disagree. By far the majority of my bird in flight photos are taken hand-held, and typically with a 500mm lens. These certainly where.

In my opinion, the secret is choosing an adequate shutter speed. These were taken at 1/2500, but as the birds get larger and more stately, slower speeds can be succesfully employed. On the larger Herons one can go down to about 1/1000th. I always use 1/2000 or above unless the light is poor though.

 

1 January, Mankwe hide, Pilanesberg.

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You keep posting amazing shots, Peter. The exposure and sharpness of these swifts are top-notch!

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @PeterHG

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12) Lesser striped Swallow

 

Kleistreepswael Hirundo abyssinica

 

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I love the way back-lighting seems to shine through a bird's feathers, but getting detail on the near side is always a challenge, and of course there will be no "catch light" in the eye. To get reasonable detail is possible if the sun is very close to the horison, and this was probably only 5 minutes before sunset. A catch-light would require a flash or cheating in post-processing. 

 

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And this one was just an incredibly lucky shot. The birds had a nest at the corner of the hide, and I noticed that they were approaching from a similar direction repeatedly...

 

1 January, Pilanesberg

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I agree but that takes nothing away from the poser on the twig. That does it for me.

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Thank you very much @xelas and @Galana

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13) Barn Swallow

 

Europese Swael Hirundo rustica

 

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1 January, Rathlogo hide, Pilanesberg

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Looks like your Lesser-striped is trying to get back in the act in #13.:o

Nice captures!

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Dave Williams

Nice BIF series Peter.

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Thank you @Galana and @Dave Williams

 

14) White-throated Swallow

 

Witkeelswael Hirundo albigularis

 

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This one, due to some lack of focus on my part was shot at an ISO of 1300, which is less than ideal, but does show that modern cameras are actually little phased by ISO's that would have been nearly impossible just 15 years ago.

 

1 January, Mankwe hide, Pilanesberg.

 

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superb shots throughout, but those of the swift in particular are amazing.

I find it an achievement to even get them in the frame:)

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Thank you very much @TonyQ

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15) Great Egret

 

Grootwitreier Egretta alba

 

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With these white birds one needs to be careful of not over-exposing.

 

1 January, Pilanesberg

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some nice bifs

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8 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

With these white birds one needs to be careful of not over-exposing.

Great details on white feathers, @Peter Connan. Have you used any exposure compensation?

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Thank you very much @Geoff and @xelas.

 

Probably about -1 stop Alex, but need to check.

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@xelas, the first shot was at -1, the other two at -1.3.

 

16) Little Egret

 

Kleinwitreier Egretta garzetta

 

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All birds spend a lot of time grooming, the purpose is to keep the feather strands locked together.

 

1/3200th, f4 and -0.7 stops EV for ISO180 (Auto).

 

Mankwe hide, Pilanesberg, 1 January

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elefromoz

@Peter Connan, beautiful Egrets, love all the feather detail in the third of the three,  and appreciate the photography "tips", don't always understand them, but then I can go away and have a read and a practice. 

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kittykat23uk

Great start , you got some beautiful shots already!

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @elefromoz and @kittykat23uk.

 

@elefromoz , if there is something you don't understand, you need only ask and an explanation will be forthcoming.

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