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I love Steve Perry (especially as he's Nikon-centric) but here's another good BIF video which I received yesterday. This is another favorite bird photographer of mine, Jan Wegner, although his approach is vastly different than most--he shoots mostly birds on perches which he sets up. Still, I follow him and like his work a lot, and he has some excellent instructional videos. Also being in Australia he always has incredible subjects to choose from :)

 

 

 

 

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Peter Connan
8 hours ago, Soukous said:

On the metering front, I mostly use spot metering for BIF, and in fact for just about all bird photos, it works for me. On the basis of the video I will give Matrix metering a try though

 

Had a similar conversation with @Elsa Hoffmann the other day.

I use Matrix almost exclusively. Reasons are that a lot of what I do is swallows and swifts at stupid distances. So targets too small  and too fast for me to keep the spot on, and because I am not clever enough to keep track of too many different settings.

 

Take note though, I expect it does mean that you end up changing compensation more. Which I also often forget about...

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offshorebirder
3 hours ago, Soukous said:

no problem, as long as you've got bright light and a fast lens

 

And if I don't have enough light - all the more reason to leave  IS turned on!

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offshorebirder

For what it's worth @janzin - Steve Perry's example photos in his BIF video SMOKE those in Jan Wegner's video...

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Not sure I agree with that @offshorebirder  Just about all of Steve Perry's shots are large birds...egrets, ducks, eagles etc. Much easier to shoot in flight than some of the smaller birds Jan has.  Anyway, they have two totally different styles. Both have something to offer.

 

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Soukous
10 hours ago, janzin said:

Just about all of Steve Perry's shots are large birds...egrets, ducks, eagles etc

 

I did wonder about the prevelence of egrets in Steve Perry's tutorial. I put it down to the fact that if you can get the exposure on large white birds against dark backgrounds - and make the whokle photo look good - correct everything else is easy (ier)

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With the rain teeming down outside and the opportunities for local birding on hold I decided to go back and revisit photos from previous trips overseas.

In particular a trip to India in spring 2018. Just to make it interesting, I deleted all the jpegs I'd created and started again from the RAW files.

 

I only saw 1 Indian Skimmer on the whole trip. I expected to see more but they never showed up, so I was happy I grabbed lots of shots of this one, and its one pass along the river at Satpura. 

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

Indian Skimmer

 

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Peter Connan

Love the first one. Very unique!

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Dave Williams

@Soukous Very nice Martin, only seen them once and they were past me before I had realised as they flew so low, must check out those shots again but I think they are beyond recovery!! They are high on my hit list whatever sub species they happen to be.

 

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Another outing yesterday. I'm making the most of the good weather as we keep being told it will end imminently.

I was hoping to see & photograph some Roseate Terns that have been spotted on a few occasions. For a few brief moments I thought I might have succeeded; but closer inspection showed that I had not. Just more Common Terns.

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

Common Tern

 

I was standing on a footpath between the area where they were nesting, which was out of sight, and the sea, which was also out of sight, trying to catch them as they flew overhead to feed.

Ideally I would have liked to catch them coming back with fish as that would have given me the best light, but there was a brisk offshore breeze that meant they were coming in too fast for me to pick them up in time.

Good fun though, and good practice.

 

There were some Sandwich terns in amongst them too

Sandwich Tern

 

Sandwich Tern

 

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PeterHG

Excellent shots, @Soukous !

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After a windy and rainy day the late afternoon gave us some blue skies and an invitation to venture out.

North Warren is not far away and , although all RSPB hides are currently closed, there is a nice viewing platform overlooking the reed beds. In the late afternoon the sun is pretty much behind the platform so good for photos.

 

There was far less activity than I'd hoped for, but a pair of Marsh Harriers provided entertainment. They were a bit distant, so large crops needed, but the light was great.

 

first the female

Marsh Harrier - f

 

Marsh Harrier - f

 

Marsh Harrier - f

 

Marsh Harrier - f

 

then later on the male took to the air

Marsh Harrier - m

 

Marsh Harrier - m

 

Marsh Harrier - m

 

Marsh Harrier - m

 

 

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PeterHG

Always a beautiful sight, these Harriers. Great shots in spite of the distance, especially the first photo of the male! Its head looks much darker than how I usually see them.

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On 6/23/2020 at 10:06 PM, PeterHG said:

Always a beautiful sight, these Harriers. Great shots in spite of the distance, especially the first photo of the male! Its head looks much darker than how I usually see them.

 

Thanks Peter. I haven't seen many males but I have been a little surprised how pale the heads of the females have been this year.

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This morning I spent half an hour or so trying to capture a landing sequence of a juvenile Barn Swallow. Quite  a few times they decided to land outside my chosen pre-focused area, but in the end one or two obliged

 

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Soukous

beautiful Peter, persistence pays off.

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Peter Connan

Beautiful indeed.

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PeterHG

She certainly has some great shots to back up her tips!

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A red kite (Milvus milvus) photographed in February at Gigrin Farm, mid-Wales where they have been feeding kites at the same time every day for several years. They are credited with much of the responsibility for the successful reintroduction of the birds to Wales.

 

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Soukous

A bonus bird from this afternoon.

 

Kestrel, East Lane, Bawdsey, Suffolk

 

Kestrel

 

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My morning walks are producing fewer and fewer new species - as in none at all :(

 

But I did see these 2 pass overhead.

 

Shingle Street, Suffolk

 

Mute Swans in flight

 

Mute Swans in flight

 

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