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    A bit of birding

    Here's a bit of "home-birding" with D300 + ZF 1.4/85 on a tripod and with a remote shutter release.
    Just a couple of the very common Tree-Sparrow (lat.: Passer montanus) at the nest.
    I'm trying to resist the temptation of buying a true tele lens for birding while patiently waiting for a new Nikkor AF-S 4/300mm VR. All the crops are actual pixels.




















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    Re: A bit of birding

    HI Steen
    These are lovely - I guess you're right about waiting - I bought the little 70-300 AFS VR lens - it's been a lot better than I expected, really a lovely lens. Of course, it'll be 450mm on the D300 as well - the bokeh isn't as pretty as the ZF, but it ain't bad . . . and it's very cheap too!

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Nice series, Steen.

    I hope you don't mind me adding to your thread.
    Two bird shots using the inexpensive 70-300 VR. Can't wait for that 300 f/4 VR. I just bought a 200 f/2 VR to use with a 1.7x, but I'm going to need practice hand-holding it.
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Thanks Jono and Cindy, and yes please do add bird and other wildlife images taken with your 70-300 VR and other lenses. Cindy, you seem to do very well handholding the 70-300, I must say. Two beautiful captues !
    Actually that lens keeps surprising me and it is definitely my alternative if Nikon does not release a new 4/300 VR this year. I have great expectations to the primes Nikon will show us this summer or autumn, because erm ... well, I just think it's about time for some primes

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Technically, this is a bird (although many people consider it to be a feathered rat):


    Shot with my D300 +18-200mm VR
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Thanks Jono and Cindy, and yes please do add bird and other wildlife images taken with your 70-300 VR and other lenses. Cindy, you seem to do very well handholding the 70-300, I must say. Two beautiful captues !
    Actually that lens keeps surprising me and it is definitely my alternative if Nikon does not release a new 4/300 VR this year. I have great expectations to the primes Nikon will show us this summer or autumn, because erm ... well, I just think it's about time for some primes
    Thanks, Steen. The 70-300 VR is very hand-holdable. I used to be able to hand-hold the Canon 300 f/2.8 and 400 f/5.6 with no problems, but as you get older, it gets harder. I really appreciate VR now. I am still amazed at the Nikon 70-300 VR. It is an amazing lens for the price. I can carry it around with a 18-70 and have a small 2 lens kit that does just about everything I need.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    I just ordered the CV 58mm SL II for my D300. I've had such good luck with CV on my M8 that I felt their offerings for Nikon are worth a try. Jono and several others can't say enough nice things about them. Granted they are MF, but they are chipped and report aperture info correctly. I may have to look into a Brightscreen Pro.
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Ho Hum - I don't really do birds, but I've fished out a couple of old favorites:


    I think this was on a D2x with the 70-200 nikkor - it was nesting time in the Scilly Isles - this one was attacking - one good reason to have the 70-200 rather than the rather less formidable 70-300!


    This was with the Kodak 14n, and the nikkor 105mm macro.


    This was with the D200 and the 80-400

    (what a camera whore I am!).

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Hmmm, and people joke about "hen's teeth". That fowl in the second pic looks positively carnivorous! Scilly Isles has a species of Piranha Goose?
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Jono,
    You must have some nice archives to dip into. I really like the portrait #2.

    D300 and 200 f/2 VR w/1.7x

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    Hmmm, and people joke about "hen's teeth". That fowl in the second pic looks positively carnivorous! Scilly Isles has a species of Piranha Goose?
    Goose Teeth
    Hi Carlos - actually, that one wasn't the Scilly Isles, but remote beach on Create - glykanera, below the white mountains.

    I hope you enjoy the 58mm f1.4, I"m loving mine!

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Jono,
    You must have some nice archives to dip into. I really like the portrait #2.

    D300 and 200 f/2 VR w/1.7x
    Thank you Cindy - too much useless beauty I'm afraid, most of it festers in the background, but it's nice to fish around for stuff on threads like this.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Goose Teeth
    Hi Carlos - actually, that one wasn't the Scilly Isles, but remote beach on Create - glykanera, below the white mountains.

    I hope you enjoy the 58mm f1.4, I"m loving mine!
    Those wouldn't be the White Mountains from H.P. Lovecraft? He always went on about carnivorous penguins and such. Maybe this toothy goose is related.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    Those wouldn't be the White Mountains from H.P. Lovecraft? He always went on about carnivorous penguins and such. Maybe this toothy goose is related.
    Hmm - we go there to chill every September, I don't think HP Lovecraft has anything to do with it! (wrong kind of 'chill')
    this is the beach:


    1 boat a day, an hour's hot walk from nearest habitation . . . and yes, that thing in the sea is a taverna! I'd like to say that the white thing in the sea is the goose, but I think it's a buoy

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Really nice sparrows, Steen. I've always liked sparrows. Remind me of my childhood, when life was uncomplicated

    I don't do birds either. They keep moving all the time. Impossible for old people like me to focus properly. This one was quite well behaved though.

    Shot yesterday, S3 and 80-200 AF-S.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Oops, that fellow looks like his head could fall off anytime
    So what do we have here, a "Painted Stork" (lat.: Mycteria leucocephala) ?
    Nice portrait work in any case !

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    Re: A bit of birding

    It takes a lot of cropping to do birding with a 85mm lens .-)




    this one is very close to be actual pixels



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    Re: A bit of birding

    Hi folks! This is a different kind of "birding"



    taken with a self constructed 28mm shift/tilt lens. Close-ups like these are fun (when they work out) and I would highly recommend it.

    Edit: This is the whole frame and as captured. No crops.
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    Re: A bit of birding

    priceless Vivek

    here's one from the dark side - the graphic approach .-)



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    Re: A bit of birding

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Hi folks! This is a different kind of "birding"



    taken with a self constructed 28mm shift/tilt lens. Close-ups like these are fun (when they work out) and I would highly recommend it.

    Edit: This is the whole frame and as captured. No crops.
    I'm blown-away by this one, Vivek. Congratulations.
    Could you elaborate on the self constructed 28mm shift/tilt lens?

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Young robin calling out from the top of a pine tree.
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Thanks, Steen and Cindy. It is one of my favorite pictures as well.

    Cindy, Unfortunately, no. It took a lot of time, effort and a bit of cash for me to come up with this.

    If Bob's PC Nikkor 28mm deal comes through, I will be doing the same thing with that lens (without the shift/focus bits) and that would be ready for full frame coverage.

    Key aspect here is the use of a wide angle lens for close-ups. Of course, the light (evening, golden light) was yet another key ingredient.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Vivek,
    That's the coolest duck shot ever. Wow!

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Jorgen, Thanks!

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Can't compete with Vivek's duck...but they are cute.



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    Re: A bit of birding

    Hi Cindy, Nice. I like the Duck chicks.

    Here is an attempt (the mother, the whole family pics did not pan out due to lack of a long lens at that time) in false color IR (D80-IR, a 35-70 zoom).


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    Re: A bit of birding

    We had over five inches of rain yesterday and the city is flooded. The birds came out this morning after a day under cover.
    D3 and 70-300 VR
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Nice colours and detail, Cindy. What lens did you use?


    Answered even before I hit the "Post" button. That's quick
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    Re: A bit of birding

    Jorgen, I guess we were cross-posting.
    Right now I only have a 70-300 VR as a long lens. I'm hoping Nikon will come out with a 300 f/4 IS or 400 5.6 this summer.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    This hawk swept down into my back yard and nabbed a robin. He perched on my deck rail to eat his kill. I had to shoot through the window, but he still heard the click of the shutter. He picked up his prize and flew off.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Wonderful Cindy. You have an active deck! My guess on the bird is Sharp Shinned Hawk.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Wow, some closeup of a very shy bird.
    Congrats with your D3, Cindy !

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Thanks Bondo and Tim.
    Yes, Tim, it is either a Sharp Shinned Hawk or Coopers Hawk. Both like to prey on yard feeders and both look very much alike. Sharp Shinned is 10-14" and Coopers is 14-20" tall, so even that is not definitive in this case.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Cindy, Nice.

    Here are some backyard fun images.






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    Re: A bit of birding

    Vivek,
    You are fantastic! These are really fun. What lens did you use.... was it remote?

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Cindy, Same as the one used for the Duck (reply#18, previous page).
    Manually focused and triggered. I made the pigeon quite comfortable
    which took more time than the actual shots.

    Thanks.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Very cool again Vivek. That second one is the best.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Thank you, Jorgen.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    a portrait



    D300 • ZF 1.4/85mm • 1/250 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 200

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Shot of a falcon from our float trip down the Colorado River. This fellow was about halfway up the canyon wall (500 ft above us) pretty much the limit of my 18-200VR.

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Cedar Waxwing D3 and 300 f/4.5 w/1.4x manual focus

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    Re: A bit of birding

    Carlos and Cindy, those shots are fabulous, both of them !
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