Friday, 18 July 2008

Backyard Birding -1

I treated myself to a new lens. It's a Canon 400mm f5.6 L. This afternoon the sun made a brief appearance and I finally got a chance to test it. I didn't venture very far - just up the hill in the backyard. The only problem was the birds were keeping their distance but I did manage to snap a few shots. They're not great shots. I'm sure the lens is capable of much better but I find with any new lens it takes a bit of getting used to it's strong points and weak points. The Goshawk was flying through trees as some speed so I'm surprised that I managed to get any shots at all with that one.

Crescent honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera


New Holland honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae


White goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae


Yellow-throated honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis


12 comments:

  1. Wow! I thought we had some colourful birds, but your backyard really takes some beating.

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  2. What do you mean 'not great shots'! IMHO I think they're lovely, specially the one with the gleam in the eye. Lovely to see those HOneyeaters, brings back memories of my trip over with birding friends a couple of years ago. Thanks! Jen

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  3. Those are great shots of the birds. I have read about that lens and it seems to be a really good one. I look forward to many more beaut bird shots.

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  4. hi Mosura,

    you certainly did well just picking up a new lens and getting stuck into it - well done, and I, and my husband, will be looking forward to seeing more of your backyard birds.

    My husband purchased a Sigma 500 zoom and it is a big learning curve for him, frustrating, but rewarding. His interest is in photographing and learning about native birds.

    Cheers
    Gaye

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  5. Well done for your first effort with the new lens, mosura. These are great.

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  6. I've been trying to resist temptation Mosura, and you go and do things like this, not helpful mate. ;-)

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  7. YAY to Backyard Birds and these photographs ARE great! The Honeyeaters are always busy, so excellent in freezing their portraits! I think we'll be seeing more birds on your blog now ;)

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  8. Thanks Warren - Robins and Blue tits are not exactly dull either. Some lucky people even get Bullfinches in their garden :-)

    Thanks Jenny - Yes the honeyeaters are great. We have 10 in Tassie. Only one, the Tawny-crowned honeyeater, has eluded me.

    Thanks Mick - Yes that lens seems to be good value. After that one the prices go waaaayyy up.

    Thanks Gaye - Your husband does a good job. I loved the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater series.

    Thanks JL - I need all the encouragement I can get. I am my own worst critic when it comes to photography.

    Thanks Duncan - Sorry to put you in temptations way. I waited a long time for that one but the new spotting scope, Microscope, etc etc are all on hold for now - maybe even longer :-(

    Thanks Anonymous - Hopefully I will have more birds to post in the near future.

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  9. Hi Mosura
    I'm with Duncan. You will be raising the bar for the rest of us.
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    Lovely shots, especially the White Goshawk - shows the action. You must have been following its progress through the trees, or else that "moment" would have been over long before you could get your camera ready to shoot. Excellent work. The other birds are very good, and I know how hard Honeyeaters are to shoot. Little things seldom sit still long enough.
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    Good to see Gaye checking out the range of Australian Nature Bloggers. She is an excellent observer, and writer.
    Denis

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  10. Thanks Denis - Funny this is that I was following that Goshawk. As it was flying between trees I was running (not very well) to keep an eye on it. I tripped and came very close to dropping the camera and new lens. I don't think my wife would have been impressed if I did :-)

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  11. "Funny this is" should read "Funny thing is"

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  12. Hi Mosura
    Having inquired recently in a camera shop about a "dedicated 400mm lens" I can understand that comment.
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    I doubt you would have been thrilled yourself!
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    I just "knew" that a photo like that does not "just happen". :-)) Glad you have explained the background.
    Denis

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