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Old Jan 12, 2005, 4:00 AM   #1
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This guy was stealing fruit from my trees (thats what the goo on his beak is) and I had to sneak around and manually focus to get these shots through the trees. These are probably the last shots I will take with this lens as Ive just got a new one which Im waiting for in the post. I finally got a better quality USM lens, hoping I will loose less shots now. By the way he is a wattle bird.











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Old Jan 12, 2005, 6:50 AM   #2
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All really nice shots. How big are these guys? BTW, good luck with the new lens.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:13 AM   #3
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Thanks, they are the size of a medium sized parrot. almost pigeon size:-)
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 11:04 AM   #4
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I like #2 the best as it is an eye level shot. Good luck with the new lens.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 11:37 AM   #5
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I like the second one as well.

Great detail and nice close up. I can see why they got their name.

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Old Jan 12, 2005, 4:56 PM   #6
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Thanks, does anyone think the branch in the second shot is distracting?
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 5:08 PM   #7
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Gonna be tough getting better shots than this with the new lens alady. These are a pretty fine head study. You haven't yet told us what lens you got.
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 5:23 PM   #8
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Thanks for the comments

well right now ive got the cheapest budget version possible the 90-300mm canon which I think they have stopped making (not sure). Im getting the 100-300 USM which is optically better and faster focus. It is also supposed to be quieter which is the main reason for getting it as the lens I use is noisy and scares off birds. So really, Ive got no more reach zoom wise but hopefully it will be a better lens to work with than what I have. My aim is to get the 100-400 IS USM. But money is short right now so I will make do with this lens. By the way, the lens Im getting cost me less than half price and is near new and I will sell my old one on Ebay and they are going for around 3/4 of new price right now ( at least here in Australia they are)

Ps even though this lens Im using now is cheap, I think Ive had good use out of it for learning about shooting wildlife:-)

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I never thought about the idea of the lens being so noisy it scares birds but I guess that would be true. I know that sometimes I'd like to tell my shutter to pipe down. When you get out in nature noise takes on a fresh perspective.

Good luck with the USM, you'll see a big difference I'm sure.
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