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Old Apr 9, 2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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I started my bird shooting during the long weekend with a lyrebird which I have already posted. This put me in such a good mood I decided I would try my luck and shoot a few more even though I am normally not very succesful with birds.

All shot handheld with the FZ30, no attachments.

This sliver gull camer out ok


So I moved onto the pacific gull (they are about twice the size of the silver gulls)



and an in-flight shot


a welcome swallow sat still long enough for me to get a shot off


and then a grey thrush came and sat in almost the same spot


and finalyy a little wattle bird




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Old Apr 9, 2007, 11:37 PM   #2
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It seems your little birds are sharper then the gulls. It goes the other way with me usually, I can do gulls well but blur the songbirds.

I really like that gray thrush shot.
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Old Apr 9, 2007, 11:53 PM   #3
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Thanks happy. From memory I was pretty much on full zoom with the gulls, which means there is probably a bit of camera shake there. The others were a bit closer and were still so I could get set a little better.

I will have to try your technique and see if that gets me a better shot.
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 2:18 AM   #4
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carefull Rafael , you gonna be giving happy peasant a run for his money soon . (nice pics)
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 2:44 AM   #5
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I think happy is pretty safe. My hands never seem to be steady enough for bird stuff. I just get lucky occasionally. Thanks for the kind comments though.
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 3:15 AM   #6
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These aren`t bad at all Raf ,nice job!

From the look of pic 3 the autofocus locked onto the waves not the gull,as the waves look pretty sharp to me.It doesnt look as though camera shake was an issue on that one....just that the moving gull confused the camera`s autofocus, which sometimes happens.
The last 3 shots are very sharp......I`m like Happy, larger birds usually turn out sharper than smaller ones like these....if you can get small birds like this as sharp on your first attempt, I`d say you`re well on your way to sussing bird shots out.
These are way, way better than my first attempts at shooting any kind of birds, i`m impressed.

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Old Apr 10, 2007, 7:18 AM   #7
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Thanks Mark. Appreciate the positive comments, and I think you may be right about three being a focus issue.
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 10:57 AM   #8
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Nice photos on what looked like was a beautiful day!!!1
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 1:36 PM   #9
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Nice series rafinmelb, the seaguls are only a bit overexposed, you migth turn the ev 1/2 down when shooting birds with lots of white. That helps for me.

again nice shots - Ronny
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Old Apr 10, 2007, 4:03 PM   #10
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Looks like you were pretty successful to me. My favorite is the swallow, I hardly ever see them sitting still.
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