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Old Mar 11, 2010, 6:24 AM   #11
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Alan I am really impressed. The 2nd one especially.
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 2:09 PM   #12
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Default Here you go !! but a stationery bird

Taken at a lake in a park
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 2:48 PM   #13
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That is a great shot, FZ-35Pana-

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Old Mar 12, 2010, 1:53 PM   #15
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Hi all! I'm new to the forum. I've got the FZ18 and, whilst I'd generally agree that a DSLR would be a much better option for BIF I wouldn't say the FZs are a total dead loss in that respect. It just takes a lot of patience, a lot of practice and a lot of luck!

But really, if you don't want to carry around a DSLR and birding lens like me, you need to make do with what you've got. Here's a few examples:

This shot, took most of a morning at a ranch in Brazil. We set up in front of this flowering tree and waited for the hummers to come calling:



This one was taken in Norfolk - they are golden plovers.





This one was taken at a red kite feeding station in Scotland:



More here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8773601...7616302692802/

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Old Mar 12, 2010, 9:34 PM   #16
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Excellent Photos Jo!! You are right about practice, patience and luck, but practice and patience brings luck. Thanks for sharing these excellent examples of what can be done with whatever you happen to have on hand. (the FZ35 is an excellent camera provided one works with its particular needs)

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Old Mar 12, 2010, 10:05 PM   #17
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the pusher said it very well-

The Panasonic FZ-35, like the FZ-28 and FZ-18, before it, is a camera with great potential. Our challenge is to make very good use of those great capabilities.

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Old Mar 13, 2010, 5:52 AM   #18
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Wow Alun your photo's of the birds are amazing, I love them both. It's so clear.
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Thank you MtClimber, Billy, Hards 80, Clint 501, Mark R and Alun D.
You all were of such great help to me.
I understand things so much better now and I am learning fast. The lumix takes a wonderful picture, MtClimber , I love it but I think I still lean towards the mildly higher priced DSLR for the extra bonus of taking the birds in flight. I am thinking of the Wrens and the Hummingbirds that soon will come to visit which are so fast and hard and impossible to catch with what I presently have. So I would like something better this time. And I find the Sony a 230L quiet light weight, had it in my hands yesterday in the store and was surprised how light weight the camera is. And you are right, I can always get a stronger lense later even though we pay about $ 100 more for the same product. Oh well, maybe a trip accross the border is in store soon, we are only 30 minutes away.

Beautiful stills of some wonderful birds, Alun D. Thank you.

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Nice shots, Alun and Sarah. Nice colour, very sharp, too.

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