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Old Jan 9, 2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Birds. FZ150 and TCON-17

Have been playing and figuring out the E-PL1 lately, but left it at home the last few days so I could use the FZ150 and tele converter on distant birds I wanted to find. The ones I found were not the ones I wanted, but were photogenic enough for my tastes. Taken in a Chicago harbor and attached lagoon.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 8:15 AM   #2
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Nice set Steve. What kind of bird in #1?

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Thanks. That is a young male Hooded Merganser.
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Thanks for the ID Steve. It it around all year?

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Good shots Steve! Love the "do" on the merganser.
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What teleconverter did you use? Pana.. sells an 1.7x and some others are on internet at lower prices (probably get what you pay for right?).

Are you using a tripod?

Especially nice picture of the Hooded Merganser. Have any idea how far away he was?
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Great series Steve. Congrats!
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Thanks for the ID Steve. It it around all year?

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They are here all Winter. They come in in the fall magration period and hang around as long as there is open water, then leave in the Spring to go up north somewhere to breed.

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Good shots Steve! Love the "do" on the merganser.
Thanks. They are most interesting birds.

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What teleconverter did you use? Pana.. sells an 1.7x and some others are on internet at lower prices (probably get what you pay for right?).

Are you using a tripod?

Especially nice picture of the Hooded Merganser. Have any idea how far away he was?
The tele converter used was an Olympus TCON-17. The one I used they don't make anymore and I don't know what the new one is. It is exactly the same as the one Panasonic sells in appearance, and in performance based on reviews. I bought it as it was cheaper than the Panasonic at the time. I hardly ever use a tripod, but I do use a monopod and may have had it on for some of these shots. I am a big fan of fast shutter speeds, kneeling, propping camera against a tree, etc. It is very hard be stable at 1000mm effective magnification. That top shot was 1/800 second, f/5.2, ISO 250, and I am fairly sure was handheld. Picture is cropped a bit. As to how far the bird was: 25 to 35 feet maybe. Or maybe more, I really did not pay attention.

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Great series Steve. Congrats!
Thanks Alex.
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