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Old Dec 19, 2006, 6:35 PM   #1
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Couple of shots taken at wildlife park with K10D thro glass and wire netting.
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Old Dec 19, 2006, 6:37 PM   #2
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NZ Falcon 2.
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Old Dec 19, 2006, 7:31 PM   #3
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Nice work Ian, I will be down on the Mainland early next year and ask could you tell me please where you saw these Kararea? Thanks
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Old Dec 19, 2006, 8:06 PM   #4
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Very nice shots... Pretty sharp to be through glass and netting... The netting usually softens my bird shots. Nice shooting!

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Old Dec 19, 2006, 8:39 PM   #5
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Very nice, especially considering the conditions. Lighting wasn't the best either, but you did very well with the exposure.
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Well done , beautiful clear shots.
Is it just me , that Falcon seems to watch you wherever you go .
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I like the first shot the best. I can't even tell there is any glass or netting. You exposed the subject very well considering the difficult backlit lighting. Nice shot!
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Thanks for all the feedback.

The hen NZ Falcon is an aviary raised captive bird in Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Husseys Road, North West Christchurch.

It's a bit hit or miss whether you see her but I have a 12 months pass so go there quite a lot !!! Maybe if you ring beforehand they might say whether any tours going thro' as they sometimes do the huhu grub feed for tour groups.I usually just ask and sometimes hit a kind keeper.

If coming to ChCh try to get to the walk thro' aviary at Orana Park where they have the only captive saddleback in the world. He was part of a breeding pair but his spouse was killed when someone left the gate open.His name is Bob.

I agree about the softening effect of netting but the 10D takes a lot of sharpening before getting too much noise.

She watches me just in case I might have some food.

Also takes pre attack mode for birds outside aviary and has made at least one kill on the outside !!!


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Thanks for the locations Ian, I hope we have time to fit at least one of those places into the schedule. Meanwhile I am practicing on sparrows and mallard ducks!:-)
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Fair enough.

If you're likely to do any panning of birds in flight you can also practice on motorbike or car racing !!!
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