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Old Nov 7, 2007, 11:08 PM   #1
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I have been trying to get a decent shot of one of these in the wild ever since I got my *ist DS three years ago.



ISO 400, Sigma 400 f5.6 (wide open), hand held.


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Old Nov 8, 2007, 1:50 AM   #2
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John, It was worth the wait! Really nice, great color!

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Old Nov 8, 2007, 2:10 AM   #3
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400mm, handheld - can't say anything else than great shot.

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Old Nov 8, 2007, 5:00 AM   #4
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John.

These have to be the hardest birds to get a pic of. I was in NZ a couple of months ago and watched my sister try and get some good ones. I pointed the camera at them a couple of times but didnt bother. They seem to get in behind branch's and leaves and dart everywhere. I can understand how it took you 3 years to get some good ones. Cheers Keith
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Interesting bird - pretty colors. And 400mm handheld? VERY well done!
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Old Nov 8, 2007, 2:08 PM   #6
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Thank you for the kind comments.

Yes, they do seem particulary hard to get into the view finder and certainly are adept at being behind a leaf or branch. I dont think they like resting in the direct sunlight (perhaps the brightly coloured feathers are vulnerable to our high UV!) and the only time I have a chance to get them in the open is for a few weeks when these flax plants are in flower. Even then they only pause for a moment at each flower.

There is no way I would ever get one using a tripod but what I do have is my 'photo sniper' which I made from a pistol grip and some strips of aluminium.


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Good work John.

Unfortunately a bit of a rare bird in Christchurch so have to go over to the coast or up to Wellington etc. to see wild ones.

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Nice shot, great detail in the dark feathers.
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Hi John,

Congrats on capturing an elusive species (I'll take your word for it -- absolutely nothing like that around here). I have an idea about how it feels -- it took about 2 years of chasing them around for me to get a decent shot of a Belted Kingfisher, and my raptor shots are few and far between considering how many I've spotted over the years.

Hopefully, now that you've broken the ice, more opportunities will present themselves, and you won't believe that it was so hard to get the first one. . .:-)

That's usually how it works for me. . .

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Nah, the Tui is not 'elusive', just very active and hates posing!
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