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Old Aug 5, 2008, 8:22 PM   #1
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I have been spending evenings working through vacation photographs and amidst the family photos, landscapes, and macros I managed a few halfway decent bird shots. Most of my BIF attempts have involved manual focus lenses without a great deal of success. This time I tried AF-C with the Sigma 24-135mm and found my hit ratio improved quite a bit.


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It helped that the sea birds fly fairly close to you when you are walking the beach of course.


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Old Aug 5, 2008, 8:26 PM   #4
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I believe this is a juvenile white ibis but if I am wrong someone please correct me. This one was taken with a Tokina 100-300 and Tamron 1.4x TC mounted on a tripod. It was not a legendary combination but I could not see dragging the 300mm f/2.8 on vacation.
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Old Aug 5, 2008, 8:28 PM   #5
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Lastly an Osprey that seemed to enjoy roosting on the same branch every afternoon, but only if he was mostly backlit. I think he was taunting me. Same combo as above.

Thanks for looking and, as always, I appreciate any constructive criticism.

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Awesome shots Tim. Normally I find the gull shots to be common, but the first one with the fish in it's beak is quite a catch - no pun intended.

And whatever #4 is - ibis or otherwise - is simply a great shot.

I wouldn't say that I have an eye for great photographs or am qualified to critique, but I know what I like, and I like these.

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Tim, these are great. The backlighting on the gull worked out well. Good composition on the Osprey. I especially like the first Royal Tern (the second is good, too, but then one good tern deserves another :roll: ). Show us more.
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Hey Tim...
you're haveing way too much fun, now get back to work!:lol:
they're all nice, and yes, it's a white Ibis juvenile
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I especially like the first Royal Tern (the second is good, too, but then one good tern deserves another :roll: ). Show us more.
Groan :-)! Ok, that was actually pretty good. Thanks for the ID and kind words Penolta.

Jim, thanks for looking and commenting. I agree, normally gulls aren't too photogenic, now if I can catch an Osprey or more interesting bird carrying a fish . . .

GW, thanks for the confirmation and kind words.

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These are all great shots, No. 2 and 4 are fantastic.
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