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Old May 30, 2009, 1:41 AM   #1
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These red flowers of this Umbrella Tree are obviously full of pollen, the birds just love them and come every afternoon to feed.

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Female Blue Eye Honey Eater starting her afternoon feed.
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All shots taken with my K20D and a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG with a 2X Teleplus Macro teleconverter at 500 or 600mm , ISO 200.

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Bird attractants make getting close to birds easier. Some great shots of some colorfull birds.

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Berry, berry nice!

Nice shots of some birds we elsewhere don't get to see. Thanks for posting them.
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Love your bird shots, just keep posting!

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Hi Rodney,

Great stuff !!!!

What I need is to transplant that tree. . . or get a MUCH bigger lens. . .

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Thank You Ed, Penolta , Kjell and Scott.

This tree is 60 foot tall, luckily I have a window seat that is only 25-30 feet away from the top flowers.
The Teleplus converter certainly helps, before I had it I had given up on getting good shots with the Sigma on it's own, it couldn't cope with the very bright sky behind the flowers and they were always too soft and had bad purple fringing. Anything over 200mm was always hard for the lens but these conditions made it impossible and even 200mm shots were too distant.
It was very frustrating watching these birds without be able to get a good shot.
Now I can use the full 300mm x2 and although still a little soft and a tiny amount of purple the shots are easily fixed to what you see above, not brilliant detail but so much better than before.

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