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Old Apr 16, 2012, 4:59 PM   #1
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Although I live in rural Oxfordshire,it is in a very large village and the bird life in the UK isn't quite as spectacular as, say, Bigdawg gets. However, we did get an unusual visitor today. He actually landed in the garden first as I saw him take off. I assumed he'd flown away but then spotted him (I assume it's a him) on the roof of the house behind (no mountain views from my back door!).

The first is a resized shot but the second is a 100% crop. After a few minutes of not moving, didn't stop me or my daughter from taking loads more. However, all good things come to an end and the last 3 are of the departure. All taken with the Sigma 70 - 300mm. Couldn't be bothered to fire up Lightroom so these are the extracted jpegs plus a few tweaks in FSViewer.
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Old Apr 16, 2012, 9:05 PM   #2
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Very nice photos Keith! I assume it's closely related to the Great Blue Heron that is common here in North America.
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Looks like a GBH to me, nice shots

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A lovely series, I especially like the first of the GBH taking off. Well done!
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 4:03 AM   #5
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Thanks, it'll be interesting to see whether doing PP on the raw image will improve the sharpness - altho' it's probably slightly out of focus (note to me - GET THE FOCUSSING ON THAT LENS SORTED!!).

Also didn't help taking the photos through a (dirty) double-glazed patio door.
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Very nice results, especially considering both the focus problems and shooting through glass! Especially nice shots of his "launch!"
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PS - I've got a Sigma 70-300, and find it to be much too soft for bird photos. Works fine in the macro mode at 300 for butterflies and such, but focus always a bit off for more distant subjects...
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