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Old Jul 17, 2012, 9:15 AM   #11
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Kevin, what an exciting find. Looking at Google maps it looked like WuYuan was only about 6 hours drive from Shanghai.

To not only find the adults but also the chicks was fantastic. I love the bathing shots (#4 in particular). You must be ecstatic to get these shots.

Thanks for sharing this treasure with us.

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Old Jul 19, 2012, 12:49 AM   #12
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What everyone else said - wonderful shots. And I'm another who thinks a picture can be brilliant while having some technical faults - I love the wet chick, too. It's my favorite, even though your other shots are so much technically better. And that's a pretty bird as well.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 4:38 AM   #13
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Must of been an amazing encounter.. Thanx for sharing your once in a lifetime experience..
It certainly was DD. I'm hoping it won't be the only time I see them though - another trip is on the cards for the 6-7 species on my list I didn't find !

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The heck with the IQ. The wet chick is a crack up!
Super cute eh !

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Fantastic series Kevin

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Thank you Simon !

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Very nicely done series Kevin, The wet chick is fun to see

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Very nice. You must have been thrilled to see them.

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I was Patty. Thank you !

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Congratulations on your find. Your perseverance paid off and you found what you were looking for.
You also captured some very nice images.
A very successful trip I would say.
Many thanks for your comments Mike !

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One of the world's rarest birds nicely documented - good work!
Thank you Penolta !

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Great series! A true thrill to see a bird so rare. And, a fun series, too.

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Thanks Paul - appreciate your comments !

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What everyone else said - wonderful shots. And I'm another who thinks a picture can be brilliant while having some technical faults - I love the wet chick, too. It's my favorite, even though your other shots are so much technically better. And that's a pretty bird as well.
Thanks Harriet ! They really are lovely looking birds and that wet chick .. so disappointed I didn't get it as sharp as the others but still a fun shot.
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Beautiful photo's...K-5 and DA 300 ? Sounds like an exciting trip to the isolated area to capture (through photography) these very rare and beautiful birds.

I'm sure you had difficulty containing your excitement when you saw this lifetime bird.

I also enjoyed seeing pics of the Falconet. I'm only familiar with birds in Western Canada and the northwestern areas of the USA...so birds such as the Thrush and Falconet are a treat.
Thank you for your very kind comments Les. !

These were all taken with the K5+DA*300+AFA x1.7. Just too far away for detailed shots from the DA*300 alone.

The location is a bit of a drive but easy enough to get there - it's freeway (motorway) ALL the way so just under 500 kms in 4.25 - 4.5 hours. It's a gorgeous area of rolling hills and just green, green, green (not seen in Shanghai) and little traditional villages (aside from Wuyuan itself) !

I'm very pleased you enjoyed the Pied Falconet too - it is an amazing raptor, so tiny but such a good hunter.
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Kevin, what an exciting find. Looking at Google maps it looked like WuYuan was only about 6 hours drive from Shanghai.

To not only find the adults but also the chicks was fantastic. I love the bathing shots (#4 in particular). You must be ecstatic to get these shots.

Thanks for sharing this treasure with us.

Lou
Thank you Lou - I really appreciate your comments !

See the post above re. location. Not too difficult to get to if you can be bothered with the drive (and my wife told me that miraculously I didn't pick up a single speeding ticket - the Chinese authorities post them on-line - though I really enjoyed the drive through the mountains).

I was so so happy to have the whole flock come down to bathe ! I had expected another day of watching them in the canopy but the Chinese togs I saw there told me that sometimes when it's hot they com down to cool down. i was very lucky !
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Wonderful opportunity. And well-captured.

Sadly, most species cannot long survive a "bottleneck" that small. Below a certain population level, most species will eventually die out for genetic reasons. May this beautiful bird be an exception.
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Wonderful opportunity. And well-captured.

Sadly, most species cannot long survive a "bottleneck" that small. Below a certain population level, most species will eventually die out for genetic reasons. May this beautiful bird be an exception.
I hope so too Barbarian. There is hope with 4 small, but distinct, flocks whose territories overlap, which ensures that there is some genetic mixing.

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Great news about the conservation efforts, and great photos too! As always, you captured both the details and the behaviors accurately and beautifully.
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Great news about the conservation efforts, and great photos too! As always, you captured both the details and the behaviors accurately and beautifully.
Thank you Mole - sorry for the late appreciation, a very busy month at work meant I've just spent the odd few minutes on Photography this past month !
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