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Old Feb 10, 2013, 2:39 AM   #1
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The last shots from the DA*300 with AFA x1.7 attached. Poyang Lake, Jiangxi Province, China. This is a huge lake in Summer (when the flow from the channel connecting to the mighty Yangtze reverses due to flood water and floods up to 5,000 sq. kms (estimates vary year by year of course) for the Spring/Summer The waters from another 5 rivers also empty into this huge basin. In Autumn/Winter when the flow in the channel to the Yangtze goes in the opposite direction, the size shrinks to a paltry 200 sq.kms or so

Poyang Lake is one of the world's Top 3 most important wintering grounds for huge numbers of large migratory birds, and the largest in Asia, which includes over 95% of the world's population of Siberian Cranes, 60% of White Naped Cranes, 50% of Swan Geese and huge numbers of Oriental Cranes too (amongst many other rare birds). Around 1/2 million migratory birds winter here.

Wikipedia : Poyang Lake, located in Jiangxi Province, was once the largest freshwater lake in China. It once had a surface area of about 3,500 kmē (6,000 sq kms during the Tang Dynasty), a volume of 25 kmģ and an average depth of eight meters.
Area: 1,699 sq miles (4,400 kmē)
Surface elevation: 39' (12 m)
Width: 10.56 miles (17 km)
Length: 105.6 miles (170 km)
Mean depth: 28' (8.40 m)
Catchment area: 62,640 sq miles (162,200 kmē)


Sadly there is also widespread netting of birds (staggered for up to 16kms with 5m high mist nets ) which takes a high toll every year.

The Chinese Govt have this year (a good year for bringing the plight of birds into the public eye - with a subsequent huge outcry against something most didn't even know existed) announced new initiatives, greatly increased funding for nature protection depts and additional security measures to try to combat mist nets, poisoning (check EBay for stuffed birds that died 'naturally' ... if cyanide can be called natural) and illegal hunting.

However when the price of two geese or swans equals one fisherman's annual income it's very difficult to disincentivise, never mind prevent. We need to remember that the vast majority of China is 3rd World with a huge peasant population on an annual income of just a few hundred USD per family. It's a long road ahead.

I'll try and get some more bird shots up before I go to NZ on Wednesday.

On the 2nd day (of my 4 day trip) the D800 developed a broken contacts issue (putting my 500 out of commission) so I switched to my back-up kit .... only to have the SDM in the DA*300 fail (for the 2nd time within 6 months) within 2 hours of the D800

I found I was able to have virtual AF though with the AFA x1.7 attached. So all these shots were take with that combo !

Juvenile Black Winged Stilts


Pied Avocets


B&W Pic of Pied Avocets in Flight (it was grey weather for most of the trip so converting to B&W for a Pied bird looks better)



Chinese Penduline Tits ( I need better shots of them - they are very cute) !
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 5:26 AM   #2
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Great information about the conservation situation at Poyang Lake and photos under trying conditions -- that is, with the D800 contacts issue and the DA*300 SDM failure! Good luck on getting things working properly before your NZ trip!
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Love #1--great compostion Kevin!

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We spent 5 weeks in New Zealand. DO NOT miss Milford Sound.
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Sadly there is also widespread netting of birds (staggered for up to 16kms with 5m high mist nets ) which takes a high toll every year.
The Chinese Govt have this year (a good year for bringing the plight of birds into the public eye - with a subsequent huge outcry against something most didn't even know existed) announced new initiatives, greatly increased funding for nature protection depts and additional security measures to try to combat mist nets, poisoning (check EBay for stuffed birds that died 'naturally' ... if cyanide can be called natural) and illegal hunting.
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You did a great job in nailing the composition.
You are probably one of the foreigners working in mainland China who are still conscious of the environmental impact of overpopulation there.
There are tons of info of horror stories there.
I think Shanghai and Beijing are ok now that the whole world of workers are back home for the Lunar New Year. But back 2 weeks ago it was hellish if reports were correct. Things will be back to daily hassle (in another weeks) of dealing with the polluted air (again if I am correct)
BTW I had chance to shoot in mainland China. And avoiding the crowd has always been tricky.

Daniel , Toronto

p.s. Toronto happens to be by Lake Ontario. While people (US & Can) are complaining about the lack of environmental restraints there, they should have learned how people from Yangtze area are destroying the environment
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#1 and 3 are fantastic..
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Thank you everyone ! Our flight to NZ leaves tomorrow so last minute packing and then close down the computer for the next 5 weeks.

Take care everyone.
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Wonderful shots Kevin. I sincerely hope you will be a regular visitor to this forum!
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I like #1 the best, sort of like a Chinese brush painting, very artistic!
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Great shots Kevin I will be keeping an eye you for you on the wildlife forum

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