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PhotoCal

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I was pleased with this shot, since I was much farther away from this bird than I'd like to have been. I was also pleased that I could get decent focus through the brush.

SOOC JPEG, uploaded to smartphone then to this forum. Olympus Em1.2.

I believe it was SAF, smallest single target.
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Shortsonfire79

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Wow! I don't have this lens, but that's probably the best I've seen the C-AF + Tracking work. Do you use this mode for birds often? Also out of curiosity what AF sensitivity are you using?
Yeah I basically use this mode any time I go birding. I upgraded from the EM5ii to the EM1ii specifically for better tracking/af. When birding I have center weighted C-AF+Track on a custom mode and S-AF+ manual on a different custom so I can quickly switch for birds that land. I don't know what you're referring to about AF sensitivity so I assume it's just the standard setting.
 

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We bought a bird feeding station the other weekend. Very great for convenient birding from living room :)

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201205 - Birding from living room by Daniel Cederberg, on Flickr

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201205 - Blåmes by Daniel Cederberg, on Flickr

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201205 - Nötväcka by Daniel Cederberg, on Flickr

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201205 - Talgoxe by Daniel Cederberg, on Flickr

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201205 - Koltrast by Daniel Cederberg, on Flickr

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Nice. If the weather allows, you might want to think about putting the camera outside and using a remote shutter release while watching from inside.

You don't want to disturb the birds so keep the camera away. And don't use artificial lights(flash). The Audubon Society's bird photography guidelines say to use flash sparingly because it's not good for the animals.
 

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Woke up with the sun today. The Chinatown crew has thinned down to about 5 people now. They must have either gotten their keepers like I thought I did last month, or it's getting too cold for them now (42F according to my car). The barn owl wasn't super active today but it passed us three or four times. As I was heading back to my car at 7:45 when the sun was way up, it came pretty close to me so 285mm was quite perfect.

I pride myself in keeping my head on a swivel; one of the guys I was talking to about my 6x4.5 film camera didn't notice the owl as it flew (behind) quite close to him! I missed focus on that one but that's ok. Upon viewing my photos at work, I found a couple of post-coffee bm pictures that I caught. 💩

None of these are cropped except the photogrid. Wifi download RAW -> Google Pixel -> Lightroom mobile -> "largest jpeg export" -> Google Photos -> PC -> here.

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Trying to chase some birds this week and finding some pockets of time to test the 100-400mm with E-M1X new AI bird detection firmware.

Having about 50% hit rate of sharp shots (for birds in flight of the beeaters), not sure was it my technique or settings, i did have some issues with my EE1 running off calibration rather easily (had to readjust it many times throughout the shoot). Here are some sharper ones, some are post processed in Topaz Denoise, and LR. For perching and stationary ones, it works really well. Exif is intact on my flickr.

Blue-tailed Bee eater
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White-breasted water hen
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Caught an Osprey enjoying some very fresh sashimi (I believe it is mullet).
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NSFW, Definitely a couple. They hang out at the end of the dock for safety. I don't really know much about their species' mating habits but I have seen them together for a few months now.
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