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A rooster
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Yellow Wattlebird ~ Anthochaera paradoxa
The Yellow Wattlebird occurs only in Tasmania and is Australia’s largest honeyeater.
Feeding on our apple tree.
Beautiful birds with a very characteristic call which to me is very pleasant.
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female Superb Fairy Wren
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these Plovers live at an intersection just up the road from me.
They hog the road, love sitting in the traffic island and are completely at ease with traffic
Today I pulled up on the side road and there were about a dozen of them and then the orchestra started.
No idea what it was all about but with no traffic in sight I just sat and enjoyed their antics
Masked Lapwing (Spur-winged Plover) - Vanellus Miles
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Cuban Green Woodpecker - Xiphidiopicus percussus

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EM1ii + 75-300ii. Cuba
 

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Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Comin straight into the lens.
Em1.3 + 300+1.4tc
Gladly slow glider on water and the af holded 8/12 in L burst.
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I took this in my garden a couple of weeks ago and, while pleased with the photo, it does not show the rosy scene it initially seems to.

This bird is suffering from Trichomoniasis or “Fat Finch disease” a parasite that inflames the crop and oesophagus and causes birds to become lethargic (and easy to photograph). It is generally fatal and often passed on at infected bird feeders. It affects Greenfinch, chaffinch and bullfinch, as well as being carried by some Wood Pigeons and, if you see it in your garden, advice seems to be to stop feeding and disinfect your bird feeders.
Not directly related, but I thought I'd post the link:
https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium-04-21/index.html
 

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Bird-- my best (likely wrong) guess is a wren-- singing. Many thanks to @Avondale87 for identifying this as a Carolina wren.

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In contrast with birds being active, something easier to capture?

Geese, probably significantly from domesticated stock? In a park.

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While waiting to photograph osprey taking a dive (it happened a few times but always far away), I thought I gave myself a crack at some swallows close by. I just picked one image of each specie from yesterday to post for now. The weather wasn't quite ideal as it was mostly cloudy.

I tried MC14 in the afternoon since light was a bit better. However, I find that it is better to use just 300mm F4 to keep shutter speed high while keeping ISO low plus it has much faster AF speed. When I used MC14 at F6.3, I felt AF just could keep up sometime when swallows coming toward me.

The trick is to track it early and press the shutter once it is within range. I use AF-limiter on these shots with range of 3-50meters. I also turned off lens IS. As I tracked, once the subject became visibly clear in the EVF, I would start taking shot. Last but not least, I use C-AF 5x5 with +2 sensitivity.

The first image is cropped to about 4MB. Second one is about 6MB and the last is about 5MB.

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I don't know how you BIF folks do it. I can replicate the camera settings, but never the results.
I think you are in Kansas City area. If so, we can head out and give it a try.

Anyhow, I will try to explain a bit more. I sat down low so that I have eye level close to the water. This helps me focus on the bird quicker/easier as I track it along the water surface. Taking it out of the sky would be harder IMHO.
AF-limiter is important to get hit rate up. The next important key is to quickly spot the bird that flying toward you coming closer to the water. Point camera in that direction so that bird comes into the frame then keep tracking. The tracking part I understand can be very tricky at first. So it will take some practices. Also, sometime birds change direction and will never come into your frame, but don't give up.

Anyhow, as I explained, as bird is in the frame and within my focus range, I would half press and track it till I have green focus light confirms. Then I just press it fully as it flies across the water. I should mention that having high EVF frame rate is crucial. I don't use any dot sight, etc.
 

atomicmak

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While waiting to photograph osprey taking a dive (it happened a few times but always far away), I thought I gave myself a crack at some swallows close by. I just picked one image of each specie from yesterday to post for now. The weather wasn't quite ideal as it was mostly cloudy.

I tried MC14 in the afternoon since light was a bit better. However, I find that it is better to use just 300mm F4 to keep shutter speed high while keeping ISO low plus it has much faster AF speed. When I used MC14 at F6.3, I felt AF just could keep up sometime when swallows coming toward me.

The trick is to track it early and press the shutter once it is within range. I use AF-limiter on these shots with range of 3-50meters. I also turned off lens IS. As I tracked, once the subject became visibly clear in the EVF, I would start taking shot. Last but not least, I use C-AF 5x5 with +2 sensitivity.

The first image is cropped to about 4MB. Second one is about 6MB and the last is about 5MB.

View attachment 884327 EM130638_DxO by Narin, on Flickr
View attachment 884328 EM130670_DxO by Narin, on Flickr
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Thaose are some crackling shots I have been waiting to do... We have very harsh bright summer days... looknig forward to overcast day and the swallos will dance in air and over the water..
Your settings are really on spot to the one I use except i stick to 3x3 unless its complete clean backdrop.
 

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Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Em1.3 | 300 f/4 + 1.4tc
Manual Exposure f/5.6, 1/30, ISO 1000, +0.30ev
Just shot on while aproaching lake and sun was not yet Rise. Just duck sit and shot hand holding so quick singer and fast runner .. Pretty happy the way IBIS holded it.

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Sandpiper still, Dowitcher Yellow Leg giving alarm call video:
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Dowitcher
 
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