Share Caged and Aviary Birds

Discussion in 'Nature' started by RogerM, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. RogerM

    RogerM Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2016
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    It seems kind of cheating to post captive bird pics to the wild and free subjects on the ‘Share Birds’ thread, so I thought I’d set up a seperate one specifically for caged and aviary birds.

    The equipment and techniques used are very different to stalking and lurking with big telephoto lenses, gunning the shutter on C-AF for BIF and traveling to exotic or distant locations.
    The problems both compositionally and technically are different too.
    The following are a selection of some of the commonest and easiest pet birds you’ll encounter.

    These are my own birds from my small aviary, as I have kept and bred birds from childhood; I mostly now have ‘rescue birds’ although I’ll be breeding a few finches next year.


    This is 'Catfood' my ancient flightless Cockateil.
    He was given to us by Millie in Christchurch nearly 25 years ago as a companion to 'Spud' our Cockateil who sadly passed on many years ago. He has his own cage in the aviary.
    I'm not sure he will last another winter but he's had a good run and is a happy boy.



    These two are nice Bengalese finches I was just given by my friend Ray. He is a breeder of some very cool birds including (endangered in the wild) Siskins which one day I hope to be able to contribute to the preservation of (I have plans for another aviary or two).


    And last but not least, this is the rather unimaginatively named 'Mr Greenie'.
    A most handsome Budgie who flew into a neighbour's garage and was unclaimed by whoever had him formerly.
    All these were taken on my GH1 with the Tokina 90mm AT-X @ f4.
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  2. RogerM

    RogerM Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2016
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    It's my thread so I'll post :)

    This is 'Flipper' who's playing 'Daddy' at the moment.


    GH1, Tokina AT-X 90mm macro w/Tamron 1.4 teleconverter.
    1 stop from wide; not too bad I think.
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  3. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Great pics. When I glanced at the thread title I read it as "Gaged and Angry Birds".

    Edit - not I that think caged birds are angry. I have had pet birds over the years. All I might add from flying onto my property and not being able to find the owner.
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  4. RogerM

    RogerM Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2016
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    ...and this is 'Chicky' a baby Blackbird (Turdus merula) that was blown out of his/her nest a few weeks back.
    Fed every half-hour for the first 2 weeks during daylight...sigh.


    GF1, P20.
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  5. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    From the photographic point of view I concede that the images are very fine, but it still saddens me to know that they can't fly free.
    I do like how you use selective focus to emphasize some of your birds.
    And I believe others could add their bird images that are not taken in the wild?
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  6. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Good to see someone taking the time to help these bird chicks that would otherwise die.
    Might be sad to see them in a cage but better than dead on the ground. With all the head in Sydney lately I have seen more dead birds than usual. I am presuming from the heat. The water in our bird baths gets very hot, I am thinking of some sort of system to top it up with cooler water during the day.

    We have a few rescue birds as well. These were taken to the local vet then just left there.
    Taken to the vet by other people. The vet contacts us to see if we can take them. They have a few people who help out that way.
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  7. RogerM

    RogerM Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2016
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    Hi, there are all sorts of potentially contentious decisions we take in our personal relations with the natural world.
    I don't think any two people can totally agree about everything; apart from humanity being divided between those who give a damn and those who don't.
    Thank you for your positive comments about my images also.
    I've amended the thread title to 'Share Caged and Aviary Birds' and I hope to see others post their images.
    Cheers! :)
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