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Old 31-05-2006, 17:56   #1
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Wildlife Part II

Following on from the excellent Original Wildlife Thread

I'll lower the tone a bit with a test of my new Sigma 1.4x teleconverter and a shot of a rare Mankius starlingus.

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Old 31-05-2006, 19:20   #2
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A couple more from Gigrin Farm.





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Old 31-05-2006, 19:38   #3
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As a change from the magnificent bird pictures here's a couple of seal photo's I took in Howth harbour near Dublin on Sunday:



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Whistle while you work.

I found this shot quite amusing.



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What a good start to the new thread - nice pics all!
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Visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park

Well after spending an age lurking around this part of the forums, and seeing the high quality of the pictures taken here. It made me want to move on from the "happy snap" mode and try something a bit more adventurous.

So a trip down to the local photographic shop, resulted in a Canon 350D and a borrow of a 70-300 lense from a work colleague I was all set.

I had the day off today, so paid a visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park. These are a few of the pics I took. On the whole I'm happy with these, but the sharpness of a lot of the pictures on this forum is just not there on these. But as they say practice makes perfect !!!

First one...



Next one...



another...



and finally...


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Lots of nice photos on this new thread. That first seal looks a real old boy and we've got the dancing Chaffinch as well.

Emkay2; Very nice shot of the Otter, stands out well against the nice out of focus background. I suspect the slight lack of sharpness may be due to camera shake, the shutter-speeds used were not as fast as you would really like for 200-300mm handheld... I suspect a tripod would have made a big difference and also allowed you to close the aperture of the lens down a bit more for sharper images. Excellent start though.

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A couple more from Gigrin Farm

Coming in for the food.







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Wow great pics of the kites, John.
Never actually heard of Gigrin Farm before, but have Googled it and it's now bookmarked, with a view to visitng sometime.

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Old 02-06-2006, 07:20   #12
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Some photographs from Pennington Flash.

Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Male Bullfinch.


Male Bullfinch.


Female Bullfinch.


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Where are you seeing the Bull finches John? Very rare around these parts!

A couple from last weekend.

Low Pass! (Arctic Tern!)



Basking Eider Duck

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Funny enough I was just saying, to my wife, that I've seen more Bullfinches this year than ever around the North West. They were taken at Pennington Flash, near Manchester.
Nice Eider photograph.

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Wow, there is really good stuff in this new thread. The quality just gets better and better.
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Typical - the one day I don't bother taking the 400 out when I go for a walk along the river and there's hundreds of butterflies, insects, little birds and so on flitting about

Closest I could get to a dragonfly with the 24-105 - even this is cropped about 50%.

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Sperm whale on a borrowed ancient 75-300. like the reach, dislike the AF, build, sharpness.... 70-300IS should be a lot better.
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Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

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Not on a par with the pros here, but here are some of my attempts recently...







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A couple of mine from the weekend (don't be too harsh, I'm a beginner! )






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