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Old 30-11-2009, 15:21   #961
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Humpback Whales

There She Blows
There She Blows

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Himpback Fluke
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Old 30-11-2009, 16:01   #962
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Can't believe I havent come across this thread before. I have tons of wildlife shots. I'll add some stuff I took at Seaworld San Diego later tonight.

Good stuff all round in here though everyone! Very enjoyable browse!
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Old 30-11-2009, 16:16   #963
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Lovely shots clockity. Sadly my trip to Donna Nook was a bit of a disaster. Crappy weather and after half a dozen shots the camera decided it wasn't playing anymore and the shutter release gave up the ghost. My 30D is now on it's way to Lehmanns for a strip down and rebuild.

It's an incredible place but I don't think I would go again, it was a real privilege to be out there but at the same time I was aware from the minute I stepped foot on the beach that there were too many photographers about. There were also a lot of what appeared to be abondoned pups about crying which was quite distressing. We had to repeatedly move away from one that kept coming towards us. Came away with very mixed emotions tbh.

Donna Nook
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Old 30-11-2009, 18:24   #964
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Old 30-11-2009, 21:21   #965
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Few of mine from a US trip in the summer

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Old 01-12-2009, 18:53   #966
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Lovely shots clockity. Sadly my trip to Donna Nook was a bit of a disaster. Crappy weather and after half a dozen shots the camera decided it wasn't playing anymore and the shutter release gave up the ghost. My 30D is now on it's way to Lehmanns for a strip down and rebuild.

It's an incredible place but I don't think I would go again, it was a real privilege to be out there but at the same time I was aware from the minute I stepped foot on the beach that there were too many photographers about. There were also a lot of what appeared to be abondoned pups about crying which was quite distressing. We had to repeatedly move away from one that kept coming towards us. Came away with very mixed emotions tbh.
It was very busy and a fantastic experience. Im probably with you and wouldn't want to do it again. The pups on the sandbank are on a bit of a losing battle with the spring tide approaching. They can't swim for a few weeks, that's why the older seals give birth near the car park in the dunes.

I do like that shot though. The pup's eyes' look into the soul.
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Superb shots here since I was last on - the Sea Lion by Terribly Mauled and paulsaz's seals stand out here. Very cool that you got to see Humpbacks Clockity, I can imagine it can be difficult getting onto them when they quickly come up for breath!

Have been away at Cley in north Norfolk for a week, the weather was hit and miss but had some very lovely sunshine for a bit of the week. Saw lots of stuff but cacked up some of the shots as the very dingy light was problematic. Was very pleased with this shot of a Redshank though, by far the closest I've been to one:

Redshank

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Old 06-12-2009, 17:31   #968
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Some more from north Norfolk...

Barn Owl, taken in very dingy light so quality is pretty bad but far, far better than my previous Owl shots...
Silent hunter

Homing in

Some birds in the wildfowl collection at Blakeney:

Hooded Merganser female
Female Hooded Merganser

Falcated Duck
Falcated Duck

Comb Duck female
Female Comb Duck

West Indian Whistling Duck
West Indian Whistling Duck

The collection is great to get close views of unusual birds but the double thickness chickenwire mesh and fenceposts that make up the lower two feet of the fence makes getting a good angle pretty difficult, especially when they come really close - hence the high angle for the Merganser.
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Old 08-12-2009, 18:49   #969
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Lovely collection here:
http://pixzii.com/animal/28-examples...ography-shots/
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Some pretty cool shots on that page! The owl looks like it's had WAY too much coffee.

Some shots from Hunstanton/Holme beach at the Wash in Norfolk...

Common Gull eating Razorclams washed up by the tide
Common Gull

A weird multi-legged Starfish-like creature
Super star

A small Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab

A Grey Plover amongst the mussel beds
Grey Plover

An Oystercatcher nearby
Oystercatcher

A fair sized Starfish (countless hundreds were washed up on the beach here)
Starfish

This area seems incredibly rich in wildlife, big mussel beds, lots of marine life (albeit that what we saw was washed up!) and thousands upon thousands of birds on the beach, at the cliffs and on the distant sand banks.
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On Holme beach we saw a big flock of around ninety Snow Buntings, birds I'd really, really wanted to see. I'd heard they were found on the north Norfolk coast in winter but didn't think I'd find them but I saw them on a number of occasions, both here and at Blakeney/Cley. They really were amazing to watch, if rather difficult to photograph!

Flypast

Determined flight

Excuse the large images, the medium size images really don't cut the mustard for shots like these...

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You are excused

Very nice set as always Fozzy.
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Thanks Arthur. The Snow Buntings were a real highlight, beautiful little birds and were fantastic to watch. The flock in flight was quite a sight, especially when they flew around our heads.
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Some more flocks...

Lapwings
Flappy fliers

Golden Plovers
Rather Golden Plovers

Greylag Geese
A lot of Christmas dinners!

There were rather a lot of birds at the Cley reserve!
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Lovely flock shots, the way the birds look flash lit in a strange way is great in the first shot the closer images you can see more detail on them, all really work well for me 500th of a second on that first one, so many layers, they are like little card cut outs all layered one in front of another.
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Thanks Romero - the birds really did flash in the sunlight as they wove about in the air, it was quite something to watch! 1/500s was too slow really, I should have used something like 1/1000s as I had a lot of blurred shots because they were moving so fast. I was surprised that the first was pretty sharp as they were very close and moving at a real lick of speed!

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Old 14-12-2009, 07:28   #977
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Got out at lunchtime for a few shots with the 100-400L heres a quick one... kawau, Black Shag.

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That's a good find. I spotted one in Devon a few years ago but that's the only one I've seen here in the UK (I don't go to the right places to see them really).

Here's a Pheasant wandering around the edge of the pools at Cley in Norfolk:

Male Pheasant

Lapwings resting nearby with a Dunlin, a male Teal and a Ruff feeding amongst them:

Resting up
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Not a good find, but an intresting comparison, sigma 70-200 + 2.0tc, ISO 3200



A fair bit Poorer at 100% than the 100-400 but I stil dont thin that 100-400 was a super sharp copy. Though the bokeh on the sigma + tc is much better than the canon!
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