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Old 03-06-2010, 17:42   #1101
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Excellent! Nice damselfly shot and really good to see the Flycatcher nesting.
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:55   #1102
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Couple from yesterday evening in my garden:

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Old 05-06-2010, 07:00   #1103
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probably the same Tawny Owl chick now a little less ugly

tawny

Red Eyed & Azure Damsels.

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Where on earth did you manage to find a Tawny owl?
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:11   #1105
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is a very noisy family of them just across the road from me, they always leave the nest early, long before they can fly properly and spend most of the time shouting to be fed, often during the day, so not hard to find at the mo
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:43   #1106
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I don’t know if anyone is interested but the RSPB are doing a garden survey from today until 13th June.


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is a very noisy family of them just across the road from me, they always leave the nest early, long before they can fly properly and spend most of the time shouting to be fed, often during the day, so not hard to find at the mo
Fantastic mate, very jealous! All I get is pigeons by me
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Old 05-06-2010, 21:05   #1108
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A couple from me from the Grand Union canal last weekend. They were very co-operative and followed us for 5 minutes or so

Cygnets with patrolling swans

Cygnets on the Grand Union Canal
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:06   #1109
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Really like that second one Edmondo.

Reed Warbler giving me a look:

Reed Warbler

I went on a flickrmeet to my local park where there was a Wildlife 'fun day'. Not that much there really, I thought a fun day would include a lot more than the four or five stands that were there. Was still pretty good, they had the Snakes Alive people in the museum with a lot of snakes, spiders and other reptiles and the Simply Owls people were there with five gorgeous Owls.

Emperor Scorpion
Emperor Scorpion

Burmese Python (15 feet long!)
Burmese Python

African Spotted Eagle Owl
African Spotted Eagle Owl

Tropical Screech Owl
Tropical Screech Owl

A White Faced Scops Owl
White Faced Scops Owl

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

A tiny Sunda Scops Owl
Sunda Scops Owl

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula
Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula
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Some lovely photographs, I especially like the Reed Warbler & Tawny Owl.

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Thanks John. I struggled with the close-ups of the owls, using my Tamron 90mm the DOF was really narrow and I wasn't really concentrating well enough to adjust the camera properly or focus on the eyes so most of the close portraits were rubbish. I went back and took more with my 70-300 and those were a lot better but the Tawny Owl was hiding behind a sign so couldn't get another shot of it. I took a wider snap of the Tawny being held by one of the ladies earlier using the tamron but the exposure was thrown by the mixed light and the white shirt. I played around with it in Lightroom to get this:

Tawny Owl

Not easy to take photos of them in the mix of shade and bright sunshine, especially when surrounded by kids and parents also trying to take photos and you're trying not to monopolise the birds. It was even harder inside with the reptiles, that room was crowded and I had a big photo backpack on!

It was really good to see the animals though, the owls were gorgeous and the reptiles and spiders were interesting too. Lovely to see a Tawny up close and to stroke its feathers (so soft!) - usually only see them at a distance (or just hear them).

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Really like the python Fozzy The rest are excellent too.

In terms of exposure, I'm nowhere near the quality or experience of you guys, but is there an argument for using spot metering when you are photographing wildlife in this type of environment? Wouldn't that have worked for your scenarios Fozzy?
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Spot metering may have helped, it's something I've rarely used though as it can be problematic on subjects with a lot of variation of brightness - if I hit the pale patches of the Tawny it would under-expose but hit the dark eye and it would really over-expose.

One day I'll get around to learning how to make the most of the exposure controls on the D300... maybe.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:56   #1114
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Hey ! I love owls !

And that reminds me of a visit to some rescue birds last year, and some pics that I've not previously upped - beautiful animals - and these were very tame. The owner had a barn owl too, that he was 'breaking in', but it was v.nervous & I didn't manage any note-worthy images.



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Love that last one!
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Old 06-06-2010, 19:41   #1116
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First wildlife pic in ages! Not the most exciting, but a Reed Warbler in environment taken today. So hard to keep track of these little buggers as they were on the opposite side of the river bank and it was windy. This is the D300 with 1.4 on the 600 AND a 50% crop to give you an idea of how far away they were


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In terms of exposure, I'm nowhere near the quality or experience of you guys, but is there an argument for using spot metering when you are photographing wildlife in this type of environment? Wouldn't that have worked for your scenarios Fozzy?
Centre weighted would be better I think. Never been a fan of spot metering for wildlife personally - although I usually just take a test shot then use exposure comp as that tends to work best for me.
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Nice owls and Reed Warbler.

I sorted out a couple of closer portraits of the small owls:

Tropical Screech Owl taking a nap
Owl contentment

Sunda Scops getting sleepy too
Sleepy Scops
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:07   #1119
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Centre weighted would be better I think. Never been a fan of spot metering for wildlife personally - although I usually just take a test shot then use exposure comp as that tends to work best for me.

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A Blue Tit fledgling

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