A first try at Herons...

Discussion in 'Birds' started by andreasb, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. After seeing all the great Herons people take I decided i had to try it as well
    The first one is a rather common Heron plasticus, to be seen in lesser gardens at all times of the year, does not scare easily so it is an easy subject for even inexperienced photographers like me
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    This one was taken down by the Cowichan Bay River here in Duncan on Vancouver Island, it on the contrary to the first one, flew immidately, and I was desperately trying to follow along, with some settings being a bit off, interesting depth of field effect was what I intended, is the comeback comment....
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    and this one as well
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  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very very nice.

    I do like the effect on the 2 GBH very much.

    the first one is a very unusual Heron to me. Never have seen one.

    thank you for sharing.

    New birder.. You are hooked now :>)))
     
  3. Taks Gale, the plasticc one looked really bad in realalife, I for onee would not want that in my garden...
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Nice catches Andreas. I think that you can see now why this is such an addictive pursuit.

    Welcome to the ranks of the flying birdie shooters.... :wink:
     
  5. Yes but boy is it hard to catch them while ethey are flying! Not many keepers of all those shots, what is your ratio: How many shots does it take to get a good one?

    andreas
     
  6. i saw the first pic and dang near choked on my soft drink. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Then thought, maybe he is trying to decoy ;-) .............but you put it together, really like number 2. It is a whole new ball game shooting birds in flight. Was getting pretty good with my d2h, but my d2x is a whole new ballgame...........biggest key is keeping that shutter speed up. Im usually good on the big geese, but you get those little duckies at 50 mph, dang their fast. Ask Frank. LOL...................but when you get one, o' it feels good!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. I couldn't resist the plastic heron, got to have a little fun with you guys. # 2 is my favorite as well, looks way better in full resolution but it is a little soft in focus - probably the lens or a tiny bit of motion blur.

    Thanks for the nice comments

     
  8. I always take my hat off to photographers that capture flying birds. I have not been very successful in doing that. I did get a kick out of your decoy.
     
  9. Seems you caught all 3 just right. 8)
     
  10. Nice captures Andreas. The first one was just too funny. I really like the second shot. After shooting with you and Bill on the Skagit I broke down and bought the Sigma 500 4.5 just like his. I am learning how hard it is to acquire moving birds. I can't imagine how much harder it must be with that 800mm!!! Hope to be able to meet up with you again sometime when you are back in the Seattle area.
     
  11. Thanks james,
    So you succumbed to LLD (Lens Lust Disease) :) :D
    Sorry to have inflicted such wounds in your wallet.
    The 800 is challenging to say the least, does not work that well with the D2X much better with the D2H....

     
  12. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Andreas,

    I missed your question yesterday. My keeper rate is all over the place. Some days, I can't miss, and some I can't seem to get a decent shot. It mostly depends on the available light, the contrast on the birds (darkish bird with spots of white, etc.), and of course the speed and size of the bird.

    You did well on these. Keep it up and you'll be ready for your own NG special. :wink:
     
  13. drueter

    drueter

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    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Nice shots, Andreas! That Heron plasticus must have multiplied too fast! I found this one at the Mercer Gardens this weekend. Went there to photograph flowers and couldn't resist the bird :lol: They sure are an ugly cousin to the real thing!! :lol: :lol:

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  14. Thanks all for the great feedback!
    Maybe we should have competition over who can photograph the ugliest plastic bird hanging around in gardens?
     
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