black swans, red pandas and peacocks with chicks

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Just finished sorting the photos taken over the last week in China. I was fortunate enough to meet up with Yemmi and had the pleasure of experiencing the awesomeness of the Nikon AF-S VR 600mm f/4 :cool::cool:

It was the first time I've used such a telephoto lens and it's pretty addictive. I'm using the excuse that there's no decent wildlife in the UK to not buy this baby. It's a poor excuse, but I can't really justify dumping that much money, no matter how fine the glass is! :redface:

So, here are a few of the better ones. I have zero experience using such telephoto lens and thes were shot on a D300 (crop sensor) + 1.4TC so this gives an 35mm equivalent of 1275mm or so :eek:

1. Black swan, at ISO200, 1/640s, f/7.1
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2. ISO200, 1/500s, f/7.1
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3. ISO200, 1/250s, f/7.1
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4. Dragonfly
ISO200, 1/500s, f/5.6
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5. Some kind of white swan doing an Ole!
ISO200, 1/650s, f/5.6 heavily cropped
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Next, we went to the Panda reserve. Unfortunately, as the weather was really hot, they were all inside so only took one poor shot. However, the red pandas were out and about, although they too were taking the heat

6. ISO800, 1/100s, f/5.6
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7. ISO720, 1/100s, f/5.6
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8. ISO800, 1/60s, f/5.6
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I'm amazed at how well the VR works. The panda shots were early evening and under trees so the light was falling dramatically. Last one at 1/60s :eek: which isn't bad considering it's 1275mm :cool:


Not only a peacock, but the adorable peacock chicks too :D

9. ISO320, 1/100s, f/7.1
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10. Bit of a slippery drop :biggrin:
ISO200, 1/250s, f/7.1
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11. Awwwwwwwww
ISO200, 1/250s, f/7.1
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12. ISO220, 1/100s, f/5.6
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I can't thank Yu enough for this. I hope to go back in a couple of weeks (some of my work colleagues are). I now have to blag myself onto that trip :biggrin:
 
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Thanks. They are cute, but they're not cuddly! They seem to fight often between themselves and one had nearly no tail left at all, which is a shame as their tails are really nice looking and bushy :smile:
 
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