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Kingfisher and a few green herons

Discussion in 'Birds' started by james thiel, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. I know Bill Dewey has been posting some great green herons so I hope these won't duplicate his. We shot these on the same day. Sure are fun to watch. The Kingfisher was a long way away and so the HSC mode helped a lot. I did not quite get the flip but part of it. Next time maybe.

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  2. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Hey, you got a Reznick flip!! It took me 8 months of trying to get one of those, and you got one your first time out with Bill. Guess I'm going out with the wrong company (it couldn't be me, could it??). :lol:

    Nice Kingfisher too. :wink:
  3. Johnbotu

    Johnbotu Guest

    Nice shots

    Awesome captures, which lens did you use?


  4. The REAL P$%%#r with this Flip is that at 8fps I MISSED the fully open beak. Somebody 'Splain 'Dat to Me :!:

    Dang, I was so happy with mine, until I saw that one, I didn't know which to do first, congratulate Jim or be annoyed that I posted mine first :lol: . So, heck Jim, darn nice job.

    We have also, at least me, only seen one of these around. You'd figure there must be more than one, but if so it hides really well.

    Cool stuff, Jim, and I think that Kingfisher is killer...
  5. James -

    I especially like that Kingfisher shot. They are so shy and quick to depart that I've never been able to get a decent crack at one (I suppose longer glass might help as well). All of these shots are great, however.

  6. Nice shots, Jim! Especially the "flip" shot! I don't think the birds down here eat anything, they just pose! ;)  Well, maybe after the photogs leave, they do. :oops:  Unless Frank's in town! 8)
  7. Love the kingfisher they are #1 on my list to capture, I got some shots at Viera last year but none worthy of adding to the portfolio. Great shots I am impressed
  8. Nice series James, nicely done! luv the kingfisher too! never seen one, looks like you had allot of fun. Man those gbh's must have sharp beaks for fishing. LOL
  9. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Great shots, Jim!! The Kingfisher is a wonderful capture! They are difficult to get!
  10. Great shots Jim. Love the Kingfisher.
  11. Thanks Frank . I was not sure I got it but I will chaulk it up to beginners luck. Like Bill said, he was standing right next to me shutter pressed down and I am the one that got lucky. I guess we need like 16 fps or something.

    Thanks John. I was using the Sigma 500 f4.5 with the nikon tc14-EII. This is a pretty good combination even on the D2X.

    Bill you were right about the green heron. Great spot and lots of fun taking pictures and just watching.

    Thanks David, Kevin, Mike, Don, Cindy and Keith. I too like the Kingfisher but they are hard to get pictures of. I was lucky to have had good light, long lens and most of all the HSC of the D2X as the bird barely filled up on focus rectile on the screen.
  12. Great shots, Jim. Gotta love that kingfisher shot. Don't see too many of those! Your green herons sure are sharp.
  13. mfrank123

    mfrank123 Guest

    nice series, well done love the third one of the heron swallowing. and nice capture of the kingfisher, the one i have around here is too fast to ever shot. well done
  14. Dang, but you are getting pretty good! Love the kingfisher.

  15. That is a great series Jim love the Kingfisher and obviously the Reznick flip!

    You did a very nice job with the king fisher, they are so hard to get. I guess this was down by Juanita? It might then be the same guy that I have seen there? Up here in Duncan (Vancouver Island) there are lots of them down by the river, but they are hard to get close to, I'm going down there now and I'm hoping I'll get at least a shot at one before it is gone.

    Hope to see you up here sometime
  16. eng45ine


    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Unbelievable series, Jim. Talk about capturing at peak action...geez!!! Be careful so you don't get permanent wrinkles on your cheeks from smiling so much. You absolutely nailed those images. My sincerest congrats to you!!!
  17. Thanks guys for the king words. Rory, I would really like to take credit but that camera has so much to do with these pictures. I could never have captured this series with the D100 because it was just too slow.

    Andreas you are correct. The kingfisher was at Juanita. The HSC mode is what allowed me to get this shot. It was pretty far off, but the light was great. I just made an 8*10 print and it came out really good. Gotta love those extra megapixels for sure. I also took your advice and put another gig of ram in the old computer today. That also made a huge difference. Thanks for the suggestion. I hope you found your kingfisher!!
  18. Greg


    Apr 5, 2005
    Fayetteville, TN
    great shots. wish I could get close enough to these guys. love your color saturation.
  19. Great shots, esp the Kingfisher. I've been trying to grab a shot of this bird for months now. As soon as they see a human, they're off somewhere else :(  Great sharp pics of the heron - congrats on the flip! LOL
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