Photographing birds in my garden

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7 years 10 months ago #14640 by gordon
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Hi All,

Having borrowed Doug's old FD Canon 500mm with the Pentax adapter I set about trying to learn how to use this lens. Using some bread to attract the birds, I managed one or two shots... luckily my Pentax's autofocus mechanism still beeps and shows a nice red dot when in focus while using the manual focus mechanism.


First a stationary object to practice trying to hold a large lens and focus!

Then I got a bit brave trying to photograph a weaver in a tree


Next up was the male Southern Masked Weaver on the ground


Followed by a Male Cape Sparrow


And his wife


Next this Karroo Thrush arrived to take advantage of some grapes


Wasn't too sure if this was wise... that is one large grape!!!


Cheers,
Gordon

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7 years 10 months ago #14673 by Doug
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What an awesome piece of glass! Stunning shots. If there is one thing canon makes well and that is glassware. And to think that lens was bought by the prvious owner in 1981!!! That lens is not far from being 30 years old

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7 years 10 months ago #14683 by gordon
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Thanks Doug. As you know it is a heavy beast but with some practice and a few extra vitamins you can use it hand held!

Still getting used to the focus wheel on it!

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7 years 10 months ago #14686 by Doug
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I cannot wait to see your Kruger pics with the 500mm...

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7 years 10 months ago #14688 by gordon
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Hopefully I will be able to post a few nice shots! <!-- s:duck: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/duck.gif" alt=":duck:" title="Fear" /><!-- s:duck: -->

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7 years 10 months ago #14690 by NickyO
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Nice shots! <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

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5 years 6 months ago #71464 by Larks
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It sure is great to be able to take photographs of the birds in random and this is actually something that I fancy as well.

But I know that a lot of people are pushing for something similar which should be great and all that. I have actually set up something for random birds to dock on and give me the possibility to catch some stills with them in it.

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5 years 6 months ago #71478 by Ian_H
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Nice shots, as mentioned Canon do make quality glass.
What is the maximum aperture on that lens?

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5 years 6 months ago #71594 by docandy
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Nice photos Gordon despite the technical challenges!! :D

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5 years 6 months ago #71895 by Margaret
Margaret replied the topic: Re: Photographing birds in my garden
Great pictures Gordon. You will soon be in Doug and Warren's league!

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