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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sun 03-Feb-13 11:08 PM
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"More local winter birds"
Mon 04-Feb-13 02:09 AM by Dubes

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Taken today in the same park & spot as my last post a couple of weeks a go. (Lambton Woods, Toronto). There is a bird feeder close by that is filled by 3 or 4 locals who walk around the park every day with bags of seed & suet.
All shots D300 + Nikkor 600mm VR + Nikkor 1.4TC

Starling - I hate these around my feeders at home, but their feathers take on some beautiful colours this time of year.
ISO400, f/6.3, 1/125sec - I also did increase saturation a touch above normal.





Hairy Woodpecker - virtually at minimum focus on the lens.
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White-breasted Nuthatch
ISO 320, f/7.1, 1/500sec





Northern Cardinal - female
ISO320, f/7.1, 1/400sec





Black-capped Chickadee - I'm still after that quintessential image of a Chickadee sitting on a perfect perch with that perfect cheeky pose!
ISO320, f/7.1, 1/400sec





Pine Siskin - a first for me. When I first saw them, I thought they were winter plumage Goldfinch.
ISO320, f/7.1, 1/400sec





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danshep Silver Member Charter MemberMon 04-Feb-13 01:42 AM
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Nice shots.

The feather right under the eye and to the left of the Downy really shows some texture. Even though very common, I really like the Chickadee. Nice texture there, too.

Starlings - the bird you love to hate. Though I agree, there are some really interesting almost metallic greens and blues. Great representation here.

Nice cardinal.

Pine Siskins - yeah, they do make you think of the autumn goldfinches. The one thing that is a common characteristic around Washington State, is that they fly into windows fairly frequently. They don't seem to hit hard enough to die; just to do mental damage.

Only criticism would be to the right of the cardinal, I see some strong lines. If you could soften those a bit, otherwise it is a great shot, as the others are.





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Brian_S Registered since 28th Jan 2011Mon 04-Feb-13 06:51 AM
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as always Richard, top notch work here in all these images, they're all beauties!

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Mon 04-Feb-13 11:20 PM
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Very kind of you Brian, thanks very much.

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Mon 04-Feb-13 11:19 PM
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Thank you very much Dan, truly appreciate the comments & critique and have to agree about the cardinal and the OOF branch to the right. I've reworked and posted in peply to Jim's comment below (along with a rework of the Pine Siskin).

Always good to have another pair of eyes and keep one on their toes without becoming too complacent.

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Tremendous set Richard! Love the Starling . . .the image not the bird!

Looks like he just got back from Mardi Gras.

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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Mon 04-Feb-13 11:36 PM
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Thanks Al, the iridescence in their feathers is quite spectacular this time of year. They are certainly threatening the survival of a lot of the indigenous birds in North America.

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A true artist at work. Always greatly enjoy your images,Richard. Thanks.

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Very kind of you Rick, thanks so much.

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Really excellent series Richard. The cardinal is my favorite.

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Nice to hear from you Barry, thanks so much.

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Amazing shots Richard. I love them all....Scotty.

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Once again Scotty, thanks so much for stopping by.

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Ottawa, CA
          

Excellent series. You have a lot of stamina to out in the cold these days - though its worse up here in Ottawa. The detail on these birds just stuns me.

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Hi Victor and thanks very much. I know, it tends to be somewhat milder here than Ottawa, but as long as I dress with a hat, good boots, and gloves, I'm good for 4-5 hours.

I've been somewhat spoiled when I received an iPad with a retina display for my birthday/retirement. I find that viewing an image on a computer monitor that has about 100 pixels per inch vs. approx 234 pixels per inch in the iPad rather disappointing now.

The image of the cardinal does not do justice to the lens or camera - here's c crop of actual pixels (100% zoom) of a portion of the wing. You can't see this on a standard monitor, but the retina display really brings it out.




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#20. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Richard, I agree re the iPad. Some images look really good on a computer display, but when I look at them on an iPad, they just look exceptional. You get a little spoiled...

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I will be retiring too, Richard.

Mine is in June. With cashing out annual leave, I am opting for a new Nikon.





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Slightly colder here than there by about 10 degrees C. with the windchill today! When it gets as cold as Toronto I will be out there shooting

I have the original IPAD and will upgrade with the next iteration. But I see your point and have looked at the displays in the Apple store. Just wonderful.

Right now I am impatiently waiting for a 27"Imac to replace my five year old IMAC.

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Love the female cardinal and the pine siskin Richard. I think both images could benefit from a little cloning. My mother-in-law has pine siskins beside her barn. I've been watching them, but Haven't tried shooting them yet. They're very quick!

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Thanks Jim, and apprecaite the feedback, which I agree with (and as pointed out by Dan above).
I've reworked tham a bit, cloning out the OOF twig in front of the Pine Sisken, and airbrushed (rather than try cloning) out the bright OOF twig to the right of the cardinal. Modified images below. Better?







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#9. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Powell, US
          

These are all terrific, but the starling is wonderful.

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Rob, thanks very much for your kind words.

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Mankato, US
          

Awesome set, Richard! Can't pick a fav but if I had to it would be the starling and cardinal!

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#21. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, CA
          

great shots Richard
I love the colours on the Starling. I would love a few of them at the feeder but the only time I see them is when they are all on the grapes. As soon as I get near them the all take off

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Mississauga, CA
          

Hi Dave and thanks so much. I'd rather contunue to see them at the park than at my feeder. During the fall, when the leaves start to drop on the Boston Ivy growing on our house, and the berries are fully ripe, I also have dozens of Sartlings roosting and feeding on the vines.

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Mark, thanks very much.

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Troy, US
          

Great shots, all of them Richard. Your right about the starlings, they will take over the feeders with sheer numbers.

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks John, they certainly can empty out the feeders in a hurry!

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#28. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Traverse City, US
          

Another beautiful series Richard

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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks very much Peter

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OFallon, US
          

Excellent series Richard. Great detail on the Chickadee. I find them one of the harder birds to get properly exposed.

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#32. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Mississauga, CA
          

Jack - thank you for stopping by. I've found that any bird that has bright white and black feathers tough to expose for. The D300 does not have the dynamic range of a top end D4 or D3, but with good lighting and some work in post on the RAW images, you can pull out details in bothe tones.

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#31. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Dyserth, GB
          

Brilliant shots, although I couldn't "hate" any bird and find all wildlife generally more satisfying to be with than human beings Starlings are cool and our garden is alive with woodpeckers, siskin's, finches etc. etc. just wish I had a 600mm lens and some reasonable light to capture them. a poor shot of a Gold Finch attached.


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#33. "RE: More local winter birds"
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Mississauga, CA
          

Thanks Richard, the starlings were introduced to North America, going strictly from memory, I think to New York. Since then, thet have become very prolific and can be found as far north as the tree line in Canada. They've become so dominant, they've taken over nesting sites of the native North American birds. Can't blame them, only humans, another link in the natural evolution of our planet.

Your shot of a European Goldfinch reminded me of a shot I took in Nov of 2011. A European Goldfinch found in a park in Toronto (see below). Sent the image to the provinicial ornithological organization, they state it's probably an escaped captive. Some records have shown them breeding in the U.S., but this guy looked fairly weak and not in good health (feeding on seeds of a weed).




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