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Meprst Meprst

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Meprst Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Oct 2005
Sun 04-Apr-21 04:49 AM
BIF continuation -
Today I took several images of this erratic bird.
It was very difficult to follow the bird - I did it with Nikon 200-500 lens at 500 mm with FTZ (on Z6II) handheld - The bird was out of the frame even before I had any chance to react... and also this lens is not very fast. Branches were also an obstacle.
Your comments are most appreciated.
Thank you

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Rassie Rassie

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Rassie Gold Member Awarded for his win at the Nikonians Best 2016 Photo Contest Ribbon awarded for his generous contribution to the 2019 Fundraising campaign Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Sun 04-Apr-21 03:16 PM | edited Sun 04-Apr-21 03:16 PM by Rassie
A pretty bird, and certainly difficult shooting conditions.
This looks like a parrot, and we know those are not indigenous to North America so this was likely someone's pet that went on the lam.

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Meprst Meprst

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Meprst Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Oct 2005
Sun 04-Apr-21 04:37 PM
It is probably Pacific Parrotlet.
This is from Israel.
It is also not indigenous here, but there is an interesting story -
About 10-15 years ago some birds "escaped" from the birds' zoo (in Tel Aviv).
Because they are very adaptable and aggressive, they succeeded to push out other birds and multiply in huge numbers.
So now they are very common especially in the center of the country.

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Rassie Rassie

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Rassie Gold Member Awarded for his win at the Nikonians Best 2016 Photo Contest Ribbon awarded for his generous contribution to the 2019 Fundraising campaign Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Sun 04-Apr-21 07:50 PM | edited Sun 04-Apr-21 07:52 PM by Rassie
Thanks for clarifying. I glanced at your avatar and thought you were from Illinois (IL) USA.

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bhiggins bhiggins

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bhiggins Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas. Nikonian since 04th Jan 2015
Sun 04-Apr-21 08:53 PM | edited Sun 04-Apr-21 09:40 PM by bhiggins
Soory I assume the IL was Illinois like Rassie so what i posted most likely does not apply to your birds but might be informative to Rassie about Invasive North American Species. Those comments are below...

These look like Monk Parakeet also known as Quaker Parrot - they are sized more like mid sized parrots. Her is NJ we have year round colonies living is very large stick nests which are multi family. The are an accidental release species much like Starlings that have got a good foot hold and thrive. I did a quick search on Monk Parakeet in IL and sure enough they have a large colony in Chicago and have been reported as spread out from there westerly. I have attached an image of one of our New Jersey birds for you to compared to. The group built their nest on a RR Crossing sign. Often they build next to transformers to get the heat from them. The Public Works Deptmentals remove the nests after breeding season and they are all back up before the next year season come around.

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Meprst Meprst

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Meprst Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Oct 2005
Mon 05-Apr-21 04:18 AM
Thank you Rassie and Barry

I also was not sure about the name. The species in my pictures has blue wings so there is some difference, but overall it looks the same.

About my avatar - it is from Alaska.

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bhiggins Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas. Nikonian since 04th Jan 2015
Mon 05-Apr-21 09:07 AM
Yes - ours have blue with light green tint flight feathers and underside of the tail as well it is just this shot you can not see them well due to the upward angle and subject position. Here is a link to the same bird in Israel. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/non-native-parrots-cause-substantial-damage-in-israel-less-so-in-europe-597277

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MEMcD MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 05-Apr-21 04:58 PM
Hi Barry,

I have seen them make massive nests in Cellular Towers.

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Meprst Meprst

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Meprst Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Oct 2005
Mon 05-Apr-21 05:12 PM
Thank you Barry for this interesting article.

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bhiggins Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas. Nikonian since 04th Jan 2015
Mon 05-Apr-21 05:30 PM | edited Mon 05-Apr-21 05:34 PM by bhiggins
Marty - yes the nests can get massive the more apartments in them the larger they get <smile>.
This group built built their in the emergency alert sirens in Seacacus, NJ. Those horns are 2 feet across and the nest buttts out both sides and back. I guess they don't seem to mind the daily test of the horns. The bridges in one town have a massive nest in the bridge works.

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critidoc

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critidoc Silver Member Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest Nikonian since 27th Feb 2007
Thu 08-Apr-21 07:31 AM
Nikon z7II, 500mmPF, with 1.7 teleconverter hand held
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ExtraExtra Gold Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2017
Fri 09-Apr-21 11:36 AM
Very nice shots - both these two and the original post.
What AF-area modes are you two using here?
Which ones did you find worked and which didn’t?

Thanks!

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critidoc Silver Member Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest Nikonian since 27th Feb 2007
Sat 10-Apr-21 08:21 AM
My BIF shots were using wide large animal eye to obtain focus, joystick is set up as afon when pressed, I use the joystick to follow the birds with the wide large box.

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ExtraExtra Gold Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2017
Sat 10-Apr-21 11:19 AM
Thanks Peter!
Meprst Meprst

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Meprst Gold Member Nikonian since 30th Oct 2005
Sat 10-Apr-21 05:29 PM
Hello
I used AF Area Large Animal Eye (as Peter) and on some of the images Dynamic AF.
Peter, you described a very interesting technique - kudos to you.

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puckr puckr

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puckr Registered since 27th Feb 2008
Tue 04-May-21 06:36 PM
We have a similar thing here in San Francisco, only it is with the Red-masked Parakeet (cherry-headed conure) also an accidental release from Ecuador that has now set up a large population in town documented in "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." Unfortunately, they don't hang out in my neighborhood, but I'd love to try getting some pics of them.

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