I found this guy in a tree near home. He was quite happy to pose & preen himself for awhile. The failing light & the shadows in the foilage was a bit of a challenge. But I think the new 24-70mm F/2.8 helped me out a bit.......Scotty. D300s. 24-70mm F/2.8G. iso640 1/2000s f/4.
Mon 17-Sep-12 06:10 PM | edited Mon 17-Sep-12 06:11 PM by Reilly M
Beauteous, mate! So imagine my surprise when about 10 years ago one of these beauts shows up in my pecan tree in suburban Los Angeles! It was late fall so he was hard to miss! He hung out for weeks as the nut crop that year was good. Then, after a few weeks, a lassie showed up! That's when I began entertaining thoughts of shooting a net over the tree to cash in on my bounty - a pair of them would fetch an easy $3500. But, I jest. We enjoyed them for over a month. Then they disappeared. I feared that one of the many Great Horned Owls in the neighborhood had got one or both. Hopefully they just went on to somebody else's nut tree.
Mon 17-Sep-12 09:39 PM | edited Tue 18-Sep-12 02:53 AM by Scotty45
Thanks for that story Reilly. The Cockatoo is a beautiful bird. In captivity they learn to talk quite clearly. I guess that's why they're so popular as pets. Not too popular with some farmers though. Flocks of thousands can strip a freshly sown field of seed in a very short time, & the noise can be deafening. It makes a spectactular sight though, & I prefer to see them free than caged......Scotty.
Scotty, There are over 20 species of escaped and released parrots in the greater Los Angeles area. Amazon Greens and these Red-crowned are probably the most numerous. They have taught me a new definiton of 'loud' when they descend on my pecan tree at dawn on a Saturday.
Reilly. Nuts are the ideal tree to attract Parrots, & you don't have to live in country areas either. A friend (& fellow Nikonian), lives in the city of Adelaide in South Australia. His Almond tree is no longer there, but parrots know all about his Walnut tree, & arrive each year to feed. The smaller varieties attack the blossoms. while the larger Cockatoos help themselves to the nuts. (Usually long before they are anywhere near mature). Personally, I think the experience of having the birds visit would far outweigh the inconvenience of losing a few nuts......Scotty
Thanks for the comment Vaughn. I really like my new 24-70mm. I've been advised by a friend & fellow Nikonian to close the aperture a bit to get a sharper image. Just waiting for the weather to clear so I can try it out. Always learning....Scotty.
Nice capture Ian. My father has a love-hate relationship with these birds. He lives south of Brisbane and has a pecan tree. Every year the sulphur crested cockatoos show up and strip the green nuts from the tree. He wouldn't mind so much if they ate them but they just bite them off and leave them on the ground!
I see you have a Wimberley Sidekick and was wondering where you got it from? I have been looking for a Wimberley Gimbal but not having much luck in Australia and have been considering ordering one online from America.
Thanks Ian, I will check out B&H. I am starting to get interested in bird photography and find the three way head useless for that.
I don't know if you have caught up with the current push to get an Australian Nikonians chapter happening. If not take a look at the threads in the Travel & Meet forum, as we now have initial group meetings pencilled in for quite a few states. You are a fair way from Melbourne but you might still be interested in hooking up with the group there. Graeme Kemlo (ozscribe) has started the ball rolling and he is organizing the Melbourne group.
Thanks Dean. I'll certainly be taking an interest in the Aussie chapter. However I do live a fair distance from Melbourne, but could be tempted to embark on a field trip occasionally if one was happening......Scotty.
Beautiful looking bird Ian, nice poses, great exposure on the whites with lots of detail and not blowing them out. Might try a little noise reduction, especially on the 2nd image. I think caused more by a tight crop rather than shooting at ISO640.