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Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 5, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
DSLRS will ensure you get off a shot that's worth a damn.
They are just faster, and you don't have to muck around trying to zoom in/out etc. and then get the thing to focus. There is too much lag with those smaller cameras, BUT they have their benefits.

The Canon Powershot sx280 fits in my pocket and has a 500mm zoom (optical, not counting the digital zoom which I don't use).


Look for Great Blue Heron in middle of picture on far side of lagoon.
Look for Great Blue Heron in middle of picture on far side of lagoon.
Credit: Slater
Wide angle... Great Blue Heron in middle of pic.
Credit: Slater

Zoomed in. Same stance as the shot above. No photoshop or crop.
Zoomed in. Same stance as the shot above. No photoshop or crop.
Credit: Slater



Zoomed in 500mm... no photo manipulation or cropping.

When I'm focusing on birding, and not photography, this sucker is great for getting an ID shot, or capturing something far away so I can figure it out later. Wearing a camera and binos on my neck at same time bugs.

Less than $300. In fact it's currently $251.00 at B&H.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 5, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
...the photo discussion I've been waiting for, finally! thanks to all for posting up.

Ok Slater, here ya go, tomorrow's target bird - Lined Seedeater, a new sp for Costa Rica. Yet another South American vagrant (like the Maguari Stork).

Lined Seedeater, male, Playa El Rey rice fields, Oct 5, 2013
Lined Seedeater, male, Playa El Rey rice fields, Oct 5, 2013
Credit: little Z

it is wonderful to be connected these days, got word from the folks who saw it like minutes after the fact. Photo came in 5 minutes later. Luckily it is only about an hour drive from where I am working now. Was supposed to work tomorrow, but hey, it's Sunday, and I suddenly got religion!
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
Ya gotta be quick...


Credit: john hansen
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 5, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
John, Roadrunner?
john hansen

climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Cactus wren
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 5, 2013 - 11:34pm PT
This is Tern Lake, at the intersection of the Seward and Soldotna Highways. Today there were many Trumpeter Geese, common mergansers, a mallard and an American Wigeon in attendance. I was on my way home from a hike closer to Seward and had to stop and get a few photos. It was a beautiful Fall day.
Credit: cyndiebransford
Credit: cyndiebransford
Credit: cyndiebransford
Credit: cyndiebransford
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 6, 2013 - 12:32am PT

That first photo is gorgeous and evocative Cyndie. So, from day to day are the day lengths changing much? ;-)

In the three (?) Falls that I spent there, I liked this time of year a lot and found the changes invigorating. Strangely I found the springs more unsettling.

Dar
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 6, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Darwin, we are losing about 5.5 minutes of daylight each day.Only in Alaska do they announce the daylight lost or gained each day on the news. It is rapidly changing. I go to work in the dark now, sunrise is after 8AM. I still have sunlight after work. It is hardest for me in the 8 weeks of dark before and after work in late January and February. Fall is my favorite season and it is especially beautiful up here. Spring is too messy for me, all the slush and mud, ick.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 6, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
When climbing at Shelf Rd..managed to get in a few FA's and do some early morning birding. lot's of Townsend's Solitaire around.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 6, 2013 - 07:56pm PT
Prothonotary Warbler, Oceano SP CA
Prothonotary Warbler, Oceano SP CA
Credit: Slater

OK so add one more...

Prothonotary Warbler.

Damn, pretty cool bird!

#269 for SLO county

We've had 14 warblers over the weekend here.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 6, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
Prothonotary? No effing way!


Dude.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 6, 2013 - 09:26pm PT
WHOA!
craig morris

Trad climber
la
Oct 7, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Leucadia, CA
Leucadia, CA
Credit: craig morris
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 7, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
OK add one more...

NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW!!

#355

Oso Flaco Lake.

Damn it's been a good 8 days!!

Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 7, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Prothonotary is a stray in Cali isn't it ?
I think I saw mine in Texas ..

Same goes for Nelson Sharp tailed
I don't think I've seen one if those


Nice pics


Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 7, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Yes, the Prothonotary is unusual in California although there is a second one being reported in Monterey right now.

Beautiful shot of the Townsend's Solitare

Oak Titmouse
Oak Titmouse
Credit: Mike Bolte
Townsend's Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Credit: Mike Bolte
Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Credit: Mike Bolte
"Bi-colored" wing blackbirds <br/>
"Bi-colored" wing blackbirds

Credit: Mike Bolte
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Credit: Mike Bolte
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 7, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
The Nelson's Sparrow is casual, hasn't been present in the last few years.
The Prothonotary Warbler is sorta the same deal, but a little more reliable.

Got this guy today too...

Credit: Slater

and this guy last weekend...

Prairie Warlber
Prairie Warlber
Credit: Slater

If ya'll haven't been to Oceano State Park in October, and you live in California, you gotta make the trek!

All the warblers show up here sooner or later.

And Philadelphia Vireos, Blue-headed, Yellow-green...

Loving it!

Fall rules!
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 7, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
My memory must be pretty good. I can still remember the place and time I first saw many if this page's birds.
Great birds all!!!

I chased American Bitterin for a few years before I finally found one. I now know I heard them many times but even 10 years ago it was not easy to gain access to a wide variety of bird calls. I finally scared one up while running through dry reed lake beds in Sacramento... What a day .. What a day ...

Prothonotary I saw in all it's spring magnificence in the Piney woods of Texas.

And Townsend's Solitaire I chased down a canyon outside of Canmore. Hearing it sing I knew it as something different but I had no idea what it could be. Finally I got a look at it and it's obvious eye ring! Can't remember if I knew right away or had to look it up but that was my Solitaire.

Pictures were much harder to get back then so you often didn't have documentation and so if you didn't know you usually didn't get the bird.




God damn!!!
Good stuff guys !!




Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 7, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Really good stuff. Nice shooting Mike and Slater.

Another Yellow Rumped and a Red Tail from today.

Credit: Bob D'A


Credit: Bob D'A

Mike..love the Townsend's!

Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 7, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Anyone else getting any fabulous warblers?

It's like a 3 week window around here when it really cooks.

Blackburnian Warbler, Oceano SP.
Blackburnian Warbler, Oceano SP.
Credit: Slater

I pretty much just go to one or two spots because that's where 99% of the sexy birds show up.

After fall migration it'll be off to Carrizo Plain for burrowing owls and mountain plovers.

Mike, aren't they called Tri-colored blackbirds?

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