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Offline Jon Hilgenberg

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Re: Someone mention birds?
« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2011, 07:11 AM »
The best I have is this Anhinga.

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Dan, great picture as well.  Is that the same as a cormorant?

Jon
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Offline Dan Clark

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2011, 10:52 AM »
Ken, Jon,

Hi.  Anhingas are fairly common.  In Belize, that is.  :)   

Anhingas and Cormorants look similar, but are quite different.   Actually, they are different genus and species, and even family.   The Cormorants are in the family "Phalacrocoracidae" while Anhingas are in the family "Anhingidae".   If you're really interested, here's a PDF that compares the two:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ces.fau.edu%2Ffiles%2Feducation%2Fresources%2FAnhingavsCormorant.pdf&rct=j&q=anhinga%20cormorant&ei=gMu6TbOSLJTGsAPz_qXZBQ&usg=AFQjCNEgmS7N1xPmYdK5_pPL12VqumpfuA&cad=rja

I got some nice bird pics while in Belize (8 days).  Below is an Egret in flight.  Below that is a Lion-Fish (he's feeding upside down).  If want a tropical vacation, especially on the water, I highly recommend Belize.   Here's a link to my (work-in-progress) gallery: http://danclark.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=16524073&AlbumKey=sQrDU .

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Dan.





Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2011, 11:27 AM »
Here's a link to my (work-in-progress) gallery: http://danclark.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=16524073&AlbumKey=sQrDU .

Dan:
Some very nice photo's there. I do like the egret shot and your cropping here.
How do you like that DH2? Do you have a telephoto (14-150) for it?
I imagine it's a lot lighter than a full size SLR.
Tim

Offline Dan Clark

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2011, 02:09 PM »
 Tim,

I replaced my Nikon D70 DSLR with the GH2.   The camera and especially the lenses are lighter and more compact.   For my Belize vacation, I took my Panasonic GH2 and lenses in a LowePro Slingshot 202AW. Loaded into the 202AW was:

    Pany GH2
    Pany 100-300
    Pany 7-14
    Pany 14-140
    Pany 20/1.7
    Olympus FL36 flash
    Ultra Dot red dot sight and flash mount
    BlackRapid sling strap for GH2
    3 GH2 batteries
    Rode Videomic Pro shotgun mic
    Zoom H1 recorder
    Redhead windscreen for H1
    Passport ColorChecker
    Gary Fung flash diffuser
    Panasonic remote trigger
    Extra batteries for flash
    GH2 raincoat

Total weight including LowePro bag: 11.2 lbs.   

The Anhinga and most of the shore bird shots were taken with the 14-140.   Most of the land bird shots were taken with the 100-300mm lens.   The 35mm equivalent focal lenses are approximate 2X.   I.e., if using a 35mm film camera, the 100-300 lens would give a 200-600mm field of view.   Of all the lenses, I love the 7-14 the most.  Awesome lens.

Overall, I'm very happy with the camera.

Regards,

Dan.

Offline john stevens

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2011, 09:35 PM »
Great to have them around but man you wouldnt believe the amount of poop on my oak stock!!!! [scared]

There's bird poop in England?  I'm disillusioned.

Regards,

John  ;)
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Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2011, 10:52 AM »
Of all the lenses, I love the 7-14 the most.  Awesome lens.

Overall, I'm very happy with the camera.

Regards,

Dan.

Dan:
That's a nice set up.
Did you use the "raincoat" for the underwater shots?

Tim

Offline Dan Clark

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2011, 01:14 PM »
Tim,

Thanks.   The "raincoat" is literally a raincoat - a rain cover for the camera to shoot in wet conditions, but not underwater.   It was supposed to rain a lot in Belize, but it only rained once (at night).  I never used the raincoat while there. 

For the underwater shots, I used a DiCAPac waterproof case with my 20mm lens: http://www.amazon.com/DiCAPac-WPH10-Waterproof-High-End-Cameras/dp/tags-on-product/B00212S3TK.   It worked VERY well.    I could use most of the larger controls reasonable well and only one drop of water worked its way into the case during the entire day.

Regards,

Dan.


Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2011, 01:52 PM »

For the underwater shots, I used a DiCAPac waterproof case with my 20mm lens: DiCapac   

Thanks Dan.
My wife wants me to go snorkeling with her some day so I know I will need to get something like the DiCAPac to protect my camera at some point.
Tim

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #38 on: June 22, 2011, 02:50 AM »
hmm  beatfull ..thanks picrue for

Offline Greg Powers

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #39 on: September 02, 2011, 12:04 PM »
Doves are back this year, and mom has two babies.
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Offline Rob-GB

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2011, 02:04 PM »
Did they fledge okay, Greg?
I went to see an old client who had had Mallard ducks nesting in a hole in a tree approx' 10 feet of the ground and they did well, which is great.
I was only aware that goldeneye and mandarin ducks nested in trees, you learn a lot when you watch our feathered neighbours.

Rob.

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2011, 06:32 PM »
The first little guy left the nest the first time mom what him too. the second guy sat in the nest for 2 or 3 days. Mom or dad would come back a visit. They would set up on the roof about 15 feet away and watch the nest for hours. But the little guy was not leaving the nest. Ont he 4th morning we tried to place some water close to the nest and the little guy got scared and flue off.
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Offline Rob-GB

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2011, 11:20 PM »
The first little guy left the nest the first time mom what him too. the second guy sat in the nest for 2 or 3 days. Mom or dad would come back a visit. They would set up on the roof about 15 feet away and watch the nest for hours. But the little guy was not leaving the nest. Ont he 4th morning we tried to place some water close to the nest and the little guy got scared and flue off.

Typical teenager....devils to get out of bed in the mornings ;D ;D

Good news both made it though.

Rob.

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Re: Gold In Them There Thistles!
« Reply #43 on: April 05, 2012, 07:14 PM »
This year we have two little humming birds in a nest in our palm tree.  The photo below in look directly down on them, form above.
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