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Discussion in 'Nature' started by TonyTurley, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Busy afternoon in the front yard. Along with the usual suspects, a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers came calling. I've never had much success photographing them, because they move around rapidly, and they usually take off as soon as I appear at the window with a camera. They are even more elusive when you see them in the woods. Today, however, I was able to get a few decent photos of them, including a couple together. A very nice first for me.

    First two shots were with a Yashica Yashinon-DX 45/1.7 on my new NEX-6, which arrived today. I even got a BIF. The others were with the NEX-6 and MD Rokkor-X 135/3.5. All in all, quite a successful afternoon.

    Tony

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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    I've noticed that same thing about birds being skittish seeing me at the open window.

    All spring I've been set up on a tripod 4-5 feet back away from the kitchen window...not because I thought the birds would be skittish, it was just comfortable that way, sitting on a stool at the work island next to the tripod, etc.
    Well, the past week or so I've been leaning over the sink, propping my elbows at the edge of the window, and was surprised to find that the birds are all skittish at that.
     
  3. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    I have seen a yard full of birds, and they scattered when I approached the window. It has taken since last Autumn, but I think they are getting more used to me creeping up to the window. I've been able to get more keepers lately.

    Tony
     
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    One time that a remote shutter can be extremly useful.
     
  5. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Use my remote all the time on a tripod...but the above was describing a situation where I was surprised that the birds reacted the way they did at a person near an open window 30 feet away...never would have guessed that would be their reaction
     
  6. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    More action around the Red Maple. We had a trio of interesting bird species today: Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Brown Thrasher. It turns out the Woodpecker pair in my earlier photos were a mother and a juvenile. The best part was watching Mama Woodpecker fly to the feeder and get something to eat, then fly back to the tree, peck around a bit, and feed her nearly full-grown fledgling, before going back to the feeder. I also don't recall seeing a Thrasher around here before. The Nuthatch was with a NEX-6 + MD 135/3.5, all the rest were with the big 30cm Tele-Rokkor. All hand-held.

    Tony

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