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rawshorty
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As some of you might know when i started birding at the beginning of the year i set myself an ambitious total of 200 bird species for my first year, only ticking them if i got a photo. Anyway a couple of weeks ago i was on 190 so myself and Ian deceided to take the long drive to Lake Cargelligo to try and get 10 more.

Really wanting to get my total i thought i would get myself a birding expert to make sure i did, so a quick email to Peter (pacman) and the weekend was planned.smiley

On the way up myself and Ian were talking about all the birds we should get after reading good reports of the area, but an hour from our destination we had to make a quick stop to get some shots of the sunset over the wheat fields.

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Anyway we arrived with Peter already at the cabin and straight away we go through our plan for the next day. We deceided first stop should be the poo ponds before the heat gave the place an aroma we did not want to experiencewink

Well i could not believe the bird life there.( just a sample )

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After a great morning we went looking for more at other locations around we had looked into and it seemed everywhere we went there were new birds for me.

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After a great weekend and some great spotting from Peter (i have not yet gone through all my pics yet) but i have exceeded my totalcool

laza
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Great photos mate and well done reaching your goal

Dont take life too seriously, it never ends well

Tezza
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awesome photos mate well done at reaching your goalsmileyyes

aussiedavid
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Well done shorty, nice bit of bush up there. Love to have a lens like that sad ad.

Annie W
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Congrats on reaching your goal Shorty!!  Fantastic photo's, that Buff-rumped Thornbill & the Avocet are especially spectacular favs for me.  You know, I never thought I'd say this, but I wish I could find some poo ponds sadlaugh, probably all down South too, with the majority of the Wetlands.  

NW Tasmania

shoop
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High five Shortycheeky ! What a tremendous effort , your photos are amazing as always and such an achievement . Birds are just totally awseome aren't theyheart.

 200 is a big big list , would love for you to post your list when you have time, can't wait  to have a sticky at it , or even better create a set on your flickr of your 200cheekyyes .  So ,,,next year what's your ambitious challenge ????

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

pacman
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rawshorty wrote:

Really wanting to get my total I thought I would get myself a birding expert to make sure i did, so a quick email to Peter (pacman) and the weekend was planned.smiley

Nice comments will not get you out of the birding guide invoice that will be sent shortly.

A good weekend and I got 4 new birds for my list - and left 'The Lake' (as it is known by the Parkes locals) with a live version of Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd at loud volume.

Peter

rawshorty
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Thanks, Laza and Tezza.

Thanks, David. Yes it is an excellent spot, so much birdlife. It is only a cheap lens, less than $2 a mm.smiley

Thanks, Ruby. You don't have poo ponds? Where do your #2's end uplaugh

Thanks, Shoop. I sure am pleased with myselfsmiley I will compile a list soon that i can post, as for flickr not all the pics are worthyfrown

Not setting a goal for next year as i want to get back to different styles of photography but i won't stop shooting the birdswink

Peter, don't forget to deduct for every time you pointed out a Gallah. I suspect you will owe mecheeky

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Annie W
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What, you mean it doesn't magically go "poof" when the toilet's flushed? cheekylaugh  The only potential poo paradise I have found was all under cover.  Must get on the phone tomorrow and find out a bit more info about our local poo distribution.  I can just hear the conversation now....blush laugh

NW Tasmania

dwatsonbb
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Most of Tassies poo goes to treatment plants, which use settling ponds and I don't know what to break down the crap. The clean(ish) water is apparently then fit to be put into our rivers and oceans. Some say it is drinkable, but I am not going there.

Congrats on 200, and as always stunning results for your efforts.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

rawshorty
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Thanks, Dale. You would be surprised how many councils are returning effluent into drinking watersurprise

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Annie W
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Dale, do you know if Tas settling ponds differ from mainland poo pond type places?  Meaning I guess, does Tas have any that are known/acceptable birding environments/places that someone can get permission to visit?

NW Tasmania

windshear
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Amazing photos, Shorty. :) My favourite would have to be the White Browed Woodswallow and the Red-Capped Plover. Such little cuties. :)

Well done on completing your challenge.

Lachlan
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Congrats on reaching 200 for the year, Shorty. And thanks for sharing the photos!

aussiedavid
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rawshorty wrote:

Thanks, David. Yes it is an excellent spot, so much birdlife. It is only a cheap lens, less than $2 a mm.smiley

That's very good bang for the bucks, Sigma 150-500?  ad

GeorgeP
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Congrats for achieving your goal, Shorty. Magnificent shots, as usual.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

dwatsonbb
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Ruby, the only ones I am aware of are more like oversized swimming pools, plastic, metal, water and poo. Might be worth enquiring with Taswater, about other facilities.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

rawshorty
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Thanks, everyone for your kind comments.

David, yes Sigma 150-500.

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WhistlingDuck

wonderful pictures - i have been following the forum only recently and had assumed you must have been doing bird photography for many years from the amazing quality of your pictures. I hope you are going to continue next year so i can see more of your pictures. I particularly love the little wood swallow ...  

Annie W
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Thanks Dale yes

NW Tasmania

dicutting10
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hi 

Congrats  on your achievement - winderful photos as usual.  Finally went to the Jerra wetlands the other day - luckily did not see a snake but did not see any interesting bird life either.  Need your "eagle eyes" I recon.

Cheers Diane

aussiedavid
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dicutting10 wrote:

hi 

Need your "eagle eyes" I recon.

Cheers Diane

No just a Sherpa..dial pacm...and pay the fee...winksmileyad

rawshorty
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Thanks, Whistling duck. I will still be shooting the birds but also spending a little more time on other things.

Thanks, Diane. The snakes have moved around a bit so not so many around, the wetlands have been quiet of late but i go there everyday so my chances of seeing something are increased.

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dicutting10
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Shorty

wanted to ask about your sigma lens -now I know it takes great photos.  I love my canon 400mm prime lens but it does have its restrictions particularly if a bird is too close.  Am thinking of get a zoom lens and wondered if the sigma would fit on my canon eos 7d.  The "sherpa" is against it recons you get a better quality with a prime lens.  But I am doing different photography to him, there is a huge difference between landscapes and BIF.  So I would like your opinion please and also how heavy is the 150-500 sigma lens.

Thanks Shorty

Cheers Diane

rawshorty
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Hi, Diane. First off i would like to say that my lens doesn't take great shots.........i dolaugh Ok time to be serious.

I do love the zoom of the lens, my latest Wedgie shots where at 250mm so if i had a prime i would have missed the shots.

I use mine on my 7D, so yes.

Your "Sherpa" should be correct with his statement, primes are a better option. ( except when your to close )

The Sigmas AF is slow and not much good for BIF, i usually take a dozen or more shots to get 1 keeper but it is fine for still birds.

Your 400 is 1250g, the Sigma is 1780g so 1/2 a kilo more.

I will be at the wetlands tomorrow morning, so if you want come down and we will do a lens swap for a few shots.

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dicutting10
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Thanks Shorty

What time will you be at the wetlands - happy to meet you there!

Diane

rawshorty
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About 6-630, will be there till about 1030

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dicutting10
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probably be there about 7.30 - see you ther - Diane

Lachlan
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Just an idle thought, Diane, if you want the extra range for landscapes, maybe the 50-500mm version would be better?

I can't remember excatly from when I was doing research, but the two are mostly the same in quality (I read that one is slightly better)... But then I exiled myself to the distant wastelands found at 300mm, so you can probably ignore me! smiley

Holly
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A wonderful achievement shorty - congratulations and beautifully captured! If ever I have the pleasure of meeting you in person then I shall buy you a drink. 

 

Are you going to try to beat your 200 goal before the end of the year?

rawshorty
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Holly wrote:

A wonderful achievement shorty - congratulations and beautifully captured! If ever I have the pleasure of meeting you in person then I shall buy you a drink. 

Thanks, Holly. Looking forward to having a Dom Pérignon  With you when we meet laugh ( or just a beer ), but it will have to wait till you come to Canberra as i dislike Sydney with a passion. ( too many people,traffic and pollution for me )

Are you going to try to beat your 200 goal before the end of the year?

Allready havewink but might do a Pelagic trip before the end of the year.

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aussiedavid
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I'm with you on this one shorty go for the Dom and likewise  "i dislike Sydney with a passion. ( too many people,traffic and pollution for me )." I like my bush. ad

pacman
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Holly wrote:

Are you going to try to beat your 200 goal before the end of the year?

he could do that easlily but keeps tryign to get out of the guiding fees

ps the guide is off to Rankins Springs, NSW this weekend - in lieu of a long drive

Peter

Samantha
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Just ... wow, shorty!

As a new member, I've been trawling through a lot of old posts, and have been mesmerised by your pics of dragonflies, platypus, kangaroos, and, of course, birds. Then I went to Flickr for more, and saw that you've got weather pics too (among others).

Each photo you've posted is beautiful, but as a collection they're absolutely amazing.

rawshorty
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I think i'll go the beer, David. Yep bush is good that is why i choose to live in the "Bush Capital"smiley We do have one hill that has problem children but the rest are good.wink

Peter, i wonder what fees i will have to charge for the Painted and Black Honeyeaterscheeky

Thank you very much, Samantha. I am glad you have enjoyed them as much as i have enjoyed taking them.

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Dennis
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Simply lovely captures.

Cheers.

rawshorty
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Thanks, Dennis. Thanks to some new arrivals in Canberra i am up to 218smiley (latest Painted Snipe (poor pic) )

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pacman
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rawshorty wrote:

(latest Painted Snipe (poor pic) )

that's another 1 that I haven't seen

Peter

rawshorty
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pacman wrote:
rawshorty wrote:

(latest Painted Snipe (poor pic) )

that's another 1 that I haven't seen

You might have to have a Canberra weekendlaugh Been trying to get the Singing Honeyeater, maybe tommorrow.

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