Kingfishers

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clif2
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Kingfishers

Just a few photos of one of my favourite birds.

clif2
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Anyone noticed that their photos are not as sharp and the colour seems to be washed out somewhat after they show up on the forum, I can't say that I have noticed anything before but the above photos are nowhere near what I had on screen before posting?

Regards

               Shane

narly
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Great pics of one of my favourite bird families

Neil

Araminta
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Great photos Shane,

I have noticed that the photos don't look as bright as they do on my computer, I would like to know why.?

M-L

Qyn
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Beautiful Kingfishers and well captured - I love the last one.

Yes, I have also noticed the lack of quality in the appearance of the photos - it is definitely something to do with this site as I just clicked on "view image info" after right clicking on the last image and the quality of the photo which appeared is markedly superior to what shows on the forum - even the writing in each post looks washed out!

Alison
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clif2
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Thanks qyn55, that last photo I waited close to an hour with camera on monopod hoping I could catch one in flight landing at the nest, That didn't work so when one landed and went inside I thought a photo of the Kingfisher coming out of the nest would look great, so I sat there veeery patiently with the focus locked on the entrance but they were too smart for me and came out of another hole in the nest, i'm sure it was laughing when it took off.

Regards

               Shane

Araminta
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If you can have a look at my Cape Barren Geese, (I posted them today), they are very sharp on my computer, I was only a meter from them, had my camera on the fence. They are as they come out of the camera, not even cropped or sharpened, they do not have any "grey-wash".

I have no idea either, why , when I go over the picture with the curser, it says: picture can not be displayed.??? Just looked again, and it does, I think there are still some problems with this new web?

M-L

clif2
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I think M-L that when I look at pictures on here to do as qyn55 does and right click on the photo and look under "view image info" and voila there is the photo as intended, I also noticed in the same info window that the image sizes are very small as far as pixels go, a lot of thumbnails are this size. It looks like when your image is resized ( interpolated) for the forum the algorythm used is not the best by the looks of it. Would you know how I could make an enquiry about this.

Regards

               Shane

Birdgirl2009
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It's lovely to see your photos, especially the one with the nest

RogerM
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I think the new site make a 'new' image to include in the post. This probably uses a 'save for web' process which only includes 'websafe' colours. (Just a smaller colour space than sRGB).

I think the images that appear in the "slideshow" when you click on an image are also downsized, but seem to have the original colour space. 

I suggest you try opening your original image using your browser to view it, and compare with the image uploaded to the slideshow image.

Roger

PS. I am very jealous, I have never ever seen an Azure Kingfisher and your shots are great (whatever the clourspace!)

pacman
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a good series of photos

like you I really like the kingfishers, they usually don't pose for the camera

Peter

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Roger that was an exceptional day for me as I had been camping there for near a week and hadn't caught a lot of action in that time, then on the last morning before we were going home I decided to grab my Macro lens which I normally wouldn't do as I had a 70-300 zoom( which I had not taken a decent photo with because it had a fault with it as I found out later) I had only walked about 150 mtrs from the tent and in about 15mins I first got some good shots of some Spotted Pardalotes, then this Kingfisher landed right in front of me, after I took a few shots there was some long blades of grass in front of us so I took a 1/4 step and it flew off but I still got a usable shot anyhow, so I was pleased and on the way back to the tent I got a shot of a Satin Bower Bird, That was a very good day for me. Got a photo here of the Pardalote.

Regards

               Shane

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Thanks for the explanation Shane - this photo by itself was worth waiting for even if it wasn't the photo you wanted - it does make me wonder if birds do have a sense of humour!! ;)

Alison
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RogerM
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I have only seen three kingfishers but they are around here, now you have shown me what a nest looks like I'll be on the lookout.

clif2
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Roger I don't think they always use old ant nests or termites nests but I know where two of them are and they are both in termite nests near water

Regards

               Shane

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You did have a good photo session.  I love the little pardalote, rarely seen around here.  I was just saying to Barry yesterday, I wish I could get pics of some kingfishers.  These are super.  Do they build their nest, or is it a deserted ant nest?  I'll be checking out every ant nest I see if the latter.

Karen

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clif2
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I believe they just use  abandoned nests, but think they will use other means. If you see some Kingfishers just keep an eye out for nests that are near water, this is how I found this one which was taken at Eagleby Wetlands and the other one I know of, is on the shores of Lake MacDonald at a place called Jabiru Park, on the way to Cooroy. If you visit these places and want more directions just ask. I have a photo of a Striated Pardalote which I got at JC Slaughter Falls at Mt Cootha.

Regards

               Shane

Karen
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Shane, we have one type of kingfisher around here, but very hard to get near enough to watch.  It has the more aqua colouring in its wing.  I need a lot of patience, and a good waiting point until they settle with me there.  There are a lot of birds in that area but very hard to photograph.  I don't think my camera is up to the challenges faced in getting snapshots of these birds.  Doesn't stop me trying though.  Sometimes I can get lucky.

Karen
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