A few shots from Eagleby

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A few shots from Eagleby

Spent a productive morning that saw images of nine species in 90 minutes! The only reason I went home is that my left arm was sore from carrying the majority of weight of the Bigma for the in-flight shots. Has been quiet at Eagleby Wetlands, so went to another part of that suburb where there's a lake. Buff-banded rail, Caspian Tern, Golden-headed cisticola, Great egret, Grey fantail, Little Black cormorant, Little Friarbird and Australian wood duck.

WhistlingDuck

Great 90 minutes output alcatraz - do you have the Sports Sigma as I have read they are heavyweights with very robust construction. You got some great flight shots - really like the one of the  wood duck.

Love the buff banded rail - fantastic looking bird. 

I think the second last photo might be a striped honey eater.

Linton
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Great shots, time well spent. 

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WhistlingDuck wrote:

Great 90 minutes output alcatraz - do you have the Sports Sigma as I have read they are heavyweights with very robust construction. You got some great flight shots - really like the one of the  wood duck.

Love the buff banded rail - fantastic looking bird. 

I think the second last photo might be a striped honey eater.

Thanks WD. I have the basic Sigma 150 - 500 mm DG lens. Think it tips the scales at 1.67 kg. I don't think I could lift the Sigma sports lens for any time. A mate of mine has one and swears by it but admits the weight is an issue. The second last image was taken with a family of Little Friarbirds and I think is an immature bird. Am familiar with Striped HEs but think this is a very young Little Friarbird. My switch from an entry level DSLR camera to a high end small frame DSLR (also for reduced weight) has made a huge difference to taking birds in flight. Cheers, Murray. PS:  Merry Christmas to you also and thanks for your constructive comments during the past year. Much appreciated!

WhistlingDuck

Thankyou Alcatraz - Merry Xmas to you as well.

I was considering the sigma sports at one stage - but just comparing specs and seeing the extra weight put me off. Certainly tiring for me holding any of those big lens up for flight shots or birds up in the tree tops.

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Linton wrote:

Great shots, time well spent. 

Thanks Linton!

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WhistlingDuck wrote:

Thankyou Alcatraz - Merry Xmas to you as well.

I was considering the sigma sports at one stage - but just comparing specs and seeing the extra weight put me off. Certainly tiring for me holding any of those big lens up for flight shots or birds up in the tree tops.

Yes, its hard work. I turn 70 next year and its not getting any easier. I just love birds in flight and the challenge of freezing that moment is addictive!

Greyson
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nicely done!

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Some excellent shots here Alcatraz! I must have a look down there one day. Iagree with WD about the identification of your second last shot being a Striped Honeyeater.

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