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the only lens that would get me anywhere near where i want to be for distance bird photography, would be the canon 500mm f/4 with a 2x tc... problem is the $10k price tag & the weight.

so i don't use 'a lens' as such.. i use a Canon SX50hs superzoom for bird shots, has its limitations but overall it works quite well once mounted on a good tripod. (and has a greater reach than the lens combo mentioned above)

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Farther to the white rumped shama in post 98:

Female Erawan National Park Kanchanaburi

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A Shikra that I managed to sneak up on whilst he was perched overlooking a rice paddy. North of Phetchabun.

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Amazing quality of images Goshawk !!! My canon lenses won't get that quality, although perhaps I should take along a tripod more often!

But usually the birds fly away too quickly too sad.png

Here is one, but not near the quality to make a good pic! (Hand held!)

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A couple of shots of a Green Billed Malkoha that started visiting the garden when it was really hot March/April(came for water and a bathe).The first shot is not my best but I was trying to show just long this birds tail is!! For a big bird he is quite shy and hides in the trees a lot-not exactly photogenic.


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White throated Kingfisher SJ

Here is one I was lucky enough to spot yesterday

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Amazing quality of images Goshawk !!! My canon lenses won't get that quality, although perhaps I should take along a tripod more often!

But usually the birds fly away too quickly too sad.png

Tripod is good but more important (to me) is the head. Make sure it's of good quality. I use a Manfotto 2-way fluid video head with quite a long 'arm'... it's buttery smooth in operation & great for tracking your subjects

The best way is to find the busiest wave of bird activity in a given location then strategically & stealthily position yourself with the sun/light behind you and then........ wait.

Wait for them to come to you rather than vice versa - once i'm satisfied in my mind that the perfect stage is set, i simply await the players....

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Large Niltava - Doi Inthanon (insect in its beak)

....these specialist mountain birds are easily heard but can be tricky to photograph as they're mid-story to canopy dwellers usually in dense dark forests. For this particular one i had to really push up the iso (degrades quality) then post process to bring out the image. It's far from a great shot, but it took me ages to get it.

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An Eastern Jungle Crow to start a new week. Photographed in Khao Kho Highlands near the campsite at Thung Salaeng Luang National Park HQ. Handheld using Sigma 150-500mm on Canon body.


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Excellent photos as per usual, Goshawk. You must spend a far bit of time at it. The ones I get are just lucky snapshots.

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