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Green Woodpecker

Observed: 6th October 2011 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in BirdsVinny’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

This beauty came onto the tidal marsh to feed.

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jenniferpowell's picture

Hi, lovely pic. How do you

Hi, lovely pic. How do you get clear close up of birds, have you got a great camera and zoom? Ive been trying really hard to get pics of birds but they fly away before i can get close enough!

jennifer powell

Vinny's picture

Camera certainly helps!

I've got a Canon 5DMkII, and the 21 megapixels means I can crop images right down and still have a reasonable shot. I use a 100-400mm telephoto which is OK but serious bird photographers will use 500mm (or more!) is conjunction with converters.
And yes, most birds are very wary of humans. It's often better to sit still somewhere and let them come to you. If they feel you are stalking them they'll be off!
Kind Regards
Vinny

jenniferpowell's picture

maybe if theres enough change

maybe if theres enough change from the next student loan then!

jennifer powell

Vinny's picture

*LOL*

Though it's worth bearing in mind that compact cameras with 15mp and a 10x zoom are not that expensive. Used well and with patience you can still get great results with them. It's also a LOT lighter - lugging my kit around the New Forest during last week's heatwave was tiring work!

jenniferpowell's picture

i got a 10.2mp with 3x zoom

i got a 10.2mp with 3x zoom :(
i recently put my big fuji camera on ebay, it only had 2mp as it was over 5 years old but it had 30x zoom and it was much better camera, i deeply regret it now. ill have to go back on ebay and get it back lol
as for lightness, and transportability, thats why i got rid of the old one, by the time i got my backpack off my back and got the camera out, what ever it was i wanted to take a pic of would be gone, except for the plants and trees, there kind enough to wait for me. :) anyway, with my backpack already full of identification books and usually a squashed banana i thought i would be better with a compact..........maybe not

jennifer powell

jenniferpowell's picture

i got a 10.2mp with 3x zoom

i got a 10.2mp with 3x zoom :(
i recently put my big fuji camera on ebay, it only had 2mp as it was over 5 years old but it had 30x zoom and it was much better camera, i deeply regret it now. ill have to go back on ebay and get it back lol
as for lightness, and transportability, thats why i got rid of the old one, by the time i got my backpack off my back and got the camera out, what ever it was i wanted to take a pic of would be gone, except for the plants and trees, there kind enough to wait for me. :) anyway, with my backpack already full of identification books and usually a squashed banana i thought i would be better with a compact..........maybe not

jennifer powell

jenniferpowell's picture

i thought you might like to

i thought you might like to read that twice lol

jennifer powell

hilaryp's picture

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I agree, these are lovely photographs.
H.P.

hilaryp

jhn7's picture

Me too, super shots!

I've just wallowed in your lovely photos on your website - stunning, especially the Dartford Warbler. Thanks for sharing.

Janet
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