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    Simon, if only one of the birds are a captive, did you pay the others to sit still long enough for you to take such brilliant pictures? To all other posters, I do love the photos.
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    Default Red-faced Mousebird

    Reason for posting this photo, is for sharing. It is not a good photo, but it was the first time in my live that I saw this bird. Never even knew it existed.
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    Two that I thought might be sort of ok....well in my very limited amateur style of photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natio View Post
    Who said it is only forum members that have spats now and then ?

    These Cape sugarbirds were photographed in Struisbaai using a Canon 1D Mk II with a 100-400mm Canon lens mounted on a Cullmann tripod. Normally for the photographs as in the previous post I use a 600 mm lens with a 1.4X converter (and a Toyota Hilux KZTE for stability). I try to (not always possible) to only shoot in good morning or afternoon light with a F-stop of 5.6 to 7.1 in order to blur the background.
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    Geraas,

    how on earth did you get so close to a ground hornbill? I find them so difficult to get a photo of, because they always turn and walk away from a car.......I've got loads of pictures of the backs of their heads!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeAG View Post
    Geraas,

    how on earth did you get so close to a ground hornbill? I find them so difficult to get a photo of, because they always turn and walk away from a car.......I've got loads of pictures of the backs of their heads!!

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    There's a difference between Kruger Ground Hornbills and normal GH's. IMO they get fed by ignorant tourists and thus they see any vehicle as a source of food...

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    Hi Geraas,

    Nice pics. Interesting thing that I quite accidently saw in my photo of the Groundbill close-up is the reflection in the bird's eye. In the pic below you can see my father-in-law's cruiser in the reflection. If you lighten your bird's eye you should be able to see yourself or your vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natio View Post
    Hi Geraas,

    Nice pics. Interesting thing that I quite accidently saw in my photo of the Groundbill close-up is the reflection in the bird's eye. In the pic below you can see my father-in-law's cruiser in the reflection. If you lighten your bird's eye you should be able to see yourself or your vehicle.

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    MY magtag, I enlarged it - thats my gold bantam bakkie back in 2008!! Not as clear as your fil's cruiser though.

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    Simon,

    Your pics are great, and with talent like that and keen twitcher you should be snapping away.

    All the best.

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    Some super shots all round!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    Simon, if only one of the birds are a captive, did you pay the others to sit still long enough for you to take such brilliant pictures? To all other posters, I do love the photos.


    My interests are more about textures and colour, perhaps a bit more abstract, hence the owl being my favourite "wildlife" picture (taken with my dearly departed S3is)

    In fact that bird was sitting in the tree above our tent in the Cederberg, not that concerned with life. It had been hanging around for a few days and had gotten used to us.
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    Simon, I still think it is absolutely brilliant pictures. The kind that I can just wish to take someday.
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    Default Juv Pale Chanting Goshawk

    Christmas morning just before 8am we arrived at the dunes at Sossus vlei. I was attracted by a gull like call "peeooo peeooo" or it could have been "kleeu kleeu" and saw the owner of the voice in a tree about 30 meters from the vehicle. Quickly got the camera mounted with a 70 -200mm and set off to capture a photo for id purposes.

    Initially judging by the call I was convinced its a juvenile Common/Steppe Buzzard but its was later identified by people that knows much more than me about birds as a juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk.
    However still bugging me at this stage is the narrow tail bars....?

    The shot turned out not to bad and will form part of my small collection.
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    Default Bohms Bee-Eater

    Following on from MikeAG's note on the Bohm's Bee-eaters I simply had to visit McBrides as Sept & Oct is the breeding period for these bee-eaters and it should in theory be easier to photograph them.

    We setup camp close to a breeding spot only to realize that I left both my mono and tripod at home. The birds were quiet relaxed which gave me the opportunity to get closer to them. I initially used a 70-200mm lens as it was easier to use without a tripod but simply could not get the reach for a wow picture.

    Late Sunday afternoon with light fading fast I resorted to the 200-400mm lens, a brute to handle without a tripod but my last chance and hoped for the best.

    Hope you enjoy the picture as much as I enjoyed seeing them in real life at McBrides camp in the Kafue National Park.

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    Default Birds from Kgalagadi & Pilansberg

    These were taken in Kgalagadi (dec) and in Pilansberg over a weekend (exept ‘geelvink’ – in my back yard) -...and not one bird posed for me
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    Aan al die manne wat foto`s ge- "post" het baie geluk dis darem so waar agtig netjiese foto`s... net by die huis kom dan n bietjie in my argiewe grou...iewers het ek ook n paar.

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    Some pics from the weekend. The gyppo was shot with my D90 and Sigma 150-500 combo. ISO1600. The Egret was shot with D90 and 70-300VR lens, ISO200.

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    Some bird pics taken in the KNP last year.
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    I took this one at Tamboti Camp in the Kruger Park.
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    Enough already!

    You guys are spoiling it for me!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll never take another bird photo. These are a fantastic collection. You've obviously all got fantastic lenses, and lots of patience and talent. I was about to post a giant eagle owl spotted near Lufupa in Kafue NP, Zambia.......it blotted out the sun when it flew over our car.......but looking at all this brilliant stuff there is no way I'll ever post another bird photo on here!

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