Starling in flight

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  1. weepete

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    Got some starlings nesting on the roof, so I sat out on Sunday with my 150-600mm and tried to get some shots. They were very fast, so I had to resort to pre-focusing and trying to predict their flight path which was challenging! About 4 hours spent out and I got one single shot that's good enough to show. I'd not really been able to put my 5DmkIV to the test with birds since I bought it so it was good to give it a challengeand get back into the habit of using my long lens.

    This is as one of the pair returned to the nest with a beak full of hawthorne flies, shot almost directly overhead.

    [​IMG]Starling in Flight 1 by wee_pete, on Flickr


     
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  2. Fujidave

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    Cracking shot, nice and sharp in the right places.
     
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    We've got them in the eves of our loft, right above our bed. Bloody noisy buggers. Used to have one a few years ago that sat in a tree in our front garden and I swear is sang the theme tune to the Adams Family TV show from way back when.

    I was gonna say that looks like St Marks flies in it's gob until I realised that St Marks flies ARE Hawthorn flies:rolleyes:

    Good work and more patience than I have.

    I really need to 'exercise' along the cliffs and get some of the sea birds nesting right now. Loads of farmland species too.
     
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    Excellent shooting......
     
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  5. weepete

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    Thanks Fujidave, I couldn't raise the lens and get the camera to autofocus fast enough so ended up having to pre-focus and shoot through the flight. Thankfully I got one decent frame!

    Yes, they can be very noisy. I've got quite a lot of patience for this kind of thing. I guess years of fishing has rubbed off a bit ;)

    Thanks Jeff15, maybe one day I'll be able to get this kind of shot consistantly
     
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  6. Winona

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    Very good shot!
     
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    Pete, that is just plain awesome! I know how hard a good bif shot can be.
     
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  8. weepete

    weepete TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thanks Winona, I do like a backlit bird xD

    Thank you very much Jeff, it was tough even getting them in the viewfinder. I think my pre-focus was at 15 feet so it was about all I could do was use both eyes to track the bird and fire off 3 frames before they dissapeared onto the roof. Being that close meant good detail though, so worth the effort. Hopefully I'll get to try a few more before lockdown is over
     
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    A very sharp and wonderful shot. Great job on this!
     
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  10. weepete

    weepete TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thanks Dean, it's the first shot I've been excited about for a while so glad it went down well!
     
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    Cracking Sharp Shot and a great sky too.
     
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    wow awesome shot in every way... wow...... so beautiful
     
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