Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Little good big but good Little comes of long lensing

Walked into Tyto yesterday jauntily carrying light 300mm lens and looking forever upward, seeking uncommon raptor seen lately at tantalising distance - and found only Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusilla) almost beneath my feet. Wrong lens for wrong bird. Today, slogged in with 600mm lens and hefty tripod and got reverse result - no LK and high overhead Square-tailed Kite. on  which the 600 too slow to focus given need to hand-hold.

Not all lost. Did get seven extra species to go with yesterday's 70. And no walk in Tyto is ever anything less than balm for senses and soul. And it's all an excuse to run series of Little Kingfisher shots from corner of Palm Creek at Mungalla Station.

And boring stuff too. Above shots are with 600 on tripod about 20 metres from bird. Can't get closer because of intervening creek (and possible crocs).

But adding a 1.4x converters turns 600 into 840mm lens. And that makes quite a difference, does it not? Feather detail counts.

And another thing: Notice the well camouflaged camera. Stand still long enough and birds will often accept the intrusion as more natural than someone all camo'd up. Talking to them in normal voice can help. Do not whisper!


Russell Jenkins said...

Beautiful pictures, Tony. You really captured the colours. Would love too see one of these little Kingfishers.

Tony Ashton said...

All part of the NQ service, Russell.

Ollie Scully said...

The little kingfisher is one for my bucket list! Shame you didn't have the right equipment for a Square Tailed Kite! also, that creek looks like a beautiful spot for birdwatching!

Tony Ashton said...

It is, Ollie, after slapping on lots of mozzie repellant.

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