Monthly Archives: March 2018

Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1250 sec ISO 200

Late February is the time when most Eurasian Spoonbils return North to their summer abode.  However I was luck to see a few stragglers at the Keoladeo NP.  The birds are still in breeding plumage though the colors are not a vibrant.

I planning a 2019 photo tour and workshop for Birds, Tigers, Landscapes and of course Agra for the Taj Mahal.  Let me know by email or a comment if you are at all interested.

 

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1250 sec ISO 200

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Edelkrone FlexTilt Head 2

I have just completed a review of the Edelkrone FlexTilt Head 2.  The full article can be seen here.

In addition I have added a landing page for this and future product reviews.  At some point I will add previous review links to this page.  The page is a sub menu under “Products”

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More from SW Florida

Great Egret in Flight. Pansonic G9 with the Leica f/2.8 200mm lens and 1.4X teleconverter. Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 320

Even though the copy of the Leica f/2.8 200mm lens is a pre-production unit I foun it performing exceptionally well.  It focuses fast and the camera and lens combination have no problems following birds in flight.  

The Learn to Swallow Large Fish. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200.

This was a very active nest.  The adult had brought 5 or 6 fish and regurgitated them multiple times. 

Green Heron Sky-Pointing – Corkscrew Swamp. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 640.

This was the first time I witnessed a Green Heron Sky-Pointing which is a very common mating behavior with Great Blue Herons and various Egrets.

Three American White Pelican flying after the sun had set. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400.

Ding Darling NWR was a big disappointment.  The birds were sparse with the exception of Pelicans, Willets, Dowitchers and Dunlins.  As the sun set, these Pelicans started departing the sand-bar they were on, probably to roost elsewhere.

 

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Anhingas can look good too

Really wanted to see the G9’s performance with dynamic range and the ability to capture good shadow detail.  I was very pleased with the performance as you will see from these images.

Just Checking. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 640

 

What’s Next. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO 400

 

Anhinga in Flight. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200

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Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral

Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 3200

After a full day of disappointments at Corkscrew and Ding Darling, I got to Cape Coral just as the sun was setting.  Made it to three nests, each with just one owl.  There were two owls in the in the first one but one scampered down the burrow as I was focusing on the pair.

All images were captured hand-held.

This last image was captured after the sun had set and you can see the camera’s performance at ISO 8000. 

Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 8000

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Venice Rookery – The Lumix G9 and the Leica 200 f/2.8 + 1.4X

Black-crowned Night Heron. Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X Teleconverter (equivalent focal length 560mm).  Exposure triad: f/5.6, i/2500 sec, ISO 640.

It was a very cold 40 degree morning at the Venice Rookery, Florida and I wanted to capture birds in flight.  Many of the birds were hunkerd down while a few went about their chores, bringing food and nesting material.  This image was captured using the Lumix G9 with a preproduction version of the Leica 200mm f/2.8 prime coupled with the 1.4X teleconverter.  The preproduction version is great and I am sure the production version will be even better.

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Some More Birds Species of Keoladeo NP

A few more images of the over 300 species of birds found in Keoladeo National Park.

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. Panasonic Lumix G9, Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 320

 

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto.  Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/640, ISO 500

 

Indian Robin (male) Saxicoloides fulicatus. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 1250

 

Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 1250 Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 1600

 

Common Kingfisher at the start of its dive. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000, IS0 200

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Indian Peafowl at Sunrise

 

Too early for courtship – Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X teleconverter.  Exposure triad: f/4, 1/500, ISO 200.

The image above was captured on the first morning.  The following four images are a sequence of a male Indian Peafowl flying toward a snag and then instantly departing. These were captured on the following morning. I selected all the images to have the wings in the same/similar position.  These were shot with the Lumix G9 and the Leica 100-400mm lens.  Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec ISO 250 and 200 for the last image.


 


 

 

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Barbets of Keoladeo NP

Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus – Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 –  400 mm.  Exposure triad:  f/6.3, 1/640 sec, ISO 8000

Barbets are a species of tropical birds in the family Capitonidae (order Piciformes). Barbets are named for the bristles at the bases of their bills that they use to dig holes in rotting trees where there will nest. They have large heads and short tails and are not agile fliers. They eat insects, lizards, birds’ eggs, fruit, and berries.

The Keoladeo NP has three species of Barbet.  I was able to photograph only the Brown-headed Barbet     Psilopogon zeylanicus and the Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus,  The third, White-cheeked Barbet was not found.

As these birds sit in very dense leaf trees the light is hard to work with and high ISOs become mandatory.

Brown-headed Barbet Psilopogon zeylanicus – Lumix G9 with the Leica 200mm and 1.4X teleconverter.  Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600 

 

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Kingfishers of Keoladeo National Park

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 200

On this very short visit to India, my wife and I spent three days in Bharatpur, Rajasthan at the Keoladeo National Park to photograph wildlife.  These three images are of the three species of Kingfisher that can be found in the region this time of year.  The Stork-billed and Black-capped are known to be around but I have not been lucky to ever see or photograph them.  Of the three, the Common Kingfisher is the most elusive and least common.  The White-throated is easy to find and easy to photograph.  The Pied kingfisher can be seen at many locations but is very elusive for photography.  It hovers with a very rapid wing beat so requires high very shutter speed.

For these three days, I used the Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400mm lens and the Leica 200 mm f/2.8 and the 1.4X tele-extender.  I can not say enough about how much I enjoyed this kit and its performance truly excels.

White Throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnens – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

 

A hovering Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis – Lumix G9 and Leica 100 – 400 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200

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