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I assumed from your comment "Lots of shots of blurred birds (they won't fly by slowly)" that you would have preferred not blurred birds, obviously I was wrong.


Exif data shows that one taken at f5.6 not f8.


Apologies I didn't mean that perhaps as it came across. I wanted the images not frozen but with some movement evident.


I took about 40-50 shots and 90% were way too blurred especially of the very fast one <name escapes me atm>, but the vultures came out clearer as they are much slower birds.


I also messed about the aperture to try and keep the speed fast enough, especially for the birds flying at lower level against a darker background. And of course the birds in the sky needed over exposing to get them properly exposed. At least taking them in RAW allowed me to adjust exposure levels if required in photoshop.


For me this was really an experiment to see what worked and if I could get any decent shots out of the set I took. In general it was a success, but I know I've a long way to go to get high quality 'birds in flight' pictures. I also know I need another, longer lens to give me more options.


And thanks for the comments and suggestions.



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Not a particularly good photo - the light wasn't very good - compared with JV44's lovely planes and the beautiful common darter photo, but how often do you see this?


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Hiya all :) Back here in sunny Whitley Bay after a stint over in our Drummore caravan. Here are a couple of recent Luce Bay sunrise shots I took.






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..........and if you think flying birds are tricky, wait 'til you try dragonflies! :o


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Thats superb ayjay!


Here's a Hummingbird Hawkmoth I caught in the garden this morning.



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Thanks Fred, and Nick, I don't remember ever seeing one of those, I know they're big beasts though.


If I had more time I'd probably try a moth trap of an evening, instead of just letting them into the kitchen, like this one last year. :rolleyes:



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