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Old 03-08-2019, 01:31 AM
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-Glen - you do the have the modes I mentioned on the camera, so you can use sports mode straight away.

It's the little skiing fellow 3rd anti-clockwise from Auto.

For birds in flight, as I mentioned, you must use the eyepiece. And try both eyes if you can.

Have you also got a tripod for static shots?
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:54 AM
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Been a while since I posted, so here is one that may interest everyone.

Its called a Hamerkop (Afrikaans word for hammerhead),
  • Found only in Africa/Madagascar.
  • It is the only living species in the genus Scopus .
  • Stands about 56 cm (22 in) high.
  • Builds a huge nest 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) across - takes about 3 months to build.
  • It is an unfussy feeder eating a wide range of food - amphibians, fish, shrimp, insects, and rodents.
  • Because it eats such a wide range of food, it spends little time hun
ting and feeding, and so is often not seen, although it may be fairly common in places.
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A fascinating bird that I had never heard of before.

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Interesting looking bird.
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I can't quite tell from the picture but are there remnants of webbing on the feet or simply just bits of dark rock between the toes?
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:43 AM
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There is webbing there - just at the base of the toes...
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Went down the road and drove around a farm to do some birding. A couple of nice finds.

Picture 1 - A Red Eyed Dove (the red bit comes from the bald skin around the eye). We have tons of different doves, but everyone always ignores them for some reason. They are generally quite a challenge to ID, so much excitement when a rare one is picked up. For me, this one is not common.

Picture 2 - Levaillant's Cisticola. A rare sighting, although they are actually common. Difficult to spot and hard to ID when seen, as so many of the Cisticolas are similar.

Picture 3 - Southern Red Bishop - Male.

Picture 4 - Southern Red Bishop - Female.
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What a great way to start the day, with such a beautiful array of superbly photographed birds.

The red-eyed dove looks a little like the mourning doves that I am looking at in my back garden as I type. The cistola and male red bishop look wonderfully exotic to me, but the female red bishop looks very much like the female house finches currently at the feeder (the male house finches are nothing like so spectacular as the male red bishop, they are like the females with reddish heads).

Thanks for these, Kevin.

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Great photos Kevin.
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Nice birding Kevin it's cool to see birds so different from ours! Nice pics like the Hammerkop too, seems these were in the past referred to as " hammerhead stork" in my younger days .. but many of your species don't have counterparts in the US...nice to be able to see them.
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