Bye Bye Kookaburra

Dacelo Novaeguineae.

Cedar Creek, Qld, Australia.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 29th July 2008, This photo: 2:16pm

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  • -Gadabout- said:
    nice action shot :D
  • David de Groot said:
    I just wish I'd either used a smaller aperture or managed to track the focus better as the bird is not sharp. Oh well.
    I went down the road a day or two later looking for Kookaburras that I might have another go, but there were none to be seen.
  • MΛЯK said:
    Wow! That's great!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well almost - more DoF or better focus tracking and yeah it would have been great.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    looks sharp at this size but I can see what you mean when I looked at the large size...still there'll be another day :D They're too fast for me - I see them, they watch me unpack my camera, then they fly away before I'm ready to take a shot :P
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah see there's where you're going wrong, the camera should already be out and ready, preferably with the exposure dialed in for the lighting conditions you're in, so all you need to do is aim and press the shutter :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    well I think this is pretty damn good, most of the bird is sharp, just the wings not
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks David - as you're probably aware, I'm fairly hard on myself when it comes to my photos. If it wasn't for the movement, I'd probably not of posted this one at all.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    :D Yeah I definitely need to start thinking about exposures beforehand - totally forget when I see something ! Do you sit in one spot with your camera at the ready or do you wander about? Actually what am I talking about - you have a series of ladders with flying foxes that connect them :D You fly from one location to another! :D
    I might have just eaten too many E numbers...
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehehe actually I have wings, the flying fox isn't necessary at all ;-)

    Seriously though, I go for a wander, looking carefully to see where the birds are flitting to, then sit and wait at that spot until they get used to me there and snap away. After a bit, I move along. The kookaburras are usually just chance though as they fly off more often than not, and won't come back no matter how long you wait.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Wouldn't that be awesome :D
    I'll need to try that...
  • Margot- said:
    Wow, nice shot! You must have been waiting for the bird to fly away.
  • David de Groot said:
    I was trying to get closer, but country birds (like country people) have very large personal space areas ;-)