Grey Fantail

Rhipidura fuliginosa.

I camped out with the camera on a tripod next to this fence for a good 10 to 15 minutes waiting for the tiny birds that were flitting about to land on it. The wait paid off when this grey fantail landed right there in front of me and stayed still long enough to fire off a couple of shots.

Grey Fantail is now available for sale as a print via RedBubble.

See where this picture was taken.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 12th June 2008, This photo: 12:30pm


  • maasha said:
    Good one. I wonder how that lens of yours with teleconverter compares to my 300mm f/4 L ... ?
  • David de Groot said:
    I'd guess with the TC on mine, slightly less sharp than a native 300/4, with a smidge more CA too. But not a huge amount. Of course, you can through the TC on yours and get longer reach at about the same image quality I'm getting at the moment. However, for the types of photos I had in mind, the zoom gives more flexibility.
  • said:
    I love it - new meaning to the title - Bird on a wire -
    Love the Bokeh Dave. I'm currently saving for this lens. It's quality seems to be exceptional.
  • David de Groot said:
    I thought of "Bird on a Wire" when I shot it :)
    'tis a lovely lens, and this isn't it's full potential either as I had the teleconverter on it (which degrades the quality just a smidge (if you pixel peep)). All I did to this shot was crop a little off the right hand side to put the bird on a third and export it from LR at 1667px on the long edge.
  • maasha said:
    I got the canon 1x4TC MII, but I think it gives soft photos with a gray haze - and upsets the auto focus of the 300mm - I hardly use the TC.
  • David de Groot said:
    Mine's the Mk II as well, but I haven't noticed significant focus or lack of contrast issues with it. I have seen that longer lenses are more effected by general haze in the air.
    I've shot with a 300/4 + TC and got similar results to the 400/5.6L
    Image quality is only ever so slightly effected by the TC on my 70-200, and usually only in situations where you'd expect CA anyway (bright backgrounds).
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Now if you could only get the bugger to sit still long enough for you to set the scope on him! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    That would have been quite easy, after all I got 4 shots off at him ;-)
  • Jack High said:
    Clever things these cameras. The EXIF information has the focal length including the teleconverter effect.
    You're patience has been well paid off with a very good image of one of those flitting type birds.
    Great example of "rule of thirds" with both bird and wire. Well composed.
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Aye indeed it does :)
    Patience and finding the right spot to camp out and wait.
  • Yorri¢k said:
    thats a beauty
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Richard :) Two days running I've had a bit of a birding expedition down the road and both days found different birds.
  • Chewys Photos said:
    fantastic shot - blurred back ground sets it all of - cool
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    helen thinks he looks cranky
    "i'm tiny. so what!"
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    she adds - i love the background
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I guess he might have been cranky - after all, I rattled off four shots of him paparazzi-style ;-)
    And yes, the background is nicely blurred.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Superb :D The fantail is perfectly framed and the bokeh makes a great background :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, quite happy with this one :)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    It's magic :-D Have you printed it and gotten it framed? I reckon you would sell it in an instant...
  • David de Groot said:
    I haven't no. I don't know if there's a market for printed bird photos. Maybe I should whack him up on RedBubble and see how he goes.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Definitely... :D