Willie Wagtail on grass, cheeky pose.

Rhipidura leucophrys.

Gold Scrub Lane, North Pine Dam.

Shot with Allan's 600/4L and my 1.4x TC for a total of 840mm. Not cropped.

Ross and James were posting Willie Wagtails, so I thought I'd join in.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 25th April 2009, This photo: 7:58am

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  • accesser said:
    Nice looks pretty good, How easy is that beast to manoeuvre on the tripod , It must be different to shoot with a fixed focal length like that too
  • looby88 said:
    I thought it was a swallow in the little pic, good one
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty easy really, Allan was a Wimberley head on his tripod, which makes it quite easy to manoeuvre. As for being a fixed focal length, most of my birding is done that way, even with a zoom lens, I just zoom out as far as I can, and leave it there. ;-)
    About the same size as a swallow, but nowhere near as graceful in the air. ;-)
  • James Lagden said:
    Very nice Dave, but you didn't get a post in your shot like Ross and I.
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Barely a drumstick :-)
  • Garry' said:
    Now you are making me jealous, I sooo wanted one of those Willie Wagtails. Beauty shot Dave
    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, well I have on of those too... and some on a log as well.
    Aye, nary a snack on this one.
    They're tricky little fellows, that's for sure Garry.
  • accesser said:
    Is that location only really good for birding or does it have some good views for early morning light shots too ? I was thinking of checking it out on the weekend
  • James Lagden said:
    This was sunrise there
  • David de Groot said:
    Sunrise wasn't bad, bit lacking in interesting foreground material, but the reflection off the water was nice. Would be really good on one of those flaming cloud sunrises.
  • accesser said:

    Thank you both I can see I will have to check this out might as well its not too far from home, James did you do some post on that or use some on Camea filters I have some Cokin filters on the way from an eBay store
  • SkattyKat said:
    Nice shot Dave - and I was going to ask where your post is too :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely worth a look :)
    Well I POSTed it on flickr... does that count ?
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol - i have to pay that one :-)
  • James Lagden said:
    No filters, and not much post.
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    cute sweetie..
  • Out_and_About said:
    LOL - these birds are just plain cheeky! Nice shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, cute little angry birds ;-)
    They are indeed Michelle, always chittering and wagging their tails at you.
  • {Rory} said:
    Nice shot ... they're not shy, are they? They were everywhere this morning when I was out shooting ...
  • David de Groot said:
    I always have trouble getting close to them, mind you, that wasn't a problem at 840mm ;-)
  • Blue Tortoise said:
    Lovely shot Dave.
    How big is the little fella anyway? Given the size of the grass blades, it doesn't look any bigger than a tennis ball...
  • David de Groot said:
    That's be about right actually, my bird book says: 19-22cm (beak to tail), and given the tail is almost half his total length, well you get the idea...