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Australian Magpie


Australian Magpie
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Copyright: Sue Thomson (SueThomson) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 192] (603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 2:59
Viewed: 3475
Points: 14
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Hi

My new Macro lens arrived yesterday so I was keen to try it out on some little bugs. I found bugs but need more practice with the DOF and using the manual focus.

I was lucky enough to get close to some magpies which are very plentiful here in Australia and some Blue Faced Honeyeaters, so today I would like to share my magpie with you.

The Australian Magpie is a large, distinctive butcherbird of open country and is a habitant of eucalypt woodland, tree-lined rivers and partly cleared lands. The magpie is abundant in coastal areas.

They forage mostly on the ground and live in family groups, defending territory against other magpies. Like butcherbirds, the magpie has a powerful voice; the rich and varied carolling has notes ranging from high and clear to deep and mellow. Others often join in as a duet or chorus.

This magpie was seen at Bardon and I used Program mode and shot in RAW. I hand-held and used auto focus. This lens is heavy!

Shutter speed - 1/640
Aperture - f5.0
ISO - 400
Focal length - 150mm

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Hi Sue,

Another excellent shot of one of our Australian Native Birds, not easy shooting black and white birds but you've handled the exposure well, love the POV, and the vertical crop is perfect, really nice work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-04 3:43]

Hi Sue

Lovely shot of this handsome bird - one of those that immediately make me think of Australia (the Australian Crow is the other - the noises they make just crack me up)!

James

Hi Sue,
Thanks for your kind words on my Cormorant picture and for smiling with my note on it.
You have used your 150mm macro lens with great dexterity in shooting this fairly large Australian Magpie. The image is razor sharp and rich in colours.
I am sure we would soon see some outstanding macros of bugs and insects shot with this powerful lens.
I wish you all the best in your experimentation with it.
Warm regards,
Ram

Hi Sue,
a good picture of this Magpie. I don't know why it is so difficult to get a good shot of them, even if they usually come quite near - perhaps because of their colour or lack of colour?
regards
Pierre

Sue - Great capture of the Aussie Magpie with your brand new Macro lens. Black & white is difficult, but you certainly make it look easy. Looking forward to the bugs. TFS Di

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-06-04 16:40]

Hi Sue
Very nice capture with good sharpness and fine detail
tfs jon

sue capture of a magpie - good DOF and it's so clear!!!! well done....mark :)

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