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Jul 15, 2019 07:02:30   #
Never in a million years would I expect to see this happen, but it did.

GreenHeronChicks&Dragonfly12Jul2019 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Marshall
 
Jul 10, 2019 16:07:33   #
bluezzzzz wrote:


A couple of hours into this latest trip a surprise flew in...another green heron, not a chick and not an adult, but a juvenile from, I guess, some other brood earlier this season.


I believe this is the surprise that flew in. More confident than the four chicks, it was venturing all the way down to the water and snatching at bugs.

JuvenileGreenHeron09Jul2019_181web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Marshall
Jul 10, 2019 14:00:36   #
Thanks everybody for all the positive responses! I just got finished culling the dud shots from yesterday's outing, and will be adding to the set soon.

A couple of hours into this latest trip a surprise flew in...another green heron, not a chick and not an adult, but a juvenile from, I guess, some other brood earlier this season. Still had a tuft or two of baby fuzz on its head. I'll add this one to the set, too, if it turns out.

Marshall
Jul 9, 2019 07:28:04   #
I was walking a local nature trail here in KY, and was lucky to find a Green Heron nest, complete with four active chicks, and have been able to go back a couple of times since.

Perfect habitat for the nest: in a locust tree that had uprooted and fallen over into a pond, but was still alive and green. The nest was on a level with me on the bank, and sitting there with an opened black umbrella propped in front as a partial blind, I could watch the comings and goings and they soon didn't even take notice of me.

GreenHeronAndChick05Jul2019_328web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

The nest is almost impossible to see unless the chicks are getting fed, and then the action is fast and furious. Never would have found it if the adults hadn't flown the first time I walked by.

GreenHeronChick07Jul2019_274web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

The first time I was there the chicks were still mostly in the nest, but the last time, only a couple of days later, they were much more confident and were exploring a short way from the nest, practicing climbing and flapping their stubby wings.

Feeding time is crazy, and appears actually dangerous for the adult. Looks like one could easily lose an eye in the process.

GreenHeronAndChick07Jul2019_366web by Marshall Smith, on FlickrGreenHerons07Jul2019_202web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

It is total bedlam and an adult doesn't stay long to feed them before it flies off.

GreenHeronPair07Jul2019_003web by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

I'm still working up files and the complete set will be at this Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78687170@N00/albums/72157709522443962/with/48235827706/

Marshall
Jul 5, 2019 17:18:56   #
John Gerlach wrote:
I actually don't use the 6 cases, as I just modify one of them to suit the way I shoot.


Canon has provided three AF parameters, and five choices for each parameter. If I have Googled "combinations" correctly then that makes 5X5X5 = 125 possible combinations of those three parameters. No wonder Canon tried to simplify things for us lowlifes and suggested only six cases.

I don't use the cases either; was just hoping that if you ever expanded on your explanation of the three parameters that you provide us a link there.

Thanks,

Marshall
Jul 3, 2019 07:52:18   #
ken_stern wrote:
My goodness what a beautiful Animal
GREAT SHOT
PS: Can you get one to fly out here??


Keep looking! You should have some out there. Once you see the first one, it seems like then they are everywhere!

Fine image, and one of my favorite birds, too. I lucked up on an active nest earlier this week and am looking forward to watching the chicks grow up.

That neck, that they keep tucked up, shoots out when they stalk something, and is one of the great natural wonders to see.


 
Jun 30, 2019 16:54:18   #
CPR wrote:
Make sure the card is physically OK. I had one that one of the little dividers between the contacts was bent to the side and blocking the contact.


I had that same problem with a couple of SD cards, where that little plastic divider strip had broken loose and was preventing proper contact.

I ended up snipping off the offending plastic with a pair of nail clippers, and everything has been fine since.
Jun 29, 2019 09:09:29   #
TMcL wrote:
Yes, I can do that as a workaround; but it would leave me without a backup for my stills. Also, I'd like to be able to use the full capabilities of the camera.


I just tried this with my 5Dmk4:

With both cards in the camera it would only write a movie to one card as expected per the Canon manual. I found that the card that the movie is written to was determined by using the "Q" button on the back of the camera, then scrolling down to the card symbol box, and selecting a card from there. That card is the one that the movie is recorded to.

Tried it both ways, and that is where the movie went. Didn't have to go into the camera menu at all.

Marshall
Jun 28, 2019 19:41:30   #
John Gerlach wrote:
My article on how I shoot sharp wildlife photos is found here:

https://www.gerlachnaturephoto.com/blog


Thanks for posting that link, I found it very helpful.

I've put the three selectable AF parameters into MY MENU 1 on my Canon 5D so I can quickly and easily experiment with them without having to mess with the 6 cases that Canon has inserted into the AF menu. Your explanation has made the most sense of anything I've read so far, in terms of how to individually set these parameters, without having to just randomly try stuff to see what happens.

Please let us know if you ever write that longer article on those 6 cases.

Marshall
Jun 28, 2019 15:12:38   #
I promised a respondent to another post that I would add more photos of a feeding sequence that I thought was interesting. I added them, but it was a while later after the thread had run its course and it doesn't look like anybody even saw them. So I'm reposting just that new series in the BIF Forum.


Here is the sequence of an adult Tree Swallow coming in too hot and tumbling both of them off the branch. Neither was harmed in this interaction and I'm sure it was a good life lesson for the young one.
Birds23Jun2019_229 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Birds23Jun2019_230 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Birds23Jun2019_232 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Birds23Jun2019_233 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Birds23Jun2019_234 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Birds23Jun2019_235 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr


And in the midst of all that action it looks like they also even dropped the intended meal!

Marshall
Jun 26, 2019 23:57:19   #
bluezzzzz wrote:
Thanks, Blair and all, glad you liked it.

I'm a great believer in burst mode; lots of times I don't know exactly what I've got till back home on the computer.

Took a bunch of photos of fledgling tree swallows and found that transfers go wrong more times than I thought, especially when the adult doesn't even land. I've got a series, that I haven't worked up yet, where the parent couldn't stop and they both went tumbling off the branch. lol! Probably won't technically be a very good image, but if it is viewable I'll put it up later in a new post.

Marshall
Thanks, Blair and all, glad you liked it. br br I... (show quote)


Here is the sequence of the adult coming in too hot and tumbling both of them off the branch. Neither was harmed in this interaction and I'm sure it was a good life lesson for the young one.

Birds23Jun2019_229 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr
Birds23Jun2019_230 by Marshall Smith, on FlickrBirds23Jun2019_231 by Marshall Smith, on FlickrBirds23Jun2019_232 by Marshall Smith, on FlickrBirds23Jun2019_233 by Marshall Smith, on FlickrBirds23Jun2019_234 by Marshall Smith, on FlickrBirds23Jun2019_235 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr


And in the midst of all that action it looks like they also even dropped the intended meal!


Marshall
 
Jun 26, 2019 18:28:47   #
Cwilson341 wrote:
You pushed the button at just the right moment! Fabulous capture!


Glad you liked it, but I can't take the credit for that. Sometime BEFORE the right moment is more like it. 7 fps is my friend! I trash a lot of "not the decisive moment" images.

Marshall
Jun 26, 2019 11:22:51   #
NMGal wrote:
Once in a lifetime capture.


Oh, gee, I hope not!
Jun 26, 2019 11:07:32   #
Fledgling tree swallows at my local park pond.


ItsaJungleOutThere25Jun2019 by Marshall Smith, on Flickr

Marshall
Jun 26, 2019 10:02:50   #
Blair Shaw Jr wrote:
great image......more please.


Thanks, Blair and all, glad you liked it.

I'm a great believer in burst mode; lots of times I don't know exactly what I've got till back home on the computer.

Took a bunch of photos of fledgling tree swallows and found that transfers go wrong more times than I thought, especially when the adult doesn't even land. I've got a series, that I haven't worked up yet, where the parent couldn't stop and they both went tumbling off the branch. lol! Probably won't technically be a very good image, but if it is viewable I'll put it up later in a new post.

Marshall
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