I am amazed at how unobservant I can be when I am preoccupied with
focussing, framing & timing of a shot.
I have often smugly downloaded a rarity to find it is obviously
something quite common.
On the other hand I have often photographed a familiar bird but when
downloaded It would be hard to ID from the pic.
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On 28/01/2008, at 10:38 PM, L&L Knight wrote:
I was at the Manly wader roost [SEQ] the other day putting my new
camera lens through its paces. It [Sigma 80-400 OS] is a definite
improvement over the old lens, and looking at the pictures on the
screen, enabled me to see things that I didn't pick up in the field.
For example, I was photographing the gossip of tattlers that
assemble on the back of the rockwall beside the boat harbour -
there were a dozen of the locally [green] flagged tattlers among
the hundreds of birds there. On examination, in one shot, I found
a blue [Japanese] flagged tattler and an orange [Victorian] flagged
Curlew Sandpiper in the edges of a shot I took of a green flagged
tattler. I certainly didn't seen the blue and orange bands when I
was looking at the birds.
I also took a quite few shots of a group of golden plovers - I
found at least one bird that was free of the spangling that
characterises golden plovers [it wasn't a Grey], which was
interesting, because it was a type of plumage that none of my field
Looking at a couple of clear flight shots [very much a matter of
luck] I also noticed a fair bit of variation in the extent to which
the plovers' feet projected beyond their tails - in some cases it
appeared to be comparable to the length of the birds' bills while
it was negligible in other cases. [This is interesting, because
foot projection is supposed to be one of the diagnostic features
for separating Pacific / American / European Golden Plovers].
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