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  • Cuckoo Shrikes

    These Black Faced Cuckoo Shrikes were playing around and getting bugs from my neighbours lawn. Very entertaining.
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    ... and then the Willie Wagtail came in to let them know it was his patch.
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    I Shoot A Canon

    Web: isacimages.com / My Gear/Flickr Photostream
    Courage: Is knowing it's going to hurt, and doing it anyway. Stupidity: Is the same

  • #2
    good action captured here. love how willies will take on just about anything.
    well done
    Stephen Davey. Nikon Shooter

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    • Isac
      Isac commented
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      Thanks Stephen. I only noticed these shrikes a few years ago so they appear to be gradually accepting of suburbia.

  • #3
    Excellent action Isac. Is #1 a composite or single shot.
    Alan W

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    • Isac
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      I dropped in a new sky and it looked better than the original grey sky. I couldn't get a shot with them all close enough for the frame, so I brought them all closer together. I shot the Willie the next day and it was a clear blue sky.

    • wigz
      wigz commented
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      I thought it looked too good to be true. Very effective though. Well done.

  • #4
    All good, but the first does it for me. Could be great caption there..............Perhaps "Take more water with it next time"...

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    • Isac
      Isac commented
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      .... or "I'll just fly down and get another bug"

  • #5
    These in my books are one of the hardest birds to capture as in the colour contrast in the face to body.
    As in your 2nd shot the face looks slightly washed out but to get it all to work this has to happen from time to time to get the shot to work.
    This is to why I think these and the Hooded Robin are quite hard to get right all the time.
    Wonderful shot.

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    • #6
      G'day mate

      an excellent series - and the facial in #3 is superb

      Phil
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      • #7
        Another good series. Great work on #1

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        • #8
          Nice shots. Looks like the others threw the middle one off in the first one.
          Canon 7D Mark II, EF-S 10-22mm, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF 100-400mm II L, EF 100mm L Macro, EF-S 24mm STM, EF 50mm II, and a random assortment of 35mm film cameras.

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          • #9
            Originally posted by Ralph View Post
            These in my books are one of the hardest birds to capture as in the colour contrast in the face to body. As in your 2nd shot the face looks slightly washed out but to get it all to work this has to happen from time to time to get the shot to work. This is to why I think these and the Hooded Robin are quite hard to get right all the time. Wonderful shot.
            Thanks Ralph. You're not wrong with how hard it is to get the exposure right because of the pitch black head and light grey body. The only way I can get it reasonable is in PP.

            Originally posted by Ozzie_Traveller View Post
            G'day mate. An excellent series - and the facial in #3 is superb. Phil
            The willies are not afraid of any other birds Phil and they are also very territorial, especially in Spring. I have a photo of them attacking an Australian Hobby (little falcon) and it just sat there like a stunned mullet. Those images were lost but I'll keep searching my backups.

            Originally posted by AlfandBen View Post
            Another good series. Great work on #1
            Thanks A&B. I do love to play with composites, just to keep the mind engaged.
            Originally posted by David_MC View Post
            Nice shots. Looks like the others threw the middle one off in the first one.
            Thanks David, wanna add a caption?
            I Shoot A Canon

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            Courage: Is knowing it's going to hurt, and doing it anyway. Stupidity: Is the same

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            • David_MC
              David_MC commented
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              Rehearsal was not going well for the avian Cirque du Soleil.

            • Isac
              Isac commented
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              You're a funny man!
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