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Old 13th January 2012, 18:09   #16
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I still think its a Great Blue Heron.
Yes you are right, the black feather on its head sets it apart as a heron.
This is a darter shot by me at Ranginatittu bird sanctuary.
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Old 13th January 2012, 18:16   #17
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Nice Pic Fazal ji...have seen a lot of your pics earlier and like all of them :-) including the ones of your offroading
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Old 17th January 2012, 19:05   #18
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One set of Painted stork in flight

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Nice pictures Sach. Maybe the white balance is a bit off in some of the pics though, you may want to check on that.
Regarding the confusion about the heron, its actually an adult purple heron which is one of the most common herons in India.


A purple heron in flight which I shot long back in Bharatpur.
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Fantastic photography. My family has really enjoyed looking at your imagery.

Wish you more trips like this in the future.

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Nice pictures Sach. Maybe the white balance is a bit off in some of the pics though, you may want to check on that.
Regarding the confusion about the heron, its actually an adult purple heron which is one of the most common herons in India.


A purple heron in flight which I shot long back in Bharatpur.
Thanks Robi.

Very nice and crisp capture of the purple heron - the details in the picture are amazing!

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Fantastic photography. My family has really enjoyed looking at your imagery.

Wish you more trips like this in the future.

KD.
Thanks KD. Glad that you and your family liked the pictures - makes my day
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Old 23rd January 2012, 12:45   #22
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sach.sri, the photos are indeed nice.

When you pick up a telephoto, make sure it's as fast as possible (widest aperture that you can get). This helps you in capturing frames even in low light, and also helps you bump up the shutter speed to get that extra sharpness in the pics.

Also remember you would either need a very steady hand or a camera support to minimize camera shake with a tele lens. (even though the lens may come with image stabilization, it would still be good if you used a camera support like a bean bag or a tripod).
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sach.sri, the photos are indeed nice.

When you pick up a telephoto, make sure it's as fast as possible (widest aperture that you can get). This helps you in capturing frames even in low light, and also helps you bump up the shutter speed to get that extra sharpness in the pics.

Also remember you would either need a very steady hand or a camera support to minimize camera shake with a tele lens. (even though the lens may come with image stabilization, it would still be good if you used a camera support like a bean bag or a tripod).
Thanks Honeybee. I am set on picking up the 100-400mm L series as my telephoto. From what i hear this is one of the popular telephoto lenses for wildlife - hope to be able to put it to good use.
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Sachin O Sachin !!

World Class Bird Photography.

Please keep them coming !
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Sachin O Sachin !!

World Class Bird Photography.

Please keep them coming !
Thanks mate. I do hope to atleast do couple of more trips to Sultanpur in Feb - after i get my 100-400 lens. Hopefully, will have loads of birds still and will be able to post some good pictures.
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Canon has discontinued Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. Can anyone suggest similar alternatives ? How about Sigma 50-500mm F/4.5-6.3 OS ? [source: flipkart]. Or can I go budget with 55-250mm IS with a 2x teleconverter ?
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Canon has discontinued Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. Can anyone suggest similar alternatives ? How about Sigma 50-500mm F/4.5-6.3 OS ? [source: flipkart]. Or can I go budget with 55-250mm IS with a 2x teleconverter ?
When did this happen? I think it is still available - pls check with your nearset canon store again.
Even flipkart used to list this to sell at Rs. 96990 about 2 days ago.

However - Sigma 150-500 is a good lens, but as far as i have heard - it also depends from piece to piece. Some people have no complaints and are vey happy with their Sigma, but some others dont like it. So this is something that you should keep in mind.
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the 100-400 is here. Yippeeee!

Went to Sultanpur bird sanctuary for a field trial yesterday afternoon.

Black stork in the nest - male and female (i guess)

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More to come as i process the photos. Initial impressions are that i need to learn how to use this lens - this is much heavier than my earlier lenses and hence stability needs to be worked on.

Besides this, very happy with the lens - the focusing is ultra silent dont even know when it is focusing. Also - exposure still is not correct, need to learn to do it better :(

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Oops, I just checked this. I would have suggested to go for 300mm F4 and get a 1.4 TC, a better combo.

100-400L is good lens but on the slower side.

I hope you must have compared them, any particular reason for going with 100-400L.
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With the 300 it would have been a prime and Sachin would've been stuck. He currently has a 18~135 and with this 100~400, his kit is kinda complete.

While the 300 + TC would've been great to him if he was birding, it would have been an impediment if shooting Cats, meaning if the animal would have been nearer then.....

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Oops, I just checked this. I would have suggested to go for 300mm F4 and get a 1.4 TC, a better combo.

100-400L is good lens but on the slower side.

I hope you must have compared them, any particular reason for going with 100-400L.
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