Lord Howe Island birds - Sacred Kingfisher & Buff Banded Rail
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Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

As I stated in my other thread, I had the opportunity to go to Lord Howe Island, a small island 600kms north east of Sydney in the Tasman Sea off the east coast of Australia, to photograph the abundant sea and land birds and the stunning scenery. Lord Howe is only a small island of 11kms long and between .3km - 2km wide and has been widely regarded as the most beautiful island in the Pacific. It is one of just four island groups to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the global significance of its natural beauty and heritage and was ranked first in the list of "The 25 most amazing islands on earth" in "Islands Magazine"
Sacred Kingfisher
Model NIKON D800 + 300mm f2.8 VRII + 2x TCIII
Focal Length 600 mm
Exposure Time 1/2500 sec
Aperture f/8
ISO Equivalent 320


Sacred Kingfisher
Model NIKON D800 + 300mm f2.8 VRII + 2x TCIII
Focal Length 600 mm
Exposure Time 1/2500 sec
Aperture f/8
ISO Equivalent 450


Sacred Kingfisher
Model NIKON D800 + 300mm f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCIII
Focal Length 600 mm
Exposure Time 1/1000 sec
Aperture f/5.6
ISO Equivalent 1800


Buff Banded Rail feeding a worm to it's chick
Model NIKON D800 + 300mm f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII
Focal Length 420 mm
Exposure Time 1/1667 sec
Aperture f/8
ISO Equivalent 6400


Buff Banded Rail
Model NIKON D800 + 300mm f2.8 VRII + 1.4x TCII
Focal Length 420 mm
Exposure Time 1/1000 sec
Aperture f/5.6
ISO Equivalent 1000



dorian
Registered: Feb 20, 2011
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wow that second rail shot is great. nice to see one running around out in the open as opposed to buried in reeds. the second kingfisher shot is outstanding too....

dorian



KCollett
Registered: Jul 02, 2010
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Country: Canada

Nice looking set. I wish birds would perch only on natural things. Too many favor telephone lines and metal posts.



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

dorian wrote:
wow that second rail shot is great. nice to see one running around out in the open as opposed to buried in reeds. the second kingfisher shot is outstanding too....

dorian


Thank you again for your lovely comments, Dorian!

It is amazing to see the Buff Banded Rails as they are pretty much unfazed by humans and will walk almost up to you. When I took the shot of the Buff Banded Rail with chick I was kneeling down, and the chick would not come anywhere near me, but the adult would walk right up to me, within 3 feet of me, and do a complete circle around me completely oblivious to me being there! It was too close to photograph!



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

KCollett wrote:
Nice looking set. I wish birds would perch only on natural things. Too many favor telephone lines and metal posts.


Thank you for the lovely comments, Ken!

Unfortunately, the Kingfishers were very flighty and would not let us get near them. One of the only places to get decent shots of them was near the airport (of all places) and hence the posts etc, where they would allow us to be reasonably close, and that meant only about 8-10mts. All the other places we tried to get photos of them they wouldn't let us get anywhere near them. One spot where two of them frequented was a field near a forest. Every time I approached the tree that they were in they flew to a tree 50mts away and when i went to that tree they flew back to the first tree. This went on back and forth for about 15 minutes before I gave up with this silly waste of time!



sdgnh
Registered: Nov 27, 2009
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Country: United States

Nice set Lance, I especially like the Rail feeding the chick.
Nancy



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

sdgnh wrote:
Nice set Lance, I especially like the Rail feeding the chick.
Nancy


Thank you again for your lovely comment, Nancy!



jodelak
Registered: Oct 25, 2009
Total Posts: 654
Country: Canada

Stunning shots Lance. I love the KFs, and the rail with chick photo is just so precious. You got some really beautiful birds there



lukeb
Registered: Nov 13, 2010
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Country: United States

Great Set



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

jodelak wrote:
Stunning shots Lance. I love the KFs, and the rail with chick photo is just so precious. You got some really beautiful birds there


Thank you very much for your lovely comments, Jodelak!



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

lukeb wrote:
Great Set


Thank you very much, Luke!



kmunroe
Registered: Feb 02, 2010
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Country: Canada

lovely set Lance.. i like the KFs



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

kmunroe wrote:
lovely set Lance.. i like the KFs


Thank you very much for your lovely comments, kmunroe!



surfnron
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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A very nice set Lance. I always like seeing the little ones ~ Ron



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

surfnron wrote:
A very nice set Lance. I always like seeing the little ones ~ Ron


Thank you for the nice comments, Ron!



blueimage
Registered: Jan 11, 2010
Total Posts: 830
Country: United States

Another nice set Lance. the #4 shot of the BBR feeding her chick is perfect... and priceless!!!

Jim



CDaescher
Registered: Jul 19, 2011
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Country: Netherlands

Very nice set, Lance.
Always good to see well done kingfisher images.
Chris



David Leask
Registered: Nov 19, 2003
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Country: United Kingdom

Another fine set Lance, well done
David



Howard Kearley
Registered: Jul 16, 2008
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Country: United Kingdom

Beautiful shots

Howard



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1185
Country: Australia

blueimage wrote:
Another nice set Lance. the #4 shot of the BBR feeding her chick is perfect... and priceless!!!

Jim


Thank you for your kind comments once again, Jim.

When I saw the parent feed the chick with the worm, I couldn't believe my luck!



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