New visitor in the garden

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An unusual loud, short repeated chirp drew my attention to this little bird that I’ve never seen – or heard previously in our valley. This Striated Pardalote has been hanging around for a few weeks now by itself, seemingly calling out for a mate.

Below, two New Holland Honey-eaters getting into the romance of spring!

Cropped images taken with Olympus EM1 II with 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II

27 thoughts on “New visitor in the garden

  1. I’m always amazed when I see razor sharp, well-lit images of birds. My pictures are quite the contrary. I have to get my thinking hat on.. πŸ™‚

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    1. A very high shutter speed is essential, at least 1/1250. Focusing correctly is the hardest, I use Pro-capture mode which takes a burst of 15 shots, often only one might be in focus. A bright day helps keep ISO down but you need to avoid strong backlight. Lots of shots and lots of patience! πŸ™‚


      1. I love seeing birds. Only crows are not so welcome here. I’ve crossed them off my Christmas list for bad behaviour when they’ve flown off with baby birds from the nests. Looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous birds.

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  2. Got the Olympus EM1 II also and just love it – I’m starting in photography so lots more to learn (also lots to learn from the camera itself πŸ˜‰)! Really nice, crisp photos you’ve got there! πŸ¦πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thanks for commenting, the Oly is a great system, keep an eye out for second hand bargain lenses and gear as some people likely will panic and run due to the sale to JIP. I use Photoshop CS – the last version you could buy outright. I find in camera jpeg’s handle the noise and grain very well but it has taken me a while to figure out the best settings for RAW files. I want to try Topaz Denoise AI, but my PC is to old to run it. If you look back through my posts and on the β€œPhotography” page you will find some tips and gear I use, hope it helps.

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      1. πŸ‘πŸ» My favourite lens is M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens. My husband spoiled me with a few lenses from M.Zuiko so for now I’m ok in this area but thanks for the tip, I appreciate. I work mostly with my iPad Pro and I use (and love) Affinity Photo instead of Photoshop. It does the trick for me. I’ll check your photography page for tips for sure since I (too) have to learn more regarding all the settings. Thanks again! πŸ€—πŸ“Έ

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      2. Hunt out Robin Wong, Peter Fosgard and my favorite – Red35 (Jimmy Chan) on youtube. Join the β€œOlympus OM-D Education Group” on Facebook, where no question is too dumb.

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      3. OMG! I’ve been checking Robin Wong’s blog since I got my camera and watched Peter Fosgard’s videos a few times also! They’re the best! I don’t have FB anymore BUT I’m definitely going to check Jimmy Chan!!! Thanks again! ☺️

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      4. I forgot to say the 60mm macro is a cracker sharp and versatile lens. My favorite though which sits on my camera is not the sharpest or brightest, but it’s light, reasonably compact, weather-sealed and a great value all rounder, the 14-150mm II. I used it her to take these birds πŸ™‚

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      5. You’re right about the 60mm – I love it for my closeup photography. You’re saying you’ve got the 40-150mm II?! It’s one I don’t have. As I can see, it’s awesome for your bird photography! πŸ˜ƒ


      6. I have the 14-150, which is a f4-5.6 non-pro lens. It is much cheaper, smaller and lighter than the 40-150, with a great zoom range so great for travel and bushwalking. It is often the only lens I take if travelling light πŸ™‚

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