Silvereye surprise

An unexpected close encounter, this is the first time I have seen a Silvereye Zosterops lateralis in the valley. I was out walking slowly, looking for birds to photograph and as usual they were keeping their distance, when this Silvereye appeared only metres away from me on a bush! I managed to get a few quick shots before he flew back into the scrub after realising I was there.

Although one of Australia’s smallest birds, the Silvereye is capable of travelling great distances during migration, with Silvereyes from the most southerly regions of Tasmania travelling all the way up to Southern Queensland. [Source]

Thanks for dropping by 😀

24 thoughts on “Silvereye surprise

    1. Thanks Marc, I forgot to add this was the OM-1 with Olympus 75-300 f4.8-6.7 II ED attached. I am having trouble with consistent focus – or keeping focus on the birds with the tracking, not sure if it’s the lens or a setting. I have some experimenting to do 😀

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      1. My guess is a combination of the two, I have the Panasonic 100-300 f4-5.6, and it has the same problem when there is less light,
        and on both the E-M1 MKII and E-M1 MKIII.
        Now I’m using custom settings for birds, with single AF for sitting still, C-AF for moving and Tracking AF for flying, and it’s getting better.


      2. Thanks Marc, that’s interesting. The setting I’m playing around with now is the C-AF Sensitivity, not sure if that is on the EM1iii. It seemed to make a difference today on +2 but not ideal conditions or subject to be sure.

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      3. Yes, the sensitivity setting is on both MKII & MKIII. I have tested this to, +1 and +2 for single bird moving and moving rapidly, -1 and -2 for multiple birds or one bird between tree leaves. Problem is that when you see a bird, you probably have no time changing settings. Its a difficult problem – hope you find a solution ! 🙂

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      4. The menu on the OM-1 is much easier to access settings, still too clumsy and slow for birding though, but you could save different ones to custom C1 etc on the dial, but I use these for other things too. At least I think I’m headed in the right direction, thanks 😀

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