Welcome to Mini-Challenge #168: Birds!

CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light SeekerPosts: 400Registered Users Major grins
edited July 15, 2013 in The Dgrin Challenges
Welcome to Mini-Challenge #168! The theme of this challenge will be Birds! I love the challenge of shooting birds! It doesn't matter if they are flying, walking, sitting or swimming!! Just show us your favorite feathery shots!!


This challenge starts now and will close at 11:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Sunday, July 14, 2013. (Continuing the recent trend to shorten the time frame for the mini to about ten days instead of two weeks.)

OUR UN-OFFICIAL GENERAL RULES
1. Have fun sharing and seeing what others share!
2. The host supplies a topic and YOU POST 1-3 IMAGES. The host judges the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and is not eligible to enter. The 1st place winner becomes the next host, chooses the next topic and becomes the next judge.
3. Any photo you’ve taken is eligible, regardless of when taken or camera used.
4. Any amount of post-processing is allowed. However, it is helpful if you list your camera and lens along with your photo.
5. You may comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you some critique or criticism, just ask within your post.
6. The winner has up to three days (72 hours) to begin a new mini-challenge, or the honor goes to the #2 finisher and so forth.

Guidelines:
1. Enter 1-3 photos and put them in a single post.
2. Either embed your image in the thread or, if you must, supply a link to it. Keep in mind, however, most people don't want to click to open photos hosted elsewhere (i.e. on your website).
3. Also try and resize your photos prior to posting so they're sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll (~800 pixels on the longest side works best.)
4. Give each image you enter a title.
5. Enjoy discussion with members about their images, don't let this just be an entry thread!
6. When quoting a post, change the IMG urls to a 200x200 size picture so it is clear your post is feedback and not another entry. (See here for help).
7. Don't be hesitant; share 'em and enter!

Mini-Challenge pointers:
1. Upon winning a mini-challenge round, your first step is coming up with a new theme and starting a new thread using the same format as others have used.
2. Make sure to notify the admin of this thread to update the main thread links with your entry thread.
3. Feel free to watch the thread as it grows or wait to the end time and look at all the entries all at once.
4. After the time/date has passed, then officially close the thread with a single post notifying everyone of the fact.
5. After you're finished judging, start a new thread (again using the prior formats) and post your Winner and runners-up. It is important to have runners up in case the winner does not show within the 72-hour window.
6. PM the winner with this info above and let them know they have 72 hours to set up the next mini-challenge.
7. If the winner does not show/start the next mini-challenge after 72 hours, notify the next runner-up and post a message on the Winner thread of the fact.
8. Remember, if you're the Winner, you run the next mini challenge!

Some examples of my bird shots :)

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Jeromy
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Light is everything in life and photography.
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  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,078Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 2, 2013
    I love to look at bird images even though I rarely take any of my own. I love your hummingbird shot!

    I had to really dig to find any birds that I have taken, so here goes:

    1. Duck
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    2. Macaws
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    3. OK...I know this isn't the greatest bird shot ever, but I had baby birds in our birdhouse and the only way I have to take pictures without disturbing them is to shoot through our living room window. This is the mama bird feeding the babies. I don't care if it isn't technically a great shot--it is still one of my favorite bird shots. I love sitting in my rocking chair by my window and watching the birds come & go. More fun when there are babies.
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    Sherry
  • dniednie Major grins Posts: 1,351Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Major grins
    edited July 2, 2013
    Wow... that was way to hard. I have way to many that I love. I narrowed it down to my High Island trip and still had over 20 that I liked. Some are probably better, but these are some that make me smile.

    1) Reddish Egret near Bolivar Flats.
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    2)Common Nighthawk at Anahuac NWR.
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    3)Laughing Gulls over Galveston Ferry
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  • brancaleonebrancaleone Big grins Posts: 55Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    Big birds
    It's mating season..
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    Volare oh oh..
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    Look in my eyes!
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  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    One of my favourite photo subjects as well ...

    1) White Storks bedding down for the night

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    2) Backlit Egret

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    3) Lilac-breasted Roller

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    If anyone is interested in seeing some more of my bird shots I've posted some here ...
    http://alanandkate.smugmug.com/Wildlife/Birds/21271034_3vKrKh#!i=1693634099&k=zhFCVHL

    Good luck everyone,

    Alan
  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    Interesting theme Jeromy. I don't normally shoot birds so I only have two that I can contribute. Not sure how good they are, but here goes.

    I'm Sleeping Here!
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    You Looking At Me?!
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    Found another one.

    Swan Lake
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    Thanks for looking.
    — Kevin
    Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

    My Site, My Book
  • superduckzsuperduckz I got a Nikon camera..... Posts: 377Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    I know there's going to be some outstanding submissions here but I'll throw in a few I'm happy with.

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    Accidents and Inspiration
    One of these days I'll have to figure out what my "style" is..
  • pixelpeeperpixelpeeper Big grins Posts: 22Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    1. Black Headed Gull

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  • pixelpeeperpixelpeeper Big grins Posts: 22Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 3, 2013
  • pixelpeeperpixelpeeper Big grins Posts: 22Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 3, 2013
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    storks in france
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    classic swan
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    storks in morocco
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  • TonyCooperTonyCooper Major grins Orlando, FloridaPosts: 2,239Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    Eagles and osprey and hummers, oh my!
    Here's to the common birds:

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    and an Angry Bird:

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    Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
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  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 3, 2013
    Ghost
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    Profile
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    Dinner with a Friend
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    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Posts: 794Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 4, 2013
    Wow! So many great shots here already... I fear mine might be unworthy. But here are some of my favorites.

    1. Marbled Godwit
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    2. Pigeons on the Pier
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    3. Pelican in the Harbor
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  • hammy8241hammy8241 Paul Eastleigh, UKPosts: 144Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 4, 2013
    First post on here and i don't know what I'm doing, so I hope this comes out right:)

    A baby Blue Tit seeing if the coast is clear.
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    Grey Wagtail with 'yum yums'
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  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 4, 2013
    I know that they are so many bird photographers on Dgrin (most of Wildlife forum is that) that I am sure this will be an amazing challenge (and we already have a great start).
    I do not often take photos of birds but here are the few I found in my archives

    1.
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    2.
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    3.
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    Claire
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 4, 2013
    I am inclined to value photos taken of wild birds more than ones in zoos and those are harder to get, given that I don't sit and wait for a perfect shot. All my photos are taken 'on the fly' so to speak. So my favorites are not always the best photographs I have ever taken.

    My very favorite is this one taken in Peru in 2008 from a boat

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    This one of a snowy egret was taken even longer ago in 2005

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    I have a lot of the wading birds - rosette spoonbills, wood storks, great blue herons etc.

    But for something completely different, here's one from the county fair - when this rooster crowed, his eye got milky

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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 5, 2013
    The tag dive never lag = BEHIND
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

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  • DsrtVWDsrtVW Light Stalking Posts: 1,990Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    Gotta luv da birds

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    Chris K. NANPA Member
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  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    So many incredible shots already! I'm looking forward to seeing more. I'm a beginning birder - a "good bird" for me is one that allows me to get a decent shot. Here are three of those decent ones.

    Red-tailed Hawk with breakfast:

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    Lark Sparrow singing in the wind:

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    Bald Eagle landing:

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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    DsrtVW wrote: »
    Gotta luv da birds

    Chris - That hummingbird shot is just off the charts good.
    ______________________

    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    dnie wrote: »
    Wow... that was way to hard. I have way to many that I love. I narrowed it down to my High Island trip and still had over 20 that I liked. Some are probably better, but these are some that make me smile.


    2)Common Nighthawk at Anahuac NWR.

    Donna - I *love* the nighthawk photo!
    ______________________

    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    One of my favourite photo subjects as well ...

    3) Lilac-breasted Roller

    Good luck everyone,

    Alan

    Top shelf work with a gorgeous bird, Alan.
    ______________________

    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    2. Feed Me!

    Terrific action shot!
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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    kentwaller wrote: »
    storks in france

    classic swan

    storks in morocco

    Kent - all three of these are "classic" with very nice lighting and PP.
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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    TonyCooper wrote: »
    and an Angry Bird:

    Great shot that put a big smile on my face, Tony!
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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    Earache wrote: »
    Ghost

    Profile

    Eric - Both of these are very fine, and the detail on that hummingbird is amazing.
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    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    PedalGirl wrote: »
    Wow! So many great shots here already... I fear mine might be unworthy. But here are some of my favorites.

    1. Marbled Godwit

    Lisa - I would love to see a Marbled Godwit, let alone grab such a fine shot of one.
    ______________________

    Eric

    good gear; not enough time
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    1) Little Green Heron
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    2) Me observing the Swan in squalor.
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    3) Peacock and Ficus Tree
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    Don
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  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 6, 2013
    1) Swan

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    2) Caracara

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    3) Eagle wide open

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  • WhatSheSawWhatSheSaw Major grins Posts: 2,221Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 7, 2013
    davev wrote: »
    1) Swan

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    2) Caracara

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    3) Eagle wide open

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    All 3 are superb. The Caracara is a classic pose and style.
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