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drron

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Now Zambia.Only had 2 full days here and bird watching was not the major interest.One of the highlights of our trip was here - walking with rhinos.
But plentiful bee eaters caught near their nesting sites in the river banks.
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And a hammer hawk's nest.
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2G6A5051.jpeg Just to note, I've taken a break from photography briefly due to an incident in my driveway recently. Where I live has slowly become more 'ghetto' with recent arrivals at the end of the street (I live in a body corp currently).

Recently I was using a telephoto lens on some flowers to find some nice bokeh and angered some bogans who thought I was taking photos of their kids. As anyone who does photography would know, depth of field generally renders everything in the background out of focus when focusing on the foreground.

I think the only thing that stopped my gear from being destroyed or myself assaulted was that they could see my porch security camera pointed right at the driveway where 3 of them stood over me and intimidated me. I even flicked through my photos on camera for them, but I think in that moment I couldn't have persuaded them. As such, until I move I'm unlikely to take walks where I live with my camera gear as I don't need that grief and stress.

Here's a flower from that incident though, sorry no feathers. I think it's kangaroo paw?

As a side note, I hate how compression always reduces the sharpness of uploaded images.
 

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View attachment 240486 Just to note, I've taken a break from photography briefly due to an incident in my driveway recently. Where I live has slowly become more 'ghetto' with recent arrivals at the end of the street (I live in a body corp currently).

Recently I was using a telephoto lens on some flowers to find some nice bokeh and angered some bogans who thought I was taking photos of their kids. As anyone who does photography would know, depth of field generally renders everything in the background out of focus when focusing on the foreground.

I think the only thing that stopped my gear from being destroyed or myself assaulted was that they could see my porch security camera pointed right at the driveway where 3 of them stood over me and intimidated me. I even flicked through my photos on camera for them, but I think in that moment I couldn't have persuaded them. As such, until I move I'm unlikely to take walks where I live with my camera gear as I don't need that grief and stress.

Here's a flower from that incident though, sorry no feathers. I think it's kangaroo paw?

As a side note, I hate how compression always reduces the sharpness of uploaded images.

I want to like the photo (yes it does look like a kangaroo paw) but dislike the bogans
 

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Let's brighten it up again then.
The Strathspey Osprey centre,Scotland.
First they have feeders out for small birds.
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But the main show is the Ospreys.They went extinct in the UK in 1916 due to loss of habitat and egg collection.Then in 1954 a Scandinavian pair of ospreys decided to stop here at Strathspey.They were persistent.Their eggs were stolen for the first 4 years.In 1958 the nest was guarded by volunteers and the first successful births occurred.In 1959 it was decided to make this place a public viewing place.Controversial at the time but as more people became aware it has worked wonderfully.There are now at least 300 breeding pairs in the UK.Scottish birds were relocated to England in 1996 and early this century fledglings from England started nesting in Wales.
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And from their webcam.
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Rievaulx Abbey Yorkshire - I remember getting very wet feet trying to get a photo of the pheasant when I was driving in and then there were dozens of the little b#ggers and I didn't need to get my feet wet DSC01677.JPG DSC01678.JPG DSC01683.JPG DSC01706.JPG DSC01712.JPG
 
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