My first birding day ever

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First time ever birding (local park pond), first time ever to use 30fps cRAW for perched->BIF transitions.
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 506.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/640 sec
  • ISO 320
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 419.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/500 sec
  • ISO 160
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 467.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/640 sec
  • ISO 250
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 478.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/640 sec
  • ISO 320
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 576.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 640
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  • ILCE-1
  • Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • 600.0 mm
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 1/2000 sec
  • ISO 800
Found it quite enjoyable and addictive.
 

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Great Shots!! How many fps were you shooting on the bird in flight??
 

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Great Shots!! How many fps were you shooting on the bird in flight??
30fps cRAW for the perched -> BIF transitions. 1st time ever I shot 30fps.

The drive mode dial is usually at L-5fps or even single shot, then when I get a perched bird that I sense is about to take flight I press the "turbo" C button (I choose AE-L button for this) that overrides frame rate to 30fps and then I shoot away when the bird leaves the branch.

The downside is that I have to use cRAW for all the pics, even when shooting single frames, as I have not found a way yet to have uRAW for L/M/H and cRAW just for Hi+. If I set RAW type to (u)ncompressed, then Hi+ becomes same as Hi (20fps). I am very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the lossy cRAWs, as well as with the performance of the 200-600 with good light !!
 
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First time ever birding (local park pond), first time ever to use 30fps cRAW for perched->BIF transitions.

I have no idea what that means, but I’m going to look it up! :)

Found it quite enjoyable and addictive.

Amen! I’m new to birding, as well as being new to higher end modern cameras and lenses. Let me just say this for the record. …



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WOW! What an amazing first day of birding. I hope you have lots more like it. Heck, I hope I have some days like it! :LOL:
 

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I have no idea what that means, but I’m going to look it up! :)

OMG. “Perched -> BIG transitions”. Here my brain is seeking deep photography technical meaning. I’m thinking…what’s a BIF let alone a BIF transition.

For the record I understand BIF to mean Birds In Flight … you know, the thing I’ve been trying to take pictures of for weeks. :ROFLMAO: I feel like I’m back in elementary school.
 

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OMG. “Perched -> BIG transitions”. Here my brain is seeking deep photography technical meaning. I’m thinking…what’s a BIF let alone a BIF transition.

For the record I understand BIF to mean Birds In Flight … you know, the thing I’ve been trying to take pictures of for weeks. :ROFLMAO: I feel like I’m back in elementary school.
Sorry as English is not my native language.
cRAW = compressed lossy RAW (RAW file type setting necessary to attain Hi+ 30fps burst rate with A1)

perched -> BIF: bird is perched on a branch and I start shooting a 30fps burst as soon as it takes off.

Chalange to you: say on in my native language ;-)
 

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Nice first session. Now you will be hooked :)
Thanks, now I must try a real wildlife session, as this one was smack down in a city environment.

 
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Thanks, now I must try a real wildlife session, as this one was smack down in a city environment.

Nothing wrong with that, most of my pictures in the last year are local.
 

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A great start there - the duckling are especially good.
There's certainly a lot of abbreviations in the photography forums - perhaps we need a glossary of abbreviations somewhere. My favourites are OOF (out of focus) and SOOC (straight out of camera).
Some of them have me puzzled for quite a while - a bit like a cryptic crossword clue...
 

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