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    A pair of (Australian) Eastern Whipbirds (Psophodes olivaceus) were active in front of our house this morning but one got too inquisitive & ended up being entrapped under a light flower pot in a tight place. The dogs were barking at all the rattling going on, so I went with camera in hand to investigate & got these photos after releasing it. This is a great chance of photos as they usually flit around amidst the bushes most of the time & are hard to see let alone actually getting a photograph of them.


    K8160579-adj by Ross, on Flickr


    K8160590-cr by Ross, on Flickr (partially cropped for composition).

    After flying off after their mate this one landed on this log further away & hence a cropped photo.


    K8160596-scr by Ross, on Flickr (heavily cropped).
    All with E-M1 II & MC20+40-150 F2.8 lens.

    Ross
    I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
    Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
    Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
    Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
    Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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      Re: The Secretive Eastern Whipbird revealed.

      Nice shots. It is very similar looking to the Bulbul.

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        Re: The Secretive Eastern Whipbird revealed.

        Thanks. I did check a little before lifting the pot off that fell on it to make sure it was a bird & not a rat (thankfully they are under control for now) & then I wanted to know if it was a feral bird or not by taking hold of it carefully & was so delighted to discover it was the native whipbird as they are usually not easy to see for long enough to get a photo. I had the MC20 plus 40-150 lens on so couldn't get a photo of it in my hand so I let it go but thankfully the pair hung around enough for me to get these shots (plus some less wonderful ones).

        Originally posted by Keith-369 View Post
        Nice shots. It is very similar looking to the Bulbul.
        Thanks. Yes, there is a similarity with them having a crest & also not too different in size too. We also have them (another feral bird) in urban areas being brought here by the early British to have something from home.

        Ross
        I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
        Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
        Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
        Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
        Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
        Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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          Re: The Secretive Eastern Whipbird revealed.

          Lovely shots Ross. Lucky you.
          Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
          Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
          Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
          Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
          Learn something new every day

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            Re: The Secretive Eastern Whipbird revealed.

            The first one for me.

            My Gallery on 500px

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              Re: The Secretive Eastern Whipbird revealed.

              I haven't seen those before, how cute are they! Nice pictures, Ross.
              John

              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                Re: The Secretive Eastern Whipbird revealed.

                Originally posted by OM USer View Post
                Lovely shots Ross. Lucky you.
                Thanks. I was lucky to get this close this time.

                Originally posted by Tordan58 View Post
                The first one for me.
                Thanks.

                Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                I haven't seen those before, how cute are they! Nice pictures, Ross.
                Thanks John. I'm glad I could show a bird not commonly seen, mainly because they aren't easy to see quite often, except as they fleetingly jump about in the bushes.

                Ross
                I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
                Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ross-the-fiddler/
                Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
                Lenses: M.ZD7-14mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens, MC-14, MC-20, M.ZD45mm f1.8, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
                Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
                Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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