Laem Pak Bia - Pak Thale

2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #3060 by Paul T
As the weather turned ropey again on Friday I decided to take a detour and have a relax by the beach instead of the forest. I had a lens I wanted to test with me and last week I had seen nothing to try it on, so I had the brain wave to call into Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale (out of season not withstanding) so I could check the focus on the lens (a second hand purchase).

I had a few glimpses of the sun but it was blustery and cloudy, enough for me to call it a day by 11 am. The lens worked exceedingly well though and I took quite a few bird pictures. Laem Pak Bia was heaving with a huge assortment of birds early in the morning (7 am till 9 am), Pak Thale was a ghost town and I saw a total of no more than 10 birds in 2 hours - to be expected I suppose - not being a "birder" I can be forgiven for my lack of knowledge :side: .

I now have a bunch of shorebird pictures which I am struggling to ID - can anyone help?
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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #3061 by Paul T
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and here are the rest of the shorebirds

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any help at all is highly appreciated.
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2 years 9 months ago #3062 by onflipflops
No bird books with me at the moment, and zero knowledge of shorebirds, but was wondering if you could ID the lens you're trying ;) Or is it a secret?
Looks like a longer focal length, or is it possible to get close to the birds there?
Either way, looks like the focus is right on.

I can not wait to get out and try my new set up (D810 + 300mm VR PF + 1.4TC III).

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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 8 months ago #3063 by Paul T
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In the Laem Pak Bia Environmental Research Station you can get very close. Nearly everything was shot from the car window. Theres masses there - pelicans, eagles, painted stork, waders, all kinds of stuff easy to photograph. Which is why I went because i needed to practice technique with the lens. Lots of beach side accommodation at Had Chao Samram as well. Worth a visit.

The lens? I got lucky and picked up a second hand NIKON 600 VR ED. Its a monster and I have been trying to quietly practice with it - its a bit of a daunting beast to maneuver and to use. Even sticking it out of the car window is a major exercise.

D810 + 300mm VR PF + 1.4TC III - nice!! I quite fancy the D810 but its a financial bridge too far at the moment :+)

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2 years 9 months ago #3064 by onflipflops
Even though I keep telling myself I am more a wide-angle kind of photographer, I am still just a tiny bit jealous about your new toy ;)
Surely a pain to carry around and manouver, but once set up in a blind it will give you some awesome results.
The narrow depth of field makes any subject look aesthetically appealing.
One day...
Am looking forward to seeing more work shot with this new lens!

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2 years 8 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #3065 by Paul T
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I think, but am not sure, this is much harder than I thought it would be..............................

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#4 is a wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola) ??
#5 is a Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) ??
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