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Looking to buy a DSLR for birding. Any opinions?
In UAE - general birding
Tim Lloyd
Jul 24, 2019
Hi Vlad I think that your choice of D500 and 200-500mm lens is perfect. With the cropped sensor it should give you something like a 750mm equivalent. I have the same lens paired with a second-hand D800 and it has been terrific. The one thing that you’ll notice moving from the P900 is the weight. I think the lens is nearly three kgs so if you’re carrying it around all day you’ll feel it. Having said that it is much lighter than some of Huw’s lenses... I also looked at the 300mm phase fresnel lens. Smaller, lighter, f4 ... I think it would make an excellent travel lens but for normal birding I feel that 300mm is too short. You’d probably be cropping heavily all the time. You could add a teleconverter but it would reduce your aperture. I got the 200-500 and have no regrets. Actually Nikon have come out with a 500mm PF prime lens which looks good ... about a kilo lighter than the 200-500 and a bit more compact but unfortunately well over twice the price. If money was no object I would buy it because I find myself shooting almost exclusively at 500mm. Regarding the other lens brands like Tamron or Sigma... l’m sure they would be fine too but I’ve not tried them so can’t comment. Regarding the Nikon/Canon debate: I don’t think that there’s any difference between them. Most birders seem to have Canon DSLR with the 100-400mm lens. I’ve seen a lot of photos taken with this lens (versions 1 and 2) and it seems to be ideal. So that would be another option to think about. Anyway good luck and let us know what you go for. If you want to have a go with my 200-500 then don’t hesitate to get in touch, I will be in Abu Dhabi until the 9th Aug. Tim
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Mushrif Palace Gardens
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Algerian Nuthatch - yes!
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Meadow Pipit
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Tim Lloyd
Apr 23, 2019
Ahhhhh! Thanks Mark.
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chat-robin id needed
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Tim Lloyd
Apr 19, 2019
White-Throated Robin?
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Wonderful Site For Photography
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Tim Lloyd
Apr 14, 2019
Terrific shot Bob
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Blue Cheeked Bee Eater
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Blue Cheeked Bee Eater
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Uganda 6th - 9th March
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Tim Lloyd
Mar 12, 2019
Day 3: Lake Mburo. After an overnight at Rwakobo Rocks I had a morning bird-walk in an acacia-scrub-type area not far from the entrance with a ranger but unfortunately he wasn't that knowledgeable and I felt like I missed a few species. By about 10am the guide signaled that the walk was over, but by this time some of the big eagles and vultures had started to appear in the sky, so with Abdul we hung around for a little bit to get a few snaps. I had trouble separating the commoner White-Backed Vultures from the Ruppell's Vultures and I couldn't definitively pick out any of the latter, even though I'm sure they were there. Much easier to spot were a couple of beautiful big Lappet-Faced Vultures. Also eagles are a bit of a problem. The one below I thought initially was Steppe but the shorter gape appears to suggest Tawny. Thoughts welcome. Plus this one is still a mystery, possibly Wahlberg's Eagle? Following lunch back at the hotel, we went back to the park for a planned boat ride on the lake. This is a good place to see African Finfoot and potentially White-Backed Night Heron.. However the boat was full of tourists and I baulked at the idea of spending a few hours with them (I'm such a snob!) so I made the tough decision to do a game drive instead. I do regret it a little... But we got some lovely birds including the amazing-looking Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird. eBird lists here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53597500 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53588321 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53588778 Then it was back to the hotel for a cold Nile Special.
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Great Spotted Eagle v Arabian Red Fox
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Pallas's Gull at Mina Port
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Tim Lloyd
Feb 26, 2019
Anytime! Welcome the forum!
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