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Welcoming my new BIF machine - a 1D Mark IV

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This afternoon (June 4th), the delivery guy dropped a package I've been eagerly anticipating for sometime now - a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV.
This will become my main BIF body, with the 7D to specialize on long shots at lower ISOs and together with the 5D2, at videos.
In the coming days and weeks, I'll take this camera afield and see how good it really is at birds in the air. :)
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Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant) 

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 45.7 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 45.7 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant) 

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Bright-Capped Cisticola (Cisticola exilis, resident) 

Habitat - Drier grasslands and ricefields. 

Shooting info - Paranaque City, August 5, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, manual exposure in available light, major crop, composite of three shots of the same bird.

Bright-Capped Cisticola (Cisticola exilis, resident)

Habitat - Drier grasslands and ricefields.

Shooting info - Paranaque City, August 5, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, manual exposure in available light, major crop, composite of three shots of the same bird.

Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata, resident) 

Habitat: Open country, cultivated areas and gardens. 


Shooting info - Paranaque City, August 5, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, manual exposure in available light, major crop.

Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata, resident)

Habitat: Open country, cultivated areas and gardens.


Shooting info - Paranaque City, August 5, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, manual exposure in available light, major crop.

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier, resident) 

Habitat: Common in gardens, urban areas and grasslands but not in mature forests. 

Shooting info - Paranaque City, July 12, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500, hand held, 45 points AI servo, major crop.

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier, resident)

Habitat: Common in gardens, urban areas and grasslands but not in mature forests.

Shooting info - Paranaque City, July 12, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500, hand held, 45 points AI servo, major crop.

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier, resident)

Habitat: Common in gardens, urban areas and grasslands but not in mature forests. 

Shooting info - Paranaque City, July 12, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, 45 points AI servo, major crop.

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier, resident)

Habitat: Common in gardens, urban areas and grasslands but not in mature forests.

Shooting info - Paranaque City, July 12, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, 45 points AI servo, major crop.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus, resident) 

Habitat - Common in virtually every inhabited island. 

Shooting info - Paranaque City, July 11, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, 45 points AI servo, cropped to 1200x800 then processed and resized to 900x600

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus, resident)

Habitat - Common in virtually every inhabited island.

Shooting info - Paranaque City, July 11, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, 45 points AI servo, cropped to 1200x800 then processed and resized to 900x600

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident) 

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 20.7 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident)

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 20.7 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident) 

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 15.3 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident)

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 15.3 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant) 

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant) 

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 45.7 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 45.7 m shooting distance

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident) 

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/7.1, ISO 500, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 25.20 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident)

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/7.1, ISO 500, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 25.20 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant, immature)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant, immature)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident) 

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 25.20 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident)

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 25.20 m shooting distance, background is out-of-focus seawater.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident, immature) 

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 25.20 m shooting distance, 
background is out-of-focus seawater (OOF blades of grass along the line of fire caused a cast).

Little Heron (Butorides striatus, resident, immature)

Habitat - Exposed coral reefs, tidal flats, mangroves, fishponds and streams.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 25.20 m shooting distance,
background is out-of-focus seawater (OOF blades of grass along the line of fire caused a cast).

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 45.7 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 45.7 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant, immature)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/7.1, ISO 500, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, resident/migrant, immature)

Habitat - Variety of wetlands from ricefields to mangroves.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/7.1, ISO 500, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, 32.4 m shooting distance

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris, resident) 

Habitat - Common in grasslands, ricefields and open country. 

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm, 
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, major crop, 25.20 m shooting distance

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris, resident)

Habitat - Common in grasslands, ricefields and open country.

Shooting info - Coastal Lagoon, Manila Bay, July 6, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 700 mm,
f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, manual exposure in available light, 475B/3421 support, major crop, 25.20 m shooting distance

1D4 AND A BATTERED 400 5.6L. My hand held BIF specialist, a 6-year veteran of tough Philippine birding conditions, proudly sports its battle scars while mounted to the 1D4. 
The light birding prime might not look good on the outside, but its glass is pristine and it functions as good as when new, producing pixel-sharp captures even wide open.

1D4 AND A BATTERED 400 5.6L. My hand held BIF specialist, a 6-year veteran of tough Philippine birding conditions, proudly sports its battle scars while mounted to the 1D4.
The light birding prime might not look good on the outside, but its glass is pristine and it functions as good as when new, producing pixel-sharp captures even wide open.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus, resident, immature) 

Habitat - Common in virtually every inhabited island.

Shooting info - Paranaque City, June 15, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, major crop

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus, resident, immature)

Habitat - Common in virtually every inhabited island.

Shooting info - Paranaque City, June 15, 2010, 1D4 + 400 5.6L, 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, hand held, major crop

Oriental Pratincole ( Glareola maldivarum, resident] 

Habitat - Drier open areas, dry ricefields, pastures and plowed fields. 

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 32.4 m distance

Oriental Pratincole ( Glareola maldivarum, resident]

Habitat - Drier open areas, dry ricefields, pastures and plowed fields.

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC,
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 32.4 m distance

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris forbesi, endemic ssp.) 

Habitat - Grasslands, ricefields and open country.  

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 45.7 m distance

Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris forbesi, endemic ssp.)

Habitat - Grasslands, ricefields and open country.

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC,
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 45.7 m distance

Red Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica, resident) 

Habitat - Open country or lawns. 

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 32.4 m distance

Red Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica, resident)

Habitat - Open country or lawns.

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC,
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 32.4 m distance

Red Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica, resident) 

Habitat - Open country or lawns. 

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 20.7 m distance

Red Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica, resident)

Habitat - Open country or lawns.

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC,
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, major crop, 20.7 m distance

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus, formerly called Richard's Pipit) 

Habitat - On the ground in open country, grasslands, ricefields and parks. 

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC, 
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, 100%crop, 32.4 m distance

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus, formerly called Richard's Pipit)

Habitat - On the ground in open country, grasslands, ricefields and parks.

Shooting Info - Candaba wetlands, Pampanga, June 9, 2010, 1D4 + 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC,
700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec, 475B/3421 support, manual exposure in available light, 100%crop, 32.4 m distance

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