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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 8:16 am 
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https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zea ... zing-shots

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Taranaki photographer spent weeks befriending rare white fantail to get amazing shots

Guy Vickers of Stratford, who has taken photos for 25 years, initially set out to teach himself the difficult skill of photographing birds, and set his sights on local blackbirds, ducks, hawks and sparrows - before a chance encounter.

"As I was sitting there under a shrub, three fantails flew over the top of me and one of them was bright white, and I thought, that's weird - maybe one of them was a different bird," Mr Vickers said.

"I came home and told my family and my son said he was out mountain biking and he saw a white fantail.

"So I went looking for it - I was bumping into people with my camera gear and they said, 'oh, have you seen the white fantail?'"

Mr Vickers soon came across the bird, which has Leucism - a white colouration which is very rare, and distinct from albinism.

Some birds have only partial Leucism, with patches of white, but this pīwakawaka is pure white.

"I started photographing it and the initial results were shocking," Mr Vickers said.

"I couldn't get close to the bird and the exposure was wrong and it was very difficult."

Mr Vickers was not easily deterred, however, and set about a plan of gaining the bird's trust and adapting his technique.

"I realised that I couldn't use my long telephoto lens - my 400mm - to capture this bird, because it moves too fast and the light levels are too low down by the river," he said.

"So I worked out that if I used a shorter focal length and strategies to get the bird accustomed to me being there, I would be able to get closer to it and then get the photos I was after."

Gaining the bird's trust involved heading down to the river most days, he said, to sit quietly in wait for "Whitey" to show up.

Mr Vickers wore the same bush-coloured clothes each day - washed, of course.

"When it came close to me, I would talk quietly to it - I gave him the nickname Whitey, so I would just talk quietly and say 'hi Whitey, how are you doing?' - just so he got used to my voice.

"I would use little fantail like noises, and he wouldn't respond, but just by repeatedly doing those things, he knew I wasn't a risk to him.

"I didn't get photographs when he came in close the first week - I just sat and kept still, talked quietly, and built up that trust."

The moment Mr Vickers realised his groundwork had paid off was when a large mayfly flew up from the river, and Whitey came flying over, within 1.5 metres of him, and caught it on the wing.

"That was sort of the moment I realised it trusted me, because it was close to me and it was distracted with catching food," Mr Vickers said.

"When I walked through certain areas of the forest, he would come and be happy to be around me - feeding and doing its normal behaviour - preening and singing."

With Whitey much more trusting, Mr Vickers began spending long hours waiting for the perfect shot using a different, shorter lens.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:20 pm 
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Great photo. :thumbup:

Some guys spend crazy amount of time for that one photo. My one friend camped a whole month on a mountain, came down without a single photo because he couldn't find the one photo he was looking for.

This makes me feel like picking up my camera again...


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 6:06 pm 
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Trogs I cant remember now if I've ever asked this, but did you snap some ellies a while back that kinda got noticed?


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 6:17 pm 
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It was the baby elephant getting its trunk pulled by a croc that went viral I think.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 6:40 pm 
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Yeah, mine I'm shameful to admit.

Technically one of the worst photos ever. :lol:

Thank goodness the photo was saved only due to the wonderful sight captured.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:50 am 
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Weren't you involved with that controversial one with the monkey that stole a camera or something like that.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:51 am 
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A friend from Gore got some great interest from these shots taken in Africa captured via a converted radio controlled car.

His YouTube clip has nearly 9m views.

https://youtu.be/lRY4-feFZZY


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 11:46 am 
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I prefer pron photography.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:05 pm 
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Ah, the difference between photographic pornography, and pornographic photography !


EDIT Mog got there first, I see.


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