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Old Aug 14, 2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Two pictures I took yesterday morning. The first is a Steller's Jay, common to our area and very vocal. The ones around here don't stay in any one place for long so I find them difficult to photograph.



Not sure what this bird is - perhaps a female western bluebird? Or a mountain bluebird? Or something entirely different?

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Old Aug 14, 2011, 2:10 PM   #2
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I think that is either a female or juvenile Mountain Bluebird (Westerns have more orange). What a cutie!! Really excellent shot, love it!
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Oh Wow! I Love the composition of your second shot. That's beautiful. Nicely done.
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Old Aug 14, 2011, 10:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the compliments. I had thought the second one looked like a female Mountain Bluebird, but the map in my bird guide makes it look like they are only winter visitors, not year-round residents. Though my guide is old and I've already found non-native species that have moved into the area.
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Love the second shot. Cute little thing
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I love them both, nice work...!
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Thanks for sharing, mtngal

I also really like the composition of photo #2 (and the 2nd bird in the blurred background).

Thanks for sharing. Your timing paid off!

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Old Aug 15, 2011, 10:57 PM   #8
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Thanks, for the compliments! While my intention was to take pictures of birds when I took a walk Saturday morning (these were taken in my neighborhood), I didn't expect to see anything interesting where I took the second one - it's not some place I normally see birds hang out. It was a quick grab on my way back to the house, somewhat unexpected. And I had the camera set to Tv, to avoid camera shake (I find it hard to shoot hand-held with what is for me a heavy, long lens) and didn't pay attention to the fact the lens was wide-open. The small dof worked to my advantage, for once. I have other shots (taken around where I took the first one) also taken at f4 where the camera just slightly missed the focus - it either focused on the branch right in front of the bird or the foliage just behind the bird. Not to mention the lovely branches I captured when the bird flew off just as I pushed the shutter (didn't even manage tail feathers in that one!). Shooting birds is frustrating, but oh so rewarding when you finally get a good one.
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nice love 2 the best
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Hi,

#2 is a standout!

Well composed with great resolution and detail. I love the colors in that shot.

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