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Old May 25, 2009, 4:26 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I was going out to look for more Baltimore Orioles, but as soon as I stepped out the door, I saw this through the tall grass:

I could see that this was a young one, but I knew their age didn't effect their ferociousness or total lack of regard for life, so I wasn't relieved by any means.

Here's another shot which shows the purely evil intent in those eyes -- make no mistake -- these will maim you, then keep you alive just to see you suffer. It's a good thing that I had SR, or these images would be blurred from the fear-induced quaking. . .

I only had the nerve to stick around for one other shot. . . then I took off for the safety of my car. . .I could tell that this beast had gotten my scent, and soon would have been stalking me for the kill. . .

Who says photography isn't dangerous. . .

Oh yeah -- here's one for Lou, who had mentioned that he'd never seen a female of this species -- first female Red Breasted Grossbeak I've ever seen -- not a great shot, but not too bad from at least 200ft -- this is a 1/6 frame crop at 510mm with the K20.

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Old May 25, 2009, 6:01 PM   #2
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LOL! I love your dangerous young quarry. They do seem to not always have much regard for their own lives, being braver than they sometimes should be. There aren't as many around here as they used to be - because of the fire problems in this area in the last few years, everyone is more meticulous about clearing any undergrowth. That means there's not as many good places for them to live so they've moved on (or else have become meals for the local coyotes and various birds that eat rodents). It's kind of sad - they are so cute.
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Old May 25, 2009, 7:47 PM   #3
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Thanks For the shot of the Female Grossbeak. I guess the male of the species has nothing to worry about.

As Elmer Fudd might have said, I wuve the wee widdle wabbit. I had a baby rabbit in my front yard one evening and I was able to approach it and it froze and would not move. I took many pictures and the rabit would not move, so I thought it best I leave. I did and he did. It must be a natural defense mechanism.

All nice pictures, Scott.

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I wasn't sure what to expect but, it sure wasn't that!
Busted out laughing.
Nice shot of the Grossbeak! 510mm! what lens are you using?

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Old May 25, 2009, 10:24 PM   #5
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Wow, your so brave !!! It was worth the danger for these shots.

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Phew! But you survived to tell the story, now take a few days off to recover, Scott. (Nice pics)

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I must applaud your courage, ... I wouldn't have dared to come that close.

Really like the first one, sitting in the long grass, gives more the idea that it would run away when you got nearer.

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That is definitely one fierce creature! (At least, my vegetable garden thinks so...) Thanks for sharing this fine series - very well photographed!
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I can definitely see the ferociousness in his eyes. Good thing you left when you did. Glad you're still around.

Anyway, nice series. I love bunnies.

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