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Old Jun 26, 2007, 6:23 PM   #1
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Parachutists leaving home (dehiscing milkweed seed pod)
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Old Jun 26, 2007, 6:24 PM   #2
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Old Jun 26, 2007, 6:28 PM   #3
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Giant Swallowtail much the worse for wear - it had a narrow escape, probably from a hungry bird. I had only one chance - it took off before I could even get the SR turned on.
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great shots penolta. the mourning cloak is my favorite.

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Old Jun 27, 2007, 11:35 AM   #5
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Thanks, Hung. I hadn't expected it to turn out as well as it did - sort of serendipitous. It (and the first one) were taken with the K100D and Promaster 100mm. The last one with the K10D andTamron 70-300 LD macro at 300mm - not particularly good, but interesting -- I suspect our resident Black Phoebe bit off more than he could chew! Even a backyard isn't a safe place for the smaller critters - nature's little dramas continually play out.
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I use to have the sigma 70-300mm apo dg. I found that if you stopped down to f8 and gave it good light, it would produce very sharp images. It was a great little lens that proved to be quite a versatile with the 1:2 macro function.

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Life is tough in the backyard. Looks likeour BlackPhoebe got a Tiger by the tail, nipping off both hind wings this time. He is going to have to rely on a diet of flies for a while longer until his aim improves a little more! These butterflies are a little on the large size for a small flycatcher, but his appetite exceeds his abilities! The Tiger seems to be managing all right - you wouldn't know he had been compromised until he alights. Same camera and lens at 300mm as the Giant, Hung, but it isnotan APO - and it is a Tamron - I have the Sigma in a Minolta mount (too many lenses).
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I didn't see the tailless Tiger today - maybe its luck finally ran out. There are others -theywould't sit still for inspection, but all lookedintact.
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