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Old Jun 27, 2007, 10:47 AM   #1
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I was walking around the edges of a soccer field this morning and shot a couple of birds I've never caught before. The first was a really tiny guy at the edge of some woods. From my field guide, I think he might be a Blue-gray Gnatcather, but I'm far from sure

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Old Jun 27, 2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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The second was sitting on a soccer goal. You can get an idea how small he is by noting that the squares on the net are 4 inches each.

(Again, I apologize for the heavy cropping, but this was as close as I could get before he flew...heavy cropping)
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Old Jun 27, 2007, 10:51 AM   #3
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Finally, this guy was standing on the roof of a pavilion. I wondered if #2 might be a juvenile of #3. I couldn't find anything with the blue tail with anything like this anywhere in the field guide.
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No. 3 is a juvenile Bluebird, and No. 2 might be the same. No. 1 could be a gnatcatcher as you surmise, but No 3 is the only one clear enough to be certain of.
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Thanks, penolta. I spent a couple of hours going through my guide trying to come up with a solution and had drawn a total blank. I wish I could have gotten closer to get a better shot, but spooked both of the little guys, even shooting with a 400mm lens. It's kind of hard to be stealthy on a soccer field, especially when you're my size, lol.
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Old Jun 27, 2007, 1:33 PM   #6
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It is often tough to get close enough to birds when you aren't fortunate enough to have refuges nearby where birds concentrate and get used to people pointing long lenses at them, as we do in Southern California (where Hung takes his excellent pictures). Being a wildlife photographer in an urban environment can have some benefits after all.
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Trojansoc, join the club, i have the same problem if i want to shoot bird otther than sparrows or ducks!
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