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Old Jan 27, 2008, 6:54 PM   #1
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we were supposed to get rain turning to snow today, but instead, in the afternoon, we had sunshine and a few white, puffy clouds! so, off to the park to see what i could see... it was kinda windy (and the wind was COLD!), but there were still a few decent shots to be had. here are some of a male hooded merganser... 40D, Sigma @ 400mm, various shutter speeds.



i never knew the feathers on their heads had a green tinge, till i saw the light on this little guy...



"Hey everybody, lookit me!!"


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Old Jan 27, 2008, 7:01 PM   #2
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Wow! Amazing detail and sharp. I've never seen a hooded merganser around here so thanks for posting.

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Old Jan 27, 2008, 7:23 PM   #3
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You nailed them real good. I have never seen one of them.


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Old Jan 28, 2008, 12:29 AM   #4
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beautiful work rocky. very sharp and clean. just the way i like it.

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Old Jan 28, 2008, 6:55 PM   #5
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Those are really nice shots.

:lol: Weather forcasting is the only profession I can think of where people love you even more if your wrong 50% of the time. Of course they hate you twice as much the other 50%.

Beautiful merganser.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 7:21 PM   #6
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Lucky you :G I'd love to wrap my lens around one of those beauties some day. Unfortunately there seems to be a big "stop" sign keeping them out of my area. Nice wing flapper
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Old Jan 29, 2008, 2:09 AM   #7
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Nice pics of one of my favorite birds!

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Old Jan 29, 2008, 6:06 AM   #8
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Great shots, especially on #1...

How could you get so close? Where I lived they swam away as soon as one tries to near them
BTW did you get the Sigma fixed?
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Old Jan 29, 2008, 12:02 PM   #9
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NHL wrote:
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Great shots, especially on #1...

How could you get so close? Where I lived they swam away as soon as one tries to near them
BTW did you get the Sigma fixed?
mergansers, cormorants, teals, even grebes and wood ducksoften swim within just a few yards of the viewing platforms at the park i go to... it's not only a city park, but also a fairly large wetland wildlife refuge, and the birds there seem much less skittish than in other places.

no, they never did fix the Sigma... i suspect the problem is that Canon upgraded the firmware in their xxD bodies, and it's no longer quite as compatible with 3rd party lenses. i still get the 'error 01' message from time to time, but now that the Sigma is just a 'back-up' lens (i bought a 100-400L, which is currently being recalibrated to eliminate a back-focusing problem... ), the issue with the error message isn't so critical. i should have the "L" lens back in a week or so, and assuming the back-focusing issue is resolved, i'm looking forward to seeing what it will do, and how it compares optically with the Sigma...


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Old Jan 29, 2008, 12:10 PM   #10
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Very nice Rocky. I like how the sunlight shines through their impressive crowns as in #1...cheers...Don
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