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Old Mar 22, 2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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I haven't been around much over the past few weeks because I had no camera. It was nice to get out again and I happened upon a frisky squirrel who ripped into a few birds who he felt were infringing on his territory.

All shot with Mark III and 300/4 IS

The squirrel



The birds who toyed with the squirrel.

This Jay would bounce up and down when the squirrel attacked. Unfortunately I had the 300 and couldn't zoom out. I took only one lens on this excursion and of course this sort of shoot happens when a zoom would have been extremely helpful.



Male Downy


Magpie


Male Hairy


Low flight


Hairy levitating above squirrel


Jay at ISO 2000 with quite a crop



Thanks for having a look, much appreciated and wish I could find more time to spend online these days enjoying the great photos here as well as in the act of taking photos myself. If only I could win that lottery!:|
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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Welcome back, you sure started back with a fine series.



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Old Mar 23, 2008, 3:27 AM   #3
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Fantastic stuff once again, Norm. That is a lens I'm seriously considering. These shots are definitely pushing me further towards getting one.

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Great timing on that Squirrel shot (jumping) and the Blue Jay (flying low). I think its a very good series!
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 8:57 AM   #5
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Love the pouncing squirrel Norm! Very unique and dynamic capture.



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Old Mar 23, 2008, 11:06 AM   #6
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great stuff, Norm... i especially like the downy and hairy woodpeckers. how did you get the shot of the hairy "levitating"? the ones i find here never seem to be as cooperative- they're always on the shady side of the tree, lurking in the shadows! and your squirrel shot is terrific!
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that squirrel shot is awesome. great series. the iso 2000 blue jay is so clean. impressive!!!

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Old Mar 23, 2008, 2:25 PM   #8
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Awesome photos, the squirrel photo is so cute and outstanding.
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Nice to see you back Normcar. Id be proud to have my name attached to each and every one of those shots. I will get there some day. Unfortunately there was no EXIF data which I checked for on the squirrel pic. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your perspiration.
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 10:25 PM   #10
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Thanks Roger, it's nice to have the rig back :-) Now if only the weather would behave!

Thanks Bob, it's a great lens and I always enjoy using it. It's one of those items that always performs well, and I love the 1.5 meter close AF which comes in extremely handy.

Thanks Buzz, Kent, Rocky, and Hung!

Thanks Bynx, here are the details on that shot:

shutter 1/2500
F/4
Manual exposure mode
ISO 1250
300mm
no flash



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