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Old Jun 24, 2008, 6:26 PM   #1
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Took the boat out for the first time this year and coasted along the shoreline of our lake, looking for suitable subjects.

This Common Loon came uncommonly close to the boat.
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Old Jun 24, 2008, 6:29 PM   #2
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A moment later, this little one popped out of the overhanging brush - which explained mama loon's proximity. Note the drops of water that have beaded on the chick's fuzz.
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I kept sailing along, watching the birdlife when this RWBB landed nearby with a beakful of dragonfly.
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Old Jun 24, 2008, 6:35 PM   #4
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As I crossed a shallow bay, I heard a commotion in the bush near the water. I looked but all I could see was the swaying of the tall reeds as "something" worked its way through it. Eventually, this deer broke clear of the foliage and looked up at me in surprise. I was ready of course, not knowing what was going to appear but determined to "shoot" it. This photo really made my day! Thanks for looking. Dan
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Almost forgot.... here's a zoomed out view of previous photo. Cheers, Dan
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Nice ones, Dan. This is a great time of year for you. That Redwing has me a bit mystified, though - with that white band, it looks for all the world like one of our Tricolored Blackbirds - which of course is imoposssible. Do many of yours have white, or is that an artifact of processing? It''s a great shot, nonthess, with the dragonfly in its beak.
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Great shots.
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Nice ones, Dan. This is a great time of year for you. That Redwing has me a bit mystified, though - with that white band, it looks for all the world like one of our Tricolored Blackbirds - which of course is imoposssible. Do many of yours have white, or is that an artifact of processing? It''s a great shot, nonthess, with the dragonfly in its beak.
Thanks for looking and commenting Penolta. I'll have to review the 3 RAW photos of the RWBB to see if it's a processing issue. I'll let you know shortly. Cheers, Dan
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Nice ones, Dan. This is a great time of year for you. That Redwing has me a bit mystified, though - with that white band, it looks for all the world like one of our Tricolored Blackbirds - which of course is imoposssible. Do many of yours have white, or is that an artifact of processing? It''s a great shot, nonthess, with the dragonfly in its beak.
Thanks for looking and commenting Penolta. I'll have to review the 3 RAW photos of the RWBB to see if it's a processing issue. I'll let you know shortly. Cheers, Dan
Hi again.OK, here's the original, sized down to fit. No PP. Looks like the white banding is a natural ocurrence. Could this be a juvenile male?
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Just had a look at other pics I've taken last year. White banding is present. Cheers, Dan
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