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Old Nov 25, 2008, 9:18 AM   #11
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smac,

What are you using for camera/lens to take those gorgeous shots?
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Old Nov 25, 2008, 11:09 AM   #12
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Thanks Don, It's good to be back.

Thanks Terry, I was using a Nikon D300 w/Nikon 200-400 f/4 VR lens with a 1.4 Nikon teleconverter. I saved up for about 4 years to be able to afford that lens. I think it might be worth every penny and second I had to wait.

Just FYI, at this refuge I usually shoot from my truck out the window. They have a really fantastic 6mile auto tour and if you stay in the car/truck it makes a pretty good blind. I set a Photo bean bag from Kenesisgear.com on the window and then rest the lens on the bag. I can roll the window, and the bag, up and down as needed to get the shot. It offers a very stable platform for shooting, even in fairly low light.

Thanks again for the nice words,
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Old Nov 25, 2008, 11:35 AM   #13
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That rig is steading you well!

To think you get those shots from your car seat!

Wow!
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very cool, Steve... absolutely love the shots of the juvie night heron!
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Old Nov 26, 2008, 3:11 PM   #15
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Thanks Rocky,

You know at first I thought it was a Bittern, but those eyes just didn't seem quite right. Then I remembered that I had taken a bunch of shots down by Monterey that I had also first misidentified as Bitterns and they turned out to be juvie Black-crowned Night Herons too. Seems that the more I learn the more I find I don't know.

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You nailed everyone of these real gooood.



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Old Nov 27, 2008, 7:23 AM   #17
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Super shots, Steve.

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Old Nov 27, 2008, 2:40 PM   #18
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Thanks Rocky,

You know at first I thought it was a Bittern, but those eyes just didn't seem quite right.
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Steve, that was my first impression too, until I saw it in profile! Way to go!

PS - I've the D300 too and a Nikon 1.7X. Guess I better start saving for that lens of yours. :-) Dan
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Outstanding photos, very beautiful.
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You nailed everyone of these real gooood.



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Thanks Roger, I appreciate the compliment.

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