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Old Feb 12, 2009, 7:28 AM   #1
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I feel like I've already had a great start to the day! I've been seeing a female Cardinal at the feeder along with some Nuthatches. Usually, they show up at dusk and it simply too dark to capture them. This morning I got lucky when some nuthatches showed up and to top it off a female Cardinal came by for a fleeting moment.










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Old Feb 12, 2009, 6:24 PM   #2
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Finally managed to get an image of a Titmouse complete with tail in focus.




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Very nicely done Zig. I like that chickadee.

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Excellent detail and color. Very sharp too.
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Hi,

Thank you both for the kind comments.

This has been a welcome relief from the cold weather we've been having up here in the Northeast. But I'm looking forward for the temps to warm up a bit as I'd like to go to some of the Nat'l Parks , here on the Cape. There are a fair number of opportunities to photograph Hawks, Falcons, game birds, Great Blue Herons, etc. it's just been a bit too cold to muster up the energy to trek out on the Dunes and Salt Marshes.

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What type of lens did you take these with and about how far were you? I am very new to photography and am looking for a birding lens. Thing is I have to take size into account. It seems that at 300mm you can get something normal and managable but after that the lens get really big and of course far more expensive.
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Excellent series! Lovely detail and exposures. It's nice when you can get the little bu__ers come to you...cheers...Don
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What type of lens did you take these with and about how far were you? I am very new to photography and am looking for a birding lens. Thing is I have to take size into account. It seems that at 300mm you can get something normal and managable but after that the lens get really big and of course far more expensive.
I'm using an Olympus 50-200mm 2.8 lens. And, quite hoestly, I'm cheating a bit as I've set up a bird feeder outside my home office window. I have the camera mounted on a tripod and the lens is literally 4ft.. away from the birds.

As you can imagine, the birds get pretty skittish at that distance. So, i've come up with a few items that I use to sort of camouflage myself. Sometimes it works- sometimes not so much.

At some point, I'll pick up a .14 Teleconvertor which will add approx 40% to the focal length-at the expense of 1 f stop. But that will allow me to photgraph birds at more realistic distances.

I have a 70-300mm lens but frankly, it's quiteabit slower. To use it for birds, it really has to be a bright sunny day, otherwise it will 'Hunt'.

Some of the other forum contributors use a Sigma 50-500mm with good results. But, since I've not used one,I can't comment on it.

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Excellent series! Lovely detail and exposures. It's nice when you can get the little bu__ers come to you...cheers...Don
Thanks Don,

Appreciate the kind comments...... And yes, it's a whole lot better when you can get them to come to you. But I can't wait for Spring to arrive so I can go outside and shoot other-more interesting birds.

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