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Old Mar 1, 2004, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Finaly some good shots from my 80-400 OS Sigma

Due to the bad weather here I had no chance to REALLY testdrive the 80-400 UNTILL......... today ;D.

Hope you like my little collage.
On www.doorhof.nl there is some more.

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Old Mar 1, 2004, 11:00 AM   #2
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Frank,

Excellent photos! Looks like that lens is a keeper too
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Old Mar 1, 2004, 11:04 AM   #3
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I'm sorry, but after that Snowy Owl shot, I'm going to have to kill you. Very nice.

I've seen them in captivity a few times, but never in the wild. It was one of my goals for this winter... but it didn't happen because mother nature didn't accomidate me. Very few Snowy Owls came through the state, so the closes I got was off by 6 hours (I was there in the morning, someone spotted a very distant one in the afternoon.)

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Old Mar 1, 2004, 11:22 AM   #4
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Ok just to upset eric some more :twisted:



Canon 100-300usm+tc on e100s film

I'm still waiting for a return of the Gray owls, very rare here I've only seen them once years ago when the winter snows were real bad and they came down south to find food.
Very scarry too, they had a habit of swooping down low across the highways, more than a few colisions
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Very funny! Snowy and Great Grey Owls are one of the few reasons I can see for living up that far north. Both are magnificient creatures. Well, that and the cross-country skiing... I love that too.

Check out this one:

http://www.photoportfolios.net/portf...&ph=29&sid=323

What I'd give to have taken that shot. Jim Zipp is very good.

Considering just how huge a Great Grey is, having one swoop down near my car would be scary.

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Old Mar 1, 2004, 2:29 PM   #6
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That is quite some picture, in blues & whites.
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Old Mar 1, 2004, 2:30 PM   #7
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I have to be honest the owl was shot in captivity.
The other ones are in the wild.

We drove to a zoo today went in for about 5 minutes and my son got terrible earpains, so we went home.
When he was feeling better I decided to go out anyway to a nature park close by to do the testing with the lens.

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Frank if I read the distribution map right I think you fall into their winter teritory. So you can have a chance at finding a free-range snowy owl if you so desire

Snowy Owl distribution

Your sigma lense is looking sharper than my 100-300usm with a teleconverter, but that is to be expected I guess.
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I'm still thinking my 70-210 f2.8 is a little bit sharper but I will be testing that when I'm not freezing my fingers off ;D.

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Frank, don't worry... I actually assumed that it was. I'm not sure exactly why. But some how I knew.

At this point, I'd like to see one in captivity. I so wanted to find one wild this winter, but it just wasn't meant to be. So instead this past weekend I saw a Great Horned and Screech, both wild. And this afternoon I saw two screeches (one was the same from the weekend.) Looks like they are going to nest.

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