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Old May 10, 2004, 6:10 PM   #1
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My first shot with my new FZ-10 using maual mode. This little guy was way up the tree, love the zoom. Focus andlightingis a task I need to meet.
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Old May 10, 2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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You were lucky to get a chance at this nice looking bird. I "think" it's a "Hairy Woodpecker" (Picoides villosus) but if I'm wrong I'm sure that Eric will correct me.

Have you tried a "fill flash" to tame the back lighting a bit? I bought a $15 "Canadian" Starblitz 16M and it recharges fast, uses only 2AA's, has a great reach, and doesn't break the bank.

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Old May 11, 2004, 11:36 AM   #3
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Thanx for the heads up on the flash normcar. Camera is less than a week old and the input from this forum has been great.
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Old May 11, 2004, 7:24 PM   #4
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Fill flash is a must for many types of bird photography. I just got a flash extender (Better Beamer) for my flash to help with fill when the bird is farther away.

Its very hard to tell from the picture if its a Downy or a Harry. They look almost identical in markings. The Harry is (on average) 9.25" long, while the Downy is 6.75" long. So at 2 1/2 inches longer the Harry is easier to tell when you're actually there (or have another bird next to it to guess size.) The beak is also longer/larger on the Harry.

My guess would be that this is a Downy, but that is only a guess. I've never seen a Harry (someone else did in my group this weekend, but I couldn't find it) so I'm not the expert on them. I've seen loads of Downys, though. They are just more common up there.

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Thanks for the Better Beamer tip Eric.
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