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Old May 20, 2005, 12:35 AM   #1
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While shooting 2 tree swallows being fruitful and multipling, this critter was nearby and I happened to catch him on a log before he saw me and hit the water. Handheld @ISO 800 1/200 f/5.6 and 300mm with 20D & 100-400mm. Lots of branches were cloned out.

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Old May 22, 2005, 3:41 PM   #2
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Hi Dennis

Good picture!

But I have this horrible suspicion that this is a close crop, and that the original was more interesting...

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Old May 22, 2005, 9:19 PM   #3
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well dave, here's the full frame straight from the camera. no PP except resized.

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Old May 22, 2005, 10:12 PM   #4
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Nice pic.

I have never seen one of these before.
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Wonderful capture, normally all that is hears is a small splash as they slip in the water.I don't think I've seen a shot this good of this elusive rascal. Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 23, 2005, 3:17 PM   #6
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thanx zoomn & Tomsch!!! lately while i've been standing at the edge of the swamp trying to capture birds, these guys have just come right out of the water in fairly good view. I don't think they really know I'm there until I move to get a better angle. It's then that they slither into the water and swim away. I have to admit, lately I have been blessed with being able to just see, let alone capture, all sorts of wildlife. I would really like to get some shots of weasels (one of my favorites!!!) and coyotes as well as more raptors, especially owls.

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Old May 23, 2005, 3:55 PM   #7
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Hi Denis

It is a better picture, but not much better, which leads me back to saying - Great Picture!

Muskrat vision is terrible - really bad, they can't see anything - BUT, it's as if they have bult in motion detectors. If you twitch, they "see" that.

I was once fishing by a river and one walked out on shore, walked over my boots, and didn't see me until I laughed...:lol:

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