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Old May 27, 2005, 12:00 AM   #1
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I shot these tonight at dusk when the light was nice. I used the 400/5.6 for the Oriole and the 200/1.8 with 2x extender for the warblers (400mm equivalent but with a 3.5 aperture). I switched lenses to the 200 with extender when the light got lower. That's one fantastic thing about this lens, you can always grab it when the light gets low.

Oriole: this is a beautiful bird with a wonderful song. It's mezmerizing. However, it is an almost impossible bird to get near. I had one shot at this one as soon as it came out from behind the trees. The first small shot is the bird behind a tree just prior to it peeking out, then darting:



It spotted me as I took the shot, then took off. I never got another chance with it. The tail is a bit obscured by leaves but I'm relatively pleased with the shot, and very pleased that it was this bird:



Warblers are another tough bird, first to find, and then to shoot because they are so tiny and have an annoying propensity to remain behind leaves:








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Old May 27, 2005, 12:34 AM   #2
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Let me be the first one to comment and say that you were so lucky to get a shot of an Oriole (male Baltimore) like you did. The colors are absolutely superb. I don't care if the tail is obscured a bit.

The Yellow Warbler shots are superb as well, especially that last one as the warm light on the bird along with it being in full song burst really adds so much to the shot (the catchlight doesn't hurt either).
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Old May 27, 2005, 4:45 AM   #3
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very nice shots, really pretty birds and the colors are so warm.
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Old May 27, 2005, 11:02 AM   #4
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I can hear him sing!!!

Both of these are tough subjects to catch. I have had any luck with warblers so far. BTW - A couple of days ago, I was having coffee before leaving to work and a nice warbler (wilson, I guess) landed only 4-5 feet away fromme in my small backyard in middle of the city. Made me real happy to be able to see this guy for the very first time.
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Old May 27, 2005, 12:01 PM   #5
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I can hear him sing!!!

Both of these are tough subjects to catch. I have had any luck with warblers so far. BTW - A couple of days ago, I was having coffee before leaving to work and a nice warbler (wilson, I guess) landed only 4-5 feet away fromme in my small backyard in middle of the city. Made me real happy to be able to see this guy for the very first time.

Thanks Julie, finally we are getting some warm weather and sunlight that causes the photos to show the flavor at dusk. Now it's your turn to freeze :-).

Entertaining little tidbit, bobby, these can be really frustrating birds. As I was out and about last night, listening to them all around me but unable to see a one,I got slightly frustrated and almost longed for silence...until this one popped up in a tree nearby. The light wasn't the best in the location but it was certainly better than nothing.

I'm going to probably test drive a 100-400 IS this weekend to see if it can add anything to my kit. If not, I may just purchase a 300 IS as I want a low light handholder for still shots and IS is a necessary requisite for this sort of thing, as you well know.
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Old May 27, 2005, 10:02 PM   #6
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Normcar I am only seeing red x's. I will check it again later.
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Old May 27, 2005, 11:45 PM   #7
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Hey Norm. I don't think I can add anything that the others haven't already said except to say that the colors are so outstanding. They are beautiful birds. I think my favorite is the 3rd one. The little guy with the catch light in his eye and his mouth wide open singing does it for me.

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Thanks Houston, I appreciate the compliments very much.

Zoomn, my server changed their addy by one letter Bureaucracy...cripes, Idon't even know if I'm spelling theobnoxiousword properly. Oh, and how was your day :G
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Splendid shots very nice work
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Old May 28, 2005, 8:18 AM   #10
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Now I can see them.

The Oriole is very nice the colors are really well done.

My favorite is the last one where the bird is singing. The light in that one is spectactular. The pose is just right. As you know if you could have been closer to eye level that one would have been even better, it is very good as is with the lower angle working well with the birds pose.
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