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Old Jul 15, 2005, 2:41 AM   #1
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I found a pond tonight just before the sun went down and it was full of frisky beautiful avocets in a very reflective environment. It was interesting because they remained quite distant until I decided to sit down, and immediately they flew my way and began feeding. My size was apparently threatening them and when I reduced that threat to a minimum, they were not so cautious. Here are my first processed shots. I have a few gigabytes of the avocet as well as a killdeer:

400/5.6L lens with iso speeds of between 400 and 800, shutter speeds of 1/800 to 1/2000.

Coming in for a landing



Perfect 2-pointer



Reflections were wonderful this calm evening



A wider angle



Near collision



The avocet skulk, apparently there was a bit of a territorial war on this pond and every time one group would get near to another they would walk about in this somewhat defensive stance. The tiny spots are bugs and flies; I processed out most of them but a few remain (they are not sensor spots):



I will be posting more of this series as soon as I've gone through the files and processed another batch.
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 4:27 AM   #2
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Great shots as usual, however the third one is a slam dunk!! The reflection in the mirror
smooth water makes it for me!!!
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 7:09 AM   #3
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I have to agree with Woodmeister on that third shot. Simply stunning and quite an eye catcher. This belongs in a wildlife publication somewhere. Great job on all as usual, though, Norm.
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 8:33 AM   #4
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Stunning. Absolutely stunning. What camera are you using (just curious)?
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 11:53 AM   #5
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Thanks woodmeister and mullen, glad you enjoyed viewing this series. I certainly enjoyed finding the pond at that particular time of day with the little avocets bobbing about like pieces of gold in a river of gems.

Thanks for the generous compliment 777, I have a Canon EOS Mark II body.
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 3:03 PM   #6
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wow!!! all extremely nice shots, norm!!!! but, the 3rd is definitely publishable material!!!! the reflection is so good that it shows some detail.

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p.s. norm, what do you do for a living?? i figure if i follow in your footsteps i might get good!!! :G:G:G
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 3:47 PM   #7
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Thanks dennis, real kind of you to say such nice things about the shots. I was extremely lucky to have happened upon that pond just as I was heading home from an evening of being totally skunked with finding deer. I emptied almost 2 gigabytes in an hour of shooting. Either famine or feast, so to speak.
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Nice ones normcar. Your flight shots are always amazing.
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 7:24 PM   #9
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I definitely agree that number three is worth sharing with the world. All are simply wonderful. (I almost said "as usual" too.) I always look forward to your captures, they're truly remarkable.
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Old Jul 15, 2005, 10:14 PM   #10
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Totally fantastic Norm. Number 1 and 3 are my favorites. They all are truly remarkable.

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