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Old Feb 5, 2006, 11:17 PM   #1
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I tried something new today,¬* like using¬* a tripod for the Widgeon, Shoveler and Pintail shots.¬* The Black Phoebe and the American Bittern were hand held resting the lens on a towel drapped over the half open truck window.¬* ¬*All shot with a Nikon D70s W/ Sigma 100-300 f/4 and Sigma 1.4 TC.¬* All the best,¬* Steve

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Old Feb 5, 2006, 11:22 PM   #4
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Old Feb 5, 2006, 11:24 PM   #5
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Immature Black Phoebe¬* (I think)

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Great series, Steve.
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 9:05 PM   #7
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Nice varieties of water foul Steve. The Ducks are clear and tack sharp! You did well capturing the details in the Widgeons facial features. How close do these guys let you get to them in that truck blind? Love that Pin Tail shot, such a beautiful duck.
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 9:47 PM   #8
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Thanks Kent,¬* Actually, when I photographed the ducks I was in the open standing on the shore about 30-50 feet from the birds while they were tipping to feed.¬* As long as I moved slowly and didn't make any sudden moves they seemed pretty tolerant of my presence.¬* I was in my truck when I photographed the Bittern and the Black Phoebe.¬* The Bittern was 30-40 feet away in the cat-tails along an irrigation canal. I was doing really well.¬* I got about 15 good photos and was hoping to photograph the Bittern hunting.¬* Then¬*another car pulled up behind me and the lady got out of her car ( a no no, because the birds will scatter). She walked right up to the side of the truck that the Bittern was on and asked¬* "What kind of birds are those"; pointing to some Egrets about 200 yards away.¬* Of course, as she is asking, the Bittern was, by that time, flying off to a quieter hunting ground.¬* "PEOPLE" ¬*[img]/forums/images/emoticons/doh.gif[/img] ¬*¬* ¬*What are you going to do.¬* I wanted to tell her that the birds she asked about were Eagles.¬* But, I didn't.¬* ¬*The Phoebe was about 15-20 feet from the truck in a small willow.¬* All the best,¬* Steve
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Old Feb 7, 2006, 7:47 AM   #9
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Ah yes... many a good photo has been lost due to noisy people clamoring down a trail. I actually will use this to my advantage by watching for the birds and wildlife they flush along the way :G

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All excellent shots! Jim
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