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Old Mar 1, 2006, 9:23 PM   #1
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I thought some here in wildlife forum might enjoy this guy. Can't say whether it's just the way the wind is ruffling his facial feathers or maybe he's a proud dad-to-be, I've gotten a few shots of his girlfriend, too.


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Old Mar 2, 2006, 8:35 AM   #2
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I think Northern Flickers are awesome looking birds, I've been getting them on the suet log in my backyard recently... I'll post a picture or two when I have a chance. Good job!
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I like them. I saw couple of them flying in my local park but couldn't get close enough for decent shots.
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Old Mar 2, 2006, 4:57 PM   #4
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Yeah, this particular bird & the female are suet mongers extrordinaire, along with the Hairy/Downy Woodpeckers (darned if I can figure which one...) The shot above was at about 60-70 feet or so, through an energy star double pane casement window. Not sure how much the glass degraded the quality, probably not as much as the resize & recompression for photobucket.
They have a pretty amazing paint job up close. You would never know it with the naked eye at the normal distance they keep. I'm putting up a woodpecker house in a week or so. We had a nesting pair of Red-Bellies last spring, their antics trying to teach the (not so)little guys to get their own food were a riot, I'd love to have them take up in a house that would be "photo-friendly.

Anyway, here's the happy couple. I know it's a technically weak shot, but you can still get an idea of just how gorgeous a bird she is...

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Nice pics, my Flickersare also through the home glass windows..... also, a few more pics of a Piliated and pair of Downy's that frequent the yard.












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Buzzsaw,
Your shots are consistently impressive & inspiring. The pileated is amazing. That is one magnificant bird. I don't think we have them in these parts (NJ). Having that in your yard is way cool. How far away was the downy, 2nd shot? Was that your 400mm Nikor?

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Thank you Neil, I appreciate the compliments! The2nd Downy was approx 15yards away and yes it was with the 80-400mm Nikkor VR. :G
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Any kind of a tele converter? The level of fine detail in that image is scary. I'm guessing it has to be a prety close crop. Would you post a 800x600, or thereabouts of the original? I'm curious to see how much it was cropped and still yielded this level of detail. It looks like film to my amateur eyes.
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No teleconverter, kinda shying away from them lately. I'll look for the original, I don't think I cropped it a ton or it would have been grainy. Here's another.




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This is a bit off-topic, & apologize for being a n00b on this...

You've taken this shot at ~400mm 35mm equivalent, no converter, minimal crop & it fills the frame. I take a similar shot at ~900mm 35mm equiv., and I'm lucky if it fills 20% of the frame. Does 35mm equivalent mean anything at all re: the ability to fill a frame with ones chosen subject of a specific size at a specific distance, when comparing lenses/and or cameras?
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