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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:37 AM   #1
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This today's best flight shots of tree sparrows. I think they're faster than a speeding bullet!! 20D 500mm f/5.6 iso 400 various SS & EC

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1. Just before he kicked in the after-burners!


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:39 AM   #2
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2. "All clear for landing". It appears that the swallow on the branch is guiding the landing one


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:41 AM   #3
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3. Almost a touch-down


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:44 AM   #4
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4. On attack! It's amazing how territorial these birds are and how much they fight. 2 swallows were in physical battle and almost hit me once and almost fell to my feet. I couldn't get any shots of that.


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 8:34 AM   #5
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nice job, Dennis... i can't even catch those little fellas in my viewfinder!! :sad:
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 9:28 AM   #6
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nice job, Dennis... i can't even catch those little fellas in my viewfinder!! :sad:
That's strange? I've been doing ok with my bb gun, it's only with a camera that I have problems....

I especially like to the second shot. And I am soooo jealous...

That's where the bb gun comes in. They're not only fast, but the little beggers don't fly straight. They bounce around all over the place...

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 2:02 PM   #7
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haha, on the second shot, until i read your description i was sure he was taking off.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 3:09 PM   #8
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thanx folks!!! squirl swallows are one of the most difficult birds to get flight shots (I don't know how Norm used to do it so well and a couple others). As Dave mentioned theydo bounce around a lot. Yesterday was breezy and I tried shooting when they would fly ibo the wind and hang for an instant. By the time I got focussed they would dive straight down outof view. That's one reason I practice with take off and landing shots. A hint: most swallows will fly off a branch or stump, grab an insect, and then fly right back to the same branch. So, if you can manage to follow them, one can get some good shots. I'm still very slow. The 500mm doesn't help when it comes to tracking. I think the 400mm prime or 100-400mm zoom might be better for flight shots. And the 500mm plus 1.4TC is near impossible to track them unless they are fairly off in the distance.

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Wow, very nice captures you have here.
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Wow, very nice captures you have here.
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