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Old Apr 15, 2006, 11:47 PM   #1
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Friday was a great day for me and wildlife!!! Got to see 16 different varieties of dirds and heard a few more as well as seeing leopard frogs, turtles and more. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get shots of all of them. Just a few! I finally decided to use raw mode for the 1st time. all were taken with 20D & 500mm f/5.6 & iso 400 except the turtle where I used the 1.4X TC. all hand held.

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1. This was one happy snapping turtle as this was his 2nd mate that i saw. At first it sounded like 2 rocks clunking together. They were using the weeds for privacy:Gthe female is under water or in the muck.




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Old Apr 15, 2006, 11:50 PM   #2
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2. This and the next are a pair of chicadees that were excavating a tree for a nest and would fly to a couple of bushes and drop the wood chips from their mouths. Then they would chirp some orders at each other. It was really neat to watch them. The unfortunate part was that the hole in the tree was out of view.:sad:


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Old Apr 15, 2006, 11:51 PM   #3
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3. The mate.


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Old Apr 15, 2006, 11:53 PM   #4
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4. Brown Creeper. This a bird I rarely see. this is the 1st in many years and I couldn't get too close and he kept moving. the little bugger seemed to move as quick on the tree as swallows fly in the air!!


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shots 2 an 3 are excellent. very sharp and nicely saturated.

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I really like #2 and 3 also

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And I just wanted to add that that is a really good shot of a brown creeper. I've gotten a few captures of them but they are often blury and/or dark because they are in a forest. Getting one out in the light is a great thing.

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Old Apr 17, 2006, 2:57 PM   #8
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thanx all!!! Eric, as for shots of creepers being blurry or dark, well, this is the only one of about 5 shots that's passable. that little bugger never stopped for an instant!! They are certainly among my favorite birds, along with nuthatches.

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Love the chicadees!
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Nice shot of a Creeper creeping. Too bad the shot of the Snapping Turtle isn't a little clearer, my God, that thing looks like a tank.
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