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Old Jul 11, 2006, 1:09 PM   #1
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took a few pics of things with wings. All with 20D & 500mm.

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1. Dragonfly on a reed.


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Old Jul 11, 2006, 1:10 PM   #2
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2. Deerfly all tired out from buzzing me and figured she could catch a free ride.


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Old Jul 11, 2006, 1:12 PM   #3
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3. Red-winged blackbird babe. this fledgling decided to pose a bit for me till daddy told him to come home.


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4. Daddy RWBB yelling at me as I was close to baby and nest.


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Old Jul 11, 2006, 1:17 PM   #5
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5. This little one was the most active and noisiest of the 3 or 4 Marsh Wrens. It was extremely windy. I got only 2 frames and this was one that the wind parted the reeds before she flew back into the dark depths of reeds. It took me about 2 hours of following and waiting to get a glimpse of her in a "motionless" pose.


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Old Jul 11, 2006, 5:43 PM   #6
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You out did yourself with these images...

Is that a Canon L series lens?

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Old Jul 11, 2006, 5:51 PM   #7
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thanx Dave!!! yes i used the 500mm f/4 L on all these shots along with the 1.4X TC. it's strange as long and nice the 500mm is even with a TC, it just doesn't seem long enough for most of these little birdies. I guess it's time for a sigmonster and a 1 series camera (so i can autofocus with a TC). Maybe next year.

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p.s. these were shot using a tripod but, one nice thing about the 500mm is that it is fairly easily handheld!!!
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Excellent Dennis!! Love the young redwing, and pop too. I love those marsh wrens. Noisy little bu__ers! I've been trying to get a shot of one of them all year, but they never arise from the bottom of the reeds. Just making a racket and teasing me seems to be all they do. Cheeky little sots......cheers.......Don.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 5:55 PM   #9
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Don thanx!! wrens are probably my favorite small birds!! they have such attitude and aren't afraid to show it!! The marsh wren is the only bird i've heard that actually sings, tweet tweet!!! Can't misidentify them by voice. If it's not breezy you can actually track them through the reeds as the reeds move when they do. then they jump straight up and fly away. 2 hours of that and only 1 shot worth posting.

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Old Jul 11, 2006, 8:27 PM   #10
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Excellent series Dennis! Love that Marsh Wren shot. I can relate to your story and this photo as I too have spent hours zeroing in on its call then watching for that rustling reed to show me its location. Once you see the reed move the bird will climb to a high spot,take a look around then fly off a second later. A very amusing little bird. :lol:
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