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Old Mar 25, 2012, 7:47 PM   #1
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Default A Sunday Trip to Horicon Marsh

I spent the better part of a tank of gas to get to Horicon and back for a Sunday morning wildlife quest. We have had the warmest March I can remember and the trees are already getting green. The main reason for me going was to find out what wildlife has returned. Its really comming to life.

I'll start with a flight sequence of a wood duck. I mounted the 300 f4/TC-14 in hopes something would fly close. The wood duck seemed to be the target I was waiting for, but he flared and changed direction at the last second. These are cropped alot.

D3s/300 f4/TC-14 f8, ISO 1600 (1/1250 to 1/1600)











Its one of the rules, when I put this lens on, birds won't fly close. When I put the big heavy on, I have to keep an eye on 'um so they don't poop on me . Go figure.


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Default Tree Swallows on their porch

I wasn't expecting to see these back!!! I better get the Martin houses cleaned out.

D3s/600 VR/TC-14 at 850mm f5.6




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Not getting along with the neigbor at f9

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Default Some left overs from the trip.

All with the 600 VR/TC-14 at 850mm

Phoebe, I tried for quite a while for a better shot, but the pair were a little shy.



Mammal of the day.



A couple Canada goose pics from a marsh closer to home.







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Old Mar 26, 2012, 5:48 AM   #4
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Good morning Greg,

Great series of captures. The Tree Swallows are always my favorites as they tend to have distinct personalities.

It's time for me to start heading home from Marco as , with each passing day, there are fewer and fewer birds to photograph here. Th great migration up north is already underway. I'm not looking forward to the drive as the highways will be clogged with snowbirds.......

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Hi Zig,

I don't envy the east coast traffic. Good luck with that, and hope you can even enjoy a bit of the trip back.

I'm sure glad the birds are on the way back. It will be a tough year seeing them because of the early greening of the trees, but I can't take pics if they are in Florida. I'm guessing another couple weeks will bring the warblers, and I might have to take a day or two chasing them around.
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Nice series...I'm really impressed with the image quality! Go Nikon!
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Just beautiful..!!

Lovely pictures Greg, the last one of the second set is my favorite.

Thank you for posting.

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Marvelous...

A lot of people inspire me including you Greg.
My favourite is the mammal of the day.
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Hi northern Greg. Those are some excellent shots. Very nice.

(You definitely need to come up with a funny caption contest for #8. I'll guess that some funny comments could be generated, I can even think of a few myself. LOL)
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Fabulous shots Greg.... and those Tree Swallows are gorgeous...!
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