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Old Mar 30, 2011, 9:19 AM   #1
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Well, I snuck out to Tigertail Wildlife Refuge one last time this morning before we start cleaning up and packing for the trip home. I got a lot of photos-176 to be exact, to review and process.

The Gods were with us as I managed to get a few that (I think) are okay.The first image is that of a young egret with fish. I swear he was showing off because he was no more than 10ft away from me and purposely held it in his beak for about 3 to 4minutes before swallowing it.


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The next 2 are of the female Osprey flying around overhead and flying so close to me that I couldn't get all of her in the frame.

Again, same equipment used:'





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Great shots Zig, just like a cat with a mouse. They want to hear you tell them, what a good hunter you are. Then they woof em down : )
Great osprey shots, that fish looks a little under the weather though .
Nice to have that problem where they get so close you can't fit em in the lens.
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Got to get home with the dinner, got a family to feed now!

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these are really great zig. i really love that first shot.
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Dittos, Zig.
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Old Mar 30, 2011, 2:41 PM   #6
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Hi all,

I'm glad that you like these. I've really had a heck of a time here and I've certainly learned a lot about my camera, me, birds,settings used to improve I.Q. (I hope you agree).

What I hadn't mentioned in this post was that the mother was actually carrying the fish - out of the nest and away from the chick. Earlier, the mother had allowed the chick to east a little of the fish. The chick then tried as it might but just couldn't fly. The ensuing photos show the effort put in by the chick. When it stopped trying to fly, Mother then snatched it out of the nest and flew off to a nearby tree. I'm sure the purpose was to entice the chick to fly to the tree, meet her and get her breakfast back.

This is what ensued:











Try as that chick might, and it did get airborne a lot, it just couldn't fly away from the nest. It worked extremely hard today. My suspicion is that it probably flew shortly after I left today.
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.....wonderful images Zig, making for a memorable fini. Thanks much!
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Indeed, these were new....didn't see them this morning when I went through the folder. Some nice, bloody ones too, at that.

the EC14 at an EFL of 566mm when zoomed to 200mm with the 50-200 looks to be a great little tool. Just enough less than the EC20 to keep the quality very high, and getting you far enough out there that a little extra cropping would never hurt at all.
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