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Old Jul 16, 2014, 9:13 AM   #1
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Default ...E-M1 / ZD 50-200 & Earl @ the pond

Yesterday at the nature preserve feature pond 'Earl' was having a great time around the breakfast buffet.

It has been nearly a month since I last saw Earl except for a fly-by a week ago; it was good to see him and with the 50-200 lens.

From across the pond @ 150-200 feet distance the M1-X2 worked really well.

What a joyful way to spend the time for 30-minutes. Finally I walked around to near Earl for some shots; then he simply walked away, it was enough to make for a wonderful morning until another time with the Earl of SWNP.

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Hopefully some of this rain we are expecting will find it's way into the pond and cover up the areas where you captured him with no water. Beautiful birds, and the weather is quite nice to be out the last day or two. I plan to take advantage of it being "only" around 90 on Saturday.
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Excellent shots of your Great Egret, Bob. Beautiful birds but so easy to blow out the white feathers. Your exposure of "Earl" was spot on in all those shots, the bird is well captured.
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I plan to take advantage of it being "only" around 90 on Saturday.
LOL. Yep, I remember Texas well from my working travel days. I could always count on Dallas being hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than home. And Houston? Don't get me started.
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....Greg, actually the feature pond is 'full'. Earl was fishing above the pond bank at the little runoff tributary from the pond above which holds water from the large pond a few hundred yards away, thus his 'buffet' of bluegill swimming by.

At SWNP the ponds are looking great for water levels. Yep, gotta get out with this cold-front temps.

Steven, thanks for your comments (Earl and the temps of Texas).
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Beautiful birds but so easy to blow out the white feathers. Your exposure of "Earl" was spot on in all those shots, the bird is well captured.
That's the first thing I look for when I see a photo of an Egret. Agree these are all well done. Particularly the last shot of Earl where the light bounces right off his back. Nice job.
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Great shots Bob. My fave is number 3.
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Tnx Alan & James for looking and for the comments, much appreciated. I'm happy y'all like'em.
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nice set, really enjoy number 3 with the sunlight shining through the feathers a bit.
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