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Old Mar 2, 2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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This is described in the birdbook as a rare but regular European visitor on the East Coast. They are evidently quite rare in the Midwest. I was down by the harbor to look for shots a few days ago and met the first of a bunch of enthused birders. I like taking flight shots but the few I got are not that great. I was busy coaxing the little bird right close and tossing bread in his mouth while he hovered so the real birders could ooh and ahh and take pictures and check him off their life lists. He is not a large gull but is very agile and managed to grab bread while surrounded by many hundreds or a thousand ring-billed gulls.


That very noisy looking water behind him is really ice and it looked like that.




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Old Mar 3, 2007, 7:56 AM   #2
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Nice shots...I will have to look this one up. )
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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nice sots hp , dont look noisy at all .
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Capturing birds in flight must be difficult ... havn't tried it yet !!! Third shot looks like how I feel about going out in the cold ... think I'll leave it to you and the birds !!!
Nice series and interesting commentary.
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Very nice shots HP...you snagged that first right out of the air! Donna
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 7:22 PM   #6
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Very nice shots, Happy. Do you use an RDS to capture them in flight, or have you trained them?


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Old Mar 3, 2007, 8:48 PM   #7
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Very nice shots, Happy. Do you use an RDS to capture them in flight, or have you trained them?

Thanks all for the comments. Bayourebel, neither of those. It is the power of pleading prayer, as in "Oh please fly this way again." This guy is not trained and circles like a fighter jet. Big loops covering about half the harbor. Then comes right in at me (fast) and I have to snap a shot, lower the lens, and throw the bread up. It is actually quite fun. Today I was doing it and there were people with immense lenses trying to catch him. I felt bad I did not think of taking a picture of all the other photographers.

The top shot was 1/1300th second and then brightened a bit. I have one I think is a better pose at 1/2000th second, but I have some major work to do to brighten that up without destroying it.
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Now, I understand. You're are doing what fishermen here (probably worldwide) do, called "chumming". That is feeding the fish somewhat to entice them to your area, so you can get them in a feeding frenzy.:G
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Nice ones Happy, looks like it is wearing earmuffs against the cold in that second shot.
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 11:36 PM   #10
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Nice pics, i like the reflection from the birds feet on the wet concrete in the second pic.
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