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Old Apr 18, 2007, 2:55 AM   #1
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Passed the time shooting a few Sparrows and Blackbirds in the garden these past few days due to lack of macro subjects....here`s 3 of the better shots I managed....

The first 2 are taken with a tcon-17 added, 3rd one just using the zoom on the camera. All at 200 ISO.All are cropped to some extent.

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#3 Not sure if this Blackbird realised it was a piece of root in its beak, not a worm, but it came very close (within 8ft of me)....usually theyre pretty wary birds round here.....
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Nice shots Mark. All have that catchlight in their eye.
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Thanks Raf

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That number one bird has an interesting look to him. Something I did not know but a bird book told me is your blackbird is related to and acts like our robin. And sometimes our robins come within a few feet of people. So maybe the one you took a picture of read the book also and that is why he came close.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 8:01 AM   #7
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Yeah, the Sparrow in the first shot does look pretty thoughtful doesnt he.There are so many cats round here, and kids who throw stuff at birds etc if they come close enough, that most garden visitors are pretty wary here. The blackbird in the pic was preoccupied with bathing in the shallow end of our new garden pond, and searching the mud for food.....so it let its guard down a bit.Usually the slightest movement or noise will scare them off.

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The 3rd one is quite comical to me. Very cute. Are you sure that isn't a worm? It looks like a worm with dirt on it... :O)
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It was definitely a piece of root Beth, remnants from the digging i`d done there an hour or so earlier.....thanks for looking and commenting.

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