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Old May 11, 2007, 12:03 AM   #1
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These are not the greatest photos, but what the heck, everybody likes flowers. And birds. So the two of them together, what can go wrong?

Remember those cute little baby ducks swimming with Mom? Here's Pop.


The Yellow Warbler hides among the flowers.


Meanwhile, the Redstart leans forward to sniff them.

Ran out of flowers, but here is a Yellow Warbler with no obstructions so you can see what he looks like.


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Old May 11, 2007, 12:55 AM   #2
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Very nice birds.

How far/close were you?

I find it very hard to get a good shot of small birds. They seem to stay still for less time than it takes to think you see a good shot.

My new rule of thumb is:

If they fit on a hamburger roll a good picture is close to impossible. If they fit on a kaiser rool you have a chance (redwing black birds etc.). When it takes a 3 foot hero to make a sandwhich you can get some nice shots (egrets, herons, , cormarants etc.). In the case of hummingbirds which fit on a cracker you have more than a 50% chance in your favor.

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Old May 11, 2007, 2:19 AM   #3
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All nice shots.....giving very "summery" impressions (which is nice considering the weather we`ve had this week).Fav is shot 3, but like them all.

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Old May 11, 2007, 6:36 AM   #4
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Gotta be happy with those. Lovely shots and a nice variety of subjects. Like Mark, I think #3 is the winner of this set.
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yet another set of excellent pic.well done happy peasant
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bill2468 wrote:
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Very nice birds.

How far/close were you?

I find it very hard to get a good shot of small birds. They seem to stay still for less time than it takes to think you see a good shot.

My new rule of thumb is:

If they fit on a hamburger roll a good picture is close to impossible. If they fit on a kaiser rool you have a chance (redwing black birds etc.). When it takes a 3 foot hero to make a sandwhich you can get some nice shots (egrets, herons, , cormarants etc.). In the case of hummingbirds which fit on a cracker you have more than a 50% chance in your favor.

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For the duck, 30-40 feet across the narrow pond neck. For the warblers 10-20 feet maybe. I could not even tell you if I had the tele converter on for shots here although it is on most of the time for warblers.

Not that it works often but I keep the camera on continuous auto-focus, and sometimes for little warblers focus on a clear spot of a couple inches ahead of them on the branch and wait. Mostly it is percentages. Take lots of pictures, throw away most, keep a few.

Re the preferred number 3 picture, I lucked out. Had a lot of fuzzy ones or stick-in-way shots and that was the best of them.

Thanks for commenting and thanks also Mark, Rafael and Mcliu
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More great bird shots Steve, I like them all but the last shot of the Yellow Warbler is my favorite..
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More great bird shots Steve, I like them all but the last shot of the Yellow Warbler is my favorite..
Thanks Ted. That was my new favorite warbler for a few days, but there are some other ones I have fuzzy pictures of, and I want to get better shots and make them favorites too. Re that particular shot; there is this really scummy little pond near my doctor's office and I stopped to look at it, and there he was. Lucked out, usually they are hidden mostly.
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