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Old Nov 3, 2007, 12:27 AM   #1
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The park these are from is not too far from home, and close to our church, so I have been walking around it the last two days when not working the church rummage sale. All these birds like those little ornamental apples.

Cedar Waxwing


Tons of Starlings, each claiming to be the most phtotogenic. This one won.


The shy American Robins hid behind fruit or foliage. (Not really but it sounds good with this shot.)


Back there is a different species of tree in full fall foliage, making a great backdrop for the House Finch.


Different finch, different background. They constantly go from branch to branch looking for that perfect apple.


These guys liked the apples too, but I never got a clear shot while they were stuffing themselves so settled for this one on the base of a nearby tree.



There is a duck pond in the park, and the ducks would come over to the trees from time to time to see if there were apples the other creatures had dropped. No waste.
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Old Nov 3, 2007, 3:16 AM   #2
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#2 and #3 are my clear favourites, well composed and nice and sharp.
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Great shots, all of them. Good work. Enjoyed looking.
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Thanks Rafael and Raghu for looking and commenting.
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Old Nov 3, 2007, 11:58 AM   #5
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You have the perfect natural bird feeder Steve, nice shots.
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Old Nov 3, 2007, 12:12 PM   #6
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A really beautiful sequence of photos, Steve. Exposure, focus, composition all dead-on.
I have been following and enjoying your birding pictures for at least a year, now. Your skills - always substantial - have, nevertheless, been improving all the time! I look forward, eagerly, to more.
Congratulations.
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Nice series Steve. 3 and 5 being my pick.....3 due to the superb detail youve managed, and 5 due to the contrast between motion blur on the flying bird and the sharp berries.

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All i can say is WOW!
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Lovely set, I think number two is probably my favourite. American starlings are certainly much more photogenic than the ones here in the UK.
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mono wrote:
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Lovely set, I think number two is probably my favourite. American starlings are certainly much more photogenic than the ones here in the UK.
Well mono, it is actually the same kind. This one was just extra bright and the the light caught him just right. Although, never having seen one in Europe I could not say how they compare. Thanks for commenting.

And thanks also Ted, WindRowe, Mark and tinkerbell. I like that Robin also Mark. It took a fair number of tries to get the focus right.
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