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Old Nov 23, 2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Some of what was seen and photographed as we visited the lake the last two days.

Windy and cold, flurries and cloudy so none of the Snow Bunting pictures are super sharp, but at least it wasn't raining.

#1 On the edge of the dune with crashing surf.


#2 A bright bunting in the dune vegetation. Male for sure.


#3 Probable male, but not as bright. They get whiter as feathers get worn.


It was much brighter today. And a nice soft wind. Around freezing.
#4 Killdeer should be elsewhere by now. Foraging in early morning.


#5 And another one sulking in plants in the afternoon.


#6 One gull was missing a foot. When I told her she tried to find it by feeding them all. Was not successful though. Had she found it that bird would have gotten all the rest of the bread.


#7 Come and get it.



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Old Nov 24, 2007, 5:59 AM   #2
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beautiful set happy peasent

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Old Nov 24, 2007, 10:15 AM   #3
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Nice set of photos, and good to see your daughter sharing your interest.
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Thanks for looking and commenting Liu and Jerry. Yes, the daughter does enjoy nature things more then the son. He is pretty much a computer guy.
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Nice series of shots Steve, I particularly like the shore birds. Nice to see your daughter enjoying the time with you.
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It always impresses me how consistently close you get to birds to get shots like these regularly Steve, excellent work.Love the 2 gull shots,your daughter looks as though shes enjoying herself feeding them.

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Thanks Mark and Ted for nice comments. I like the shore birds too Ted. There is a very rare one called a Purple Sandpiper seen 30 miles North of us yesterday. They hang out on rocks so I spent a fair amount of time walking the rocky areas today in hopes. Did not work though.

And Mark, sometimes I get too close. Walked with wife this morning and had tele converter on. And a Peregrine swooped the gulls (and had a gull chase it!) several times. Went about 10 feet over out head a few times and I did not get a good shot as I was set up for long range ducks.
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I really like the tones of your second bright bunting. Nice series overall.
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Nice series. On the first shpt the birds are a bit too soft (I wonder if the caera focused on the brunches in front of them!?!) All others are good. The last one is my fav. Good job, happy_peasant!
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Thanks for commenting Tullio. I keep waiting for the buntings to come on a brighter day, and if they ever do I will try for sharper shots. I am constantly altering shutter speed when it is gloomy/gray, and that shot, soft as it is was one of the best. It had to be lightened a lot though. Between moving birds, shutter speed slower then optimal for tele converter, and me shivering, I figure I am lucky I got one even that good.
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