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Old May 3, 2005, 12:57 PM   #1
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For the past couple of months I have been going over to a State Park in Georgia to take photos of an osprey family I found there within range. They are out in a lake and I have to zoom all the way to 12x with my FZ-15K but have gotten a few fairly nice shots. It took me several trips to get everything right. You really need the tripod even with the IS lens. You need bug spray for the Georgia national bird attacks....mosquitoes! You need a chair to sit on while you wait, and wait, and wait. But here is one of the many images I got.


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Old May 3, 2005, 1:04 PM   #2
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Excellent shot! Looks like it was worth the wait. How far were you from the osprey nest?
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Old May 3, 2005, 1:18 PM   #3
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I'm not a good judge of distance but I'd put it from 75 to 100 feet. This shot posted is not full frame but cropped a bit. The first trip I was much further out and tried using the digital zoom...BIG MISTAKE! That is a useless feature for the most part. But live and learn.
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Old May 3, 2005, 1:23 PM   #4
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Great shot. I guess all those Mosquito bites were worth it.
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Old May 3, 2005, 1:32 PM   #5
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rcci: I was well armed with bug spray the rest of the time but the bugs won the first time out!!!
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Old May 3, 2005, 5:35 PM   #6
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Very nice. I hope to get some shots of an Osprey family this summer. They have been nesting in the same tree for over 30 years.
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:24 PM   #7
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big..love the shot..he's comming in wings back a very nice shot indeed
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:54 PM   #8
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Willow1: Thanks. They are beautiful birds but their eyes are the most striking part if you can see them up close. I have some shots that show the eyes a bit better than this one. I would be out getting more pix but took a header into a cement walkway last wednesday and it is taking some time to heal. (Not drunk...Old! ) :?
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Old May 3, 2005, 9:57 PM   #9
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Very sharp. Great shot! This definitely shows the benefit of using a tripod.
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Old May 3, 2005, 10:07 PM   #10
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[email protected]: Thanks...a tripod is a MUST at 10x-12x for sure. I have tried it hand held and you can really see the difference. I also have a monopod which I have not used yet but there are some places that the monopod may be easier. My tripod was made for a larger and heavier 35mm Nikon. But it really does the job. Found a nice (cheap) ball head on eBay and Love it. Always wanted one but never could afford one until I found this one. (Less than $30)
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