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Trojansoc Jun 1, 2008 8:53 PM

Lousy weather today caused a three hour power outage, so I had little else to do but sit on my front porch and take photos of birds at the feeder. I got a surprise when I saw a Blue Grosbeak, an infrequent visitor to the yard.

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Most of you have had a favorite diner where each of the regulars has "his" table. Well, evidently the Grosbeak was horning in on a regular's spot

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The Grosbeak led the Cardinal on a couple of rounds of ring-around-the-rosie, but refused to leave the feeder. The Cardinal tried a new tactic, leaping down from the feeder and circling...

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Things got really interesting when an indigo bunting decided to stake out his own claim

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The bunting was chased off the the final result was what they should have done in the first place..."smile nice for the camera, Red"

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Unfortunately, a dispute this morning between a Chipping Sparrow and a Tufted Titmouse was simply not subject to any form of negotiated settlement as each side took an intractable negotiating stance.

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All were shot with the K20 with the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 with the matching APO 2X Teleconverter. I'm very impressed with the combo. No appreciable loss of sharpness...focusing is rapid as long as you have sufficient light...all in all, a terrific addition, and a huge step up in sharpness at the upper end from my Phoenix 100-400.

Hope you enjoy,

Paul



mtngal Jun 1, 2008 9:28 PM

What fun pictures! The narrative also adds to the pictures, an interesting insight into the world of birds.

bigdawg Jun 1, 2008 10:06 PM

Seems the birds in Arkansas are not as polite as the Alabama varieties. LOL

Dawg

Rodney9 Jun 1, 2008 10:45 PM

What a lovely way to spend 3 hours and what wonderful series came from it.


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