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Old Dec 17, 2006, 7:05 PM   #1
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I woke up early and drove down to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. I heard that it is one of the best place to go birding in orange county. A storm had passed through yesterday, but the sun and blue skies came out today.

This shot was take across the street from the beach.


Walking past the parking lot, I came upon a wooden bridge. There I met some other birding people. They had some serious glass! These are 600mm nikon primes. At one point there were 6 of these set up on the bridge.



They all seemed to know each other. They would be chatting it up and one of would spot a bird. "Incoming pelican!" They would all rush back to the cameras and you would hear a storm of continous fire shutter releases...click click click click click click click.... I felt like I was standing next to an anti-aircraft artillery battery.



Needless to say, at first I was a bit intimidated with my meager 70-300 lens. However after chatting amongst them, I joined in the photography frenzy and had a blast! They all seemed very friendly and helpful.

I really like the plummage on this particular duck. So striking and beautiful. Can anyone ID it?






Here are a couple of california least terns. They would circle above and then dive down to grab a fish. I had a hard time focusing on them since they were so swift and acrobatic in the air.




A great ergret backlit amongst a bed of pickleweed.

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Old Dec 17, 2006, 7:28 PM   #2
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Wonderful photos! The first one is certainly lovely - the weather certainly cooperated with you.

The duck looks like the picture of a Northern Pintail in my field guide. And that's some large lenses there - don't think I'm that dedicated to try to carry around/use something like that, though.
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The duck is a Pintail! Roy is right, you are over sharpening some really nice bird shots.

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Old Dec 18, 2006, 1:21 AM   #5
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 4:50 AM   #6
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Wow, that looks like fun

Very nice shots, but 1 question: all the birds seem to have a "halo" aroud them, how did that happen? o_O
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That's awesome - I would be intimidated too.

Some nice shots of people and, birds-in-flight.
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As Roy and Tom have pointed out, I went a bit crazy with the USM, contrast, highlight/shadows. Bad habits left over from when I used a point and shoot and had to really do alot of post processing to get the image useable. Now that I have better equipment, I gotta learn to back off and be more subtle in my post processing.

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Very nice shots, but 1 question: all the birds seem to have a "halo" aroud them, how did that happen? o_O
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 9:39 AM   #9
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using the ''shadow/hilite'' tool will also bring out halos. to me all these shots were probably sharp enough to begin with..
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Great shots! Shot #3 is my favorite. I think that guys lens is bigger than his head.

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