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Old Jan 1, 2007, 2:10 PM   #1
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The Eagles were hard to get close to today and this is all I got!



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Old Jan 1, 2007, 3:35 PM   #2
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And that was the best you could do? Bird in flight, pin sharp, correctly exposed.

Dear me, seems the only way for you to get a lousy pic is to leave your camera in the bag!!


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Old Jan 1, 2007, 5:46 PM   #3
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Are there "purists" that would criticize this one? I can't believe how sharp the bird is, how perfect the focus is considering you were shooting through branches. Love the light through his tail and the fact that his body still has detail in it. I keep hoping that someday I'll take something close to this - haven't managed it yet, even with the pretty tame sea gulls around the office!
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Impressive. I'm curious. Where did you photography this magnificent bird? I've never had the honor of seeing one in the wild.
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Old Jan 1, 2007, 7:07 PM   #5
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Thanks, but you should have seen the first shot as she took off and I wasn't ready, serious camera movement, not even fixable by SR.

There is a place down the road about ten miles where two Bald Eagles nest in the spring and they hang out there (They cover about ten miles a day flying) so that helps narrow the search. I just show up when the weather is good and hope for the best.

There are two pair around my house too, but they nest in a huge swamp, so they are very hard to get close to.

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Old Jan 1, 2007, 8:19 PM   #6
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Great capture Tom.

Glad the branches in the foreground didn't confuse the autofocus.

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Old Jan 1, 2007, 8:52 PM   #7
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tom, i'm beginning to dislike you........lol

i was out shooting the tak 500mm today but haven't d/l yet. i think i got some good shots tho..
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This was a NO AF situation, as are most of my flying bird shots, except when I am someplace like California at the beach where there is nothing to grab the AF other than the bird.

Roy, this would have been almost impossible with my 500!

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Old Jan 1, 2007, 11:13 PM   #9
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You got this shot with manual focus???!!! :O
Most impressive.

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This was a NO AF situation, as are most of my flying bird shots, except when I am someplace like California at the beach where there is nothing to grab the AF other than the bird.

Roy, this would have been almost impossible with my 500!

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I think you're cheating as usual. Stuffed bird!:-)

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