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Old Feb 20, 2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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I went for my usual monday afternoon hike through the sanctuary. It had been a stormy weekend, so I was hoping that the birds would be out hungry and feeding. I was hiking along my usual trail when I noticed this guy sitting up in a tree.



He seemed more relaxed and allowed me to get in much closer for a tighter shot.



I watched as this great egret swooped down and land behind some marsh reeds. When I hiked closer down to the waters edge, I saw that he had caught himself a little crayfish snack.



He must have a pretty tough stomach to digest that critter whole. After a few chomps, he swallowed it and off he went.



The red reflection in the water was from this orange netting that the construction crew had put up as a barrier on the other side of the creek.



A flock of black necked stilts came zooming down the creek. They all glide so smooth and low over the surface of the water.



I see these red tailed hawks all the time. However, they always seem to be soaring way up high in the sky. This pic was a pretty heavy crop to make him decently viewable. Once I get a longer focal length lens, I should be able to get some better hawk shots.

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Old Feb 20, 2007, 3:39 PM   #2
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Royce, Those are beautiful. Excellent work. I think I like the flock the best. Thanks for posting.

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Old Feb 20, 2007, 4:42 PM   #3
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Love all these shots.

Please post some rubbish so we can see you are mortal like the rest of us!



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Hello, Royce,

I always check your posts and always go "wow!" when they come up on the monitor, but it dawned on me that I rarely say thank you, so here's a big THANK YOU!

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Old Feb 20, 2007, 7:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you guys enjoy them as much as I do taking them.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 9:31 PM   #6
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hung,
wish now that i had never said anything about the white exposure.lol
great shots!!
and thanks for not cluttering up your post with individual thank you's.

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Old Feb 20, 2007, 10:48 PM   #7
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Another set of outstanding bird photos - love the red tailed hawk (and the egret). I listened to one all summer but never saw him. I finally saw him/her about a month ago, but unfortunately I was driving and there was no place to pull over. One of these days I hope to capture him (or her). It's pictures like yours that convinces me that I might manage it one of these days.
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Great shooting Royce! All top notch. Like the shot of the flock of birds....Don
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Well Well, you have done it again, all these shots are beautiful. If I have to pick one, the black necked stilts flying is amazing.

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Beautiful composition and exposure in these shots.

If ever there was a plug for using spot metering, your shots have certainly proved it's value.

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