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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:09 PM   #1
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I can tell that I have a ways to go to catch up with the more accomplished bird photogs hanging out here, but I am going to throw my best efforts out anyhow. As always, comment, critique, and criticism are welcome. My daughter's Nat'l Junior Honor Society took a local biological research station on as their service project this year. Yesterday the station had a "thank you" tour and picnic at their other facility, a 40,000 acre working ranch where they also do research. The tour was in a swamp buggy (shown below) which is NOT the most stable shooting platform. There were lots of birds that I had not previously seen, including Crested Caracara (blew those one, should have used RAW), eastern meadowlarks, redwinged blackbirds, and redshouldered hawks. All in all a great time. I had already gotten permission to do photography on the biological station and this trip I managed to wheedle permission to park on the entry road to the ranch and do photography on foot in that area, so maybe I can do better in the future.

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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:09 PM   #2
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Black vulture, not as common in our area as turkey vultures. 100% crop, taken with Sigma 70-300mm APO.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:15 PM   #3
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Red-shouldered Hawk, K100 and Tamron 180mm f/2.5 manual focus.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:16 PM   #4
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Different red-shouldered hawk, using the Sigma 70-300mm. 100% crop at 300mm.


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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:17 PM   #5
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Another 100% crop of the same hawk, same lens.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:20 PM   #6
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These shots were taken at St. Augustine Beach last weekend. All of these were using the Tamron 180mm f/2.5 adaptall lens on the K100. Pelicans, 100% crop.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:21 PM   #7
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Target acquired, commencing bomb run . . .
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:25 PM   #8
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I don't know what kind of bird this is, but he was a whole lot easier to photograph than his flying cousins.
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 3:28 PM   #9
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Last one, while not technically a bird, this guy was having great fun chasing any bird in sight and I liked the capture. I am certainly open to bird in flight tips as I can see I have more to learn. I am getting to the point that I have a decent idea of what I just captured when I press the shutter most of the time. With flying birds, I found that most of the shots I thought would be good were beyond salvaging.

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I don't know what kind of bird this is, but he was a whole lot easier to photograph than his flying cousins.
This bird is a Ruddy Turnstone, so named because on a rocky beach they will turn over stones looking for hidden prey.

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