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Old May 14, 2007, 7:22 PM   #1
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I took the day off from work, grabbed the camera, and went of in search of birds and bees. One of the spots I went to was a local biological research facility that has thousands of acres of unspoiled land. One of the things that is studied there is the Florida Scrub Jay. http://www.ecofloridamag.com/archived/scrub_jay.htm

I found a pair of them that were as interested in me as I was in them. They stuck with me on the trail for awhile and kept presenting me with new opportunities to photograph them

All these shots were with the Tokina 100-300mm f/4 MF lens. The jays were so cooperative that on some of these shots I did not even need to zoom all the way out. I am real happy with the output of this lens. I am also happy with how much I have learned about photography in the past year. Most of the time the jays stayed between me and the sun and I think I was more successful in judging the light and effectively compensating the EV than I ever have been before.

Hope you like them,
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Old May 14, 2007, 7:22 PM   #2
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I don't know if the different colored bands mean anything.
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Old May 14, 2007, 7:23 PM   #3
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This one was the braver of the two and consistently came closest.
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Old May 14, 2007, 7:24 PM   #4
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And every once in awhile they would poof all of their feathers out like a blowfish. It was funny to watch.

Thanks for looking,
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Hi Tim,

That Tok is giving you returns on your investment pretty quickly. These are terrific shots!

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Great sharp shots of the Jays. Around here the Jays are hard to get close to.

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Those shots are so sharp! Nice lens and nice series. Interesting to see the different coloring of the various blue jays posted here - I don't think I was quite aware before of just how many varieties there are.
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Great series, I especially like the 2nd shot. To echo everybody else those look like really sharp shots.

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Sharp pics indeed. It's amazing how friendly and smart the jays are.


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Tim, these shots are magnificent.

Any sharper and you could cut yourself.

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