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Old Feb 5, 2008, 4:50 PM   #1
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Is this a Night Heron? I am used to seeing them hunched upon the ground.

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Old Feb 5, 2008, 4:51 PM   #2
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Old Feb 5, 2008, 4:52 PM   #3
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Old Feb 5, 2008, 4:53 PM   #4
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Old Feb 5, 2008, 5:29 PM   #5
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Ed...From one Ed to another...I like that first one!
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Ed, that's a common tern.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou...mmon_Tern.html

The other one is a tri-colored heron.

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Actually, No.1 is a Caspian Tern. The common tern is smaller, more slender, and has a deeply forked tail. The Caspian is larger, bulkier, and has a heavier bill.

Good shot, too.
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Nice. How did you get that first picture in focus? Did you prefocus or focus in flight? Were you using a tripod or monopod?

I've been taking some shots at the local pond and I find the flying birds extremely difficult to capture in focus. Whenever I see a good shot I wonder how it was taken.

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Old Feb 6, 2008, 4:18 PM   #9
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Birds in flight takes patience. You need to experiment with settings. There is no perfection, there will be plenty of out of focus shots. I use continuous focus due to constant change. I use F8 to F11 to add some depth of field. I use 400 to 800 ISO to give me speed with the smaller aperture. The focus point depends on the background, multipoint can work on clear sky, center focus for congested background.
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