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Old Apr 21, 2008, 6:58 PM   #31
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Some good ones PMJ! How close were you?

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Really, really, really close!

They were right outside our dining room window on our deck. Probably 6-8 feet away. Then used the Sigma 70-300 at about 260mm. 2 of them aren't even cropped.
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 2:24 PM   #32
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Here is how he looked before he took off.
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 5:57 PM   #33
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Junko's are hard to get right...That black on top robs the detail too much. I've tried and tried and no really good results!



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I was looking over a directory and was reminded of a couple of shots that sort of belonged in this discussion. Last summer, over several days, I watched a starling raising a brood in a hole in a light pole at a softball field. Here, she is just landing with lunch for her little ones.


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Old Apr 22, 2008, 9:45 PM   #35
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She didn't care for my presence, however, and was not shy in letting me know as she dive-bombed the guy with the camera


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Finally, I'm posting this one because it's probably the greatest distance I've every gotten anything marginally usable on a BIF shot on a small bird. I was watching this red-bellied woodpecker through my lens from my side patio....probably 75 feet away in the top of a tree...when I happened to catch him going from one section of the tree to another. 100% crop.


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Trojansoc wrote:
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She didn't care for my presence, however, and was not shy in letting me know as she dive-bombed the guy with the camera

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Cool find. The second one is almost impossible to track focus.



The set up for stationary birds is entirely different form this one at 1/2500 sec and iso 1600.



It was already a bright day but with dense vegetation though. You had no time to adjust on site to switch to BIF mode at all. Either you go for BIF or non-bif. Nothing in between

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Old Apr 27, 2008, 1:46 PM   #38
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Recently there has not been much luck in getting small bird BIF images.

There is cluttered background of images of a GBH rookery in Toronto I went this afternoon. Good part is that once I was there, the birds had to come to me. I was within 100 ft of around 10 of them. That was the easy part.
The hard part is that it is in the middle of the wetland/marsh . All their nests are around 90 ft high and with dense trees all around them. I could hear them a lot. Majority of the time that was about it. Taking pictures were just pain.



























At long last a luck shots . A so-called unobstructed and heavily cropped one








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