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Old Jun 1, 2008, 11:53 PM   #1
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I have been following a nesting pair of Downy Woodpeckers and went yesterday morning knowing the young might have fledged by then, and they had, so with the camera in hand and time to kill, I went by Bolse Chica, and finally gotan opportunity to try the K100D and Tamron 70-300 LD combo on BIFs of wheeling and diving terns near their nesting colony (fast and close under overcast skies).

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#2 Another Elegant Tern
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#3A Forster's Tern
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Old Jun 1, 2008, 11:57 PM   #4
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#4 And a couple of easier shots - a brown-backedimmature or adult female Black-necked Stilt
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Wow, those are wonderful!Sharp focusand great composition for such a quick target!

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Will the brown back stilt change to all black as it gets older? Or will it stay brown? I've never seen them with the brown backs - only the usual black and white ones. These pictures are lovely. I like the tail on the Forster's Tern more interesting than the Elegant Tern, though.
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Thanks Glenn and Harrietfor the complements.

Harriet, the brown in the juvenile will be gone by next Spring, but remains in the adult female (the male is black above). The Elegant Terns areabout to begintheir plunge dives, and their tails are spread to act as air brakes to slow them down before they drop, but they are not deeply forked as are the tails of the Forster's.

Another series ofpictures of different birds from the morning's shoot are posted in the Wildlife Forum:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...jump_to=892432

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Thanks for posting the information about the egrets - I wondered why the Snowy had orange feet. It makes them easy to identify if you can see them, but never knew why they were different. That's what I love about this forum - I'm always learning about something, whether it be birds, flowers, architecture, history or camera stuff.
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Terific series, you did very well catching the flyers, much better then I can and the Black-necked Stilt has great colours and so sharp.
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