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Old Sep 20, 2008, 8:37 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Haven't been able to find many birds lately, but got lucky with this one -- I don't know what it is. . . so any help on the ID would be appreciated.





I was a bit surprised to see the 1/25 second -- I usually don't let it get that slow when handholding, but these and a couple of others came out okay. The Sigma, even with the TC, did a great job on the bokeh, IMO.

One other thing I noticed was that with this lens, the 1.7x AFA doesn't convert the aperture value as it does with all my other lenses. I imagine that this has something to do with the reverse-engineering of the lens chip by Sigma.

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Old Sep 20, 2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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Thrushes are always in or underneath foliage, so it is difficult to get a clear shot at one, or even a good enough look to separate similar ones. I can't see all of this one, but my guess would be a Gray-cheeked Thrush. Nice catch, nonetheless.
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Can't help on identifying, but nice shots.
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what i would call an LBJ
little brown job

1/25 of a second is very impressive
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thrushes are always in or underneath foliage, so it is difficult to get a clear shot at one, or even a good enough look to separate similar ones. I can't see all of this one, but my guess would be a Gray-cheeked Thrush. Nice catch, nonetheless.
Hi penolta,

Thanks! I don't see many thrushes, other than Robins (they're in the family - - right?) -- probably because there aren't many around here -- and the reasons you stated. I've only gotten one (a brown) before in 4 years of pretty concentrated birding. This guy popped up, pretty deep in a bush, and I barely got to focus, then shoot about 5 exposures before it hopped down and disappeared in the foliage.

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Hi Rodney and GN,

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Birding's been tough this year -- we've gotten so much rain that the trees and bushes are overloaded with foliage -- after about 10 years of under-average rain. Figures -- I get my most expensive lens to date, and I can't find anything to shoot! :roll:

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