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Old Nov 2, 2008, 2:14 PM   #1
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This morning dawned simply beautiful in SW Arkansas, and I had to get out to the fish hatchery for a morning walk. The fall colors along the shores of the lake are just about at their peak.



Unfortunately, my search for beautiful birds was not exactly a success. Instead of the usual mix of herons, egrets, flycatchers, etc., this is what I found.



and, he brought friends



This is only about a quarter of the number of vultures that were gathered on the shore of this pond. It took me a few minutes to find the reason. Evidently, there had been a large die-off overnight of the catfish in that particular hatchery pond, and many had washed to the shore. I went looking for something more attractive to photograph and found a juvenile American Coot



But, finally had to settle for a couple of butterflies





Since it looks like the afternoon will be just as beautiful, I'm off to the botanical gardens.

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Old Nov 2, 2008, 2:53 PM   #2
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The one of the fall colors and the last one of the butterfly are spectacular! I could not read the EXOF...what lens(es)?
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Nice series - I like the Coot. Though there are people here in California that don't like the birds at all. I've never seen that many vultures in one place before - they obviously keep an eye on the fishery. The butterflies are very beautiful, well done with them.
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The one of the fall colors and the last one of the butterfly are spectacular! I could not read the EXOF...what lens(es)?
Thanks for the kind comments, jelpee and Harriet. When I go by the fish hatchery, I generally put the Bigma on before I leave the house and don't take another lens. The colors shot was at 50mm and the others with the lens fully extended at 500mm.

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Hmmm, I have known plenty of old coots, but I did not know there were young coots as well. So my grandfather might have always been this way? :-)

I like the fall colors and the butterflies. I did not know the Bigma would focus so closely.

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Nice colors on the pond, Paul. And, I really like the butterflies.

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Gorgeous colours in that first one and the butterflies are great.
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