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Old Jan 4, 2009, 10:52 AM   #1
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This has been a disappointing winter to photograph birds as the variety of species seems to be dramatically less than a year ago. (Checking my files from a year ago confirms this observation.) My photo files are filling with tufted titmice, white throated sparrows, and dark-eyed juncos. Still, there are occasional highlights like this red-tailed hawk I saw along the highway yesterday



This is not a great flight shot, but anyone who has tried to shoot a bufflehead in flight will appreciate why I'm proud to get anything reasonably in focus. These guys are both small and very fast.



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Old Jan 4, 2009, 2:39 PM   #2
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Very nice! So that's a Tufted Titmouse, I've never seen one before. Interesting how it is holding on to the feeder. And I know what you mean about Buffleheads. They are so shy, even with my Bigma I can only get them this big O, before they fly away.
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Old Jan 4, 2009, 6:11 PM   #3
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I know what you mean Paul,
It gets kind of boring taking shots of the same ol' birds all the time.

I like the Tufted Titmouse though. any bif is hard for me get because all my lenses are manual focus and by the time I get the focus right... they're gone! :G
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Old Jan 4, 2009, 8:33 PM   #4
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Nice series - The red-tailed hawk's wing feathers are really interesting. Birds can be SO frustrating!
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Old Jan 4, 2009, 9:24 PM   #5
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Very nice! So that's a Tufted Titmouse, I've never seen one before. Interesting how it is holding on to the feeder. And I know what you mean about Buffleheads. They are so shy, even with my Bigma I can only get them this big O, before they fly away.
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The little titmice will climb all over a feeder, anything to not lose their place at the food. This guy wasn't even going to let a photographer disturb his eating.



Dan, I use a Bigma too, and I can usually get "fair" bufflehead shots, as long as they stay on the water, but tracking them in flight is just a matter of luck. The camera just can't focus fast enough to keep up with them. (an older shot below)



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#3 and #6 are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
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