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Old Feb 26, 2009, 8:36 PM   #11
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Very pretty bird. Don't see them like that around here.

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 9:26 PM   #12
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I've been fortunate enough to have a family of painted buntings living next to me in an uncleared lot.

I've had 4 males at the feeder at once! These guys are very small...around 4 inches tall and very shy. It's taken me weeks to get this shot.

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Terrific work! . . . and a great looking bird. It had to be satisfying to get a good one after that amount of time.

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Sometimes I think I need to send my Bigma in for a tune up. It just isn't as sharp at 500 as I think it should be.
I think this is impressive at 500mm and 1/60 at a distance. For me, I really try to keep the shutter speeds up faster than 1/125. When they get any slower, my percentage of acceptable shots goes way down -- even with good support.

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 10:48 PM   #13
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What a lovely bird, and an excellent picture, too. Wish we had birds that colorful up here - most of our birds are either brown or blue and grey. They get boring.
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Old Feb 27, 2009, 8:42 AM   #14
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Thanks Patty. I know they don't venture too far north.



Thanks Scott. I know it isn't too bad. I keep pining for a 500 f4.5. I'm sure the extra speed could be put to good use.

I was trying to convince my wife I NEEDED the 250-600 for sale at PentaxForums but she wasn't buying it:roll:.



Thanks Harriet. They are definitely bright!
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Old Feb 27, 2009, 1:31 PM   #15
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wow i can see where this bird gets it name, amazing colours and great shot
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Old Feb 28, 2009, 6:16 AM   #16
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Thanks Kazuya. They are very bright indeed!

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Great shot, Dennis. Beautiful bird and it was worth the wait!

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Old Mar 1, 2009, 2:54 AM   #18
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great shot. few people get to see one of these..
i actually caught one of theseby hand that was trapped in a house skylight..
another time it was a ruby hummingbird..

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Thanks Glenn. It was worth the wait!

Thanks Roy...They aren't the most common bird, that's for sure.

They used to domesticate them I guess in Mexico.

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