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Old Apr 11, 2009, 2:51 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Early spring means that I get to see some not too usual water birds on their way up north in the lake right outside my condo.

Saw these guys last night, but couldn't get anything worth posting, so I tried again this morning -- they won't stick around much longer.

Male Red Breasted Merganser -- I usually see these in mated pairs, but this guy was by himself. It was hard to get him at the right angle to show off the iridescent green on his head. . .

Common Loon -- there were a pair of these -- they stayed out in the middle of the lake, so this is a pretty small crop

. . . and this guy kept flying around cackling -- laughing at me most likely -- keeping just out of range for a good shot (this is a smaller than 1/4 frame crop).

All with the K20, FA*300/2.8 + stacked converters.

It's taking me a while to get into the swing of things -- it's been a long winter. . .:?

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Old Apr 11, 2009, 3:22 PM   #2
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Great stuff Scott. I especially like #1--something about that red eye...not the kind you want to get rid of!
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 4:44 PM   #3
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Ilike the second one. They way he's reflected more in the water.

You'll be back in the swing of things before you know it.

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Old Apr 11, 2009, 10:25 PM   #4
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Very nice - I really like the merganser. They are such interesting looking birds. Good shot of the kingfisher - they are so uncooperative when it comes to photographs, and that's a nice one.
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I'm ever amazed by the quality you squeeze out of those stacked converters, Scott. The merganser, did it have a "bad hair day"?:-)

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