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Old Jul 21, 2009, 8:44 AM   #1
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Taken at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Newburyport, Ma. All taken hand held at F6.7 and shutter speeds between 1/1000 and 1/4000 (-1EV), ISO 200.All but one Swan at 400mm.

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Old Jul 21, 2009, 6:30 PM   #2
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Nice capture Lou!
I think the egret is showing off for you.
The swan looks lonely.
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 8:10 PM   #3
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Those are great shot, Lou-

Thanks for posting!

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Old Jul 21, 2009, 8:36 PM   #4
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Hi Lou,

Nice Job on these!!!

I get quite a few chances at both of these species, and they're always hard to get the exposure right, especially in direct sun.

I've only been able to get good shots of the Great Egret in full mating plumage once, the rest of the time, they've been wet and stringy. These are very nice captures. It's hard to imagine that they were almost wiped out by hunters who only wanted these feathers.

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Nice work on these Lou. White shades are always a challenge to capture detail without blowing out the highlights...your's look good..especially the second one of the Egret.
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Very nicely done! I always find egrets hard to photograph and these are very nicely done. They are beautiful birds in breeding plumage.

Scott - were they really almost wiped out? They seem fairly common around here, I'm glad they weren't hunted to the point of being wiped out.
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Lou - fine work on these difficult subjects - difficult to approach, and difficult to capture without blown highlights. You did a great job with both - thanks for sharing!
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Great shots, 2 and 3 are beauty's .

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GW - I don't think the Egret gave a hoot about me. It was showing off for another egret!

The swan was less than lonely; it was in a group of 5 swans. They were busy eating vegetation from the river bottom.

Sarah - Thanks for looking and glad you enjoyed!

Scott - The breeding plumage makes these birds look spectacular. I agree with you that the white birds are hard to get proper exposure on in bright sun.

Jelpe - Thanks! The second picture was by far the best. The picture taking all happened quickly as I had pulled over on a narrow 2 lane road when I saw the bird. I had to take my shots and move on in short order.

Mtngal - Thanks for your kind comments. Yes these brirds are indeed eye candy when in breeding plumage.

Mole - I think if I had time to set up my tripod I could have done better but you have to take the pictures as time and place permit.

In the PRNWR it is a matter of luck. If the bird happens to land near where you can stop and shoot you get good results. You have little ability to approach a subject. I would have liked to wait for it to flty off and get a flight picture but could not remain long where I was stopped.

Rodney - Thanks! They are my favorites as well.

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