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Old Jul 28, 2009, 5:04 PM   #1
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The first Snail Kite Nest I started watching this year was successful. I stopped following it since it was hidden in the reeds and too far to photograph the adults when sitting near the nest, even with my 500mm w/1.5xTC. Today I believe the adults were trying to lure their chick out of the nest. They would fly by the nest with a snail, as a tease, then fly to a tree line behind me. In the series I am posting the Male Snail Kite transfers a snail from it's talon to it's beak.

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A very well captured series and seems that the K-7 is doing a good job for sure.

It amazes me that the bird can do that so effortlessly while flying.... I would be happy just to fly LOL.
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Sharper with good contrast and color rendition - you are really getting this BIF business down pat. Nice catch.
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Hi Ed,

Great series!!!

You are much more accomplished at this type of shot than I am, so I'm curious about what your impressions are of the K7's improved AF in general and AF C in particular. I also feel that with the shorter VF blackout times, it's noticeably easier to track a moving object while shooting a continuous string. What are your thoughts?

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Hi Ed,

Great series!!!

You are much more accomplished at this type of shot than I am, so I'm curious about what your impressions are of the K7's improved AF in general and AF C in particular. I also feel that with the shorter VF blackout times, it's noticeably easier to track a moving object while shooting a continuous string. What are your thoughts?

Scott
I think the shorter blackout times are the biggest benefit. Every opportunity is so different with BIF's it is difficult to evaluate the difference in field conditions. I was using the DA* 3 with Kenko 1.5x TC which slows the focus down, when it was locked in in CF it seemed to track well. I always try to learn to use what I have as best I can. All cameras have limitations, even canikons.

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Fantastic shots, every one of them.

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thats a great series of shots
and a story too
did the young one eventually leave the nest ?
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Fantastic shots, sharp, clear and nice color. Nice story and great action. A very interesting bird to watch.

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thats a great series of shots
and a story too
did the young one eventually leave the nest ?
The chick did not leave while I was there. It should fledge soon.

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Interesting. Maybe it'll try today.

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