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Old Aug 2, 2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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We went to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge again Saturday.

When you enter the reserve, the park rangers have a large dry erase board on which they tell you things of interest at the park. When we went in this time they had drawn a picture of a skeleton and under it they wrote, "This is what you will look like when the Green Head Flies have finished with you!"

In spite of the fact that I slathered myself in Deep Woods Off repellent, I was seriously attacked by these insects (they love me). My right leg is swollen from the knee down and the rest of me was untouched (they must like the drumstick).

I just got out of the car when I saw something and shot pictures hand held. There was no time to set up a tripod. I did walk a short distance to one location but for the most part it was in and out of the car to keep away from the flies.

All pictures were taken with K100D, Tokina AT-X 80-400mm plus Tamron F 1.4X Pz-AF MC4 TC. CWA metering. Shot in JPEG. I had left the white balance in Flash mode the last time I used the camera but the pictures came out OK in spite of it.

Greater Yellowlegs Sandpiper. 100% crop 1/250 sec., F11, -0.5 EV ISO 800, 840mm


Snowy Egret 1/100, F11, -0.1EV, 756mm 38% crop. ISO800


1/1000, f13, -0.1EV, ISO 800 840mm 38%crop.


1/100, f11, -0.1EV, ISO 800 756mm 38% crop.


The last picture is of a juvenile Cardinal. It had landed on the path I was walking on and was a considerable distance away. I have never seen one before and thought you may like to view it as well. You can see the head tuft beginning to form.

1/750, f9.5, -0.5EV ISO 400, 840mm, 38% crop.
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All good shots, but No.3 is fabulous, the light and the wings make it a keeper.

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All very nice captures.
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Great captures, keep 'm coming.

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Nice ones, Lou. You always find such interesting things when you go out there.

Well, not the green heads. Sorry to hear of the swelling. They sure do hurt. All I need to do right now is walk outside my door and get attacked. They are swarming anything that lives. I really need to vacuum my car right now, but don't dare for the greenheads. The joys of New England.

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Nice series - the lighting on the second egret with wings open is great, and the juvey cardinal is a unique shot. Well done!
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Rodny, BB2, GW, Ronny, Patty & Jim, Thanks!
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Lou - thanks for braving the "trained attack flies" to bring us such wonderful shots. I must agree that the 2nd egret is especially stunning - you captured the light so well, without any blown highlights, and the pose is classic!
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Lou - thanks for braving the "trained attack flies" to bring us such wonderful shots. I must agree that the 2nd egret is especially stunning - you captured the light so well, without any blown highlights, and the pose is classic!
Thanks Mole. The refuge has dozens of large Green Head Fly traps to control the population. They can't eliminate them as they are food attraction for the many species of birds that inhabit the refuge.

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