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Old Aug 9, 2009, 1:18 PM   #1
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I made three visits this week to the "Great Meadow National Wildlife Refuge" in Concord, MA.

The meadow is located adjacent to the Concord River not far from Historic Concord Bridge where in 1775 the shot heard round the world was fired during the beginning of our War of Independence.
All pictures were taken with my trusty K100D and Tokina 80-400mm plus Tamron 1.4 TC. All shots were hand held. PP levels and some cropping and sharpening.

The meadow is a diverse wildlife habitat. The first thing I encountered was a bunch of Canadian Geese. I got up close and personal with the lens combo I had on the camera.

1/350, F9.5 -.1EV, ISO 400 840MM



1/500, F6.7 -.05 EV, ISO 400, 840MM

Next I spotted two Ospreys circling and looking for fish. They would go from a soaring mode to a hovering mode and if they spotted nothing would fly on. If they spotted a fish they would lift their wings and begin to drop and then drop into a "wing in by body dive" and enter the water almost vertically.

Both F5.6-1EV, ISO 400, 840 MM, First @1/3000 sec second @ 1/4000 sec



Next a Great Blue Heron standing on a nesting box.

Both pictures 1/350, F5.6-0.5EV, ISO 400, 840MM


Looking down but never jumped!

Next a Gilliume (Morehen)
1/350, F4.5 ISO 400, 840MM



A water snake. 1/500, F4.5, ISO 200, 120MM



Finaly Monarch Butterfies:

1/350, F5.6 -.05EV, ISO 400, 756MM



1/1000, F5.6 -.05EV, ISO 400 675MM



I hope You enjoy my refuge photos as much as I enjoyed going there and taking them. Comments and critiques are welcome.
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All very nice, but the looking down heron is spectacular!

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All very nice - you sure do well with that Tokina and TC.
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Great series. I'm especially taken with the osprey shots.
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Robar - Yes I have been having fun getting out and about, after having been locked in by all the rain we have had this summer.

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All very nice, but the looking down heron is spectacular!

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I was walking around the reserve for about 3 hours. The GBH was on that box the whole time I was there.

I don't know what got his attention although I think it may have been a fish. I was standing on a bench shooting over the top of tall marsh grass and could not see much below his extended head.

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All very nice - you sure do well with that Tokina and TC.
I am quite pleased with this lens. It is small being only slightly longer than my 18-250. It weighs about 2 pounds and works extremely well with the 1.4 TC. I seem to be getting good results with it fully extended.

The whole set up is light enough to keep on my hand for long periods of time with my Camdapter strap. The lens has little to no lens creep.

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You're becoming quite the nature photographer Lou! The one's of the Ospreys and the Heron's are spectacular! The ones of the Osprey's in particular must have been a challenge since they were in flight.

There is a local bird refuge about 10 miles from my home. Without a long lens combo however, I've not been able to capture any decent images...I've about given up on nature photography until I get a decent t/photo lens (for instance the DA*300)!
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Great series. I'm especially taken with the osprey shots.
The Ospreys were quite high and with 840mm at the end of the camera was difficult to find and focus.

I quickly learned that I had to zoom out to 80mm, acquire and lock focus on the bird and then zoom in and shoot quickly before I lost him. Once I took a shot and the mirror cycled I then had lost the bird and had to start over going back to 80mm and re- zooming to 840mm.

My camera was on a homemade "bush hawk" type device that made it easier to hold steady and pan with the bird.

I tried to follow one in a dive but could only record the splash after the bird had entered the water. These eagles are amazing to watch.

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