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Old Oct 16, 2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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I have been so tired of having to shoot in dreary conditions, I couldn't wait to get out this afternoon and enjoy our first real sunlight in two or three weeks. Unfortunately, there weren't too many of my bird friends around when I got to the fish hatchery, but I did get a few shots. This Least Sandpiper was one of about a half dozen working their way around the edge of a partially drained pond.



I was kind of surprised to spot a scissor-tailed flycatcher this late in the season, but he was enjoying the late afternoon sun on one of the fill pipes



The highlight of the day, however, came as I was on my way back to the car. I saw what I first thought was a killdeer flying toward me, and I thought I'd take a flight practice shot. I was surprised to realize it was a belted kingfisher, a bird I had never shot successfully, flight or sitting.



All shots with the K-7 and Bigma. ISO 640, f/8.0.

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Old Oct 17, 2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Well done, nice detail on the Sandpiper and the sunlight makes the 2nd shot, for the the third, you have to be lucky sometimes.

If you have been having rain send it our way, we are heading into drought again, we've had no useful rain for 3 months.
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Paul nice shots. The sandpiper is my favorite. The Kingfishers are fast birds; you did well to get him in flight with the Bigma.

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Nicely done, Paul-

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This Least Sandpiper was one of about a half dozen working their way around the edge of a partially drained pond.

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Nice shot of a small bird, almost constantly in motion. The Least is the Most (one of the most difficult, that is).
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Great shots full of the personality of the birds. The first is especially fine!
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Paul, any day you come away with a shot as nice as the piper, is a good day!
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