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Old Oct 25, 2009, 9:52 AM   #11
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Mole, As always...you are a master at your craft!!
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Old Oct 25, 2009, 11:26 PM   #12
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excellent photos
especially the up close ones

how did you manage to get time to set up a tripod
the birds i see have usually flown away by the time i get the camera turned on
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Old Oct 26, 2009, 5:57 AM   #13
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Thanks to all for the kind words!

GW - Yes this new/old lens is a lot of fun to play with. Which 100-500 do you have? What are its problems?

Rodney - thanks - it's really more in the magic of the bird, not me...

Scott - Perhaps you're right and the softness in the more distant shots is my lack of focusing ability. Will keep practicing as time permits...
Yes, there wasn't much cover, but this was a very tolerant bird, as long as I moved slowly and avoided eye contact (the slow part was the hardest for old impatient me!). And yes, the light did keep changing - it was overcast, but the coming and going of wind kept changing the lake surface and the way it reflected...

Lou - Thanks for saying so - you are very kind, and I am very blessed to have these opportunities!
Yes, the dock is well "decorated" with the "evidence" that this GBH spends a lot of time there! I can go back and visit him again soon. If only our other Herons were so calm and predictable!

Jelpee - no master, just having a lot of fun learning. Thanks!

John - I got behind the marina building to set up the tripod, and just slowly sauntered on down towards the bird, following a rather circuitous path. I agree that most birds don't hang around for photos - but as Lou mentioned, these guys do spend much time in the same place.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 10:26 PM   #14
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Love the shots! Looks like you are getting the hang of this lens and getting better results.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 10:32 PM   #15
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Boy is that big lens sharp. Impressive pix of that GBH..I can count the individual feather fronds on the top of the GBH's head.

That lens is a keeper.
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Old Oct 28, 2009, 9:30 AM   #16
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Congratulations, Mole-

Your wonderful series of photos well demonstrates that where there is a will to move forward, there is also a way to do it. That is no small lens to move around with, wow!

Have a great day.

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Old Oct 29, 2009, 5:11 AM   #17
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Harriet - thanks! will continue to play with this lens as time permits...

Lensmore - yes it does give fine results - I'm pleased with it too!

Sarah - not the lens for good long hikes in the mountains, but not too heavy for just carrying short distances. And a lot cheaper than any equivalent modern lens!

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Old Oct 30, 2009, 5:22 PM   #18
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ah, they are amazing, but you already knew that. you need to write that book we talked about!!!!
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Magnificent close-up. Job well done. They are very co-operative when they are waiting for their prey

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ok, you know that they are all amazing. but if i had to pick out one to be the most successful to me, i would pick the first one of the third set. again, just my personal preference for the image contrasting color-wise with its background. although, the one with his (her?) head under the deck, that's an amazing photo, i love how its feathers are fluffed out around the neck. these look like something you wouldn't be surprised to see in a field guide. (and that, sir, is high praise : ) )
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