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Old Nov 20, 2009, 1:03 PM   #1
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Was trying form some better Grebe shots yesterday, but they were even shier than before! But there were some other bolder birds out at the shore, despite the cold & damp.

There are nearly always crowds of Canada Geese around the lake, especially near the picnic places - they are such panhandlers!
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 1:06 PM   #2
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The ever-patient Great Blue Heron was back at the dock - this time perched on one of the lockers. He was SO STILL that I decided to try some more comparison DOF shots (needed for an upcoming photo class...) Was amazed to see how sharp the wide open shot is, and also to see how still he was (the second shot, at F32, was a 2 second exposure).
Do you think these will help people see the effect of F Stop on DOF?
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No luck with the Grebes this time, but a rather tolerant Kildeer allowed my close approach. Here are a few samples...
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Our state parks are full of life (bird and otherwise) every day. I sure am blessed to get to watch and work with them!

Hope you enjoyed these lakeside "feathered friends!" Looking forward to your comments and critique.
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Old Nov 20, 2009, 7:51 PM   #5
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So thats where our summer birds are!..Very nice photos,Mole..Especially the heron..when they are here they are so skittish so it's very hard to catch one.The killdeers always around our little offices which are surrounded by gravel so we have to be careful not to run them and their eggs over.And there are still some Canadas on the lake here..slowly getting surrounding by ice on the lake.I keep telling them to get going..
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Well done , terrific avian shots, nice light, and good detail.

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Nice shots. The GBH pictures are a fine example of DOF. The Kildeer shots are outstanding!

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Another nice set of shots. Were these all taken with the big lens? If you're like we are around here, the Canada Geese are examples of the houseguests who wouldn't leave. A great deal of trouble was taken a few years ago to prepare habitat that would get them to winter here; however, they liked it so well that they have become year-round residents and have crowded out native species by hogging the food supplies.

I really like the killdeer shots. I see killdeer nearly every time I go to the fish hatchery to shoot birds, but I can seldom get close enough for a really good photo simply because they are so skittish. Yours are very nicely done.

I agree with Lou that the GBH shots will be good illustrations for DOF.

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Kashka - Glad you enjoyed them, and sorry to be "stealing" your birds (I promise we'll send them back!!!). Most of our GB Herons are also very shy, but this one individual has decided that humans are beneath his/her notice...

Rodney - thanks so much! Your bird shots are always so clear & detailed.

Lou - thanks! The kildeer was a bit of a challenge - trying to race after him with that 10 pound lens... I found the best cover behind a trash can!

Paul - yes all taken with the 135-600. Our Canadas are also the result of re-introductions some years ago. The same folks who were so excited to see them return are now "excited" about all the messes they leave on our paved fitness path. I agree about the kildeer - usually very tough to approach (except at the nest), but this guy finally gave in to my persistence...
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