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Old Jan 29, 2010, 4:23 PM   #11
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Continuing to have fun trying out my new (very used) A* 300, while traveling to a nearby school to share nature discovery with elementary students. Although my 135-600 zoom is better for capturing the little birds, this 300 sure does fit in my bicycle bag more easily!!

On the way to the school, passed close to the Holston River, where this Hooded Merganser was hiding by the tall grasses near shore. Much too shy for a good close photo, but hope you like these habitat shots.

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Didn't know you have an A*300mm. It is an F4 or F2.8?
Either way you have made good use of it. Even raptors were cooperating.
I second what Paul said too. I am stuck in Toronto at around 0 deg F

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Old Jan 30, 2010, 10:34 PM   #12
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Well done Mole! the Hooded Merganser shots are sure pretty. and the Mocking bird shot came out extremely nice and sharp as did the moon shot. That reminds me, I got to get a cantaloupe for breakfast.
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Old Jan 30, 2010, 11:01 PM   #13
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Great shots as usual Mole. I've never seen a hooded Merganser. It looks very beautiful.
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Old Jan 31, 2010, 7:03 AM   #14
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Mole, nice use of the new lens. You are beginning to acquire a nice glass arsenal.

Went out on an eagle watch yesterday saw 3 but too far away to get pictures. It was only 4 above zero F and with the wind chill it was pretty uncomfortable. The wind was strong enough that I couldn't use my birding scope.

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Paul - Thanks! (but none of my photos compare to the amazing ones you've been posting lately!)

Daniel - It's a very used, beat up and scratched up F4. But seems to work just fine as long as it's stopped down a bit. By the way, we had 5 inches of snow over the weekend, looking for an ice storm tonight, and it's currently 14 degrees F. But I do have warm clothes and boots...

GW - Thanks! Sure do wish I could have been carrying my 135-600, would have been much better for the merganser.

Mtnman - Thanks! Very beautiful, and not often seen in our area. Also much too shy for this impatient person...

Lou - Yes, probably have too much already... That must have been some wind!!
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Old Feb 2, 2010, 8:17 PM   #16
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Daniel - It's a very used, beat up and scratched up F4. But seems to work just fine as long as it's stopped down a bit.
I think Roy once had a pretty scratched A*F4 too. He proved that despite the cosmetic eyesore, the lens was decent. Front element scratch mark may not show in the image at all.
Good show in that you have rehabilitated it

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