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Old Jan 29, 2010, 5:43 AM   #1
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Default A few birds with the A* 300 (and one moon shot)

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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Of course I had to try a shot at our state bird (Mockingbird) in the wintry thicket...
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And some Goldfinches in their "winter clothes" as well:
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The schoolchildren had some great nature walks out in their schoolyard, and enjoyed seeing (and chasing) common birds like Robins...
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Most exciting though was the RT Hawk who came cruising by!
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The children loved watching Crows chasing Mr. Hawk! I got a lot of very bad pictures of the chase - birds too fast and me too slow! Here's the best of some really bad ones...
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Back at home, had only a few minutes to try out the lens at our bird feeder. Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse and White Throated Sparrow were all busy with sunflower seed supper.
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And last night, just had to try out this lens on one moon shot, before the clouds moved back in and the snow returned!
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Hope you enjoyed the birds along the bike ride! Will be glad for any comments/critique, as well as tips for better using this new lens!
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As I sit and look at these, I've come in to warm my hands from trying to shoot some birds around my ice-covered feeder, and I can't help but be jealous. I've been trying to get a sharp shot of a goldfinch with my Bigma this morning and haven't been able to get close to equalling the ones you got. I couldn't help but laugh, however, at the white-throated sparrow shot. I think I have its identical twin on my memory card right now, right down to the angles of the pose.

Nice timing on the RT hawk shots. It's amusing to watch hawks and crows in the air together. I'm always amazed to watch how a large, aggressive bird like the hawk can be intimidated.

That A*300 looks like a real winner in the hands of a talented photographer. Always enjoy your work.

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