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Old Jan 29, 2010, 3:43 PM   #1
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A minor ice storm today gave me an extra day off from school and brought huge numbers of birds to my yard and feeders. This red-bellied woodpeckers was willing to tolerate an American goldfinch, as long as it stayed away from her suet cake.



Cardinals were in abundance. This one was going to town on black-oil sunflower seeds (You can see in the bokeh the streaks of light freezing rain that was falling.)



The ground was literally alive with small birds. I counted four different varieties of sparrow, along with dark-eyed juncos like this wet fellow





A small tree served as a waiting area as sparrows waited their turns on the feeders or the ground



The cold even brought an unfamiliar visitor to the yard. Robins are far from rare around Hot Springs, but I can count on one hand the number I've ever seen in my yard.




The freezing rain is changing to sleet and snow this afternoon, so we have our fingers crossed that we won't have such a threat of losing power.

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The ice laden branches make for a very interesting backgound for the birds on #6! What lens?
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The ice laden branches make for a very interesting backgound for the birds on #6! What lens?

All were shot with the K-7 and the Bigma.

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Very sharp, well done.
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Brrrrr that second shot made me shiver, good shots.
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Now I'm really cold. At 11 a.m. right now, it's 8 degrees outside here.

Nice captures of them trying to find food that's not frozen.

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Hi Paul,

A very nice series, especially considering conditions!!

Although I really like the closeups, my favorites are the Sparrows and Robin on the ice coated branches.

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I have to hand it to you Paul, if I was trying to take those shots I be shaking too much from the cold! nice work.
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Another wonderful series - great use of your talents & time. Thanks for sharing!
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