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Old Feb 14, 2010, 4:45 PM   #1
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In winters levels are drawn down on a couple of the lakes in this area. I was down below one of the dams this morning and found dozens of ring-billed gulls taking advantage of the spillways being opened to bring the levels back up. They have learned that there are plenty of shad washed down into the shallow water, making easy pickings for the gulls.

We seldom see large numbers of gulls around here, but they're great for practicing BIF techniques. On these I was shooting with the K-7 and the Bigma. I kept ISO at 1000 to boost shutter speeds in Av mode and shot at f/11 for a little greater depth of field.

This guy was thrilled with his catch



So much so that he dropped it, leaving him more than a little upset



This fellow was hunting about 50 yards in front of the dam



This shot is slightly off on focus, but I couldn't help liking it, just for the ambition, if nothing else. This guy wasn't satisfied with shad. He caught himself a trout.



Making the catch



and a couple of shots up in the air




Finally, I was trying to get a good pano on the high side of the dam (didn't prove to be worth posting) when a mallard swam right below me....just demanding I take his picture



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Great captures of all the action - and very nice color rendition. Love the water drops on the mallard too!
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Lots of action there, Paul. Good captures.

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Nice shots Paul, Gulls are fun to watch and photograph.

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Yeah, looks to me like you were having as much fun as they were Paul!
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In winters levels are drawn down on a couple of the lakes in this area. I was down below one of the dams this morning and found dozens of ring-billed gulls taking advantage of the spillways being opened to bring the levels back up. They have learned that there are plenty of shad washed down into the shallow water, making easy pickings for the gulls.

We seldom see large numbers of gulls around here, but they're great for practicing BIF techniques. On these I was shooting with the K-7 and the Bigma. I kept ISO at 1000 to boost shutter speeds in Av mode and shot at f/11 for a little greater depth of field.

This guy was thrilled with his catch




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Great sense of motion coupled with perfect timing. Cannot get better than that

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