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Old Mar 25, 2010, 8:35 AM   #11
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Great shots, love the second shot of the snake!

Might even make that my wallpaper for the day.
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 3:15 PM   #12
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Love the woodpecker shots !

I invariably underexpose shots like those of the cormorant, I see you were centre-weighted and with +0.5 EV - is that the secret ?!
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 4:24 PM   #13
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Excellent shot of the garter with his tongue flick!
I'm amazed how well the hole is lit up in the Downy shots, looks like the interior lights are on.
I know just what you mean about the blue wing Teal's, I only saw 2 pair last week
(usually see a lot more) and they seem to stay just out of range for the 300mm, a 500 might do it. I should be getting my insurance settlement a few days so, I feel a new camera and maybe a lens coming on...

Life's a breeze on a Goldwing...
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 9:06 PM   #14
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Very nice series (again). I do like the garter snake and your spring beauties. Spring is such a wonderful time!
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Old Mar 25, 2010, 9:14 PM   #15
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Beautiful mole. All are lovely.

I saw my first robin today. And, we have snow (only a little) forecasted for tomorrow! Poor guys.

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Old Mar 25, 2010, 11:11 PM   #16
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great photos
i liked the cormorant with it back to you, it has nice feather patterns
and the first snake is a beauty
then i saw the one with the tongue and that is better still
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Old Mar 26, 2010, 5:43 AM   #17
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Ned - Thanks - he sure is a good "poser!"

Paul - Thanks for all your kind & specific comments. We have LOTS of Downies - this guy was working in a tree just outside the park office door! Also looks like a great year for both species of Spring Beauties - which one do you have?

Tachikoma - Thanks - glad you liked him!

Frogfish - It worked this time... I usually (if the bird stays around long enough) try to play a bit with the EV, and just see which works best. But this setting does seem to work well for the darker birds, and this particular lens.

GW - Thanks so much! The sun was just right for the nest hole... Glad to hear that your insurance payment is FINALLY coming!

Harriet - Indeed a great time of year!

Patty - Thanks so much! We have Robins year-round, and the snow doesn't seem to bother them a bit. Hope your spring progresses well, and soon!

John - Thanks so much for your kind words!
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