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Old Apr 18, 2010, 3:02 PM   #1
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Default Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher & Others

Until the last two days, I had only been able once to photograph a blue-grey gnatcatcher in my yard. I had seen a few, but they were always moving too fast, and were so small (about half the size of a sparrow), I couldn't get a good focus lock on them. I may have shot the same individual the last two days, but he's been far more cooperative about having a portrait taken...

Yesterday.....



These are 100% + crops because of the size of the bird and the distance, so I was pleased with the level of detail, even though I did pick up some noise (noise removal and slight Gaussian blur applied to background only to reduce noise)

Today...



It's a transitional time for birds in my yard. Just about all the winter birds are gone, and the summer ones haven't really started arriving. Of course, the loyal Cardinals are here all the time.....



I went back to the fish hatchery yesterday and didn't get any shots that I considered particularly strong of birds, but I did certainly get one that was "unusual"



I suspect an accurate title would be "Red Winged Blackbird with an Itch." I did get one shot that I've wanted since I've been going to the fish hatchery, but I've never been quick enough. Yesterday, one of the residents decided to, instead of heading for the bottom and away, watch me for a while....



And finally, while I was driving down to the fish hatchery, I saw something that I'd seen visiting my son in Hawaii, a flock of cattle egrets, actually in a pasture. These birds are actually considered common in Arkansas, but this is the first time I have seen more than one or two random birds.



All shots taken with the K-7 and Bigma, handheld.

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Old Apr 18, 2010, 4:22 PM   #2
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Those blue-grey gnatcatcher are petty little rascals, never saw one before, nice shots

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The frog is great Paul! I'd like to get one in front of my Macro lens.
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Gnatcatchers are indeed elusive birds - seem to spend all their time in the treetops, and never pause. Glad you "caught" this one!
The frog is especially sharp and cute!
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