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Old Dec 15, 2010, 7:21 AM   #1
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Have been out on park trails a lot on these cold East Tennessee days, fixing small trail problems before they become bigger ones! Also enjoying the opportunity to visit with some of the common park birds "at home" in their habitats. Some were even patient enough for this slow photographer to snap a few shots!

Did not bring along the 135-600 (needed to carry trail tools, not giant lens & tripod), so put on the A* 300 to get some habitat shots. Despite the scratched front element, this is a fine little lens out on the trail!
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Of course the Yellow-Rumped Warblers are still feasting on poison ivy berries - a very important source of winter calories for many small birds...
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But I was surprised at how many small birds are eating Kudzu seeds! This is a non-native vine that becomes a real pest in young forests. Here is a Tufted Titmouse about to peck into a pod, and a Carolina Chicadee waiting his/her turn.
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Red-Bellied Woodpeckers are still hanging out in male-female pairs, working together on the same dead tree limbs.
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And the Carolina Wrens are still "singing up a storm" on their favorite perches!
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Will be out on the trail and out in the cold again for the next few days. Hope you enjoyed these fine little wintry neighbors. Thanks for any comments & critique!

(perhaps this wren was trying to show me his best side, or tell me what he thinks of me?)
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Great bird series, Mole!
That kudzu is some really bad stuff! and the birds don't help the matter by spreading the seeds.
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Old Dec 15, 2010, 5:10 PM   #8
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Mole these are lovely - so sharp - and they're all little flighty birds. You can't be too slow to get these. That last one is, I think, the obligatory little-bird pose. I have several of these shots to each front/side shot of any little bird I have attempted to photograph.

Thank you also for naming the birds. Your birds are so different to ours and it makes it so much more interesting to know what they are.

Love going to work with you.

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Great series Mole - those little birds are tough to grab focus on but worth it as they are so sweet ! Beautifully captured and sharp ... that A* 300 looks like a great lense.
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GW - Kudzu is indeed a pest. The good news is that these birds were eating and digesting the seeds - none of those seeds will grow! (It's only when they swallow fruits with seeds inside, and then "deposit" the seeds, that birds will spread seeds...)

Bernice - So glad you enjoyed these. I agree that the "tail salute" is a very common bird pose!

Kevin - Thanks for your kind words. The a*300 is indeed a fine lens - mine is all scratched (only reason I could afford to buy it!), but still sharp and clear and great color too.
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