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Old Jan 23, 2011, 7:51 PM   #1
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I have been distracted lately and not contributing much, but here are a few more birds with the K20/Sigma 120-400.

1 Horned Grebe (winter plumage)

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2 female Bufflehead

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3 American Bittern

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4 Pintails

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5 Willets roosting at high tide, awaiting low tide

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Old Jan 23, 2011, 7:55 PM   #2
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6 More Pintails

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Old Jan 23, 2011, 9:14 PM   #3
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How in the world do you even spot the bittern? That's some camouflage! Thanks for posting the pintails, there were some around Sea World. I don't think I bothered with pictures of them but did wonder what they were. I've only seen them occasionally. Love the grebe, the only place I manage any decent shots of them is at Oceanside's harbor. The one or two I've seen there are tamer than the ones I have seen elsewhere.
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Lovely! That bittern is something else!
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Beautiful light in all of these photos, and great captures of the details as well as the habitat! Mrs. Bufflehead especially nice!

A great lens in some great hands!
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Nice series love the Pintails
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I'm really beginning to like that Sigma 120-400 !!

Another vote for that superb Bittern shot.
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Wonderful series of birds all nicely taken. I like seeing those species I don't get to see in person.

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as others have said, these are great photos. I agree that the bittern must have been exceedingly difficult to spot. Thanks very much for posting these.
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Thanks for all the nice comments. The Bittern was indeed a nice find - we don't see them that much exposed very often, as they prefer taller, denser vegetation, such as cattails. After I changed cameras to try out a new Sony SLT-a55, I was fortunate enough to be able to record a hunting sequence which is posted in the Wildlife Forum (although the images aren't all that great:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...g-bittern.html

Two other threads have better images of additional birds (not posted before in this forum) taken with that camera, for those who might be interested in seeing them:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...ad-colors.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...ml#post1194256
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