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Old Jan 23, 2012, 9:17 PM   #1
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Been out on many park trails, continuing to repair effects of recent storms. Thanks to my new, portable birding lens, was able to get a few more snapshots of some park birds at the same time. Will post a few here, and some more over at the wildlife photos part of the forum.

We in East Tennessee are blessed to be able to see (and hear) bluebirds year-round. Here are a female and a male Eastern Bluebird. These were part of a flock of about 20 Eastern Bluebirds working through the ancient Eastern Red Cedars up on a high bluff in the home park.
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Old Jan 23, 2012, 9:18 PM   #2
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Bluebirds are common here, but Hermit Thrushes are not. We only see them during the winter, and rarely even then. This one was nice enough to pose on a stump beside the trail for several minutes.
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Our commonest winter warbler is the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. These little guys are nothing but feathers and energy! Here's one that paused just long enough for a quick snap.
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Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of some of our winter birds here in East Tennessee, and that you will share your comments, critique, and suggestions!
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That 400mm seems to be working perfectly ! Those are some lovely bird shots. Those bluebirds are so lovely - they look very much like the Euro-Asian Robins - without the blue backs but having the red breasts (I know US robins are much bigger than ours and a completely different species not found over here), in China the robins are the same as the Euro robins.
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Man that second shot is so sharp!

Great shots fella, and I was thinking the same as frog, very similar to our robins.
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Your my Idol Mole, great bird shots

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Kevin - Yes, that new/used lens is definitely working out well for me - great reach in a very compact package, and fine color and sharpness. I don't know your Robins that well, but photos do look quite a bit like our bluebirds. Bluebirds and American Robins are both in the Thrush family (a rather large & diverse bird family). Perhaps if Penolta or Snostorm read this, they can tell us more about any connections between our bluebirds and your robins...

Tachikoma - Thanks so much! This lens is very sharp when handled properly - trick seems to be to keep it as stabilized as possible, and watch the light carefully. Took that shot using a tree stump for extra support. I really need to try it out with tripod for better sharpness, just haven't had the time or opportunity yet.

Hans - Thanks!! But it's really not that hard to get nice bird photos with such a good lens, and such a great bird habitat...
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Exquisite shots!
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How fortunate you are to have year round Bluebirds with such spectacular color. We have them in winter but not with the vivid color yours exhibit. Great job as usual!

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