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Old Feb 11, 2012, 9:19 PM   #11
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Kevin - So glad you enjoyed these "feathered friends!" Thanks for the specific comments too. And yes, that Tokina does make some interesting bokeh with twigs & such in the background. I am definitely not a bokeh expert, but it looks good to me...

Hans - Thanks so much! Long lens is a big help with the little birds, but even more helpful (for me) is watching to learn their habits. Helps me guess where & when to watch for them, and how best to approach them. Wearing dull-colored clothes, moving slowly, avoiding direct eye contact also all seem to help.

Harriet - It is a fun lens - plenty of focal length, but very small and easy to hand hold. Works best at around f 8 - 11. And was MUCH cheaper than the Sigma 500 (or the expected price of the Pentax 560). Perhaps there's one at KEH, PentaxForums Marketplace or Ebay calling your name!
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 7:35 PM   #12
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Nice images as usual, mole. That first one sure is strange looking. Never seen a bird like that before with those funky looking feet.

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Old Feb 13, 2012, 6:54 PM   #13
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Great photos Mole. I'm not familiar with a coot, but the photos are great! I'm also very fond of bluebirds. They're not exactly rare in my area, but they're not very common either. They're sufficiently uncommon that it's always a good day whenever I see one. I can only assume that you had a good day too.
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