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Old Apr 28, 2012, 3:49 PM   #1
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Default Great Meadow National Wildlife Refuge

This was my first visit this year. Lots of nice spring things to photograph.

All shots with K-5 and Sigma 150-500mm, too lazy to change to macro for the butterflies.
















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One of my favorite subjects, GBH nice job Lou. I really like the series and the flying at you shot is a rare perspective.

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Looks like a wonderful place for some "nature action." And some very nice results of your visit.

Great captures of GBH in action - you must have some quick reflexes!

Just in case you are curious, your (sharp and clear) butterfly photos are: Red Admiral, Question Mark, and Tiger Swallowtail. (same species are out and active here in East Tennessee!)
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Is it too much to say that I won't carp on your using the Sigma 150-500mm for the butterflies and fish, because they're excellent photos?

Is the GBH in a landing pattern? At Great Meadows, he would be a little west of Hanscom Field, from what I see on the map.
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Those are very nice, the six images of the Heron landing is a great series. Nice close ups of the Butterflies!

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Lovely series ! Love the Tiger Swallowtail.
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G'day Lou

Agree with all the congrats above

re- the carp in the last pic > aussie fishermen find the carp virtually inedable from the 'gritty' taste, and yet I read other items saying people find it a nice fish to eat. I am curious as to whether you or others reading this do cook / consume the carp, and if so how do you prepare it for cooking

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Nice heron photos,. How do you like your 150-500mm?
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One of my favorite subjects, GBH nice job Lou. I really like the series and the flying at you shot is a rare perspective.

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Thanks Hans. The head on shot was pure luck. They come at you fast!

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Mole - thanks for the Id's of the butterflies. Great Meadow is a very rewarding birding sight. Also great for dragonflies with a diverse number of species. lots of beaver and Muscrat as well.

MacBook - The sequence was of both take off and landing. I think he was shooting touch and goes. Had to go into the water as the runway at Hanscom Field had too much traffic. Actually I was at Great Meadow NWR in Concord and it is east of Hanscom. There is another section of Great Meadow NWR in Sudbury which is West of Hanscom.

Tom and Kevin - Thanks and glad you enjoyed them.

Phil - I do not eat carp so I can't be of any help. Fishing is not allowed in the sanctuary. The Osprey do seem to enjoy them but only as Sushi!

dane/dawg - I love the 150-500. I am just getting the hang of it. I have done all my shooting with it hand held to date but will try it on a tripod soon.

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