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Old Dec 16, 2012, 6:34 PM   #11
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I'm just learning the behaviors of Goldfinches, and hope to get some better photos this winter. Learned something new recently - they enjoy Black-Eyed Susan seeds!
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Some very noisy crows helped us spot this young Red Tailed Hawk. All the "crow commotion" helped us notice the hawk. Hawk was out enjoying the early morning sun up high in the treetops, and completely ignoring the crows. He looks a bit odd in these photos because of the perspective.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 6:44 PM   #13
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This juvenile Sharp Shinned Hawk was nice enough to "pose" for some portraits. One of my favorite birds, but rarely get the chance to photograph them.

PS - If you check the exif data on these shots, you may be surprised to see which lens was used. This was an injured bird, photos taken while bird was in my hand. just prior to release.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 6:45 PM   #14
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Two more Sharp Shinned portraits, playing with DOF...
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 6:50 PM   #15
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Hope you are not too bored with these (far too many) bird shots, and that you will share your comments, critique and suggestions.

Will close with a few mood/habitat shots - you might call these "where is the bird?" shots!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 8:29 PM   #16
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Posted these bird photos yesterday, but forgot to include the most interesting "bird."

These huge grasshoppers are active, usually high in the trees, on sunny fall/winter days, but usually too shy to photograph. Spotted this one lower than usual, and was able to stalk up to the minimum focus distance of the 400mm. It's called an American Bird Grasshopper!
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 4:08 AM   #17
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The Mockingbird is Florida's state bird as well. The Tufted Titmouse is my favorite songbird in central Florida, a frequent visitor to the sunflower seeds in our feeder, along with Cardinals.

Excellent photos as usual. The Tokina 400mm is a fine piece of glass, given your skills!
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WOW nice series Mole, I think the birds around here know something because they are gone, just a few Canadian Geese, even the house sparrows are absent.

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Those hawk portraits are fantastic...
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Wonderful photos Mole, all of them. The view of the ground shows how shallow the depth of field is with your 400, but your focus was right on the mark with each one. I have never had much luck photographing hawks, but you have mastered that tricky technique.
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