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Old Jan 29, 2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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After our sunrise photos we took a tour of the refuge. Our cameras were in the back his SUV so of course we saw 3 Bald Eagles, 2 Peregrine Falcons (one of which was plucking the feathers out a freshly caught duck), and a Prairie Falcon. All within a mile of each other.
Here's some of what I saw when I did have my camera.:-)

A cute little immature White Crowned Sparrow.




A Northern Shoveler giving me the eye... twice




Two Greater White Fronted Geese commin' in for a landing.




A Cinnamon Teal pair warming up in the morning sun.




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Old Jan 30, 2007, 5:08 AM   #2
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Steve,

Love your posts from the refuge. These shots show some great sharpness and detail and I like the DOF in the first one.

I take it that these were shot with your Tamron 200-500mm. If so, what would you consider the sweet spot on that lens.

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Old Jan 30, 2007, 6:13 AM   #3
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I like the flight shot Steve. Too bad you missed all the Eagles and Falcons.
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Old Jan 30, 2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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Thanks Tom and VP.
You got it Tom, I used the Tamron. To be honest I probably shoot 90% of the shots at 500mm with that lens. Under good light it's a dream to use at that, or any, length. It gets a little dicier when the overcast starts to show up. It's seems to hold a nice sharp image at any length and overall I haven't found a weak spot yet. That dosen't mean there isn't one, it's just that I haven't really found one.
Take care, it's good to hear from you.
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Thank you a very nice series. I enjoyed all of them.

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Great shots all Steve, I like the DOF on the sparrow. Donna
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 4:55 PM   #7
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Thanks Roger and Donna.
Donna, I, also, really like the DOF on that shot too.
Thanks again,
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