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Old Feb 5, 2007, 7:34 PM   #1
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These photos are from sunday when the tempature outside was in themid teens F. It was at a local park freezing my butt off and found this wonderfull rare treat. Only thing nice was for over an hour and a half, I was all alone with this rare bird. Funny thing, twice this bird landed on my knee while I was down taking ground level pictures of him. Dont know if he felt my warmth or if someone feeds him. But it was kindof scary that this rare bird was a little to people friendly in my eyes.
Well, anyway heres the western tanager:

Side note about my gear used. I was using an Olympus E500, with a manual focus F4.5 300mm Zuiko lens attached and occassional use of flash. Alot of these shots are just resized for posting. For once in my life, I can say, I wish I didnt have such a large lens on the camera!! About 100 of the 300 photos I took I was only able to capture part of the bird. Every time I would kneel down, the crazy friendly bird would start hopping my direction..
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Old Feb 5, 2007, 7:37 PM   #2
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Nice photos, he looks like he or she is cold.


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Old Feb 5, 2007, 8:37 PM   #3
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How unusual for him to be so friendly! Lucky you...nice shots. Donna
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Old Feb 6, 2007, 4:56 AM   #4
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These are great! Funny how birds and wildlife behave sometimes. It worked to your advantage....cheers....Don
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