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Old Nov 14, 2007, 6:20 PM   #1
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I was wandering throughdensebushadjacent tosome wooded higher ground when I paused to draw breath. That's when I caught movement in the denuded maple tree facing me about 25 feet up. It was the reddish colour that drove me to come closer for a better look. Once I saw it, I realized that I'd never seen this bird before except in birding guides. I must have spent 15 minutes walking around that tree trying to get a decent capture of the thing without branches or leaves getting in the way and cutting it off. This shot was the best that I could do before it tired of me a flew across a swamp where I couldn't follow. Footnote: after it flew off, two females darted out from the same tree - their camouflage and stillness blended in so well with the tree trunk & branches that I never saw them. I will go back there once the swamp freezes over so I can explore the area at greater length.Cheers, Dan
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 7:31 PM   #2
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Nice catch, Dan. You managed to get a pretty nice photo of it after the cat and mouse. Attractive bird.
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 8:15 PM   #3
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Yeah, great catch Dan! Nice to see something you've never encountered before. I've only seen one or 2 Grosbeaks ever, and the one I didcatch sat for quite a while....cheers...Don
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 9:30 PM   #4
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Nice shot Dan. To get good light like that takes patience!

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Old Nov 14, 2007, 10:32 PM   #5
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Great capture, Dan. I don't have one of these in my collection, yet.
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Old Nov 15, 2007, 8:27 AM   #6
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Thanks folks,that shot was a rewarding end to a good day of hiking. Dan
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Nice capture. I like the maple seeds in the background, too. Fortunately, these birds are characterized as being "unwary and approachable" - most other birds would have been long gone.
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Old Nov 15, 2007, 9:28 PM   #8
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Beauty Dan
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Old Nov 16, 2007, 10:39 PM   #9
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Very nice shot, Love the colors!

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cool discovery dan. i look forward to your next set of shots.

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