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Old Nov 23, 2007, 12:38 AM   #1
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For the last several years, a large group (more than a hundred) of trumpeter swans from Canada has made a small man-made lake east of Heber Springs, AR its home for the winter. I was up there to stuff myself with Thanksgiving turkey and thought I'd check to see if any had arrived. I got lucky. The first arrivals landed today and immediately made themselves at home.

All shots were taken late in the afternoon with a Pentax K10d....Tamron 70-300 lens at f5.6...ISO 100...shutter speeds averaging about 1/50-a/100th of a second.

These guys are not shy about having their picture taken

Considering that this was an endangered species not too many years ago, it ws heartening to note that of the seven birds I saw today, three were juveniles

Arriving with the swans was a flock of ring-necked ducks

Meanwhile, flying high on past the lake was a flock of Canada Geese

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Old Nov 23, 2007, 1:34 AM   #2
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Very nice shots. Liked #1 and #2, although I would've croppeddifferently.
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 9:21 PM   #3
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Beautiful photos.
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Old Nov 25, 2007, 2:35 PM   #4
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cool trumpeter swan shots. i think the 1st and 2nd shots work the best. usually when i am out in the late afternoon, i tend up bump up my ISO to about 400 inorder to get faster shutter speeds. this will deliver sharper pics. i started out in wildlife photography with a sigma 70-300mm apo dg macro lens. i found that stopping down to f8 also increases the sharpness quite a bit. you will need good light though so but give it a try.

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