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Old Dec 30, 2007, 11:17 PM   #1
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Having regular visits of this tiny Bushtit at my feeder this year. I put out Suet for the Nuthatches which this little guy really likes! A very small bird... I'd say about half the size of a Chickadee. They come in a flock which is very noisy and very active. I believe the ones with the Lion eyes are the males.. maybee Penolta can verify this??

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Old Dec 30, 2007, 11:20 PM   #4
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 11:23 PM   #5
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Exquisite photos, what an amazingly pretty little bird, I envy your photo op with this very very cute subject. Nice photography.

I must include your most excellent capture of that eyeball in #3. Wow!
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Having regular visits of this tiny Bushtit at my feeder this year. I put out Suet for the Nuthatches which this little guy really likes! A very small bird... I'd say about half the size of a Chickadee. They come in a flock which is very noisy and very active. I believe the ones with the Lion eyes are the males.. maybee Penolta can verify this??
Kent, these are marvellous captures. No. 4 is priceless.I can't believe they were so cooperative. Mine never sit still long enough to get a look at the eyes, and my few photos only show dark eyes. Since they move in family groups (parents and the young of one or two years), both sexes must be present in each group, so I don't think I have only males. The females have the light iris, but I think it is your flash that makes it so conspicuous - did you use preflash?. If so, that might allow their pupils to close down and show the iris, which certainly reflects the light.
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Awesome shots, Kent!
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Excellent shots Kent. I like the one with the Lion eye, and the 3 on a branch. ...cheers...Don
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Kent, what a beautiful little bird! Never seen one of these before. The lighting on your # 1 is superb, as are the ones of them lined up on the branch. Very well done and thanks for sharing. Cheers and happy shooting in 08. :| Dan
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These are just super, Kent! Love the BG and the perch. The catch on the eye is a treat. Very nice.
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