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Old Jul 19, 2008, 12:19 AM   #1
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Rudy (or so my wife named him) has been raiding the bird seed the last few mornings. (taken through vegetation with the Panasonic FZ18 at 500 - 832 mm equivalent focal lengths, hand held - the blurry areas are OOF leaves that were unavoidably in the way)

1 First at the table
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Old Jul 19, 2008, 12:21 AM   #2
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2 The doves arrive, but are uncertain
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3 They keep their distance
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4 Rudy doesn't like the competition and runs them off
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5 After he has eaten his fill, it is time to leave
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6 Factoid: Rudy is a Roof Rat - you can tell him from a Norway Rat because his tail is longer than his head and body -- the Norway Rat has a shorter tail.
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7 Two weeks later -- an accommodation has been reached (low light under thick cloud cover).
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Great captures.
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Thanks, Flutelady. Rats are not a pleasant subject for some folks, but it was a fun series to do, in spite of the poor shooting conditions.
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