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Old Nov 23, 2008, 11:49 PM   #1
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After a long time away from the refuge due to work I was able to get out there today and give my new Nikon 200-400 VR lens a workout. Here are a few from today's outing.
All taken with a D300 with a Nikon 200-400VR lens. Some shots are with a 1.4 teleconverter added.

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G.B. Heron in the morning light.dfs

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Old Nov 23, 2008, 11:50 PM   #2
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A Mallard pair sunning.
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An American Kestrel (Correction, Merlin) having lunch.
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Old Nov 23, 2008, 11:53 PM   #4
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One more Merlin shot. (I liked this little guy) It's about the same size as a Kestrel.
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I'm not sure about this guy. He sure liked the Star-thistle seeds.dfs

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Again, I'm not sure. Some kind of Sparrow I think. I'm not very good with song bird ID's.
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I haven't seen this before. I've lots of Pintail, just not up on a log sunning.dsf

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And finally this Am. Bittern giving me the evil-eye.dsfa

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Good to see you back, Steve, Great shots. The little hawk and the Bittern are superb, although the hawk is a Merlin rather than a Kestrel (very much harder to get - a really nice catch). The two songbirds are a female American Goldfinch (the thistles are a dead giveaway - they draw Goldfinches like a magnet) and a Savannah Sparrow.
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Great shots, Steve. Congrats on the new lens.

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