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Old Jan 10, 2010, 4:35 PM   #1
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Have had a lot of fun photographing nearby songbirds with my 135-600 zoom. Just for variety, I tried "stalking" some with a shorter (70-210mm) lens. It's more of a challenge to get "up close & personal" with them, but i really enjoyed seeing their reactions. Here are some of the results.

First a few Carolina Wrens.
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This Cardinal was really trying to figure out what I was up to!
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Our Carolina Chickadees & Tufted Titmice join up in mixed flocks (with a few other species) during the winter. This makes it even harder (for me) to sneak up on them (lots of eyes watching out for danger in all directions). But I got a few to pose...
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Despite the cold (less than 10 degrees F) and snow, the Song Sparrows were singing their spring songs in the thickets. Maybe it was all the sunshine...
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Speaking of sunshine, this Mockingbird sure was enjoying a sunbath - he let me get very close, as long as I didn't block the sunlight!
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There were a couple of "action" shots - not sure if I like these or not - what do you think? (First is a Carolina Wren about to take off, next two are Tufted Titmice in some amazing poses).
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Hope your wintry days are full of discovery too! Thanks for any comments/critique!

(Note - I will be "out on the trail" and not able to visit the forum or respond to any comments until late next week....)
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Some nice looking bird shots and seems the shorter lens has worked well for you.

So if you are out for over a week does this mean we can look forward to a lot of photos when you are back?
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Old Jan 10, 2010, 5:23 PM   #9
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Really nice shots. I really like the cardinal with his head turned sideways.

Nice work!
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Excellent series. You did quite well with that shorter lens.
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