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Old Aug 1, 2013, 8:54 PM   #1
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Default Pied-billed Grebe and Willet

The Shorebirds and Waterfowls are slowly coming back to my area. I got a couple pictures of a Pied-billed Grebe and a Western Willet. taken with a Tamron 70-300mm on my T3i.
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great shots... how far away were you? looks like you got quite close...
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great shots... how far away were you? looks like you got quite close...
Thanks, Rocky! The Pied-billed Grebe was taken from about 35 ft. away and the Willet is from around 15 ft.
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Very nice shots....as always.
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Very nice shots....as always.
Thanks, Bob!
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Thanks, Rocky! The Pied-billed Grebe was taken from about 35 ft. away and the Willet is from around 15 ft.
lucky you! i've never been able to get closer than about 20 yards from a pied-billed grebe! did you have to sneak up on the willet?
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lucky you! i've never been able to get closer than about 20 yards from a pied-billed grebe! did you have to sneak up on the willet?
Rocky,

I had previously photographed better pictures than these at Lake Merritt, Oakland. The above pictures were taken at Lake Elizabeth. Both locations are large urban lagoons with lot of people walking around the shores. I guess the Grebes are more used to see people and are not afraid to come closer to the shore which really making it easier for me to take their pictures. The following pictures were taken at Lake Merritt several months ago. The ones I have trouble with are the Clark's and Western Grebes who seldom come this close to the shores. The Willets normally feed close to the shores of the water channels at the shoreline. The shore has a 8 ft. drop to the water. The Willets are looking down to look for food and normally don't pay attention to the people above them.
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
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