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Old Nov 7, 2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default Drake Northern Pintail in flight

I am constantly working on improving my BIF skills. Again, luck was on my side when this drake Pintail flew by on the right side so that the sun was perfectly positioned.

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Last of a 3 shot burst.
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Beautiful and sharp!
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Thanks, I appreciate you looking and leaving a comment. Cheers, Steve
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Steve,
I understand the difficulties taking pictures in the Refuge after being there for the first time. The route we took was the driving tour which we are not allowed to get out of our car unless we are at a place where there are parking spaces. We have a small car and taking pictures from inside the car proves to be difficult. It would be easier if we have a pickup truck which can elevate us about the vegetation and ponds that have higher banks. I can't say enough about your pictures because they are not easy shots. Anyway, Don and I will be back end of this month to try again.

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Michael,
Yes, I have a truck and it does elevate you above the vegetation. Both Colusa and Sacramento have auto tours. Colusa's auto tour is 3 miles and Sac's is 6 miles. In both cases the photo opportunities are better off the drivers side. I use a bean bag that drapes over the partially closed window to support my camera lens. I find it works well with a little practice.
It is a double edged sword having to stay in your vehicle. You might think that it limits you but actually it is the perfect mobile blind. The birds are used to vehicles driving by (except for large vans and RV's) and so they generally stay put. But, as soon as you open your door and try and get out the birds scatter and fly off. When I have taken friends with me to take pictures I find that if we are both on the drivers side of the truck, me in front and my friend in the back seat, we each have equal opportunity at the birds and other wildlife. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the viewing platform at Colusa is generally better then the auto tour for pictures. The auto tour at Sacramento is generally better then the platform and "Park and Stretch" areas.
I hope these little tips help for you next trip.

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Here is my "out the window bean bag" setup.
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Steve,

Thanks for the tips! I certainly will try it out on my next outing to the Refuge. I happen to have a couple bean bags I use as heating pads, now they double as tools for photography. My friend, Don, is the driver of his Lexus. I wonder if I can have the moon-roof opened, so I can stand up on the car through the window and take pictures from there. I am going to see if this will work before we go to the Refuge.

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Thanks for the tips! I certainly will try it out on my next outing to the Refuge. I happen to have a couple bean bags I use as heating pads, now they double as tools for photography. My friend, Don, is the driver of his Lexus. I wonder if I can have the moon-roof opened, so I can stand up on the car through the window and take pictures from there. I am going to see if this will work before we go to the Refuge.

Michael

I have seen others try this but, beware, try and keep as low a profile as possible or it might spook the birds. Best of luck
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Very sharp images, excellent lighting and nice panning. I need a lesson or two from you for improving my skills in panning for my aviation photography!

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