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Old Jul 11, 2004, 2:26 PM   #1
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I caught this guy with a DRebel, 100-300mm USM zoomed out fully, hand held.

I have looked in my bird ID books, but can't seem to find him fora positive ID.
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Old Jul 11, 2004, 2:59 PM   #2
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Chako, you've managed to grab a photo of an Eastern Kingbird - they are very interesting to watch the behavior of. Nice shot and I assume you took it at the full 300mm focal length?
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Old Jul 11, 2004, 3:54 PM   #3
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Yes I did. I had to grab as much reach as possible. In fact, this guy was playing with me. I would creep closer, and he would just walk along the wire keeping his distance. I then walked off a distance, moved around a large tree (as a shield) to get closer. He kept his eye on me, and just flew off along the same fence, and landed the same exact distance from me as we originally started. We played like this for about 20 minutes until I gave him victory and walked off. :-)

EDIT: With the DRebel, there is a 1.6 cropping factor. So hand held at 480mm.
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Sorry for adding another post so quickly Geoff, but I had to laugh vigorously after looking it up in my Book of North American Birds. After what I just posted, here is a quote from the book that struck me as particularly funny.

"Some birds are by nature unobtrusive, slipping furtively through heavy cover like camera shy celebrities. But not the eastern kingbird. living up to its name, it perches with regal aplomb on fences or exposed branches, master of all it surveys. Equally appropriate is its Latin name meaning tyrant of tyrants, with its connotations of arrogance and absolute power. For the eastern kingbird does not merely sit and survey-it calls a challenge to the whole world".

Cassidy, James, Ed. Book of North American Birds, Readers Digest, 1990. P 99.

You could say that I did not meet his challenge, as I gave up in defeat. :-)


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