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Old Jan 18, 2005, 10:28 PM   #1
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Old Jan 18, 2005, 10:48 PM   #2
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Kestral, Nice, that is one bird I have not spotted yet!
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Old Jan 18, 2005, 11:50 PM   #3
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Ooh, yes, I really like that dove zoomn. That blackish cloud at the top really helps to set off the dark eyes of the dove and the catch-light in that eye is wonderful. This is really a successful photograph in my opinion.

I also like the texture on that Kestrel's belly, almost like the texture of the tree it's sitting in.

I think the chickadee is a touch dark, especially in the branch and back.

But that dove photo is to die for. Great job with that lens. That's the kind of shot the Bigma excels at, rich dynamic color and mood shots. It's a winner!
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Not much to add from what Norm has said. At least your Chickadee shot
was better view than my best one yesterday.

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Thanks for taking a look, appreciate your comments.

Normcar you like the same things about the dove picture that I do. I was beginning to think I was the only one that liked it. Really glad you like the shot. My focus was on the eyes, do you think I should have tried a higher f-stop to get better focus on the rest of the bird?

Here is another Chickadee shot that is a little brighter, I used a flash on it and should have used a flash on the darker one as well. As you know things happen so fast it is enough to think about just trying to get the little darter in the viewfinder and steady the camera.




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I have to say that the bird performing gymnastics made me laugh out loud:-)
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woodmeister wrote:
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Are you sure you didn't rotate that picture 180 degrees, woodmeister? If not, you sure caught that chickadee at a neat moment in its upside down world. Almost like it was on the high bar at the Olympics... :lol:
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 9:38 AM   #8
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The dove is great zoomn - I have to really agree with Norm on that call. Perhaps a slight bit smaller aperture to get the tail in focus too but that is very minor. Love it.

I hate it when you get a branch in the way of an otherwise decent shot as in the kestral shot. It happens to me all the time when I'm trying to take shots of the birds in my backyard as they flit about the branches of the shrubs.

The chickadee shots are very nice. Although the dark feathers on the head area are too dark, you got the lighter plumage just right.
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Kestral, Nice, that is one bird I have not spotted yet!
Peter, this is one of the easiest birds of prey to spot in almost any urban/suburban situation. I'm sure they occur all around where you live, at least in the summer. Make sure to keep your eye on things like telephone or electrical cables suspended between utility poles near fields - they roost on those cables all the time while they observe the fields for rodents. I am sure you will spot more than one of them this season!
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:-)I do I do :-), I go out fairly regularly with the local naturalist group. Totry to catalog what is around. Most commonly seenraptors are red-tail and red-shoulder hawks (and owls of various denominations). But never came across one of these little guys.
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