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Old Feb 20, 2005, 10:25 AM   #1
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[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Herons/images/BLUE_HERON9.jpg[/img]

A Great Blue Heron. This guy was actually molting although it's hard to tell from this picture


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Herons/images/SNOWY_EGRET20.jpg[/img]

A Snowy Egret - looks better in the reflection.


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Hawks/images/RED_TAILED_HAWK8.jpg[/img]

A close-up of a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 8:30 AM   #2
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I like that sneaky last shot
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 9:33 AM   #3
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I was walking along a country road (yes, a country road in Brooklyn) when this guy, not seeing me, flapped into a small tree, but a tree with a good vantage point. This shot, and it was the only shot I could take, was his first view of me. He didn't stay long.

The Heron on the other hand, was making himself at home in HIS tree, and I took about 40 or fifty shots, pausing, walking a bit closer - and finally got to within twnety feet of him. I'm sorry these highly compressed thumbnails don't do the Heron shot justice.

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Very nice shots, Dave. I too like the last one but the first one is also a fine head shot of the heron and the shadows add a touch of mood. Amazing what one can find in the big city.
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Old Feb 21, 2005, 2:32 PM   #5
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The situation for shooting wildlife in New York is better than I can describe. I cannot go to the wildlife sanctuaries because I shoot with a dog - And dogs are no no's (for good reason, I'm not complaining. although mine is no trouble) in a wildlife sanctuary.

But we have the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sancturay which is on the Brooklyn/Queens border and easily accessible by subway (can you imagine, taking the subway to shoot birds). And there are others.

Even Central Park, Mid Manhattan, is a good place to shoot, especially in the migrating seasons.

Look up Jamaica Bay on Google. It's spookly being in the heart of a wilderness, and than looking up to see the Manhattan skyline in the distance.

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I was going to ask if you've been to Jamaica Bay, I've heard really good things about it. I'm thinking of going some time, maybe during the spring migration.

That second shot looks a touch soft to me, but that could be intentional. It's a softly lit scene.

That third has really good character. Well done.

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Old Feb 21, 2005, 3:59 PM   #7
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Hi Eric

You can go to Jamaica bay at ANY time of the year and get some great shots! It is true that I've found places that are not part of the park system, but then again, in Jamaica Bay you don't have to frame out the garbage....

The second shot IS soft and not intentionaly. I just liked the reflection and couldn't resist posting it.

Thanks for your remarks.

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Nice shots. The red-tailed is really cool.
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