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Old Feb 22, 2005, 5:26 PM   #1
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I've finished processing and weeding through the weekend shooting so I'll be posting various choices from the batch over the next little while. All were done with the 200/1.8 and 1.4x extender on the Mark II. I kept the aperture quite open for these as I wanted a good blur and to keep the ISO speeds down as much as possible.










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Old Feb 22, 2005, 7:32 PM   #2
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Just terrific. What else can I say other than how do you manage to get so close especially to the Woodpeckers. I have the Red-bellies and Downys but so far I haven't been able to get within 50 ft of one other than at the feeders where they visit quite often. I love your photographs.

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PS. Thanks for the information on the lens. I guess I better wait and master what I have now a little more before making a decision on which one will be next. :?
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Old Feb 22, 2005, 11:47 PM   #3
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Thanks Houston. Initially, I'm surprised that having feeders you are unable to get a bit closer to the Downy as they seem almost tame around this place. However, on second thought, this is a winter feeding area where they really have no alternative if they wish to fill their little bellies. I've had them so close at times that I could reach out and touchtheir cute little bodies(not the Hairy, just the Downy). I've had chickadees eating out of my hand (they love walnuts). Considering these little truths perhaps it's not so strange that I'm getting these close ups. All that you need is one gigantic freezer the size of Canada:-)
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 12:59 AM   #4
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That Redpoll Profile takes my breath away. Artistic and beautiful.

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Old Feb 23, 2005, 6:21 AM   #5
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Hi Norm;

I agree with Suzan. The "Profile" shot is outstanding.

Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
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Wonderful shots. I really like the setting of the third one.
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Old Feb 23, 2005, 6:33 PM   #7
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REally nice Normcar.

That must be great fun to have such great opportunities right in your back yard.


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Old Feb 23, 2005, 6:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for the positive comments all, I sincerely appreciate it.
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That must be great fun to have such great opportunities right in your back yard.

Hi zoomn, I hope you're getting a bit more photo time these days. Regarding the above comment: actually, I'd love to have a location like this in my backyard. Unfortunately, I need to travel for an hour to get to the place where I photograph these birds. It's a place in the woods where a great person has set up feeders for the wintering birds.
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