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Old Feb 26, 2005, 5:54 AM   #1
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Took these shots this afternoon, this little guy was quite interested in watching my hubby do an oil change on the car:-)

all shot ISO 400 F8 rebel with 100-300 usm lens at full zoom



It was a little windy today and he kept almost falling off the fence









I was creeping around after the magpie lark when I saw this little fellow into the fruit again




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Old Feb 27, 2005, 7:03 AM   #2
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last one he is on a real balancing act in the wind


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Old Feb 27, 2005, 9:06 AM   #3
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These are nice crisp shots Alady. The Magpie lark is an unusual looking bird to me and looks to have a lot of character. I like #1 and #3 the best. Its as if its saying "you've got my feathers ruffled now but I'm standing my ground". :lol:

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yes they are very much an attitude bird, or at least the ones around here are. A couple of years ago there was a plague of locusts out in the farming areas where hubby and I drive as a job. The van used to fill up under the bonnet with these dead things and when we got home we would have to hose them out. A couple of these magpie larks would get under our feet as we tried to clean the van, they had no fear and Im sure they thought this was their personal restaurant:-)
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Very nice pictures alady. Which lens do you use for your close ups? If I remember, you use the drebel? Been thinking of buying one. They've dropped to under $1000 in Canada now with the kit lens. Cheers....thekman.
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thanks, the lens is a canon 100-300 usm
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The first 3 are great but I'm sold on number 1 because it looks like that bird has a fluffy dress on. I hear that the magpies downunder actually don't sound too raspy when they call. Ours can mock and call a number of different ways but the default call, for lack of a better term, is raspy. Smart birds too. I wouldn't be surprised if that magpie of yours actually made that dress.
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:-)Norm these small magpie larks are louder and much more brazen that the larger magpies. The bigger magie has a nice sounding call unlike this little guy. The wind was blowing so he got a fashion change:-)
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alady, I Love that second photo!! It seems that he/she is looking right at you, great close-up!

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Thanks, he was giving me the evil eye.
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