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Old Apr 2, 2005, 11:55 AM   #1
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[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/REDLOON1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/REDLOON2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/REDLOON3.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/REDLOON4.JPG[/img]

The Red Throated Loon has always been a hard bird for me to shoot. And yet they are very common in Winter off the Brooklyn shore. On every trip I see a few, sometimes twenty or more. But they are timid and cautious birds - Never came within three hundred yards of me....

Finally, FINALLY, I was able to sneak up on a pair.

And I would like to add, that generally I can sneak up on any animal or bird - It's the camera shutter that usually gives me away, and these guys heard the noise, but for some reason, didn't get frightened enough to leave.

So while I expected to just get one or two shots, I got about fifty.

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Old Apr 5, 2005, 8:54 AM   #2
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nice shots but wheres the red throat?
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Old Apr 5, 2005, 11:16 AM   #3
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Ahhh!

This is the problem with living in a climate that doesn't "change."

Yes, I know, where you are there are different seasons, but here in North America, these are VERY fashion conscious birds...

As soon as Spring gets under way, this bird gets it's red throat...:-)

If you look closely, you can see on one of the birds, the first few feathers coming out.

Some og the other birds here have MUCH more dramatic color changes. The Black bellied Plover and Rudy Turnstone appear to be two different birds, and so on....

All making fun of you aside, I love your photography and ENVY the many tropical birds that present themselves to you.

Thanks for bring this post up closer to the top, I really expected more comments on these shots...

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These are very nice. The saturation of colors seems perfect and the exposure seems right on for what I believe looks like a tough one.
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