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Old Jun 11, 2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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I went over to see how my Pileated Woodpecker was doing and it didn't want to cooperate, or wasn't home at the time, one or tother. On my way back to the car I spotted one of the birds that I've been trying to shoot well for over a year, a Dark Eyed Junco. It was a ways off but I had nothing else to do so I stood and watched, shooting from time to time. It got closer, the mate came, she got closer, and soon they were all over me. I was extremely pleased with the situation. Here is a small sampling of some of the shots:

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Mark II; 200/1.8 with and without 1.4x extender; monopod


You will note that the DOF is very narrow here because I chose to use a wide open, or near wide open aperture, in order to get enough light as the shots were in the trees a bit. I also wanted to keep noise down as much as possible.


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WOW Norm !! - Really outstanding series [of course, as NORMal], I don't know why National Geographic haven't given you shares yet.



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Very nice series. I like these little guys. They are so cute. They usually visit local parks here around winter/early spring time.
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AWESOME shots, Norm. It looks like your patience really paid off. We have those here in the winter, but I don't have any shots that come close to those. Love the captures of the female with the caterpillar.
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