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Old Oct 4, 2005, 4:24 PM   #1
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This Flicker, shot from about a 150 feet at least had the decency to show his red spot. I appreciated that.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/FLICKER1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/FLICKER3.JPG[/img]

A little Catbird, with his quiet beauty showed up, and then showed me what he thought of me.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/CATBIRD1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/CATBIRD2.JPG[/img]

And, while I'm certainly not set-up to do macro photography, I couldn't resist these shots of a posing Monarch butterfly

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/MONARCH2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/MONARCH4.JPG[/img]

And finally, I believe this is a Hummingbird, although shot from a long way off so details are lacking?

Do Hummingbirds dive lookiing for fish?

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OSPREY1.JPG[/img]

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Old Oct 4, 2005, 6:07 PM   #2
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Yep... That last one isone of those thirty inch wingspan hummingbirds. But they only dive for sugar filled fish.

But really... Nice shots. The PS mask tripped you up a little in the first one and left some sky unaltered between the branches. Still a great shot... What camera and lens???

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Old Oct 4, 2005, 6:52 PM   #3
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Hi Dale

You wrote: "Yep... That last one is one of those thirty inch wingspan hummingbirds. But they only dive for sugar filled fish."

Strangely enough, there are very few of those fish off the Brooklyn shore. Thus my confusion. MOreover it looked more like a six foot wingspan, which I guess makes it one really big Hummer! It's a pity that I stared at it for quite a while thinking it was a seagull before looking at it through the lens. It was a few hundred yards off before I found out that Seagulls rarely hover like a Hummingbird.

You wrote:"The PS mask tripped you up a little in the first one and left some sky unaltered between the branches."

I don't know quite how to respond to this "slander." I can only ask, "Why you hate America so much?"

Everything looks fine to me. And if you accuse me of altering the image after I read your post - I will reply with more of the same!

Finally, I'm using a Nikon D2x camera, with A Swarovski spotting scope, and the 1100mm camera adapter. These were shot at ISO 800 and the speed varies between 200 for the Catbird, and 640 for the Hummingbird



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Old Oct 4, 2005, 9:28 PM   #4
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It... It... I don't know what it was??? I could'a swore... Ahhh Errr...
I just don't know what i was thinking. Must'a lost my head...

The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...


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Old Oct 5, 2005, 9:04 AM   #5
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thatsanicepicture2 wrote:
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It... It... I don't know what it was??? I could'a swore... Ahhh Errr...
I just don't know what i was thinking. Must'a lost my head...

The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...
The sky is blue in New York...


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You have NO idea how difficult it is to turn the brown ocher sky of New York Blue, without altering the colors of the birds. And there's always the problem of soot clinging to the birds themselves that has to be tastefully removed...

And this probably explains the evolution of the New York Hummer, who to be fair is actually common, but not where I shoot. They are usually to be found nesting at Kennedy Airport in Queens, as opposed to the Brooklyn Shore...

Indeed my understanding is that people have built, er, uh, Hummer platforms for these birds to nest on.

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The first and third shots are the winners, although all of them are good.
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