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Old Jun 10, 2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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I took a bit of a road trip to a different Wildbird Sanctuary today. I really didn't think of it as being "wild", as they sell birdseed at the entrance, and have feeders all over the area. I kind of felt like I was cheating taking photos, as there wasn't much challenge to taking them. Just had to sit by a feeder, and photo the birds hanging around the feeders, so I thought I'd disclose this to you guys. My usual haunt is a Wildlife Sanctuary also, but nobody feeds the animals there. As a result, it is quite challenging to photo a lot of the birds and other critters. I'm still trying to find a blue heron that is close enough to get a decent shot of, but one whiff of a human and they're gone. Even the ducks don't want anything to do with people. I was practically tripping over the ducks at this place. Seems more like a workout to photograph the animals at our local sanctuary, and when you get something decent, a lot more rewarding. Do you guys feel like this too, or is it just stupid thoughts on my part......cheers....Don.

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Old Jun 10, 2006, 11:15 PM   #2
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2. Female brownhead
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 11:16 PM   #3
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3 Sparrow
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 11:18 PM   #4
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4 Had to laugh at this one. I can hear the fellow saying " I told you not to pig out on that free seed, now look at you, you're stuck!"
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love the sparrow and that last shot looks as if that bird better not put on nay weight:-)
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Old Jun 11, 2006, 12:56 AM   #6
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You have a very nice variety of birds and poses. When I look at these shots, believe me, I'm not thinking, "What a cheater." Hey, if there were a place like that near me I go too.
Nice work. Your disclosure was nice but, not necessary. Remember, a Good Picture! is a Good Picture!

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Old Jun 11, 2006, 6:42 AM   #7
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Hey Don -I do agree with the feeling, there is a challenge in shooting the wild stuff, it is part of the fun, however, put the cheating guilt aside. I think if you shoot zoo stuff and TELL people that you went on this big game hunt, etc, then you've crossed the line - back to your shots - The cow-bird male is really eyecatching, his pose is quite striking, nice shot. The sparrow "caught" in the hole is hilarious !!
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I really like the 3rd one nice job
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Old Jun 11, 2006, 8:19 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. I guess I was just feeling like I was copping out sitting on a bench snapping photos. Didn't feel like a wildlife experience to me.
These cowbirds are interesting. They use other bird's nests to lay their eggs, and depend on those birds to raise their young. Quite often to the detriment of the nesting birds own offspring. I guess you could call them the modern day yuppie bird who has 2 kids, but never sees them as they drop them off in daycare for their early years......cheers.....Don.
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Old Jun 11, 2006, 9:41 AM   #10
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No need in feeling guilty.Usually thebest way to get up close, detailedshots.....that also receive more favorable reviews.Utilizing a closely set upblind, feeders, familiar camera settings for that situation, andartifical lighting for detail does make a difference for those type shots.

Not telling you anything you don't already know about that, but.....it still leaves the birds that are very seldom seen at a feeder that are not available on demand. I myselfhave tried to get better shots of different birds that usually wind upsitting atop a power line/pole on a country road (when I have the best opportunity) We may have tried for three months to get a pic of a particular bird/animaland finally get a chance for a fairly decent shot that may not elicit even a yawn.

Anyway, controlled situations make for some good photos for SOME birds/animals.

Good shots BTW!
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