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Old Aug 25, 2006, 10:35 PM   #1
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These guys are going to be bolting south in about a month, so I'll be taking alot of pics of them. :-)







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Old Aug 25, 2006, 10:41 PM   #2
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What lens and equipment did you use to get soooo close and sooo clear? How far away were you?

Very good pictures
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Old Aug 26, 2006, 7:09 AM   #3
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Mike, what can I say - another great set of shots. Another questions comes up - how are you able to get so many h'bird shots?

Thanks for posting.
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Old Aug 26, 2006, 7:49 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, to answer the ?, My home backs up to a nature preserve and we have Oaks a plenty out back, we also have Trumpet Vines and other flowers that attract Hummers and between me and my neighbor (another bird nut) we have out 12 sugar water feeders (I have 4) and they will keep coming back year after year. I'd say the most we saw this year was between 25 and 30 between our two yards.
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Old Aug 26, 2006, 11:13 AM   #5
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Beautiful shots Mike. And that is ditto for the goldfinch series. .....Don.
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Old Aug 26, 2006, 11:35 PM   #6
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W O W :shock:

Very nice shots, the last one is my favorite
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What lens and equipment did you use to get soooo close and sooo clear? How far away were you?
I would really like the know :-)



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Old Aug 27, 2006, 7:13 AM   #7
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I use macro lenses and my ninja skills to stalk out Hummingbirds and biting poisonous snakes....:lol::? In all honesty, I use a Nikon D200, and in the pics a Nikkor 80-400mm 4.5 - 5.6 VR ED lens. I use a tripod almost everywhere I go and it makes a HUGE difference, even with VR on my lens. I also a 70-210mm 1.4-5.6 lens that takes great pictures.

I get as close as possible before I lose my focal range, approx 12 feet or something like that and I shoot wide open... F7.1, F8, F9 are where my sharpest pics come from.

Hope that helps gang. :-)
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Great shots, once again! I wish our neighbors were '"bird nuts". One calls me the crazy bird lady (and he's probably about 40 years older than me), and the other one just totally cemented his back yard and is trying to convince us to do the same. I think I need to get out of Blaine....:lol:



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Old Aug 29, 2006, 6:48 AM   #9
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Eh Amigo, do you turn the VR off when the 80-400 is on the tripod?
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I most definitely do.... you are supposed to per the lens manual. :-)
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