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Lens: Tokina 400 Camera: K 5 IIs Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 05-16-2015, 08:42 PM

Been much too busy with several park projects to stop by here, but wanted to share a few recent bird photos.

This Rough-Winged Swallow was kind enough to show up and pose for a recent bird walk at the home park…

Here's a Flicker in the grass - see all the soil on her beak? These woodpeckers often peck the ground for a tasty snack of ants…

Red-Winged Blackbirds have been very vocal in the park wetland areas lately…

We see Spotted Sandpipers here in East Tennessee most often in the spring. Here's one "refueling" before heading on north.

We find LOTS of Kildeer nesting here in East Tennessee. They are famous for their "broken wing" display to distract predators (or noisy photographers) away from the nest.

Thanks for taking time to look at a few East Tennessee birds, and thanks for your comments & critique!
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The shots of the 'injured' Kildeer are my faves, in this series. All good, but I especially like your capture of the distraction behaviour of these birds.
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Is there any lens you haven't mastered?
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Super series mole.

Razor sharp - very fine.

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The shots of the 'injured' Kildeer are my faves, in this series. All good, but I especially like your capture of the distraction behaviour of these birds.
Thanks! Those were my favorites too - it's always nice to be able to capture behavior in addition to appearance...

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Is there any lens you haven't mastered?
You are too kind! The Tokina 400 is a handy little lens - maybe not the sharpest, a bit prone to flare if you're not careful, but certainly the most portable of all the K-mount 400's

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Super series mole.

Razor sharp - very fine.

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Thanks so much!!
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Beautiful birds, well done.

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thanks for the tour Ranger, all wonderful shots with great color.
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Love the clarity and colour in these shots.


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