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Lens: A-400 5.6 Camera: K-3 Photo Location: My back yard ISO: 500 
Posted By: normhead, 12-11-2015, 08:53 AM

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K-3 A-400
Apertures from ƒ5.6 to ƒ8, most common, ƒ7.1
ISO 500.

The snow is late this year, the ground isn't frozen and many of my usual feeder birds are still out foraging in the wild. So I saw three species today.. Blue Jays, the loyal and faithful chickadees, and of course a couple of squirrels.

Even my latest standby the Evening Grosbeaks didn't turn up. Nor did my usually dependable Hairy Woodpecker. But I'm only getting a small window with good light today, so this is it.

The Blue Jays are just dominating the show... it's just not cool to have less than one bird in the frame, there are so many...





Or, if only one bird, maybe 3 nuts in his mouth.


This squirrel just loves this branch, she always spends some time sitting there, perusing the scene.


Then it's off to the feeder.


The chickadees are easiest to get on the suet post. It's the only place they hang around long enough to get with a manual focus lens.







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12-11-2015, 08:59 AM   #2
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Excellent Norm! I envy the Chickadee shots, they are great shots! The squirrel needs no compliments, what a handsome little devil!

My Jays send their regards & Merry Christmas to your Jays.......they won't be coming up for Christmas this year...because they have bigger peanuts here!


Regards.....& Otis thanks you for the fine squirrel shots!
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I have to get some of those next time I'm at the feed store. The Jays store their food so they actually prefer nuts in the shell. They keep better.

I ran back out with the 60-250 in the rain, to get this woodpecker. I needed the ƒ4 aperture, as exposure was right on the edge of the possible....


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Outstanding, I love nature shots. I am not real great, but I keep shooting.
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nice bird shots.
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Outstanding, I love nature shots. I am not real great, but I keep shooting.
That's the key, you always miss the shots you don't take.

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nice bird shots.
Thanks for commenting.
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Outstanding series Norm. Poor blue jays get no respect and they are such beautiful birds. Thanks for giving them some camera love.

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Thanks Slowpez, they were very hard to get pictures of for years, but these guys are our home grown brood and their offspring. I never see them when I come out with the food pitcher, but 90 seconds after I'm gone they're there. They have a sentry posted over the feeder to call everyone when the food's out. This morning I could actually here one calling the others. He said "Breakfast is served." They are also acclimatized to the sound of the K-3 shutter. I used the K20D the other day, just for old times sake and they totally freaked out.
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