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Three favourite birds from today 2016-04-17
Lens: DA* 2002.8 plus 1.7 AF TC and HD A=DA 1.4 TC Camera: K-3 Photo Location: My back yard ISO: 100 Aperture: F6.3 
Posted By: normhead, 04-17-2016, 03:40 PM

Shots of the day....
DA* 200 and stacked TCs (1.4 and 1.7)
Some grackles are actually quite colourful in full sun.


White Throated Sparrow, the oh Canada da da " bird. Back for another year.


DA*60-250 and HD DA 1.4 TC
Fox Sparrow, passing through on the way much further north for breeding.

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Great shots. I love Fox Sparrows. I usually see one or two in the yard over winter. We still have White Throats singing down here...
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I saw my first one last year, and had to ask what it was. This year my images are much better.

Our White Throats started singing a week ago, but today is the first time I've seen them. With between 200 and 400 Pine Siskins hopping around all over the place, it was really hard to see other types of birds. The flock has left, leaving maybe 20 stragglers.

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That IS a nice series Norm, I have never seen a Fox Sparrow. This winter we only had one small flock of Pine Siskins and they were gone after a week.

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Well Norm , you are becoming the master of the stacks !
I would have one heck of a time to tell whether these fine images were taken with a super-telephoto or with stacked TC's as you did.
I am still very much struggling with just the K3 and the DA*300/4 and here you are with those fine photos!

Well done again !
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Thanks for sharing these, Norm.
The White Throated's friendly song is one that always makes me feel welcome when going through the spruce and pine forests, especially when all else is quiet.
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Amazing colors on the grackle. Haven't seen a fox sparrow in forever.
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That IS a nice series Norm, I have never seen a Fox Sparrow. This winter we only had one small flock of Pine Siskins and they were gone after a week.
They ate me out of house and home, before they left. I was putting out more than a Kilo of black oil seeds every day. Be happy you only got a few.

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Well Norm , you are becoming the master of the stacks !
I would have one heck of a time to tell whether these fine images were taken with a super-telephoto or with stacked TC's as you did.
I am still very much struggling with just the K3 and the DA*300/4 and here you are with those fine photos!

Well done again !
The whole thing with birds is getting close. I lose a lot of image because I move to quickly and frighten them. I hate sitting still, and when I see a shot I really want, I still get excited and move quickly , which sets the whole flock off. If I move slowly, deliberately, often they don't react and I get the image I want. But, sitting down in a chair, where you see them and just waiting, far enough away, they'll come back, close enough to get a decent image, is definitely part of the routine.

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Thanks for sharing these, Norm.
The White Throated's friendly song is one that always makes me feel welcome when going through the spruce and pine forests, especially when all else is quiet.
They are definitely the park welcoming committee. The park version of Tim Hortons. Whatever campsite you go to , there is one there, singing away.

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Amazing colors on the grackle. Haven't seen a fox sparrow in forever.
I just found out about them last year when I posted one and labelled it incorrectly. This year I was able to observe it a bit. It's bigger than other sparrows, and it des this little dance where it raises the soil dancing and digging with it's feet then does a cute little wing flap to blow the loose soil away. Very entertaining.


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You are the bird master, stunning shots!
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You are the bird master, stunning shots!
No that would be kengoh over in the 300 mm plus lens club, I just have the best set up back yard feeder and blind.
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Very impressive shots.
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Very impressive shots.
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