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Birding with a 'macro' lens
Lens: smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5 Camera: K5ii Photo Location: Reno, Nevada 
Posted By: gifthorse, 6 Days Ago

I put the bird feeders outside the window over the kitchen sink. With a little patience, the birds become accustomed to me standing so close.
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excellent shots - so well-rendered, they almost look fake....

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Thank you. The birds are entertainment while I wash the dishes. I have an automatic dishwasher but I like washing dishes. (I know. Weird. Don't worry, I'm not dangerous.) The birds just got used to me standing there so now I can use a macro lens on them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gifthorse Quote
I put the bird feeders outside the window over the kitchen sink. With a little patience, the birds become accustomed to me standing so close.
Northern flicker




Downy woodpecker





Audubon's (yellow-rumped) warbler




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Superb shots......excellently focused! Clean window too!

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Some of my best bird shots ever were taken through the window, but the bird food on the deck attracted mice. We had to move it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gifthorse Quote
I put the bird feeders outside the window over the kitchen sink. With a little patience, the birds become accustomed to me standing so close.
Northern flicker
Downy woodpecker
Audubon's (yellow-rumped) warbler
Good photos - especially the warbler.... getting any warbler to come down to where you are is always an accomplishment.

I've heard much talk about difficulties of shooting through glass, but shooting through clean glass when outside is lighter than inside seems to be very doable.
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These are some terrific shots! I love the woodpeckers but I am really drawn to the warbler photos.
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Great Shots, gifthorse.

On shooting through windows, clean windows are a plus and double pane windows are best. Before I got my double pane windows I had to deal with reflections when trying to shoot through them. It was annoying to say the least. I had to angle a certain way to keep the reflections down.

After it got warm outside though, and the birds got used to me, I could almost walk up to them before they flew away. Course, I never seemed to have my camera with me then. I was going out to fill the feeders.

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