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A bird I've been chasing all summer.
Posted By: Peter Zack, 10-30-2008, 02:35 PM

Well this started in the spring and the first time I got a decent picture It drove a bit of an obsession to try and get more.
First was K10D and FA*300mm f4.5


This was a bit lucky as I was focused on the back bird and the second one dropped in just as I fired.


The following 3 were K20D and same lens. This one was being the "guard dog" while the other one was feeding.






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10-31-2008, 02:00 AM   #31
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Wonderful captures Peter. My personal fav is #3.

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great shots Peter,
I never had the patience for this, but I blame it on not having time...
Maybe I should kick myself to my backside and go out and strat taking some shots again...
thanx for inspiration
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QuoteOriginally posted by Venturi Quote
I have an as yet untested theory that the most efficient way to photograph Blue Jays requires an assistant and is best managed in the Spring...

You, armed with your camera, should sit back somewhere comfortable at least fifty feet away - while your assistant positions themselves directly under the branches where an adult pair has nested and is rearing their young.
From your position you should be presented with a plethora of photo opportunities within mere minutes. If the birds are teaching their young to fly, you may need to bring extra SD cards - and a first aid kit for your assistant. That latter bit is likely the reason I have yet to find an accommodating assistant to test this theory.

Great shots, Peter. I got completely skunked by them this year.
Interesting theory. I wonder if I'd have any friends left? Thanks for commenting

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Oh bother the winged variety

My favorite is the second as too the K20D ones truly magnificent


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I appreciate that Cupic Thanks

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Wonderful captures Peter. My personal fav is #3.
Thanks Daz.

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great shots Peter,
I never had the patience for this, but I blame it on not having time...
Maybe I should kick myself to my backside and go out and strat taking some shots again...
thanx for inspiration
Thanks Axl. Give yourself a boot, You'll feel better for it!! Thanks for the comments
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Definitely worthwhile in chasing, Peter.

Glad to see that you are doing quit a bit of posting with your busy schedule.

I am heading off to a otway ranges for birding in a week's time. Really dedicated for about a week or so hunting down some native bird images.



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Nice captures Pete......
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Your persistence has paid off Peter. These are fine shots to be proud of. It's hard to pick a favourite but I like the simplicity of the 3rd shot of the Jay on the fence post.

Thanks for sharing your success.
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Great shots Peter, especially when they are elusive!! As you know, it's as if the images FINALLY vindicate the effort you've invested.

Now you can go hunt something else...
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Damn it's so easy to miss posts - they disaapear so quick. Glad you got 'em. THe pumpkin shot is by far my favorite. Well done indeed.

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Definitely worthwhile in chasing, Peter.

Glad to see that you are doing quit a bit of posting with your busy schedule.

I am heading off to a otway ranges for birding in a week's time. Really dedicated for about a week or so hunting down some native bird images.

Thanks James and I look forward to seeing your results from the trip.

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Nice captures Pete......
Thanks for having a look and the comments.

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Your persistence has paid off Peter. These are fine shots to be proud of. It's hard to pick a favourite but I like the simplicity of the 3rd shot of the Jay on the fence post.

Thanks for sharing your success.
Thanks Jeff for the comments. I like that shot a lot myself. he just seems to have a funny look with lots of attitude.

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Great shots Peter, especially when they are elusive!! As you know, it's as if the images FINALLY vindicate the effort you've invested.

Now you can go hunt something else...
Ah not done yet Marc. These guys offer a lot of opportunity if I can find he right locations. Thanks for the comments and having a look.
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Thanks for stopping by Dave, Glad you had a look.
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