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No small birds this time!
Posted By: Tom Lusk, 07-10-2007, 06:50 PM

Well, the sandpiper isn't too big, but at least it's not a goldfinch...
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07-10-2007, 08:26 PM   #2
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Those heron shots are absolutely stunning! Didn't know you took pictures of anything besides Goldfinches!

Oh, is that an osprey???

What lenses did you use?
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Thanks for posting these nice shots. I especially like the Heron in flight. I have attempted to get a shot of one at my home, but he must be camera shy. Good shootin'.
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I love that Osprey in flight shot. The whole series is good. You had a great angle on that Great Blue Heron.

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What - no fans of the Spotted Sandpiper??!!

These are skittish little shore birds that almost never stop moving. When they do finally stop running they bob their heads around like they have a tune stuck in there.

Great shot Tom!

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It is always a pleasure to view your images, Tom
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The Great Blue in flight is nicely done. It looked rather dark in the area you captured it...meaning... it was a really great capture. Nicely done.

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Well done, Tom.
I think that shot of the heron in flight is breathtaking. The sharpness and overall saturation is excellent, and I love the placement, i.e the subject is flying into the picture.
Again, well done!

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Tom, that is outstanding work I do love them all. Thanks for showing them to us.

What lens did you use? I am looking for something a little longer than my 50-200 but can't spend big money. Both the Tamron and Sigma 70-300 look tempting but are they decently sharp at the long end?

Take care, Heinrich
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Beautiful shots Tom. We don't have any blue herons here in England, but we have plenty of greys which keep cleaning out our fish pond. I suppose I should get up at dawn one day and at least try to get some photos in return. How tall do blue herons stand?

Heinrich, I have a Sigma 70-300 though I bought it a few years ago now. One of the photos I included in the recent New Forest post was taken with the Sigma at 300mm.

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Heinrich- all photos taken with my FA*300.

Paul - Great Blues get up to 42" in height with wingspans of up to 6 feet.

I'm lucky in that there's a heron colony just a quarter mile from my home with approx. 150 active nests.
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Hi Tom,

Sounds like the Great Blue is of a similar size to our European Grey. When we kept our pond fully stocked with fish we had one that used to perch itself on a neighbouring roof ridge waiting for its opportunity. It was a weird sight seeing such a tall bird perched on top of a roof.


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