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09-20-2016, 07:46 AM - 6 Likes   #23206
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Lovely. The softness is very effective considering the subject.
Thank you...although any softness should be attributed to shaky hands rather than anything else
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Common Grackle.
He's the peacemaker at my feeders. He feeds in peace next to the other birds and Jay doesn't dare come around when he's feeding so bringing peace to the feeder scene. He may be big and sinister looking but he's no bully. Just as every nation needs an army every feeder needs a Grackle or two.

Taken with a Q-S1 at an ISO 3200 - that's really pushing that little sensor.


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With the leaves still on the trees and the birds a lot quieter, fall warblering is harder than spring warblering but I was able to capture this Palm Warbler on the Toronto Island today. Also a Monarch pausing on its way south.



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Just as every nation needs an army every feeder needs a Grackle or two.
Peace through strength, didn't Ron Reagan have that idea? Some folks may disagree, but in any case, great shot (no one can disagree on that I think)!

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Love the P-51 shot. Next to the P-47, it's my all time favorite warbird.
I used to be a big fan of them too until I got to see a Spitfire up close and personal. I am not sure how to describe it, but it looks like you put the plane on and it just does what you want it to do. A work of art. Beautiful plane.
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Common Grackle.

He has the look of saying: "Don't call me 'common.'"

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I used to be a big fan of them too until I got to see a Spitfire up close and personal. I am not sure how to describe it, but it looks like you put the plane on and it just does what you want it to do. A work of art. Beautiful plane.
For beauty alone, I agree, although the lines of the Zero are nice, too. Very pure. There is just something about 8 .50's and a 2000hp Pratt & Whitney double wasp that called to me. No beauty, but imho no longer ugly after the intro of the P47D25 and later variants.

The Spit and the Mustang were like sleek quick trout to the Thunderbolts largemouth bass.

All the planes of that era have great appeal to me. I feel they were the last aircraft I could wrap my head around...if called upon I could assist in changing plugs, replacing cockpit instruments, yank a cylinder, change hydraulic fluid.

With jets? They might let me wash a tire under close supervision...
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didn't Ron Reagan have that idea?
Hardly...

... Roman Emperor Hadrian (AD 76-138) sought "peace through strength or, failing that, peace through threat."

Although it doesn't surprise me Ronnie might model American foreign policy on the Roman Empire.

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He has the look of saying: "Don't call me 'common.'"
So far as I am concerned no living thing is "common" at least in the derogatory sense - for me all life is exceptional.

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Also a Monarch pausing on its way south.
Lovely shot of a lovely creature - well done.

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For beauty alone, I agree, although the lines of the Zero are nice, too. Very pure. There is just something about 8 .50's and a 2000hp Pratt & Whitney double wasp that called to me. No beauty, but imho no longer ugly after the intro of the P47D25 and later variants.

The Spit and the Mustang were like sleek quick trout to the Thunderbolts largemouth bass.

All the planes of that era have great appeal to me. I feel they were the last aircraft I could wrap my head around...if called upon I could assist in changing plugs, replacing cockpit instruments, yank a cylinder, change hydraulic fluid.

With jets? They might let me wash a tire under close supervision...
When the P47 first arrived in Europe the other fighter pilots were dumbstruck by it's size. They would tease the pilots with quips like evasive maneuvers consisted of running around on the wings dodging bullets. Once they got to fly with it they were amazed by it's capabilities. Nothing cold keep up with it in a dive and it's top speed was as good as any fighter airplane of the day. It was a superb fighter plane but was mostly relegated to close air ground support due to total amount of armaments it could carry, It's lineal descendant is the A10 Warthog.
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Beautiful shrike!

Thanks for the kind comments on my air race images. As a reformed helicopter aircrew, I favor the fling wings. Having said that, The P-38 'Lightning' has long been a favorite. For modern warbirds, the A-10 just looks like an airplane waiting to destroy something.
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Wildman's Shrike looks like it's waiting to destroy something as well - great shot.
Must say the warbler was harder to photograph than the Monarch, but agree that the Monarch is a better shot.
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