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11-17-2016, 11:28 AM - 10 Likes   #23851
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(I'm trying to clear all the memory cards. Lot of older shots. Still long way to go...)

















11-17-2016, 11:33 AM - 4 Likes   #23852
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Sad and worrisome that such a thing could happen. The copper contacts should be secured and protected so they'd be almost impossible to bend as you experienced.
That part with the copper contacts is going to fail. I went through the same thing with my 60-250. You can order a replacement part, I got my from Sun Camera in Toronto, the Pentax authorized repair guy for $40. With a philips jewellers screw driver it's an easy to replace part. I would do that before it fails completely. Or maybe you could epoxy it in place, that might work too if it's still attached at one end and working.

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With our trip to Niagara Falls, leaving the sparrows for a week without food, it appears they've all left for the south. Not a bad idea since I'll be leaving for a week over christmas as well, and it may well be too cold to migrate by then.

So I'm left with the birds who store their food, or who live here all year anyway without a food supplement, a lot of Blue Jays....



My usual full compliment of chickadees



Great light means frozen action.


A gold finch, that I did not get a decent image of, due to not realizing my camera was set to MF from my super moon shots the other night. Same with the White and Red Breasted Nuthatches.

And my wood peckers are both still here, both Hairy and Downey. The Downey left before I went out to the blind.


I have way too many Jays... not sure what to do about that. It was fine when there were 6, now there's at least 12 and they run off the smaller birds When there was 6, if the Jays went one place, the smaller birds would just go to another feeder. Now there are enough Jays to control all the feeding spots at once..

I'm still hoping to pick up some Grosbeaks and finches for the winter....
You guys are going to get awful bored seeing the same birds in every post if I don't. I'll have to limit myself to one bird post a week, featuring a different bird every time out, to make it appear my life is interesting.

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Those birds look quite alike.
11-17-2016, 08:26 PM   #23856
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K5IIs & Sigma 100-300/4. From rear of theater, jazz dance company performance.

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Has she ever got those great "dancer" legs....very nice.

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Zebras...

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Image captured through glass of sliding door with handheld K-S2 and Sakar 1:8 500mm. (The lens is not the mirror variety.)
I am unsure, despite consulting three good resources, whether the finch is a house finch or a purple finch.
It was a very productive photo shoot, yielding images of a woodpecker, male cardinal, bluejay and sparrows.
Thanks very much to all who post in this thread!

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11-18-2016, 04:51 AM   #23860
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Looks very good. I think you nailed it for the post processing.
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Those Zebras really pop off the screen.
11-18-2016, 09:44 AM   #23862
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Has she ever got those great "dancer" legs....very nice.
Thanks. It's all stage light and dancer. She's one of the hard working young dancers at the school I shoot for. Week before, we made audition photos for next summer intensives. Most are head shot and first arabesque. She nailed the arabesque on pointe in one frame. Showed this on my blog and FB and her Mom approved so I shared it here. She's very young, 12 or 13. Been there six years and watching them grow in ability is inspirational. My assistant for the audition session was 12 when I started in 2010 and is now with the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh.

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This Kestrel was hovering above the car which made it very difficult to get camera on [I had to lower my seat]
Taken in low light. K-5/FA*600mmF4 ED[IF]/Eckla window mount.


Better light for these.








Too close again


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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
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With our trip to Niagara Falls, leaving the sparrows for a week without food, it appears they've all left for the south. Not a bad idea since I'll be leaving for a week over christmas as well, and it may well be too cold to migrate by then.

So I'm left with the birds who store their food, or who live here all year anyway without a food supplement, a lot of Blue Jays.....


What kind of sparrows, Norm? Some migrate, some don't.


It could be that they just took your yard off their feeding route. Goldfinches will do that in the winter when they feed in small flocks. If you let the feeder go dry for several days, they stop wasting their energy and time stopping around your place and expand their daily foraging range in another direction. Sometimes you can get them back a few weeks later, but maybe not if the new yard they found has a more dependably filled feeder!
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Had an Indian Summer day here in Syracuse, we're getting 8-12 inches of snow Sunday/Monday, so I took the lil'Bigma to the Zoo.

(A lot of these are less than 300mm...)















The big attraction at the moment is the 2 Red Panda cubs born in June. They just went on public display last week.





















































Mallard are seamless in their breeding with other species...




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