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09-17-2012, 07:27 PM - 1 Like   #4426
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QuoteOriginally posted by aurele Quote
i do just a little intrusion here to say few words :

I always thought : "if you're not in birding what is the use of a 300mm (or more) lens ? Dude, really ? i mean for normal people !".

That was until yesterday and today : i went to the world Championship final of world climbing (@ Paris, France), with my fellow 70-200/3.5 Vivitar, then i put an eye in the VF and thought : "Geeeeez ! i would kill for a 300mm f4 right nooooooow".
Or 500mm for portraits ? This is the lovely Old Lady that I've seen a few times when visiting her island home and this time she came out to bring me hot Chinese Tea when I was birding ... in case I felt cold (temperature has dropped with the arrival of the Northern winds, from 35C+ to a cool 25C)



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That's one sweet lady frogfish!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Thanks guys! Yeah I'd say Coopers because that's what we seem to have around here according to my local experts. I owe the background color to good luck: he was in the dead elm which is closer to the house and I was shooting to the NW with a (live--I do have some live trees ;~) White Oak in the background.

And, yes, that's a gorgeous sunbird Ken!
this may be somewhat obvious, but with an immature coopers in your yard, somewhere nearby was a mating pair
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this may be somewhat obvious, but with an immature coopers in your yard, somewhere nearby was a mating pair
Ah, so you don't think it's the same juvenile I photographed three years ago?

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That's one sweet lady frogfish!
She certainly is Larry. She has nothing but still thinks of us.
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Ah, so you don't think it's the same juvenile I photographed three years ago?
Nope, just suggesting next year, assuming the parents are nearby, something more interesting to photograph.
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Well I finally have a contribution to this thread.....although not as clear and crisp as I would like, I actually captured this guy kind of off-the-hip today. My wife noticed something splashing around down at the creek, so we grabbed cameras and headed down. We've never seen such a creature in our creek! He was ~100 yards away from my vantage point but I shot like crazy with the FA* 300 4.5. These are the best 2 shots out of 30 or so.

We looked him up - all we can come up with is a Double-crested Cormorant. Really neat to see for the first time!

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all we can come up with is a Double-crested Cormorant. Really neat to see for the first time!
Congrats! They are cool birds; yours is probably just passing through on the way to wintering grounds on the Gulf or SE coast.

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Cormorant
Way to go, Stan--not very common in fresh water around here. But don't you think a faster 300 would have helped? ;~)
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Way to go, Stan--not very common in fresh water around here. But don't you think a faster 300 would have helped? ;~)
Absolutely.... - but the way our wildlife is around here, you have to grab what you have and sneak up on them. The FA* was already on the camera already so off I went with it.

I can sit down there at the creek all day with the 300 2.8 on the tripod and all I get is lonely........

Also caught a group of Mergansers taking a break:





I was quite excited to be home today to catch all this action! Kudos to Mrs. Stormtech for spotting the Cormorant from the dining room!

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Kudos to Mrs. Stormtech for spotting the Cormorant from the dining room!
Indeed! I hope he didn't eat up all the trout ;~)
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Great catch Stan, kudos to the Mrs! Where's her shots?
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Great catch Stan, kudos to the Mrs! Where's her shots?
Oops - forgot to get the card out of her camera......I'll take a look see......
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Oops - forgot to get the card out of her camera......I'll take a look see......
Ha ha - you're for it now ! Very interesting catch - migration is a great time and can throw up amazing sightings.

I have had a Blue & White Flycatcher and a Black Naped Oriole in my back garden this week (first sightings in 10 years in this house) ! We are out every weekend now, further up the coast hundreds of raptors of every hue have been logged heading South so we have everything crossed for this Saturday !

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