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dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: April 01 2013,14:59   

"Judging by the shots above the 100-400mm seems to do the job w.r.t sharpness vs. the prime (plus the prime has no IS)"

I love IS.  Not only for being able to handhold at lower shutter speeds, but also for making it easier to compose and frame static subjects (when I was young, I prided myself on my steady hands, at 59, they ain't as steady as they once were).

There is the expectation that a upgraded 100-400L will be announced later this year.  If that happens, I'd expect the used market for the existing version to perk up and bargains to be had.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 02 2013,15:25   

Quote (Freddie @ Mar. 31 2013,13:59)
So many great shots here the last few weeks - the snow geese formation especially!  The weather in the UK has been so grey recently but hoping to get out and take some more photos soon if things improve.  It was almost sunny for a few hours this morning and I snapped this one of a juvenile long-tailed tit.  This is with my Canon 100-300 EF IS and is highly cropped due to the distance (and noisy due to high, auto ISO as I shot at F8 1/500 for sharpness).

I may (repeat 'may') be able to afford a low-end L range lens sometime this summer.  I'm looking at either the 400mm prime (f/5.6) or the 100-400mm (f/4.5-5.6 IS) going on a cropped 550D/Rebel T2i body.  

Judging by the shots above the 100-400mm seems to do the job w.r.t sharpness vs. the prime (plus the prime has no IS) - I think the 7D has the same sensor as the 550D.  At least, the specs look the same!  

Then, maybe later, I can add a 1.4 extender for the three days in the year that it will be bright enough to use it :-(


Sweet, Freddie!

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 03 2013,21:00   

This afternoon at Greenfield Lake.


Prairie Warbler by Lou FCD, on Flickr, new for the life lists.

Meme-worthy:


Grumpy Catbird by Lou FCD, on Flickr

And ducklings!!!!! (Wood Duck)


Wood Ducks (Female and Nine Ducklings) by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Wood Duck Ducklings by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Wood Duck Duckling by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Wood Duck Duckling by Lou FCD, on Flickr

And something a little more abstract. Canada Goose


Goose Feather Detail by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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(Permalink) Posted: April 04 2013,04:32   

Hey guys, I'm really enjoying all the pictures you're posting.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 04 2013,07:07   

Spreadin' the love...


Grumpy Catbird by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: April 04 2013,14:44   

My front yard is only 20X30 feet.



I just counted 17 plant species in bloom, and 11 not. In about 20 minutes today there were 5 species of birds, and 6 butterfly species visiting. I have 3 resident herps. Over the years 6 species of native mammals have visited, but failed to establish (just as well with me).

Edited by Dr.GH on April 04 2013,12:45

   
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 04 2013,14:45   

While I hate when the residents give me herps, that's quite a count you have there!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 04 2013,17:10   

Nice photos, Lou.

And tomorrow, there will be eight ducklings, and the day after ...

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 04 2013,20:10   

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Nice photos, Lou.

Thank ya'!
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And tomorrow, there will be eight ducklings, and the day after ...


You are a cruel, heartless person.

...accurate, but cruel and heartless to bring that up. :)

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(Permalink) Posted: April 06 2013,17:39   

Not the best pic, but very cute. This a chickadee parent collecting bunny fur for his (her?) nest. The mate sat nearby and watched. The bunny fur came from our house vermin who is currently in the middle of a shed. Those are going to be some comfy and spoiled chicks.


Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

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(Permalink) Posted: April 07 2013,07:13   

Yes, very very cute.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 11 2013,18:33   

I have been leaving lint from the clothes dryer, and hair from the dog's brush out in the yard for nest builders. The piles disappear quickly.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 11 2013,18:50   

My cat recently killed two rabbits.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 11 2013,22:08   

Just as long as they weren't Precambrian...

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,11:23   

Not a bird.


Snapper Face by Lou FCD, on Flickr

Definitely a bird.


American White Pelican by Lou FCD, on Flickr, new for the life lists.


American White Pelicans by Lou FCD, on Flickr

Cutiepie


American Goldfinch (transitional) by Lou FCD, on Flickr


Downy Woodpecker (male) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

And for comparison, it was awesome to see the Downy and the Hairy in the same place, for the first time.


Hairy Woodpecker (male) by Lou FCD, on Flickr

Gobble Gobble


Wild Turkey by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,11:34   

Wow! Awesome shots Lou! Love the Snapper Face!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,15:24   

Quote (Henry J @ April 11 2013,22:08)
Just as long as they weren't Precambrian...

Henry

Good joke. The one, "...rabbits in the precambrian." Also, my cats killed a bird a week ago.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,15:37   

There's a skink living under my fridge. Don't expect pics, he's very shy.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,18:26   

I'm doing a photo journal on Facebook of a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers (Melanerpes carolinus) making a nest hole in our front yard. I'm very excited and hope they stay. The male has been working on the hole for three or four days now. The female has shown up sporadically to check the hole, check the tree, put seeds in the bark, and do a little smoothing of the hole's outer rim. Here are a few shots:







Had a pair of Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) show up today to check out the tree and the hole. I think the male Red-bellied Woodpecker made it clear the tree was not for sale.


Male Northern Flicker


Female Northern Flicker

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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,22:10   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ April 12 2013,14:37)
There's a skink living under my fridge. Don't expect pics, he's very shy.

Gave you the cold shoulder, did he/she/it?  :p

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2013,22:13   

Quote (Lou FCD @ April 12 2013,10:23)
Not a bird.


Snapper Face by Lou FCD, on Flickr

So it is turtles all the way down!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 13 2013,06:47   

Quote (Robin @ April 12 2013,12:34)
Wow! Awesome shots Lou! Love the Snapper Face!

Thanks, I really liked how that came out, too.

The photojournal is a great idea!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 13 2013,06:55   

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Quote (Lou FCD @ April 12 2013,10:23)
Not a bird.


Snapper Face by Lou FCD, on Flickr

So it is turtles all the way down!

Yep. Now we know.

Here's the full shot:


Snapping Turtle by Lou FCD, on Flickr

And a claw detail:


Snapper Claw by Lou FCD, on Flickr

I'm on an adventure in the Midwest. The weather until today has been really shitty - overcast and/or raining, and the last few days just damned cold. Today is projected to be better though.

So those songbirds and woodpeckers on the feeders I'm really tickled about, given that they were shot through tinted glass out into  the rain. They're not awesome shots, but all things considered, I'm pretty happy with them.

My adventure has added 8 new birds to my life-lists so far, and despite the weather I've got improved shots of several species. So though it's not been a perfect birding trip, it's certainly been pretty good, weather notwithstanding.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 13 2013,08:08   

A couple of shots of the woodpeckers' progress on their nest from this morning:


Cute shot of mom and dad at the nest hole this morning. Mom's the one on the top of the branch.


Close-up of dad working the hole.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 13 2013,08:59   

Quote (Robin @ April 13 2013,08:08)
A couple of shots of the woodpeckers' progress on their nest from this morning:


Cute shot of mom and dad at the nest hole this morning. Mom's the one on the top of the branch.


Close-up of dad working the hole.

There's been a <strike>Titanis</strike> woodpecker in my backyard recently.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 15 2013,07:48   

Quote (Arctodus23 @ April 13 2013,08:59)
There's been a Titanis woodpecker in my backyard recently.


Man, I would soooo be impressed with pics of a Titanis!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 15 2013,09:40   


Female Flicker (Colaptes auratus) close-up from Saturday, April 13.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 15 2013,10:26   

Nice, Robin!

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(Permalink) Posted: April 15 2013,11:40   

Quote (Freddie @ April 15 2013,09:26)
Nice, Robin!

But it's a flicker, not a robin.

What?

Oh.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: April 16 2013,08:46   

These are some great photos.  :D

   
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