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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:38 am 
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Petrel looking for a feed.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:25 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:35 am 
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really love the first shot of the pelican Jag... with the one foot a bit in fron of the other... :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Thank you very much Wolf.
Great to know that you liked the shot but it appears the pelican doesn't seem to like the idea of being photographed..... at least not saying cheese :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:43 pm 
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I'm guessing this thread nearly shuts down for the summer? Pretty dead. I haven't posted here in quite a while, mostly because the few times I have the thread just sat dead for days and days and there are essentially no views, no comments, etc...then after a week or two, one more person posts a photo, and it dies off again. I've been shooting thousands of birds since my last post, but just can't figure out if this thread is staying alive, or maybe just see if wintertime brings it back to life.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:24 am 
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fair call, I have to admit I have been quiet. But then its our winter and its been wet and windy. Have still got photos from March on the memory card, I have had other things on my mind the last few month. I am keen to go and get some Lyrebirds, the males are starting to carry on a bit. Just trying to work it in with other priorities.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:15 pm 
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Zack, this forum heavily revolved round posts from you, Wolf and Popo. Of course with good dose of contribution from others.
Wolf recovering from the accident and Popo caughtup with other activities it appears. You have to post even more to keep this forum alive and kicking.... I will try my share to maintain the contrast with good posts :D
Please break this void of great posts....... not willing to miss out any further :)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:18 pm 
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Ah, I don't think I heard Wolf had an accident. Hopefully OK?! I had considered that it's winter down under which might change the dynamics, though there do seem to be some northern hemisphere folks posting here in the past too. Plus, for me winter is actually the better birding season ironically, so I sometimes fail to realize it may not be for others.

I will dig back and see what the last photos I posted here were, and try to throw a few more in - I certainly have a long way to catch up...I think my last was April. Hopefully I won't post so many that everyone gets sick of seeing Florida birds. ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:36 pm 
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OK...here goes the beginning of getting caught up...I'll take this in chunks over the next few weeks, 10-15 at a time. All of the following shots were taken with my Sony A580, Minolta 300mm F4 APO lens, and matched 1.4x APO II teleconverter:

Blue headed vireo:
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Yellow-rumped warbler:
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Palm warbler:
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Purple gallinule:
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Baby great blue herons:
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Tricolor heron in breeding colors:
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Great egret soaring over:
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Purple martin in high-speed flight:
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Closeup of a grackle:
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Black-necked stilts mating:
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Wood stork with nest-building material:
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Great blue heron resting on a treetop:
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:50 pm 
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I also hadn't heard about your accident Wolf :shock: Glad you're on the mend 8)

Justin, I never get tired of viewing the many beautiful & varied species from your part of the world. 8)


I really liked the low evening Sun on this noisy ***!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:46 am 
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Looks like Florida is one of the best places for the varity of birds it has. Love the shots Justin.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:04 am 
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Great shots as always folks.. Zack.. I still envy you and how close you manage to get to herons down there :)

Yup.. Im recuperating and its gonna be a while for me to post some serious shots... but at least Im able to post again without too much pain.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:32 pm 
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Great shots Zack. Thanks for posting :)
My favourite is the Yellow-rumped warbler shot.....the background does it for me.
Do herons build nest near to ground or do you have to climb trees to get photos of baby herons!
At least one thing for sure, Florida people let the birds live in peace and so they are not afraid on being approached.
Is it only camera that is used for shooting there ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:02 pm 
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Thanks all - and you're right Jag - Florida is a place where the birds feel pretty secure in the presence of people...so we can get close to them without bothering them.

The herons tend to nest most of the time in low clusters of swamp trees - between 5-15 feet off the ground at most. In many of these wetlands areas, there are boardwalks taking you over the open water sections, that happen to run directly past these nesting islands - so you're elevated 6 feet off the water, and the herons are nesting 8 feet up in the tree - which means you're at eye level or above the nests. And the herons often like to nest right up close to the people and walkways, because they're safer around people than alligators, raccoons, and bobcats!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:44 pm 
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yup yup and yup... I remember a ways back zack posted a pic of some ppl within a 2 meters of a heron perched on a rail and if I recall he said that happens pretty regularly.

Up here with the rednecks everything gets shot at. I still cant drive 100km and not see at least one dead hawk that has been shot. They still have a bounty on coyotes up here as well. You can shoot anything up here as long as you can say it is damaging, or a threat to, your livelyhood. Sad but true.

Unless I am in a blind or nestled into a hiding place after spending time observing from a distance to learn a species behavior, or just rediculously lucky my average shooting distance, before I enter their threat zone and they spook, for some animals would be...

Deer: 60 meters
Coyote: 100 meters
Hawk or eagle: 50 meters
Elk: 50 meters
Moose 100 meters
Small rodents like squirrels:20 meters
Ducks and Geese:40 meters
Song birds: 20 meters
Wolves: 200 meters
Bears: 100 meters
Owls: 30 meters

And honestly that is mostly cause everything is shot at.

If you are patient, willing to observe the wildlife, set up a good blind or find some good cover your odds increase greatly of course. And as I have mentioned many times before shooting from your car and getting as close as you can in it will always get you a lot closer than trying to approach on foot.

Anyways.. here's a waxwing from bout a month ago. My favorite small bird :D They were hanging round my saskatoonberry bush for about 2 weeks. Ill post more on them later

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