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Old 01-10-2014, 05:28 AM   #21
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Gorgeous pictures.


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Old 05-24-2014, 07:02 PM   #22
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I bought the new Nikon 18-300mm zoom, and I really like it. It's the same size and weight as the 18-200mm, but half again longer, which means that it will replace both the 18-200 and the 70-300mm zoom, a big savings in total weight and bulk (not to mention convenience). Here are some pictures I took with it at my porch bird feeder:

Brown-Headed Cowbird:


Goldfinch - notice the olive winter plumage being replaced by summer gold:


Rose-breasted Grosbeak:


Hairy Woodpecker:


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Fantastic images Mike, I didn't know you did bird photography, I do too Recently I got a Canon 100-400mm which has been very exciting to use after surviving on a 55-250mm kit lens for the last four years. You seem to be enjoying the new lens so far, I hope it continues to go well for you.

Woodpeckers were definitely some of my favourite USA birds when I've visited
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I love the picture of the rose-breasted grosbeak, like he's peeking around the corner to see if anyone's there.
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Default A side trip to Montezuma

I stopped off at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake on the way back from visiting a client today, and took some pictures (of course).

I like the way the necks of these Canada Geese reflect each other:


The Redwing Blackbirds were nesting all over the Reserve - there was one nearly every few yards.


I like to try to catch birds calling - this is a Tree Swallow on a birdhouse at the Reserve Visitor Center.
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Lovely photos, seeing them reminds me of being in the states, I miss seeing the many varieties of new birds there, it's so fascinating and like a whole other world. Love the photo of the red-winged blackbird, I never did get to see one of those up close.
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Default Special visitors to the feeder today...

Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. Nature's helicopters, they hover and dart here and there at great speed.

They also have long memories. I never got around to putting out my hummingbird feeder last year. A month ago I spotted a hummingbird hovering exactly where the feeder had been, two years earlier. Of course, I put the feeder right out, and it's been busy with little birds ever since.

Here's a male ruby-throated hummingbird, hovering next to the feeder:


This is a female, coming in for a landing:


The female, again, ready to start sipping nectar:


Mission accomplished, maximum effort climb out!
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Hummingbirds are so gorgeous. I only ever got to see a single bird and it was perched at the time, so I've never actually seen the amazing hovering behaviour. That's so amazing that they hovered in the exact spot of the feeder two years on. I knew they had good memories so they didn't revisit flowers, but that's amazing
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Default A few more birds...

The hummingbirds have just about all flown South for the year - but here's one more picture before they go.



I heard what sounded like a bird constantly cheeping on my porch - but it turned out to be this little guy...



... and about six more of his family...

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Oh my goodness! They're chipmunks right? I never got to see one when I was in the states, super disappointing. Such adorable little things, great photos


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