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    I agree, Nice shots JJphoto. I also favor the Pelicans but the hawk's stare is cool. This is a Hairy Woodpecker from my yard this morning, also shot at 700mm!


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    Quote Originally Posted by JJphoto View Post
    Conropl and Bob, thanks for the kind words!
    Conropl, I have the 400mm 5.6 lens, 500mm 4.0 and 1,4TC, 700mm 5.6 is a lazy typing for 500mm+1.4XTC, sorry for the confusing!
    Sorry - I should have figured that out... I guesse I am a little slow this morning.
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    Joel & JJ, your bird photos are always a pleasure to view!! Joel, you had me stumped on this one for a minute! I had to look up the difference between a hairy and a downy woodpecker so thank you for the education!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddt0725 View Post
    Joel & JJ, your bird photos are always a pleasure to view!! Joel, you had me stumped on this one for a minute! I had to look up the difference between a hairy and a downy woodpecker so thank you for the education!

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    They do have nearly identical markings ... the Hairy is quite a bit bigger but unless they are side by side you can't tell that way.

    Notice the length of the bill....on a Downy it will be less than half the front to back size of the head (ie it's very short) and the Hairy has a bill longer than half the head. Here is a Downy.....


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    Incredible Hairy!! I was on vacation for two weeks so my feeders went dry and the birds have not returned yet. So, I went to a pond and shot some ducks:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsiegel5151 View Post
    Incredible Hairy!! I was on vacation for two weeks so my feeders went dry and the birds have not returned yet. So, I went to a pond and shot some ducks:

    Nice shot.
    How do you post you images here so they display like this?
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    clemmb, good question. I tried lots of different ways. Here is what I like best (i.e., the method that I have found results in the least amount of image degradation):

    1. Open the images in the size you want them in flickr (I do 640x388)
    2. Right click on the image at the appropriate size and click "Open Image in New Window"
    3. Copy the URL for the image in the new window
    4. Click "Image" icon to insert an image in the reply or post box in the digital-picture forum
    5. Click "From URL"
    6. Paste URL in the URL box
    7. Deselect "Retrieve remote file and reference locally"
    8. Click "OK"

    I'm sure there is a better way to do this, but this is the only way I could get sharp images to insert. I still can't figure out how to link my flickr account, but I've seen other people do this. Anyone else have any ideas?
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    Here are some pictures I took today with my new Nikon AFS Nikkor 55-300m VR lens.

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    @ Joel and Denise, thank you guys for the comments, really appreciate it. Joel, your set up bird shots are almost flawless,very artistic!
    @ Lancer, nice shots! like the reflection of the duck shot! did you crop this shot? it's a little too tight to me IMO, and also the bird in first picture seems a little too centered, just my 2 cents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJphoto View Post
    @ Joel and Denise, thank you guys for the comments, really appreciate it. Joel, your set up bird shots are almost flawless,very artistic!
    Thanks, I appreciate the kind words. This is a Male Northern Cardinal, taken just a few minutes before the Hairy Woodpecker. Both of these were shot using the 500mm f/4L + 1.4 TCII (total of 700mm) and both were at ISO 2000. You can get away with higher ISO settings as long as the image is not underexposed. Photoshop and DPP can remove the noise easily but not if most of the histogram is pushed to the left.....you will not be able to recover detail.


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