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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Throgmartin View Post
    I'm not claiming this is that great of a picture, but it does have a natural looking perch! I put it up last weekend... wire tied a branch near my deck. I should come up something better later, but this is a start. We didn't have any sun the whole weekend hence the bad lighting.

    2012_03_03_3221_upd by dthrog00, on Flickr
    I like the perch, you just needed more light.....good work, looking forward to more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel Eade View Post
    I like the perch, you just needed more light.....good work, looking forward to more!
    The hard part is I'm finding the birds aren't that crazy about sitting on the perch. They stop by the feeder, eat, and then fly back to the tree line 30-40 feet back. Decent opportunities to photo on the feeder or suet cakes are easily 7 or 8 to 1 to them stopping on the perch. It must be a matter of placement primarily I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Throgmartin View Post
    The hard part is I'm finding the birds aren't that crazy about sitting on the perch. They stop by the feeder, eat, and then fly back to the tree line 30-40 feet back. Decent opportunities to photo on the feeder or suet cakes are easily 7 or 8 to 1 to them stopping on the perch. It must be a matter of placement primarily I guess.

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    I try to place the perch on the flight path from the trees to the feeder....you may also have to move the feeder to get everything working right.

    Many times they will still fly straight to the feeder anyway, you just have to be patient and persistent.

    I find they seem to like a perch that is simple....without so many little branches.

    Another strategy is to use some type of hanging feeder and then when you put up a perch move the feeder right under it. Then move it back to it's original spot when you are done shooting.

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    This looked great on the camera LCD (sounds familiar?), but now I wish it had a little more DoF.
    Fortunately the place (Alviso) is very close and has a lot of air traffic in the evening hours. The birds like the old salt ponds at the end of the SF bay.

    Arnt


    _MG_6968 - Version 2 by ahab1372, on Flickr

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    another one from the same day. The set on flickr shows how the conflict developed. The egret on the left was willing to give in, but the one on the right was still not satisfied.

    Just wish the quality was a little better.


    _MG_7006 - Version 2 by ahab1372, on Flickr
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    Canon 5D Mk II, 550D/T2i, 50mm f/1.4 USM, 100mm f/2.8 L USM, 17-40mm f/4 L USM, 24-105mm f/4 L USM, 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM, 320EX speedlite

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    nice shots Franco. Were these lucky shots while you were waiting for something else, or how did you get them? These birds usually don't sit in the same spot for long.

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    Lol, I was actually just walking on the streets..then I saw them so I stalked them for a block and took a few shots of them behind some walls It was kinda lucky for me to take these shots.
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    An egret find lunch on my front hedge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadS View Post
    An egret find lunch on my front hedge.
    Great capture for you and the Egret!!

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