***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***

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***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***
Mar 31, 2013

It's time to post your wildlife images.

All wildlife not contained or restricted (NO pets or zoo animals please).

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When posting your own images, please reply to this first post in the thread; 
otherwise, thread viewers will likely overlook your contribution.

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First some from the backyard - 7 images
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Varying ISO.  All with the A-77 and Big Beercan (Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6).

Tufted Titmouse with seed

Male Brown-headed Cowbird in snowstorm

Female Slate-colored Junco in the snow

Male House Finch in the snow

Song Sparrow out back

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker - note gray cap

Male Downy Woodpecker on deck rail

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From my daily walks - 10 images
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Big Beercan and A-77.

American Robin on Links Pond bank

Trout in Snakeden creek

Red-shoulder Hawk searching for critters

Song Sparrow below Links Pond

Groundhog - emerging from winter

Female Downy Woodpecker

Ring-necked ducks - Links Pond

Female Mallard - leaving the creek

Male Downy Woodpecker on sapling

Affection in the woods

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Sam's Weekly Wildlife
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Re: Sam's Weekly Wildlife
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Nice and sharp Sam.  I particularly like the light on the 1st one too.

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Bonaire underwater
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Some more shots from this years trip to Bonaire. Taken with a Sony A65 in an Ikelite underwater housing with dual strobes.

See more here.

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Re: From my daily walks - 10 images
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Hi Ed,

All nice especially the female mallard BIF!

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Active wetlands lately! Raptors and migrators
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Thanks Ed for posting the thread this week - I was busy this morning and didn't get the chance.

I was out shooting Friday and Saturday, and with the past month or so, we've been having a very active spring - I've been surprised at how many first-time sightings I'm getting, as well as good shots of some very elusive birds that I've struggled to get shots of in the past.

Here's the continuation of the past month - all of the below are from March 2013 down here in the wetlands of Florida - all shots A580 & Minolta 300mm F4 APO + APO II 1.4x TC:

This pretty duck is not a normal one - it appears to actually be a cross between a blue-winged teal and a cinnamon teal - I've spotted him a few weeks prior as well.

A closeup of the hybrid blue-winged/cinnamon teal

A parting shot of the American robin - a bird I got to see and shoot for the first time this year, and this was the last one I spotted before they moved on their migration north

A red-shouldered hawk swooping down on a snake on the ground

Another little missle caught in flight - a purple martin

A red-shouldered hawk, juvenile, sitting in a tree in strong backlight

He then took off, circled around, and did a very close fly-by pass over me

One of the spring migrants passing through - a pine warbler

Red-bellied woodpecker looking for some food

This masked little bandit is another spring migrator passing through - a prairie warbler

I can have 100 shots of them, and still take more every time I see them, just because they're so beautiful - a male painted bunting hanging out on a palm limb

Add this to the list of first-time sightings for me - a house wren

And one more look at the hyper-kinetic, never-stops-moving prairie warbler

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***
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A77 + Sigma 150-500 w/ OS

This Western Bluebird toyed with me for several minutes until he flew off for good. Taking off and landing too close to focus on, then taking off again and landing in a spot with the sun directly behind him. He probably had a great time laughing at me while I ran around to frame the shot. But I did manage to get a few very nice shots:

Western Bluebird. He really was that intense blue color.

Feeding at the marsh:

A couple of mallards snacking & enjoying a sunny day.

I really like this shot and all I did was place my shadow over the California Poppy. I want to try this again using my 42" diffuser w/ stand and see what happens:

California Poppy in diffuse light.

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Re: From my daily walks - 10 images
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I'm with Dennis, fantastic mallard in flight. I understand woodchucks are not very popular in the US East Coast these days.

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Re: Sam's Weekly Wildlife
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All nice Sam. Do you know what that black & white goose is called?

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Re: Bonaire underwater
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I'm enjoying the colors of these Dennis. Very nice set and looks like you had a good time there.

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Re: Active wetlands lately! Raptors and migrators
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Nice one of the hawk flying right at you. The hybrid has some handsome markings and colors on him - good looking duck. Another nice set.

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Re: Sam's Weekly Wildlife
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lehill wrote:

All nice Sam. Do you know what that black & white goose is called?

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Thx, that's a Barnacle goose.  

But this one doesn't belong to migrating Barnacle goose. They nest further north, mostly in Northeast Greenland and Svalbard. A few of them have been straying on this lake the whole winter.

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All very colorful and sharp Dennis.  I see you are adjusting the EV a lot.  Do you have easy access to all the controls?  If so, is it significantly more cumbersome than w/o the housing?

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Terrific variety and very colorful Justin.  I've been eyeballing a lot of Wrens this spring hoping to spot a House Wren, but all I've seen the tell-tail white stripe above the eye of the Carolina

Nice hawk in flight and mixed breed ducks too.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread - Mar 31 - Apr 6***
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I think you got the best of that Bluebird Lance - nice colors and very sharp.

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some Pa. elk taking it easy on a cloudy day

a few more

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Re: First some from the backyard - 7 images
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Very nice variety there.  Some I've never seen myself, and wouldn't know what they were without your ID!  Love the song sparrow and house finch.

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Very nice here too - we seem to have some similar overlap lately, with the woodpecker variety and the raptors...though you've still got one up on me with the deer and other mammalian critters!

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