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squirl033
01-02-2010, 07:13 PM
my first post was in the landscape section, since that's what i do most, but i do shoot birds and bugs as the opportunities present themselves... ;)

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Bambi
01-02-2010, 07:16 PM
Beautiful!!

I love the one of the bird with his beak wide open! :D

squirl033
01-02-2010, 07:17 PM
thanks, Bambi... it's a juvenile barn swallow, and i think he was expecting me to feed him! he was only about 8 feet away, and didn't seem to mind my big ol' 100-400 pointed at him in the least!

kat
01-02-2010, 07:19 PM
Another lovely set! First two catch my eye :)

Mad Aussie
01-02-2010, 07:20 PM
Wow ... awesome work!

Can't believe you got that close to a Swallow!!!

squirl033
01-02-2010, 07:33 PM
Wow ... awesome work!

Can't believe you got that close to a Swallow!!!

thanks! there's a park near my house that's also a wetland/wildlife sanctuary, and the swallows that nest there will often let me get pretty close. the young ones especially are fairly easy to approach. i can often also get good close shots of herons and other waterfowl, as well as a variety of songbirds... great spot for nature photos!

Marko
01-02-2010, 07:38 PM
Wow beautiful set :goodvibes

Rinkdaddy
01-02-2010, 07:41 PM
I couldn't pick out a favorite as they are all great. I'm glad you mentioned what lens you used for these shots as I am in the market. Right now I use a 70-200 2.8f for nature but find I am just a little short and scare off the subject trying to get closer.

squirl033
01-02-2010, 07:47 PM
I couldn't pick out a favorite as they are all great. I'm glad you mentioned what lens you used for these shots as I am in the market. Right now I use a 70-200 2.8f for nature but find I am just a little short and scare off the subject trying to get closer.

thanks! i use the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L on my 40D for all my wildlife shots. it's a bit short for some things... and we can never have too much glass, can we?... but it's a good, versatile, all-round lens that i can carry and shoot freehand. i use it with my 40D because the crop factor gives me a bit more apparent reach, and use a Tamron SP 24-135 f/3.5-5.6 with my 5D for landscapes.

Rinkdaddy
01-02-2010, 07:52 PM
Thanks for the info.:thankyou: