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Hi everyone,

I spent a week in South Florida recently, with the first stop being 3 days camping at Dry Tortugas National Park (a 70 mile boat trip from Key West). I would definitely recommend a trip out there, the birding is great with a variety of seabirds, shorebirds and landbirds all on one tiny island. Here are a few shots that first jumped out at me. Enjoy, and C+C always welcome.

Cheers,
Andrew

#1 Willet resting on a concrete barrier...






#2 ...and taking a nap






#3 Magnificent frigatebird






#4 Black-bellied plover






#5 Royal terns on the old coaling dock pilings






#6 Whimbrel






#7 Ruddy turnstone






#8 lots of competition for space







Dec 07, 2011 at 05:50 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Dry Tortugas NP - birds


A nice set Andrew. It's 6 for me ~ Ron


Dec 07, 2011 at 12:04 PM
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Great collection of shots Andrew!


Dec 07, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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Wow Andrew that is OUT there! Sounds like a wonderful experience. Great set of birds here. I think the Whimbrel is the strongest of the set, nice lighting, angle and comp

Tim



Dec 07, 2011 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Dry Tortugas NP - birds


Hey Andrew,
2, 6 and 7 for me, sounds like you had a blast!
Nicely done
Larry



Dec 07, 2011 at 04:10 PM
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#8 for me. Ed


Dec 07, 2011 at 04:15 PM
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Great variety


Dec 07, 2011 at 06:26 PM
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surfnron wrote:
A nice set Andrew. It's 6 for me ~ Ron


Thanks Ron, the Whimbrel was the high point of the trip for me
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:16 PM
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Migara wrote:
Great collection of shots Andrew!


Thanks, It was great to have such a variety of birds all around and so easy to photograph!
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:17 PM
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Very nice set Andrew.
I like the perspective on # 5 with the birds in and out of focus.
Martin



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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Wow Andrew that is OUT there! Sounds like a wonderful experience. Great set of birds here. I think the Whimbrel is the strongest of the set, nice lighting, angle and comp

Tim


Thanks for your comment Tim, It was a great trip, once the boat leaves in the afternoon, it was just 10 of us camping on the island, which meant I got the great light all to myself
The Whimbrel was hard as it was a lot more skittish than the other birds and it was usually surrounded by plovers which made getting a clean shot difficult.
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:20 PM
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BearCreekLar wrote:
Hey Andrew,
2, 6 and 7 for me, sounds like you had a blast!
Nicely done
Larry


Thanks Larry, it was great!
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:22 PM
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Ed Robertson wrote:
#8 for me. Ed


Thanks Ed, the pilings were very dynamic, I guess some pilings were more coveted than others!
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:23 PM
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Conrad Tan wrote:
Great variety


Thanks Conrad, appreciate it!
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:24 PM
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Martin Good wrote:
Very nice set Andrew.
I like the perspective on # 5 with the birds in and out of focus.
Martin


Thanks for your comment Martin, I tried sequentially putting all the different pilings in that row in focus, I liked this one the best.
-Andrew



Dec 07, 2011 at 07:26 PM
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Excellent photos Andrew! I like your perspective on birds my friend! Pretty creative and cool! You remind me of Moose Peterson.


Dec 07, 2011 at 11:37 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Dry Tortugas NP - birds


lovely set Andrew


Dec 07, 2011 at 11:50 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Dry Tortugas NP - birds


Very nice set, Andrew, with # 2 and 6 being my favorites
Socrate



Dec 08, 2011 at 02:32 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Dry Tortugas NP - birds


I like the action and pose of the turnstone. Don


Dec 08, 2011 at 02:33 AM
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Very nice, the first is my pick Andrew.

Not much room for camping there. Did you live off fish?

Morris



Dec 08, 2011 at 02:42 AM
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