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Tim Kuhn
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p.1 #1 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Every year I head to the Oregon Coast for a week or so vacation. One of the subjects that I usually photograph there are Pigeon Guillemots as it there mating season. To watch there antics is so much fun, they really are characters and full of personality. This year was just about a bust as it was stormy almost the whole week I did get 30 minutes or so one morning with some light. I was hoping to capture some mating behavior that I witnessed last year. I did get lucky and got some shots of it. What happens is when a couple are mating a second male will try to get in to act with the mating couple. I don't know if this just so he can mate or if there is a real strategy such as if he can pass his dna then the other male spends his time bringing up the intruders offspring. This way the intruder can pass on his genes to more females? Just a guess at this point.

Tim





1 getting started

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







2 I like the foot in the air LOL

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







3 here comes the intruder

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







4 mind if I join you?

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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5 Get out of here you perv!! LOL

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 13, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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p.1 #3 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Hey Tim...apparently you weren't the only one to get lucky
Obviously tough shooting conditions but you still managed to get the goods. Got to love those red feet...what was Mother Nature thinking? Very well done despite the inclement weather and practically no light.
Eric



Jun 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM
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p.1 #4 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Nature at it's finest! Great captures. Love the detail and clarity in these.


Jun 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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p.1 #5 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Cool shots Tim. I almost had to close my eyes
David



Jun 13, 2012 at 01:01 AM
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p.1 #6 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Cool shots Tim, interesting behaviour. I'll bet the week on the coast was still worth it in stormy weather.

Rob



Jun 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
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p.1 #7 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Much more photogenic than Snapping Turtles Tim. Great action and well captured ~ Ron


Jun 13, 2012 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #8 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


That is a stunning set Tim. Deep rich color, nice sharpness, and a neat subject. I gotta get me an 800 (and a couple jobs to pay for it). I cannot believe they would let me this close with a 400.


Jun 13, 2012 at 01:27 AM
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p.1 #9 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Fantastic set Tim. Almost made me blush

Birdie



Jun 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #10 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Looks more like the Jersey Shore than the Oregon Coast.

Fascinating sequence Tim and the techs are spot-on as usual, despite the crummy light.
Man those are cool looking birds.
Great stuff buddy.

Kirk



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p.1 #11 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


wonderful set of images Tim


Jun 13, 2012 at 09:13 AM
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p.1 #12 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Very Cool shots Tim

Great stuff

Per



Jun 13, 2012 at 09:48 AM
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p.1 #13 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Tim Kuhn wrote:

Fun set Tim!
Well done.
Fred



Jun 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
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p.1 #14 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Freakin awesome!!! Dirty!


Jun 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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p.1 #15 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


eyelaser wrote:
Hey Tim...apparently you weren't the only one to get lucky
Obviously tough shooting conditions but you still managed to get the goods. Got to love those red feet...what was Mother Nature thinking? Very well done despite the inclement weather and practically no light.
Eric


Luck was in the air!! Yeah the sun came out a short time after this bit of action but the birds then went out to sea

Thanks for the good words Eric!

Tim



Jun 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #16 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


treebeard wrote:
Nature at it's finest! Great captures. Love the detail and clarity in these.


Indeed

Thanks

Tim



Jun 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #17 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


David Leask wrote:
Cool shots Tim. I almost had to close my eyes
David


I didn't know you were so shy David

Thanks for the good words!

Tim



Jun 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
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p.1 #18 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Nice shots Tim, better luck with the weather next year!

Paul.



Jun 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
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p.1 #19 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Very interesting set, Tim.
What a beautiful bird it is with all that brown, red and white.
Love the set .... or is this weird to say about mating images.
Chris



Jun 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #20 · Mating Pigeon Guillemots (5) NSF


Rob Tillyer wrote:
Cool shots Tim, interesting behaviour. I'll bet the week on the coast was still worth it in stormy weather.

Rob


Thanks Rob! Yes the storms were fun... for a while

Tim



Jun 13, 2012 at 09:16 PM
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