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p.1 #1 · Conundrum


At the present time I only have a couple of hours per week to shoot, and I have the following options:

1) Eagles - I have the new nest that appears occupied, but is high in a tree and not very visible. I would like to shoot the little ones when they are large enough to see from my poor vantage point. Clear shots will be difficult.

2) Belted kingfisher burrow - A friend found a BKF burrow, but we can't get a time so she can show me. I know the general area, but haven't been there in years. I might not be able to find it, but sure would love to shoot activity around the burrow. And the one KF she saw was extremely skittish.

3) Downy Woodpecker - Another friend has a nest hole in his front yard. It's easy to get to, ( a 10 sec "hike"), I have a clear shot, and they are active and seem to ignore me. It's sort of on the way to work - five min out of the way. All I have to do is leave a little early. One shot from this morning is below.

What would you do? I'll tell my current plans after a few responses.

Thanx,

Ron





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Apr 24, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #2 · Conundrum


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Apr 24, 2013 at 01:00 AM
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p.1 #3 · Conundrum


I would love to learn, study and photograph the KF Ron. I understand they nest in a burrow. I have an area where there is some activity but like you time does not allow me to pursue it.

Now if I could go only 10secs to get shots like this one you posted that would be real hard to pass up!

I'm a little 'eagled' out to be honest with you

And by the way, at 700mm and 125th sec shutter that is an amazing 'macro' buddy!

Karl

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Apr 24, 2013 at 01:03 AM
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p.1 #4 · Conundrum


That is one gorgeous shot ! I would take a mental health day off from work I would then try and find the Kingfisher . If that is not successful then you know where you can get some gorgeous woodpecker shots

Birdie



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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p.1 #5 · Conundrum


Wonderful photo Ron! With opportunities like this Id spend most of my time there. Try and find out when the eagles will mature to sizes you will see them and when early flight will be. Make trips to see these special events.

Morris



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #6 · Conundrum


I would pick the KF.

Wacky roger



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:28 AM
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p.1 #7 · Conundrum


First things first. You are putting way too much of a priority on things other than photography!!! However, given your current lifestyle choice, the easy thing to do is walk out the door, take a few downy pics (btw, the one included here looks a bit grubby ), head back to the car and drive to the KF hole, and use all the landmarks (any pics she can share?) provided to track it down. No results in a reasonable time? Drive to the known location of the eagle nest and attempt to get something decent. When you get home, you say you got turned around and you're sorry for taking so long in finding your way back. Repeat as soon and as often as feasible.

Pretty good results for 1/125. I couldn't do that if I used a tripod. The larvae sure add to the image. Well done Ron.



Apr 24, 2013 at 01:44 AM
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p.1 #8 · Conundrum


Super shot Ron, I'd go for the KF since its not something you see every day.

Charles



Apr 24, 2013 at 02:20 AM
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p.1 #9 · Conundrum


I'm with Karl. Eagled out. Find some more time, try for the kingfishers, but get the downeys anyhow!

Greg

P.S. I'm also with Karl on the techs on that shot. How did you manage to squeeze so much DOF into a 700 at 5.6? (And at 1/125?)



Apr 24, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #10 · Conundrum


What a great shot, Ron. You got it so beautiful.
Can't wait to see the rest.

- Tam



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p.1 #11 · Conundrum


A fantastic shot here, Ron.
It almost sounds like the woodpecker shooting is so quickly accessed that it's a freebie.
I'd give a major effort to finding and shooting the kingfisher. Shucks, I didn't even know they nested in the ground .
Charlie



Apr 24, 2013 at 02:50 AM
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p.1 #12 · Conundrum


Go for the Kingfishers. It'll be a mini-adventure.

The woodpeckers are an "Ace-in-the-hole".



Apr 24, 2013 at 02:56 AM
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p.1 #13 · Conundrum


Excellent Downy pic! I vote for the KF.


Apr 24, 2013 at 07:41 AM
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p.1 #14 · Conundrum


Beautiful picture!

I say the kingfisher. The downy is common and your angle on the eaglets will be to low



Apr 24, 2013 at 08:35 AM
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p.1 #15 · Conundrum


can't go wrong on those choices Ron .. i plan on shooting both eagles and KFs this summer.. a couple of good things about KFs is they'll have a favorite perch not far from the burrow that they like to sit on.. and you'll usually hear them coming long before you see them.


Apr 24, 2013 at 08:46 AM
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p.1 #16 · Conundrum


I had the same problem you do. My decision was very simple: I retired and start doing what I like to do best>
BTW, that is a fine pic, Ron
Socrate



Apr 24, 2013 at 02:08 PM
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p.1 #17 · Conundrum


That is a wonderful shot, Ron. Great work here.

JBR



Apr 24, 2013 at 02:21 PM
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p.1 #18 · Conundrum


I would have any of them Ron. I don't see nearly enough BE's so if forced, I'd go with them
David



Apr 24, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #19 · Conundrum


Very nice shot, Ron.
I probably would go for the kingfisher and grab some Woodpecker on the way to work.
Chris



Apr 24, 2013 at 09:27 PM
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p.1 #20 · Conundrum


Thanx to all for the comments.

I will continue to shoot the Downys before work - that's easy, and doesn't take away time from my weekly morning shoot. I have lots of eagle shots, and they live on the lake, and it takes longer for the BE chicks to mature than the BKF chicks, so my opportunity to find/shoot the KFs is shorter. My efforts will be on the KFs. If I can't find the burrow, I'll be done with them Friday. If I do find them, then I will play it by ear, but they will take precedence over the eagles. I still have several weeks for the young BEs - at least.

Thanx again ~ Ron



Apr 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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