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Awesome images Lance!


Thank you very much, George. Much appreciated!



Mar 28, 2023 at 12:21 AM
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I need way more practice and a location where those little guys fly in slightly more predictable pattern (lol). Seems wind direction matters as well.


Tree Swallow



That's My Perch!



Mar 28, 2023 at 12:11 PM
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Mar 28, 2023 at 01:04 PM
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The Pacific NW is milder than here and I'm envious for the earlier spring.

Recently passed on an offer to work in Washington state for at least a month. Kicking my butt for not accepting it. . Washington state is among my favorites. Live and learn.

Here in Maine, we are in spring too, but it is more like the spring that OwlsEyes describes in MN than the Pacific NW's spring. I am guessing coastal Maine spring is roughly 6 weeks behind the NW

I could be wrong and I have not searched for information on this: I believe that there cannot be swallows hunting over the waters until there has been a large pulse of insect hatchings. How could there be? There would be no energy for them to take in. If anyone knows differently, please post a reference or your personal observation. We nature lovers/photographers all want to learn more about nature

We won't see a large increase in insect biomass here until well into May.

But I suspect "ice-out" any day now and that means a pair of loons to claim their nesting territory. It has been mild enough for a long time now. They will hear the noise and come to inspect. It's the same almost every year. I probably won't hear the first bullfrog until late May. And maybe none, because the GBH's are hunting them. Passerine birds will not nest until the edge of the woods is filled and entirely closed with foliage. That does not happen here until well into June.

Have fun in nature!

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Mar 28, 2023 at 01:14 PM
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Last wood duck...
Just an edit... at first I posted just the wood duck, but I think that it is worth sharing the photo I shot 10 minutes earlier from the same vantage point. This will give you an idea as to how slow spring's arrival actually is. This wood duck and a female were hanging out by a tiny patch of open water adjacent to ice flows that continue to dominate the St. Croix River.
This has been one of the longest stretches of winter in East Central MN for many years. A cold March was once the norm, but the last few years have been unseasonably warm in spring... unpredictability continues to dominate the weather we see in the middle of the continent.





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Mar 28, 2023 at 07:57 PM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Last wood duck...
Just an edit... at first I posted just the wood duck, but I think that it is worth sharing the photo I shot 10 minutes earlier from the same vantage point. This will give you an idea as to how slow spring's arrival actually is. This wood duck and a female were hanging out by a tiny patch of open water adjacent to ice flows that continue to dominate the St. Croix River.
This has been one of the longest stretches of winter in East Central MN for many years. A cold March was once the norm,
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Impressive, you are located appr. 600km closer to the equator than my home town, but your image looks positively like you have serious winters.



Mar 29, 2023 at 02:47 AM
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ChrisMak wrote:
Impressive, you are located appr. 600km closer to the equator than my home town, but your image looks positively like you have serious winters.

MN has some of the coldest weather in the continental United States and was once referred to as the experimental freezer where manufacturers would bring their products to International Falls to test the tolerance to the cold. Where I live, the temperature ranges from: -25deg F (-31 deg C) to 90 deg F (+32.2 deg C). While this year only got down to -15F (-26C) in my area, we have had persistent freeze-thaw cycles and near record snowfalls. This has led to a very cold start to spring. While the birds are coming back, they are doing so very slowly.

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Mar 29, 2023 at 05:58 AM
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I'm a little closer to the equator here in Wisconsin, but this winter has been the absolute worst. It's nearly April, and we got 7" of snow the other day, and have yet to break into the 50s. I don't think I can take living here, and my wife can't wait to get out. Amazing Summers and Autumn will be hard to leave, but boy do these winters absolutely suck.

The toughest part for me is seeing the same winter birds, day in and day out, for 6 months. When the Dark-eyed Juncos are gone, it's a celebration for me, because I know that Spring is actually here and better birding is close at hand. The early visitors have arrived over the last few weeks though: Robins, Red-winged BBs, Song Sparrows and Common Grackles, but like Bruce mentioned, it's slow going.

On the topic of the 800, yesterday I did receive a 1.4TC, so did some quick snapshots outback to see how it performed. 1120mm is crazy, frame-filling fun, but not something I see myself using too often. The TC was primarily purchased for use on a 400 4.5, which takes the place of my departed 500PF as my primary birding lens. 800PF is awesome, but after a couple months of trial and error, turns out it's a little too much lens for general walk-around birding use than I expected.








Mar 29, 2023 at 08:28 AM
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A few from this morning at a couple different spots. My go to park, Huntington Beach State Park is and has been in the doldrums the last few weeks or more. Should pick up in mid to late April hopefully. It's not horrible just not normal, much fewer birds!









Turkey out the car window. This was taken at Brookgreen Gardens

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Bad haid day

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Red-winged blackbird passing by

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Tern looking for some food

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Mar 29, 2023 at 01:20 PM
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Found some woodies yesterday. Sat on some rocks along the edge of a creek and they just swam up to me. Pretty curious group. There were 3 pair. These are just a few I processed so far.




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







So close I couldn't fit her in the frame. So crazy crop it is

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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/6.3    1/400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




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Those are some sweet shots Eric! The ones around here if you ever see them get spooked easily and fly off.


Mar 29, 2023 at 05:55 PM
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Eric214 wrote:
Found some woodies yesterday. Sat on some rocks along the edge of a creek and they just swam up to me. Pretty curious group. There were 3 pair. These are just a few I processed so far.


So envious... the wood ducks near me are extremely timid and very fearful of humans. The hunting pressure can be a bit extreme in MN/WI, as such they are quite wary of the two legged folk. I had to hide behind a snow bank to photograph the ducks that I managed to find



Mar 29, 2023 at 06:30 PM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Those are some sweet shots Eric! The ones around here if you ever see them get spooked easily and fly off.


Thanks George! Yes in most areas around here wood ducks are very skittish as well.
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OwlsEyes wrote:
So envious... the wood ducks near me are extremely timid and very fearful of humans. The hunting pressure can be a bit extreme in MN/WI, as such they are quite wary of the two legged folk. I had to hide behind a snow bank to photograph the ducks that I managed to find


Mostly the same around here. This is in an area that people bring their kids so they are used to the noise and then running around. I think it desensitizes the ducks a bit to people



Mar 29, 2023 at 08:48 PM
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Eric214 wrote:
Found some woodies yesterday. Sat on some rocks along the edge of a creek and they just swam up to me. Pretty curious group. There were 3 pair. These are just a few I processed so far.


Wow, never have had a Wood Duck of any sort come anywhere near me like that! The close-up of the female is so dang detailed, great choice on sharing it!





Mar 30, 2023 at 09:42 AM
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Eric214 wrote:
Found some woodies yesterday. Sat on some rocks along the edge of a creek and they just swam up to me. Pretty curious group. There were 3 pair. These are just a few I processed so far.


These are terrific, Eric! I think the last one is my favorite. That low angle and direct look is really cool, pulls you right in.



Mar 30, 2023 at 09:50 AM
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MatthewK wrote:
Wow, never have had a Wood Duck of any sort come anywhere near me like that! The close-up of the female is so dang detailed, great choice on sharing it!



Thanks Matthew! Appreciate it. I am a close up and detail guy. For social I'll post a fair amount of tight crops. I do a normal export and then a tight crop. Glad you liked it!
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Ross Martin wrote:
These are terrific, Eric! I think the last one is my favorite. That low angle and direct look is really cool, pulls you right in.


Thanks Ross! I love when i can get really low. I was still only able to get about a foot of the waters surface but it still worked out fairly well. I love that shot too as he is perfectly symmetrical with head, beak and body coming for a looksie



Mar 30, 2023 at 09:15 PM
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Lovely images Eric. The last pose is so perfect!

Eric214 wrote:
Found some woodies yesterday. Sat on some rocks along the edge of a creek and they just swam up to me. Pretty curious group. There were 3 pair. These are just a few I processed so far.





Mar 31, 2023 at 12:34 AM
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Swamped with work/life recently but managed to fit a short stroll this morning.


Red-winged Blackbird



Mink



Belted Kingfisher



Red-winged Blackbird



Apr 01, 2023 at 01:45 PM
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Afternoon was considerably more exciting. Got to photograph a bunch of Mountain Bluebirds (my first, they pass through here only for a couple days) and a Northern Shrike.


Mountain Bluebird



Mountain Bluebird



Mountain Bluebird



Northern Shrike



Apr 01, 2023 at 07:52 PM
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Spent the Afternoon with this Eagle. This was still when it was rainy and cloudy today before the Sun came out.

Jesus I may never get used to how sharp this lens is!




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens    800mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 01, 2023 at 09:13 PM
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