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    Bullet With Wings.

    You have know idea how many clicks it took to get one in focus Heavy crop, but my best so far.


    Bullet With Wings.

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    Re: Bullet With Wings.

    great shot! that's a toughie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    great shot! that's a toughie!
    Thanks chris. I would imagine with a 1D series camera, it wouldn't be so hard, but with a 40D it's very challenging. If you see an idiot in a field ,spinning in circles with a camera, that would be me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    Thanks chris. I would imagine with a 1D series camera, it wouldn't be so hard, but with a 40D it's very challenging. If you see an idiot in a field ,spinning in circles with a camera, that would be me
    That's a hard shot with any camera...really, nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    If you see an idiot in a field ,spinning in circles with a camera, that would be me
    Or me
    Bullet With Wings.

    Hi Steve good shot. I'm not sure if mine are the same kind of bird, but I've spent a few hours (not all on the same day though) spinning in circles trying to get a shot of these guys, so your comment made me laugh. I don't know why I bother because I know I will not get a good shot. They are far too fast and small, but it's hard to resist when you see them swooping and diving. I think they must be great bug catchers because the farmers have nesting boxes all around their properties, and they certainly seem to want them there. I have not looked up the type of bird yet. I take it yours is some type of swallow, I thought mine was too, but looking at it now I am not so sure.
    Here are 2 other shots of mine that are not good but better than any of the MANY I tried. Taken 2 different days and places, but I think the same type of bird.
    Bullet With Wings.

    Bullet With Wings.

    I was so dizzy, I couldn't even get it right when they settled in a tree.
    Bullet With Wings.

    AND THEN to top it off this was taken the same day. If you look closley you will see a deer. It was so far away and I thought it was a deer and I watched and watched but it did not move, not even a flick of the ear, so I thought it must be a piece of farm equipment or something in the field, I took a shot anyway and when I got finished spinning around after the birds the "farm equipment" was gone. I'm just posting this because I was so excited - I have not seen a deer out on the trail for years. Everyone tells me they are there, but I never ever see them.

    Bullet With Wings.

    Well, I'm obviously tired and I'm rambling and posting horrible pictures, but I just want to say that I can really appreciate the effort that must go into your wildlife shots.
    Oh, another thing before I try to get to sleep - I think with those birds if you sit and watch them for awhile they have a flight pattern that they keep repeating. Figuring out the pattern and then hoping they stick to it might be the key for getting a better shot???

    Wendy

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    Re: Bullet With Wings.

    Swallows in flight are very very difficult. Have tried it many many times but never one that is worth even pp'ing.

    Nice captures of a very tough subject.

    Moral of posted pics - perseverance !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutR View Post
    Or me
    Bullet With Wings.

    Hi Steve good shot. I'm not sure if mine are the same kind of bird, but I've spent a few hours (not all on the same day though) spinning in circles trying to get a shot of these guys, so your comment made me laugh. I don't know why I bother because I know I will not get a good shot. They are far too fast and small, but it's hard to resist when you see them swooping and diving. I think they must be great bug catchers because the farmers have nesting boxes all around their properties, and they certainly seem to want them there. I have not looked up the type of bird yet. I take it yours is some type of swallow, I thought mine was too, but looking at it now I am not so sure.
    Here are 2 other shots of mine that are not good but better than any of the MANY I tried. Taken 2 different days and places, but I think the same type of bird.
    Bullet With Wings.

    Bullet With Wings.

    I was so dizzy, I couldn't even get it right when they settled in a tree.
    Bullet With Wings.

    AND THEN to top it off this was taken the same day. If you look closley you will see a deer. It was so far away and I thought it was a deer and I watched and watched but it did not move, not even a flick of the ear, so I thought it must be a piece of farm equipment or something in the field, I took a shot anyway and when I got finished spinning around after the birds the "farm equipment" was gone. I'm just posting this because I was so excited - I have not seen a deer out on the trail for years. Everyone tells me they are there, but I never ever see them.

    Bullet With Wings.

    Well, I'm obviously tired and I'm rambling and posting horrible pictures, but I just want to say that I can really appreciate the effort that must go into your wildlife shots.
    Oh, another thing before I try to get to sleep - I think with those birds if you sit and watch them for awhile they have a flight pattern that they keep repeating. Figuring out the pattern and then hoping they stick to it might be the key for getting a better shot???

    Wendy
    Hahahahaha, I'm glad i'm not the only spinning idiot You got some nice shots wendy. At least you found a place they land.

    You are right, they do fly a pattern..........................................A T MACH 1.

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    Re: Bullet With Wings.

    Very very well done Steve,good shot,well done also to Wendy.
    I myself have had manys a dizzy spell trying to capture swallows and swifts in flight,all to no avail,just blurs and bits of wings and tails.
    However to quote a line I once heard in a movie....I SHALL ENDEAVOUR TO PERSEVERE
    Best Wishes,Pat

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    Re: Bullet With Wings.

    Having many a time sat with a glass of wine out in the garden enthralled by the swallows and housemartins as they feed in the evening, I am full of admiration for the spinning idiots who make these images. Well done to both of you. I wouldn't even attempt it - I'd do myself some serious injury!

    And as for:
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    Bullet With Wings.
    I love it. There's humour and compassion in that picture.

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    Re: Bullet With Wings.

    Add me to the list of spinning idiots too

    Good effort Steve (and Wendy)

    All my recent attempts went 'in the bin'

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    Hey Dave make room in that bin for me!
    I have tried with no success to capture a half decent bird in flight to no avail...
    Steve thankyou again for sharing your work, I always enjoy it very much

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