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    Small Birds...

    I captured these last Thursday at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. C&C welcomed and appreciated. Thank you for viewing.

    Boat-tailed Grackle

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    Loggerhead Shrike

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    Savannah Sparrow

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    Re: Small Birds...

    I am envious of your ability to capture these with this quality Joe

    I have the same lens (70-300) and am either far more scary to wildlife, don't have Florida weather or must be doing something else wrong!

    Do I need to say "great series", or shall we take that as read?

    I would guess the quality stems from being close enough not to have to crop too much, amongst other things
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    Small Birds...

    Enjoying your pictures, nice to see some contextual background.
    Time and a place for tight crops and I think you have the right balance here.
    They say you should leave the subject somewhere to "go" in the image, but you seem to have that covered.
    Well done, can we have some if your sunshine
    here in Scotland please
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    Re: Small Birds...

    Very nice, Joe. As Dave mentioned, it is particularly hard to get these sharp images when shooting such small birds. That adds to your success on this thread!

    Cheers...

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    Joe:
    You got some great colors out of that Boat-tailed Grackle. Really nice.

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    Thanks for sharing those, Joe.
    I really love the one of the Loggerhead and the brown Savannah Sparrow seems pops despite the camoflage.
    Thanks again!

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    All great images Joe, love no'1 especially, well done

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    Good set as always Joe. The simplicity of the Loggerhead Shrike shot does it for me

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    Nice................

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    Re: Small Birds...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    I am envious of your ability to capture these with this quality Joe

    I have the same lens (70-300) and am either far more scary to wildlife, don't have Florida weather or must be doing something else wrong!

    Do I need to say "great series", or shall we take that as read?

    I would guess the quality stems from being close enough not to have to crop too much, amongst other things
    Hello Dave, thank you for viewing and commenting. I am more than pleased with the 70-300mm, focuses fast, lightweight to carry and use. Regarding the crops, the grackle was a minimal crop, the other two were cropped considerably because the birds are small even when reasonably close.

    I have two possibilities why the images are sharp. The first might be the light in Florida... very bright like studio lights. The second possibility may be that both the camera and lens are refurbished by Nikon. Whereas manufacturing has a control standard say +3 to -3. If a camera or lens falls in that range it meets standards and is shipped The problem arises if one gets a +3 camera and a +3 lens, the two together make a +6... way over standards. The same is true for -3 camera and -3 lens. Pros will continue to send a lens back until they get one that works for them. Back to my refurbished camera and lens... I believe when a camera or lens is refurbished by Nikon the standards are set exactly in the lab, that may be why my camera and lens is sharp at all distances.

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    Re: Small Birds...

    Quote Originally Posted by casanach View Post
    Enjoying your pictures, nice to see some contextual background.
    Time and a place for tight crops and I think you have the right balance here.
    They say you should leave the subject somewhere to "go" in the image, but you seem to have that covered.
    Well done, can we have some if your sunshine
    here in Scotland please
    Howard
    Hello Howard, thank you for viewing and commenting. The sunshine is on the way.

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    Re: Small Birds...

    Quote Originally Posted by Otavio View Post
    Very nice, Joe. As Dave mentioned, it is particularly hard to get these sharp images when shooting such small birds. That adds to your success on this thread!

    Cheers...
    Thanks Otavio, very much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaneohebud View Post
    Joe:
    You got some great colors out of that Boat-tailed Grackle. Really nice.
    Thanks Bud, the bright light in Florida helps the colors... a lot of reflected light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Thanks for sharing those, Joe.
    I really love the one of the Loggerhead and the brown Savannah Sparrow seems pops despite the camoflage.
    Thanks again!
    Thanks Hans, your viewing and commenting are very much appreciated.

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    Re: Small Birds...

    Quote Originally Posted by HAZZA View Post
    All great images Joe, love no'1 especially, well done
    Thank you Harry, your viewing and commenting is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyB1975 View Post
    Good set as always Joe. The simplicity of the Loggerhead Shrike shot does it for me
    Thanks Andy, very much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Nice................
    Thanks Bobo...

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