Some birds for you to view.

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    1. Baby red wing black bird (I think)
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    2. Great blue heron.
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    3. A dove.
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    4. A cardinal.
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    5. A winter robin.
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    6. A penguin.
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    7. Barn goose.
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    Love the first shot... all are nice though! I see you aren't just a one trick (macro) pony! That dove is giving you the stink-eye! lol!

    I see you shot these at 150mm to 400mm... what lens? I have been looking for something longer than my 70-200 with a 2x TC. Been looking at the Sigma 150-500.. can't justify the long primes!
     
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    Thank you Charlie:D The dove was pissed because I was distracting the girl dove he was hitting on :lol:

    Photos 1,2,5, and 7 were shot with the sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro using a 580EXII flash and soft box, except the great blue and the goose were natural light. The others were shot with the Sigma 120-400mm OS zoom. I used a better beamer and the 580EXII flash. except for the cardinal, that was a tripod shot through double pane glass at a bird room, natural light.

    I am giving serious though to selling the 120-400mm. Don't get me wrong it is a really good lens, but I am a prime lens user and good just does not work for me, I need the IQ that only comes from a prime. Some how, some way I will have one of the big primes┬ůSomeday...
     
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    Yea.. I know.. those long primes are really sweet! lol! My trouble is anytime I am setup for something really long... something really cool shows up like three feet away! :) This summer had a bull moose like 10 feet way while shooting landscapes with my 10-24..... drives me nuts! Last week I was shooting some ducks at 30 yards or so with my 70-200 and a Raven lands inside my closest focusing distance, and just looks at me... and boogied when I tried to move, naturally. I did get some shots of the Raven... but nothing spectacular!
     
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    Isn't that the way it always is. I walk around with a full backpack, and don't you know the one thing that I find I need, is the one piece of gear I left at home…..Yesterday I decided that I would only take the macro rig to the butterfly room, and the tropical birds in there were landing right next to me. Too close for the 150mm macro….Friggen birds…...:lol:
     
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    In my opinion these are all very nice shots. They look sharp and detailed to me. Love the Robin shot.

    Jerry
     
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    Thank you Jerry :D
     
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    They all great. Nice focus and composition.

    I really like #2 because it's a whole scene, not just an up close photo of a bird, and great expression on #3. #1 has lovely crisp detail.
     
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    Thank you blackrose :D
     
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    super bird set for sure. Love Pic #2 because it's just not about a close up of a bird.
     
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    Nice shots. I like #3. I would like more intense light to make the colors brighter. It's nature after all.
     
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    Thunder-- are you using your flash and Better Beamer on camera? and if so, how do you avoid / deal with the bird equivalent of red eye?
     

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