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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:51:51 PM »
baby Great Horned Owl.... spring time is great

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:10:47 PM »
Northern Flicker

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:34:50 PM »

I like the second Great Horned Owl shot. It almost seems as if the tree is full of owl ears  ;D The pheasant in the field is great composition.

Thanks for the compliments HankMD

Animal Kingdom / Re: Grizzly Bears
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:44:06 PM »
Grizzly or not ?

This is a black bear.  One way to help id is to look at the ears -  black bears have proportionately taller and more pointed ears than a griz.  Also the head structure is different and grizzly bears have a more prominent hump.  Hope this helps.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:07:07 AM »

The Horned and Slavonian Grebe are the same bird (Podiceps auritus) just to help a little more  ;)
I think the American continent call it the Horned whereas the European's call it a Slavonian, hope this helps you with your bird ID studies.

Thanks.  I'm reading about the Grebe right now.

I love these context shots. The pheasant in particularly has great visual power.

Thank you much for the compliment.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:17:34 PM »

As others have said, it's a horned grebe. It isn't a duck at all.

Thanks - guess that is why I didn't find it.  I am trying to learn more about birds all the time and enjoy bird photography.  Here are a few others from this spring, including an  Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, and a pheasant.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:48:38 PM »
Can someone help me ID this diving duck?  I can't seem to find it in Sibley's or online.  Thanks.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:56:40 AM »
Perched Golden Eagle in the National Elk Refuge near Jackson

Here is another shot telling.  The feet tell me that he is most likely a Golden Eagle.  What do you think?  Golden or Juvenile Bald Eagle?

I believe this is a juvenile bald eagle.  The beak/ bill is larger and more characteristic of a bald eagle, the feathering does not go all the way down the leg as shown in the second pic, and the wing markings also look like a young bald eagle.  Either way they are neat pics- I like the second one where it likes like he is relaxed and stretching.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:32:44 AM »
Thank you Click

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:11:32 AM »
Golden Eagle and
Great Horned Owl in a snowstorm

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:22:40 PM »
Red-winged Blackbird

420mm, f/4, 1/2000sec

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:11:52 PM »
Specs and early reviews of the new Fuji X-T1 look very promising.  I got a chance to play with this camera at a local store.  The camera is well built with weather sealing and the EVF is nice.  It is small, but not too small.  Attach the 18-55 fuji kit lens, which is great by all reviews, and you would have a great walk around set up.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:54:38 AM »

Red Rock Canyon City Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado

I love this shot.  The contrast of the orange rock and frost on the trees is beautiful.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:21:16 AM »
Fuji x100 or x100s. You can hike around all you want without feeling any weight on you.

Ok. Thanks.  I will look into it

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »
Well, this is the year I turn the big 4-0.  Instead of buying a car or getting a large tattoo, my family and I are taking a trip to Alaska.  For the trip we plan to see wildlife, big and small, as well as plenty of beautiful landscapes.  I am using this trip as an excuse to get some more gear and was hoping to get some thoughts from others out there in a similar situation, ie, buying gear for a big trip when you have a good excuse :)  Specifically I would like to purchase a back-up camera.  In general, any thoughts about travel and photography in Alaska are also welcome.  We plan to spend time from Seward and Denali for about 10 days in August. 

As of now, I plan to take a 5D MkIII with a 24mm TSE, 40mm pancake for hiking, 100mm L macro, and a 300mm f/2.8 with extenders - already have a good tripod and backpack.  I am considering the 6D or Sony A7 as a second camera option.  I definitely want a camera I can use without purchasing new lenses. Thanks.

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