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A Few Today from Cape May Point, NJ

 
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Jul 12, 2011 15:21 |  #1

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1. Least tern w/ Fish. His 3 mating attempts were unsuccessful.

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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/jmccoy73/593079​1565/  (external link) 2011.07.12 Male least Tern w/ Fish (external link) by Avalon Sunset (external link), on Flickr

2. More unsuccessful courtship. A second breeding season has occurred because the fish crows are eating the least tern eggs.
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3. This was the tern's final attempt before he flew off.
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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/jmccoy73/593079​1573/  (external link) 2011.07.12 Male least Tern w/ Fish 3 (external link) by Avalon Sunset (external link), on Flickr

4. Mother American Oystercatcher foraging with her fledglings
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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/jmccoy73/593079​1577/  (external link) 2011.07.12 American Oystercatcher w/ Sand Crab (external link) by Avalon Sunset (external link), on Flickr

5. A fledgling shows her mother appreciation for giving her a sand crab.

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http://farm7.static.fl​ickr.com/6021/59307915​99_431023465d_b.jpg (external link) 2011.07.12 American Oystercatcher w/ Fledgling (external link) by Avalon Sunset (external link), on Flickr

6. Mother observes her fledgling eating a sand crab along the drift line which mother had brought up from the Delaware Bay.

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7. The fledgling again shows appreciation to mom.

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8. Father keeps a careful eye on his mate and fledglings foraging in the Delaware Bay below.

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Jul 12, 2011 15:31 |  #2

Nice shots! The focus and isolation on that last shot are terrific.


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Jul 12, 2011 15:55 |  #3

Lovely series!


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Jul 12, 2011 16:02 |  #4

Just incredible!




  
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Jul 12, 2011 16:15 |  #5

Wonderful shots JP


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Jul 12, 2011 16:16 |  #6

I love cape may! great shots.

Its funny, I just made a thread asking about the lens you used here because I am planning on vacationing and don't want to spent the $700 renting a 500/4 again. What are your thoughts on this lens for birds in flight?


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Jul 12, 2011 17:04 |  #7

JonK wrote in post #12747284 (external link)
I love cape may! great shots.

Its funny, I just made a thread asking about the lens you used here because I am planning on vacationing and don't want to spent the $700 renting a 500/4 again. What are your thoughts on this lens for birds in flight?

The 400 5.6L focuses very quickly, probably due to the fact that it lacks IS. A lack of IS presents no problem for BIF in my opinion, because you rarely use a shutter speed of less than 1/1250 unless you're trying for a more artistic-looking shot. The only drawback of the 400 5.6 compared to the 'affordable' supertelephotos is the 11' minimum focusing distance. That makes getting great shots of small birds like hummingbirds difficult. It can also be a problem when using a kayak with a blind. It's very sharp, though. You won't get the bokeh of the 500 4.0, but that's why there's a $4K-$8K difference in price depending on the Mark I or Mark II model.

A great alternative is the 300mm with a 1.4 extender, which has a much shorter focusing distance and is probably just as sharp. That's how I got this shot, which would have been impossible with my 400:

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Jul 12, 2011 17:08 |  #8

Fantastic set, each one is a wallhanger. Amazing that you could get so close to the Oystercatchers. Just a great set, my hat is off to you that for sure. I was just down at OBX and have a bunch of Terns to work up, a few on the ground but I already know they are not as good as yours, especially with the minnow and mating attempt going on.
Well done!


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Jul 12, 2011 17:11 |  #9

great job on these Jp




  
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Jul 12, 2011 20:08 |  #10

BGgraphy wrote in post #12747519 (external link)
Fantastic set, each one is a wallhanger. Amazing that you could get so close to the Oystercatchers. Just a great set, my hat is off to you that for sure. I was just down at OBX and have a bunch of Terns to work up, a few on the ground but I already know they are not as good as yours, especially with the minnow and mating attempt going on.
Well done!

Thank you. Here's the thing with Oystercatchers: if they are hungry, they suddenly don't care about you if you're sitting still. I think it's also the fact that there is regular stream of humans through the area.


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Jul 12, 2011 21:15 |  #11

nice one




  
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