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Jan 11, 2012 10:24 |  #1

Here are a few recent shots from a trip to Tampa. I found a few state parks to go birding in and came up very lucky with what I found!

Loggerhead Shrike

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Northern Flicker
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Ground Dove
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an endangered Florida Scrub Jay
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Jan 11, 2012 10:53 |  #2

Very nice. I especially like the Northern Flicker. I'd be tempted to add canvas to the right and crop away most of the wood on the left.


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Jan 11, 2012 11:06 as a reply to  @ AZGeorge's post |  #3

That's not a bad idea...I'll work something up tonight and see how it looks. Thanks for the comment on the pics too!


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Jan 11, 2012 11:11 |  #4

I love these. Did you use the 600mm or the 100-400?


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Jan 11, 2012 11:13 as a reply to  @ kristin6's post |  #5

Both honestly. The Norther Flickr and the Ground Dove were with the 600, the Shrike and the Scrub Jay were both insanely brave birds and they let me get within about 10 feet of them so those two are with the 100-400.


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Jan 11, 2012 11:17 as a reply to  @ Goincarcrazy's post |  #6

Wonderful shots and some very beautiful birds!


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Jan 11, 2012 11:19 |  #7

Excellent shots and beautifully composed. I haven't seen any of these smaller birds here yet, maybe because there are so many of the larger species.


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Jan 11, 2012 11:26 |  #8

Great stuff! Is the Florida Scrub Jay a subspecies of the 'standard' Scrub Jay? Or is it just that the Scrub Jay is endangered in Florida? Poor guy looks like he hit a window :p


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Jan 11, 2012 11:26 as a reply to  @ Don1's post |  #9

Thanks Don and Butterfly!

Don: These pics were all taken at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota/Osprey, so about an hour south of you. It's like heaven down toward Tampa and around there compared to Nothereast Florida where I'm from. We have NOTHING compared to you guys, but you have such a variety and SO many amazing spots to go to. I really hope I can get down there more often!


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Jan 11, 2012 11:29 as a reply to  @ Goincarcrazy's post |  #10

Thanks Eric. They say it may have branched from the western scrub jay or another inland type, but its unique to Florida. In fact its our only endemic bird species and is on the endangered list. Thankfully its coming back! Its a beautiful bird.


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Jan 11, 2012 11:50 |  #11

Great series of images indeed Florida in the winter is an awesome place for photographing birds.


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Jan 11, 2012 11:54 |  #12

Nice series of shots...


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Jan 11, 2012 12:23 as a reply to  @ squirrelsnest's post |  #13

Thanks Andrew and Squirrel! Up in my neck of the woods, Florida sucks for birding all year round. Down south a bit its fantastic!!!


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Jan 11, 2012 12:34 as a reply to  @ Goincarcrazy's post |  #14

Very nice, clear, quality shots. Doesn't sun make a world of a difference? ;)


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Jan 11, 2012 13:05 as a reply to  @ Wallace River's post |  #15

Does it EVER! Thanks Ian!


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