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70-300 VR and 500 VR BS

Discussion in 'Birds' started by jfenton, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    This is the northern most nesting pair of black skimmers in North America and they thankfully re nested on Plymouth Long beach where I do a lot of my shorebird and tern work.

    All images with a D300, 700-300 VR or 500 VR both with and without TC's. UniWB used on everything.

    Flight images:

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    Black Skimmer female at dawn:

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    Settling onto the nest:

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    Male skimmer portrait:

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    In the heat of the day....

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    This past Saturday nights addition to the world.....

    (all shot back lit with the 500 VR, TC and SB-800 with Better Beamer)

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  2. What an outstanding series Jim, good work.
     
  3. tboz

    tboz

    894
    Aug 4, 2009
    mass
    Sharp,colorful & excellent display!
     
  4. Beautiful shots Jim! Love the last three shots.
     
  5. Outstanding series of an interesting bird. Especially like the nest and chick pictures.
     
  6. okcandids

    okcandids

    923
    Jan 12, 2008
    Southern NH
    Absolutely gorgeous captures.
     
  7. These are great shots, esp. with the chick so visible.
     
  8. Tim O

    Tim O

    Jun 11, 2006
    Illinois
    Bravo Jim! I truly would love to get images of this bird.
    A super job on these,thanks for sharing these with us:smile:
     
  9. Wonderful work and great captures. These images really speak well for your abilities Jim, fantastic work. Nice to see you using the 70-300vr.
     
  10. Your work continually inspires me, long before I started actively posting here. Terrific series, thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for sharing settings and your posts on UniWB.
     
  11. superb shots Jim.
     
  12. Fantastic stuff Jim
     
  13. Aww, a cute little chick! Fascinating looking birds too!
     
  14. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Thanks

    Thanks for taking the time to look and for commenting.

    I've been preoccupied at work since tomorrow looks like it's my last day of being employed so I haven't had a chance till now to check back in on the thread.

    Perhaps time to really consider offering lessons.....hmmmmmm
     
  15. TXAvi8tor

    TXAvi8tor

    818
    Feb 6, 2009
    Texas!
    Great images of a magnificent species. If they fly like they look, Black Skimmers must be aerial artists.

    Sorry to hear that tomorrow might be your last day. If we keep contracting the economy, there will be no one left to buy anything, no matter how low prices go.
     
  16. You definitely should offer lessons. Great set, Jim. Do they only have one hatchling?
     
  17. jachang

    jachang

    437
    Jan 1, 2007
    Massachusetts
    I would be thrilled if you offered lessons. At least you know you'd already have one customer!:smile:
     
  18. bobarue

    bobarue

    434
    Aug 9, 2005
    Louisiana
    Great pics Jim!
     
  19. Been preoccupied, so I missed this thread till now. I had seen these images elsewhere and commented how good I thought they are. Excellent exposure on a hard to capture subject.

    No matter what you think of the first several shots, you forget all about it when you get to the ones with the chicks. Great interaction, greatly captured!

    As Jim mentioned on MASS BIRD mailing list this morning, the chicks have been eaten by predators. :frown:
     
  20. Simply outstanding set of images Jim. Great action. Very pretty birds for sure.
     
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