Black-Capped Chickadee and Ovenbird (?)

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Did my first birding of the season today at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and was lucky enough to be able to get some decent shots of a few early feathered inhabitants. I believe they are a Black-Capped Chickadee and an Ovenbird. Anybody want to suggest other possibilities I would welcome it.

Black-Capped Chicadee
Both taken with the Nikon 70-300 VR at 1/800s f/7.1 300.0mm iso320

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Ovenbird (?) (Not as sure of this one)
All taken with the Nikon 70-300mm VR at 1/200-320s f/8.0 300.0mm iso320

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This one shows the bird "walking" which is one of the reasons I believe it is an Ovenbird
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Hopefully this is a sign that my birding success will pick up from last year.

Your comments and critique welcome, as always.
 
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Really nice shots. The second bird looks like a Hermit Thrush.
very nice Harry!
Nice birds, Harry. Well done. Rich....you're spot on with a Hermit Thrush.
Very nice Harry. Definitely a hermit thrush.
Thank you all, folks, for your positive comments. Glad you like the shots.

And a special thanks to Rich for ID'ng the bird correctly....now that I can compare the illustrations in my Field Guide to Birds, I can see the difference. This fellow was acting anything like a hermit, however, choosing to first fly and then walk along with me for a short while.
 
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Nice shots, Harry.
Other than the weird-looking highlight on the leaf (in the last image), I enjoyed looking at these.
 
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Sometimes the birds don't read the books.
You know, you have a point there, Landy. :biggrin:

Very well done.
Thanks, Louis. Glad you think so.


Nice shots, Harry.
Other than the weird-looking highlight on the leaf (in the last image), I enjoyed looking at these.
Blown, Don....pure and simple. I was using spot focusing and metering because the overall area wasn't bright, but where the sun filtered through the trees to the leaves I got some blow-out....even 14bit exposure couldn't help.
I was anxious to get the shots, and didn't adjust my exposure, I'm afraid.

Glad you found them enjoyable, though. Thanks for your comment.
 
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Awesome shots Harry, and very sharp. For the FL and SP, you must have a very steady hand and great technique? :smile:
My technique is not bad, Tom, thanks to several years using the 80-200 and 300mm f/4 AF handheld....but in this case I think the ultimate sharpness comes from the VR. That 70-300mm VR is an extraordinarily underrated lens, and is almost as easy to use as was the 300mm f/2.8 AF-S I owned for a year.

Glad you liked the shots.
 
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