Brown Creeper.

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Such a tiny little bird. You don't realize how much colour it has until you get a close up. look. Besides that, they are so frenetic, moving about the tree without pausing for a second. They tend to flatten their wings a bit while they move up the trunk of a tree - hence they look like they're creeping.
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I agree. I am fixated on trying to keep ISO down forgetting that the D6 is forgiving at high ISO. Didn't use a TC on these shots - straight up 500 pf.
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I know you didn't use a tele.....LOL! My question was have you tried the 1.4 tele on the 500 PF?
 

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I have tried it a couple of times. Not thrilled with the focus acquisition speed especially in the quality of light we've been having around here lately.
I've only tried the 1.4 tele a few times.....but I wasn't thrilled with the results either.................
 
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Bob, this is the best Brown Creeper shots I've seen. I don't think most folks realize just how difficult it is to get a shot of this little bird, they simply don't sit still, but you've pulled it off. Superb job!
Wow thanks Louis. Patience certainly was tested. that and a few clicks of the shutter. Got some keepers but some "doh...missed it" shots as well. Thankyou for your kind words
 

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I agree. I am fixated on trying to keep ISO down forgetting that the D6 is forgiving at high ISO. ......

They are for sure.
Steve Perry recommends on GETTING a good shot FIRST with "safe: settings. Then trying "riskier" settings. He also recommends a shutter speed of twice or 3 times the focal length with advanced cameras.

My thought is if the image is OOF, it is going in the trash. So why not go for a keeper shot, then get experimental?
 
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In spite of remarks to the contrary, I really think that first image is sharp enough. And the color and textures are rendered so well. Following Karen's suggestions would certainly take it up a notch incrementally, but I think it is excellent, particularly at screen resolution.
 
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