Seen from afar... darn it :-(.

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A visit to the lake with the 80-200 again. I wasn't able to sneak up on anything, so my only action was some
long range shots of...

a Great Egret passing by
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a couple of Canada Geese having a footrace
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and a Snowy Egret hunting for lunch... but way across the creek :cry:.
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I chimped the shots, and even on the d70's lcd, it was clear that I'd have to crop deeply, and the results wouldn't
be of reasonable quality. I was just about to pack up my gear when the fun began. First, the Snowy jumped
to attention!

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I've seen it before. That's a fight or flight behavior, and sure enough, a rival Snowy flew into the scene just
seconds later.

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A few squaks and a mean look from the resident diner was enough to send the intruder on his way, but
the first guy remained pretty agitated...

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He apparently lost his appetite, because after a few minutes, he headed back home to the island in the middle
of the lake.

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Hope you liked the show 8).
 
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Thanks, George and Dave! I see both of you have the 200-400VR. That's exactly what I needed for this
series. Either of you want to trade one for my car? 8)
 
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Frank,
I bought the 70-200 2.8 at the same time as this lens and so far i have ignored it like an old girlfriend. BUT I expect to get it out and work with it after seiing what you have accomolished with it. What year is that car anyways?
 
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Time to get that 300 f/4, Uncle Frank...;)
Nice shots, btw! I am waiting for the more interesting birds to arrive here....

Regards,
-Vinod
 
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greyflash said:
The male egret is really preening for a mate.
If he was, he was pretty lousy at sweet talk 8).

I've seen this behavior before, late in the fall after mating season was long over.

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Sometimes it resulted in l what I thought were midair battles. Was I actually watching them %#$@ing? :oops:
 
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Uncle Frank,

Such good shots of the Snowy Egret :!: I see many here in Florida but never have seen one as upset as yours.

I just looked it up in the Stokes bird book and it says,

"Aggressively defends nest and feeding sites with calls, displays such as raising crest, and fights."

So I'd say it was about to fight..

Super pictures and thanks,

Gaye
 
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Nice behaviour shots Frank. I'd like to get any shots at all of these guys, but especially when they display for you like in these did.

Regards,

Frank
 
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