Sometimes you don't get the shot you started looking for ---

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But you get a totally different one that is interesting! I saw the vulture family around the pond today and headed out to see if I could get some decent shots of the juvenile's progress. Well, they weren't cooperating at all -- hiding in the woods, moving behind trees when I moved around, etc, etc.

Then I noticed a bunch of different dragonflies on a limb floating a couple feet from the shore and started taking shots of them. One of them turned out to be having lunch right there in front of me! I should have used a larger apeture setting to get more DOF so the lunch was also in focus, but didn't realize it at the time.

Lunchtime on the pond -

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Great capture Don. Sometimes you have to take what you're given. You certainly did that. :wink:
 
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Don,

Cool shot. Its interesting to think of the food chain seeing this. I have tried a couple of times to get decent shots of these black terns that eat the dragonflies. A few days ago, I posted some not so good pics of them. They're very fast - but they have to be to catch the dragonflies which are in turn catching flies or bees.
 
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Don, really a cool capture, congrats.

I have decided, and it REALLY works too just ask Jim Thiel, that whenever we go out looking for birds, we decide that we are off for a day of Ground-Hog shooting. Works every time, honest, I wouldn't lie to you. I broke my own rule last Saturday and went to Juanita to shoot the Kingfisher. You got it, zip, zilch, not one ding-dang birdie shot all morning. Should have been looking for Ground-Hogs, yup, that's the ticket :lol: :lol:
 
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Thanks for all the kind comments! I guess flexibility in shooting subjects is a good approach most of the time. But, I must say, I never thought of going "groundhog shooting"! Maybe I'll try that approach the next time I really want to catch something else!
 
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