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Trumpeter Swans on the Thompson River

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Nikam, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. I haven't shot any birdies for quite a while. Yesterday afternoon was the weather cleared and I went for a drive. These swans overwinter on the Thompson River. They are quite shy and I couldn't get very close so I had to crop a lot!
    I found them to be tough subjects when they are backlit. Next time I'll have to see if I can get better lighting on the other side of the river. ;) 

    300 f/4 + TC17

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  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Dennis it is quite frustrating when the light is not right.

    I have that happen with the raptors all the time.

    Birds are evil. They do it on purpose :>)))))))
  3. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Pretty birds and nice shot Dennis. I hate shooting in back-lit conditions, but you did pretty well on these. Did you use and fill flash?
  4. Thanks, Frank. No fill flash. These guys were about 150 feet away - so I don't think fill flash would have done much. They won't let you get close at all. As soon as I stopped, they started moving out away from shore. I managed a few quick shots before they swam to the the other side of the river - no flight shots :( 
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