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Oct 17, 2017 21:14:50   #
Blurryeyed (a regular here)
 
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few from really far away that will be in a different post, but while waiting for the eagles a couple of Sandhills came to visit. A couple of these birds got so close that the head shot in this series has not been cropped. I know a few of the images have been clipped but I was shooting with a tripod and chose not to move the further back to get the entire bird in the frame, lazy I guess. One thing I learned about the Sandhills today is that the red on the top of their heads is not feathers.


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Oct 17, 2017 21:37:07   #
Cwilson341 (a regular here)
 
Excellent series! I love the close up and the actions shots are cool!

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Oct 17, 2017 21:53:54   #
Howard5252
 
Very nice. My favorite bird, excellent parents.
They do know how to have fun. If you look carefully at photo #3 & 4, you will see a piece of twig (or something). The bird picks up some leaf or twig, jumps into the air and drops what it was that was picked up. Very glad you didn't remove it in editing, it's part of the dance.

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Oct 17, 2017 21:57:35   #
ggttc
 
Well done.

Hope to see them here in mid November

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Oct 18, 2017 01:17:58   #
kpmac (a regular here)
 
Very nice images.

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Oct 18, 2017 04:00:03   #
Leicaflex (a regular here)
 

Excellent captures.

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Oct 18, 2017 04:43:27   #
angler (a regular here)
 
Excellent set.

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Oct 18, 2017 05:26:06   #
canondave1
 
Blurryeyed wrote:
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few from really far away that will be in a different post, but while waiting for the eagles a couple of Sandhills came to visit. A couple of these birds got so close that the head shot in this series has not been cropped. I know a few of the images have been clipped but I was shooting with a tripod and chose not to move the further back to get the entire bird in the frame, lazy I guess. One thing I learned about the Sandhills today is that the red on the top of their heads is not feathers.
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few fro... (show quote)



These are superb bird photos! Some of them show perhaps mating rituals?

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Oct 18, 2017 06:04:42   #
nimbushopper (a regular here)
 
Great captures!

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Oct 18, 2017 06:34:23   #
sb (a regular here)
 
Very nice!

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Oct 18, 2017 07:00:03   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Beautiful

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Oct 18, 2017 07:07:09   #
Blurryeyed (a regular here)
 
Thanks for your kind comments.

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Oct 18, 2017 07:57:00   #
aaciolkowski
 
These are fabulous. I'd frame all of them.

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Oct 18, 2017 13:59:48   #
merrytexan (a regular here)
 
Blurryeyed wrote:
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few from really far away that will be in a different post, but while waiting for the eagles a couple of Sandhills came to visit. A couple of these birds got so close that the head shot in this series has not been cropped. I know a few of the images have been clipped but I was shooting with a tripod and chose not to move the further back to get the entire bird in the frame, lazy I guess. One thing I learned about the Sandhills today is that the red on the top of their heads is not feathers.
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few fro... (show quote)


what a thrill to see and shoot those gorgeous dancers...i really enjoyed your action shots, blurryeyed.

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Oct 18, 2017 21:56:30   #
MadMikeOne (a regular here)
 
Blurryeyed wrote:
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few from really far away that will be in a different post, but while waiting for the eagles a couple of Sandhills came to visit. A couple of these birds got so close that the head shot in this series has not been cropped. I know a few of the images have been clipped but I was shooting with a tripod and chose not to move the further back to get the entire bird in the frame, lazy I guess. One thing I learned about the Sandhills today is that the red on the top of their heads is not feathers.
I went out to shoot eagles today and got a few fro... (show quote)


Absolutely gorgeous. Your images put a VERY big smile on my face. I really enjoy seeing images of these beautiful, fun birds. We don't have them here where I live, so I really look forward to seeing their photos here.
any thanks!

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