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 Post subject: Re: Because Nobody Else Does.....
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another common bird in my Abbotsford backyard...Bushtit. This one's a female...

pushing it a bit at 5000 ISO in today's rain!
ImageBushtit F7s by BirderBert, on Flickr

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Kudos to all of you,so many wonderful photos.How can one not be enamored by the birds we see daily,they can fly!


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BirderBert wrote:
pushing it a bit at 5000 ISO in today's rain!



Nice shot Bert.

Isn't it amazing what that 7D MkII can do..................

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Guy! This was shot with the Olympus E-M1 & 300/4 with TC-14. With that razor sharp lens & superb Lens/Body image stabilization, it has become my system of choice for this type of Hand Held photography. I only use the 7D II/ Sigma combo for BIF shots for the most part!

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Nice to see the appreciation for some common birds! And interesting to see what some people consider to be common compared to others.

The most widespread duck, but they are gorgeous in the right light!
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And these flocks are everywhere in the winter here, and sometimes there's a blue morph mixed in.
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Stunning shots!! Love that Mallard drake!

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BirderBert wrote:
Guy! This was shot with the Olympus E-M1 & 300/4 with TC-14. With that razor sharp lens & superb Lens/Body image stabilization, it has become my system of choice for this type of Hand Held photography. I only use the 7D II/ Sigma combo for BIF shots for the most part!



I know nothing about that system so it's going to give me something photography wise to read about.

I do know that the Canon 7D MkII and my 100-400mm Mk II is like using a cruise missile. Once it locks on to a BIF.... well... nuff said.

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One of my favourite birds....resident at my place 12 months of the year!

Northern Flicker...Red-shafted...male

Abbotsford, BC.

ImageRed-shafted Flicker M7s by BirderBert, on Flickr

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Loving all the great shots on this thread. I consider the Anna's a common bird now, interesting how 20 years ago it would not be considered as such.

Here are a few of my favourites;

Imagemale Anna's Hummingbird by Cory, on Flickr

Imagemale Anna's Hummingbird perches on a Crocosmia by Cory, on Flickr

Imagefemale Anna's Hummingbird by Cory, on Flickr


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Great stuff Cory...........

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My contribution.

First a flicker but a bit uncommon in that it has the markings of a yellow shafted but is clearly red shafted.
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Intergrade Northern Flicker by brian avent, on Flickr

One of my favourites, the little Green-winged Teal. I find them typically hard to get close enough for a good picture but on one visit to Piper Spit they were underfoot.

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Green-winged Teal by brian avent, on Flickr

Down on the shore there are always Sanderlings
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Found a clam by brian avent, on Flickr

In my neighbourhood, the snow geese are always dropping down out of the sky for a snack. I love to hear them and see them but they do make a mess. For anybody not familiar with the Richmond Snow Geese, they are here by the thousands and have moved from the foreshore to the parks and school ground and now to the urban boulevards and lawns in the last 7 years or so.

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Snow Goose set up for landing by brian avent, on Flickr
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Snow Geese by brian avent, on Flickr

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Not too many Purple Finches around my feeders this year for some reason!

ImagePurple Finch M7s by BirderBert, on Flickr

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Now here's a first for my backyard...a Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Male] actually feeding from the suet feeder!

ImageRuby-crowned Kinglet M1s by BirderBert, on Flickr

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