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This Golden Eagle is part of a raptor rehabilitation program.
I should post the original. This is a fairly big crop.  Seems to be ok thanks to L glass.  Of late, I've been seriously thinking of upgrades.  I know no one else things about that!  LOL.  I'm still limping along on a 20D with an XT backup.  Man, almost the dark ages!!!  What I really want is a 500mm lens.  I've tried Tamron's 200-500.  It just didn't do the trick.  Two copies went back to the factory.  How about Sigma?
Female Northern Cardinal in the Late Afternoon
Tufted Titmouse, yet again.    Tried a different exposure method. I normally just use the on-board light metering and let it decide (with maybe some exposure comp in AV mode). But read about the ETR (Expose to the Right) method and gave it a try. This method invloves using manual mode and the RGB histogram to determine exposure. Here I took a few test shots at a specific aperture (f5.6 wide open for the 100-400 L) and adjusted the shutter speed and ISO until the RGB histogram was as far to the right as possible without clipping any of the channels. I still ended up pushing the exposure up a bit in post but I'll have to play with this method some more. I tend to underexpose quite frequently when relying on the built in light metering.    It supposedly helps with noise and seemed to do the job.     ETR Method tutorial
Blue Jay
Samurai Osprey    I wasn't sure if he was going to beat me over the head with the stick ... or take it to his nest.
Grey Crowned-Crane
Male Goldfinch
White Breasted Nuthatch
While walking along this frozen stormwater pond at lunch, I noticed someone had just tossed a bunch of cracked corn onto the ice nearby. In very short order, the background became the foreground :) This was the first group of geese to notice.
Ye Olde Chickadee    I spent most of the afternoon putting together a snow blade I got for the lawn tractor this year. Looked like I may actually have needed it by Tuesday, but the storm is moving too far out to sea.    Kim, Thanks for the ID help yesterday. I wasn't sure if it was a juvenile form of a bird I already know or what :) It could actually be the same bird that had the tick, definately same species.
A little too close to her I think ... at least, that's what she WANTS me to believe!
Bolsa Chica Wetlands • Huntington Beach, CA
Downy Woodpecker (male) / Pic mineur (mâle)  Nominate subspecies  Picoides pubescens pubescens  Stony Swamp Conservation Area (Jack Pine Trail), Nepean, Ontario  15 March 2008    It isn't often I can get a really well-composed profile shot, and I was more amazed when I zoomed in on the reflection in his eye to see Melanie and I reflected in it.  It is quite a thing to see what the bird sees when it looks at you.
This Golden Eagle is part of a raptor rehabilitation program.

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This Golden Eagle is part of a raptor rehabilitation program.
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Photo by: April Whicker · See photo in original gallery.

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