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Tree Swallows are the acrobats of the bird species.  They catch bugs flying at full speed seemingly without slowing down.  They are very adept at using their wing tip primary feathers to maneuver.  This picture 1690948983_TreeSwallow.thumb.jpg.99965649683488cb0afa33739230a08e.jpgis a good example of their wingtip control.

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12 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Downy Woodpecker in my yard. Was testing out why my camera wasn't focusing well. After almost 200 out of focused shots, I figured it out. Apparently I always need to shoot with a minimum of f/8

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Nice Photo!! Perhaps one of the best of yours.

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15 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Downy Woodpecker in my yard. Was testing out why my camera wasn't focusing well. After almost 200 out of focused shots, I figured it out. Apparently I always need to shoot with a minimum of f/8

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Glad you got that figured out, nice shot. Are you shooting with aperture priority? 

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14 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I always shoot full manual. I rarely photograph birds when I'm out, so when I do I'll actually take the time to quickly adjust all the settings to get them right.

Got it. I should probably use manual more often, need to get the feeders up for some practice.

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3 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Downy Woodpecker in my yard. Was testing out why my camera wasn't focusing well. After almost 200 out of focused shots, I figured it out. Apparently I always need to shoot with a minimum of f/8

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With canon cameras, you can use any aperture with autofocus. But, since you’re using a teleconverter, you’re minimum aperture is f/8. If the minimum aperture is smaller than f/8( f9 or higher), autofocus won’t work. If you take off you’re teleconverter, you can use any aperture with autofocus. If I were you, I’d leave it on, and leave it at f8. 

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20 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

LeConte’s Sparrow in my yard again!!!!!

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Super cool yard bird and one I do not have on my life list. So if you see some old lady snooping around your yard don't shoot.😁 Kidding

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We live on a mountain lake in the Central Cascades in Oregon near Bend, Oregon.  Our lake is about ½ mile wide.  I saw an Osprey flying on the far shore of the lake and took my camera and headed across the lake to try to get some pictures.  On the way across the lake, I noticed a bullet coming toward me at top speed.  I grabbed my camera that shoots 10 frames a second and held the shutter down and panned in the direction the bird was flying as it passed about 15 feet away. There was a good chance I wouldn’t get anything.  This is one of the pictures.  The bird was a Common Merganser, one of the fastest ducks on the planet. It was flying at about 70 feet per second.  If you are a gambler and you insist on betting, in a race against almost all other bird species, bet on the duck!  Looking at this photo, you can see why.  The bird is aerodynamic and streamlined.  Its wings are pointed and efficient with no gaps in the wing feathers to lose efficiency, and it is powerful.  I went out after a picture of a soaring Osprey and ended up trying to take a picture of a bullet with the same camera settings.  The picture is not perfect, but worth looking at to appreciate nature’s design.MaleMerganserflyingElkLakeaAI.thumb.jpg.79a6f1f196bc1a17b08252f6da3c1bff.jpg

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