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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/10/07 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2007 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

American Robin

(Turdus migratorius)

Where: Glen Allen, VA • Shady Ridge

Notes: Little brings me more joy this time of year than the opportunity to photograph nesting bird activity. Even common suburban species, such as this American Robin, can make a pleasing image as it presents food to this next generation of worm harvesters. Trying to photograph such behaviors has inspired me to develop practices that have the least disturbance possible to the subject, which in turn results in a more natural behaviors to capture. One of my favorite set-ups includes the use of a long remote control extension cable that allows me to place the camera relatively close to the nest on a tripod (ten feet or farther), while I trigger the shutter from much farther away (thirty or sixty feet). I often use a blind in unison with this technique because the sooner the birds feel relaxed, the sooner they return to feeding their chicks. However this practice can often bring in poor results because all of the camera settings (focus and ISO settings) are made at set-up and can not be adjusted remotely. So it is an all or none venture, but when everything is set right, it works well.

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American Robin eggs

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Equipment: Canon EOS D20 • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • Manfroto Tripod • 3' Shutter Release Cable and 33" Extension Cable • Vehicle use as Blind

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/250 second • Aperture = f 8.0 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Lens (Focal) Length = 275 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 05-17-06

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