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Lovely Sunday afternoon

It was so beautiful out today that after brunch with genevra & akdar I decided that I needed to take my gigantic lens and head out to the park. I went to the North Mississippi Regional Park.
I saw two new lifer birds!
A Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)

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And a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

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Despite all the other cool birds (and a camera shy woodchuck!) I eventually made it down to the shore right across from the heron rookery. Tons of Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias), and there were babies!

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More photos over at Flickr

I ♥ my huge lens!

My plans for tomorrow? Terminator Salvation preview screening! w00t!!

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ninja_tech
May. 18th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Aw man! Those are some awesome shots!! I was just looking at the Yellow Warbler in my bird book yesterday, so I recognized that one right away. How cool! I got to see quite a few new birds yesterday, but can only say that because I don't have a huge lens of doom. *sigh*
hellziggy
May. 18th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
So how was last drill? Feel good to be done?

Yeah, there aren't many birds that are all yellow so the warbler was a pretty easy id. I've got the iBird Plus software on my iPhone, so I was able to confirm the id while I was still at the park. :)
ninja_tech
May. 18th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Meh. It was ok. I got let go early and then turned in most of my gear. Doesn't really feel like it's over because I've kind of been feeling like it was mostly over for a few months now. Feels pretty good to be normal civilian again though!

Totally forgot to pick up my photos on Friday, so will be in on Tuesday to pick them up. Hope the 120 turned out some images...
hellziggy
May. 18th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
The outdoor ones came out, the indoor ones were way underexposed.
feren
May. 18th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Which glass?
hellziggy
May. 18th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
A 400mm 2.8 with a 2x extender

My lovely Sunday afternoon! :) on Twitpic

Between that and the heavy tripod my arms definitely got a workout yesterday!

lablynne
May. 18th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I need some advise from you on an extender. Can I call you later this week?
hellziggy
May. 18th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not a problem. My number is 612-859-6524.
And if you call between 9-5 I can also pick the brains of the guys at the store if I don't have your answers.
levertwok
May. 22nd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Nice
Herons. Cottonwood trees abound riverside, eh?
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