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Challenge: Camera Phone Free Study (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Motorola Droid 2
Date: May 7, 2011
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2011

[May. 19th, 2011 10:54:39 PM]

I didn't realize that someone had already done a baby birds shot in the previous challenge. :)

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Unfortunately, the step stool I was using didn't go high enough to hold my camera and the 100mm lens over the top of the nest.

Then I remembered my cell phone!!! :D

These aren't bluebirds, they are actually chickadees nesting in a bluebird box. Here the uncropped version. You can see part of the inside of the box on the left.

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The chickadee babies are significantly smaller than bluebirds, and these were extremely new. Probably only about a day or so old. Incredibly tiny!

What looks like green grass is actually moss. The nest is built of moss, and the lined with little bits of grasses and feathers.

Looking at the size of the knot in the wood in the uncropped version, you can get an idea of just how small these babies are.

Here are some bluebird babies in another house:

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And here's the shot I probably should have gone with. It's a bluebird on the nest:

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This is the first time I've volunteered with this group. There are around 18 boxes, 15 of those had eggs and/or babies. It was terribly exciting! Unfortunately, I only am scheduled every 5 weeks or so... :(

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2011 03:36:20 PM
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05/18/2011 01:56:00 PM
10! This is absolutely perfect. Wow, what a great job you've done.
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05/17/2011 12:24:48 PM
AAAAAAAAAhhhhhhh sooo sweet!!!
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05/14/2011 01:24:59 PM
Ah, HERE you are! A standout in my book. Hard to believe it's a phone camera, Wendy.
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05/13/2011 05:36:22 PM
I adore this capture!
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05/13/2011 05:17:14 PM
This made me smile. Love those mouths! (not voting)
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05/13/2011 11:03:49 AM
Nice composition.
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05/13/2011 08:45:37 AM
Looks a bunch like a shot from another challenge. Nice work.
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