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Williamson's Sapsucker, male.  Ants for the chicks.
Williamson's Sapsucker, male. Ants for the chicks.

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Challenge: Take Two II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Location: Upper Beaver Meadows, Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: Jun 23, 2011
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/400s
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 23, 2011

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I think an improvement over my entry in Free Study 2010-05. But, I thought the first one was under appreciated. This one will likely be treated the same.

[Jun. 26th, 2011 08:25:49 PM]

I appreciate the comments and have marked them all as "helpful". This is a wild bird in the wilderness. The shot distance is about 60'. Requests for more detail and more sharpness are not realistic. Sometimes, photos of captive birds can be sharper because the birds cannot flee. But, this bird is a wild bird and I'm shooting at the comfort distance for the bird. Degree of difficult is 100X greater than shooting birds in captivity.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2011 08:15:35 PM
Back to comment... Yummy, yummy ants! LOL! Beautiful nature shot!
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06/26/2011 04:42:24 PM
Great timing on the photo. I bet he's happy to have that big of a meal. I do wish the face of the bird was a bit sharper.
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06/24/2011 08:52:38 AM
I'm craving a closer look at him with less of the trunk of the tree, although that hole certainly indicates a possible nest inside (?)
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