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More Than A Mouthful by kkart More Than A Mouthful by kkart
Captured this guy at Chatfield State Park here in Colorado. Not much to photograph when I was there except this guy who gave me more time than I have ever been allowed by any Meadowlark, 15 minutes! Generally they are quite flighty birds but not this guy as he sat perched atop of Mullen making his chirping call for many minutes, complete with a beak full of the finest bugs known! LOL I had to laugh, it was as if this guy pulled up a seat at the local all you can eat buffet and completely went to town. To get the shot I used my Puffin Pad to anchor my Tamron 200-400, couple by my Sony a550's in body 2x TC I shot away giving an effective focal length of 800mm film or 1200mm digital (whatever I guess it works out to, math is NOT my strong point and never has been) This technique of using my in camera TC isn't something I do often but I have to say, it really allowed me to get this shots which I am quite pleased with. Fun stuff trying to keep a lens steady at that length lol Anyways, I hope you all enjoy it
---John

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Ebiru123 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
very nice
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello John! :wave: Your photo has been featured as one of #Bird-Photography's top submissions for the month of June. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Jeez! That's quite the mouthful... and he sang through all of that?! I'm surprised he didn't choke!

Can I ask what a "Puffin Pad" is? I've never heard of those...
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Blubdi-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey :-)
You're featured in my newest Journal: Stunning Nature
Thank you for submitting such beautiful work.

And now, Give it your :+fav: so more people can see it. ^^

greetings,
Blubdi
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:iconpirateladyinmaine:
pirateladyinmaine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
lucky to get this! so hard for birds to sit still!
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Hermione75 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful capture, lovely colours. ^^
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:iconluis-costa:
luis-costa Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice capture
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:iconstefanjanisch:
StefanJanisch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your exceptional capture has been featured here: [link]
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:icontheresahelmer:
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love love love the sharpness of this shot, wow
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:iconsnaphappy101:
snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture! :)
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dandelion-field Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:
Your beautiful artwork has been featured here. I'd love it if you can check it out and :+fav: it and other amazing artworks in it. :hug:
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Namisao Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice photo =D
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lightrae Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Really nice shot, John.
I would make one point though. I believe that you were really stressing the bird by spending so much time at that location.
That food is for the young birds. Adult birds sit around yelling and holding food because they are being prevented from feeding their young.
You must have been too close to the babies and the parent didn't want to draw attention to the young.
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Great capture!
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:iconphotoflacky:
photoflacky Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
lovely image...............lee
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
terrific catch for you both =D
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michelemibell Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And this is why I watch your page!! Amazing work and what a blessing to see this AND capture it as well. Great Job!!
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natureguy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely amazing ! Wow what a shot John!
Now this one has been doing some grocery shopping.......:rofl:
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AngelaLouwe Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Truly amazing wonderful shot!
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subsonicmattia Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very nice picture
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dandelion-field Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a great capture! Well done. (;
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Linkineos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Photographer
wonderful picture, smooth bokeh and a very majestic pose! Great Picture!
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hokeywolfe Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
One of my favorite birds! Beautiful shot! Thanks for posting!
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