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Wakefield Lake blackbirds

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After the graduation ceremonies yesterday, took the grandkids for a walk around Wakefield Lake. Camera along, got some rwbb shots that I've been unable to get up here:

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All with the Canon 40D, 100-200 mm ISO 400 f6.3 and at 1/650th

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I work about 2 blocks from Wakefield - I don't get there very often, but spent many a summer day there in high school - had a beach back then. Nice shots --

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Nice ones, Ken. Considering how many we have around here, it seems strange that they are rare in northern MN.

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They aren't rare, I just haven't been able to get close enough to one to get a decent shot!

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