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Steve Foss

Cold, but dealing with it (pic included)

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It's not often a blue jay lets someone get 10 feet away. But it's -21 up here on Finn Hill right now, with a 10-mph wind, and this fella was all fluffed up in the thick snarl of buckthorn in the morning sun. He took one look at me and said: I ain't moving! I don't blame him. I was out all day yesterday shooting and guiding in the cold, and I ain't moving much today either. grin.gif

Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L IS at 400mm, iso200, 1/400 at f8, handheld

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Hey not too shabby Steve! wink.gif I was out and was able to use my ninja skills to get close, or maybe it had something to do with the Black Oiler Sunflower seeds. It's amazing how many species show up when it's cold and their hungry. I was going to start a new thread, but since we both have cold weather Blue Jay shots, I figured what the heck... lets share. grin.gif

Nikon D200 ~ Nikkor 80-400mm ~ ISO 200 ~ F8 ~ Gitzo CF tripod ~ full frame bluejayeyelevel2ah6.jpg

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Yep, he's cold. And he'll be getting colder. It never got above -15 today, and the NWS just changed the forecast.

We're headed to -40 tonight in Ely, with the lows Sunday night warming to a balmy -38. Yikes!

The birds already knew what the weather man just decided. Most days we have a busy flurry the first hour after the sun comes over the trees and the last couple of hours before sundown, but today they've been going hard all day long.

Sure hope that pair of cardinals that's been hanging around our feeder has a warm roost this weekend! frown.gif

Here are a couple more shot an hour ago. C-C-Can you say c-c-c-cold?

Same 20D and 100-400L IS, handheld, both iso400

Cold Mr., Ms. or Mrs. Siskin

380mm, 1/200 at f8

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Cold Mr. Redpoll

400mm, 1/320 at f8

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Very nice gentlemen (as always)! It was bitter out there today.

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nice shots guys!....I can't help but feel for these creatures on these cold nights(as I'm sitting here eating a bowl of double buttered popcorn grin.gif)...I've always wondered how those birds legs keep from freezing stiff on these - 40 below nights....geesh those little guys gotta be feezing there butts off shocked.gif...now I know why God didn't give birds the ability to frown..they'd make him feel guilty tonight...... grin.gif

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I love the slight splash of color those Redpolls give us on these cold, white/gray winter days. I live near Buffalo, MN,in the country and in the 10 or so years we have lived here we've only seen them twice. It's a bit late now but maybe with some real Minnesota weather we might see some again. I love the small, seemingly underdogs of the north country. I've slept in -10 degrees on the ice in nothing but a sleeping bag for a few days, many times but to live out there 24/7 is amazing. I saw the biggest, fluffiest rooster pheasant eating and sunning today on the way home. Wish I had my new camera in the truck. Thanks for the pics.

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    • Posting.  Cuz I can’t sleep worth a dump.  Gonna be a MEA yahoo for most the rest of the week.  I’ve heard good reports from the friends that are already out there. They took the whole week so I’m driving myself out Tuesday night.     Just getting the the back of the truck filled with dekes got me too revved up.  Gonna be hard packing anything else besides waders, layout blind, guns and shells!  Who needs food and more than one change of clothes for 5 days anyway?!
    • I was ALMOST headed to Ely as well but opted to stick to “productive” pursuits at home, figuring I probably missed the October window this year.  That only lasted a day though before I headed west.   It looked really cool though.  Quiet too I bet.
    • I have a couple LX5s and have been very happy with them.  I had to get a second one for the wheelhouse since after I set it up for the wife, I usually go out hole hopping my original one.  Then come back with fish only cuz I was using the “cheat mobile”.    With the second one I was able to let her stare at it long enough to figure it out cuz apparently my teaching skills are sub par.  She normally wanted to have the camera down all the time but come dark, it’s kinda hard to see anything.     Who knew a wheelhouse and flasher would change her from a winter hibernator to an ice fishing addict.  She wants to go EVERY weekend now.     Anyone wanna buy a wheelhouse? 😉😂   Just kidding.... but I wish she’d wanna try for lakers every once in a while.
    • Was up in Ely over the weekend, darn windy and chilly Sat night.  You make it look so warm and fuzzy with the camp setup and fire. 😊
    • I have no doubt that by now there is something on the market that is better than my FL-20 and my FL-8 but I already own them and they work for me and I am long over the days where I have to have the latest and greatest fishing equipment.    Most of these gadgets, gizmos and lures are better at catching fishermen than fish.
    • My bird places nice with vexilars and doesn't get it too bad when there is a marcum in the next hole.   Keep my FL18 as a backup/loaner, it's been bulletproof.  But I haven't looked backed since I got an ice55 bird.    
    • lol. my brother hates them also cuz they thow a robin chick out of the nest sometimes. Only a couple here, if i had too my they would meet my 17 pellet. Red squirrels get a pass. not enough here. Grays are a different story. 
    • put a new floor in over the past month and finished it off by winterized it on Saturday.
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