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A few from the blind this morning.

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Nothing like a nice slap in the face from mother nature.... whew!

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Very nice Buzz. I heard a Cardinal outside yesterday, but was unable to locate it (didn't try to hard considering the temps). I'd had a couple at my feeder for a day or two earlier in the winter, but they are relatively rare in Duluth.

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Thanks guys, here are a few more from over my lunch hour on Tuesday... cloudy, snowy and very cold!!

Red Bellied Woodpecker

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European Starling

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House Sparrow

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I had some assistance from the SB800 speedlight.

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Wow, I really like the last three. The speedlite adds a lot of "brillance" and contrast to the image.

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The starling beats all the rest, hands down. Forget that it's not considered a desirable bird by many. The image tells a great story.

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Thanks guys, hope you don't mind if I keep posting "backyard" bird shots.

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My favorite Cardinal shot so far...

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Male Cardinal

Nikon D200, 80-400mm @ 310mm ~ F8 ~ ISO 400 ~ Aperture Priority

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