Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/07/02

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Subject: [Leica] first AK snaps
From: telyt at (Douglas Herr)
Date: Sun Jul 2 19:09:13 2006

I'm working through my photos from Alaska from last to first (saving 
the best for last).  The photos from the last couple of days are:

At Potter Marsh on the southern edge of the Anchorage metropolitan 
area, the wind was strong, the birds were scarce save for this Lesser 

A heavy overcast and the bird's constant fidgeting mandated an 
effective ISO of 1600 (400 plus two stops under-exposure).  I used the 
DMR and 280 APO.

This particular bird knew he was the only show in town so he made it 
worth my time:

Same tools as above, plus an extension tube.

I even had to back up at regular intervals:

Same tools, at minimum focus distance.

A simple record shot of the American Tree Sparrow, made with the DMR & 
560 f/6.8:

In Denali National Park, Golden Eagles are far more common than Bald 
Eagles because of the birds' dietary preferences: Golden Eagles prefer 
mammals while Bald Eagles like fish & carrion, and the park's rivers 
have too much glacial silt for fish to live in.  However this is a peak 
year for Snowshoe Hare, many of which are hit by traffic on the park's 
road creating a carrion feast.  Bald Eagles have been seen in the park 
in higher numbers than usual, including this ragged immature eagle 
being driven away from a Mew Gull nest site (DMR/560):

More to come.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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