I think these birds are Marbled Godwits. What a great name! I spent an hour or so one cold morning recently photographing the shorebirds out on East Beach with my D200 and 70 - 200mm VR lens with a 1.7 teleconverter. I am SO bad at panning. It could be my technique, my lack of upper body strength, or the focusing mode the camera was in. Many of my shots where the birds aren't flying are not sharp either. But, birds are not a subject I shoot very often and I haven't attempted to do so in over a year, so I am out of practice. And I need to find a way to stabilize myself and not slowly sink into the sand (I seriously considered laying down but didn't think Mike would let me back in the car). Even though these shots aren't great, I enjoyed watching all the different birds there that morning and shorebirds are some of the easier birds to get relatively close to, so I will try again.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
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