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    Cardinal Nest

    I have now set the interval timer to every 10 seconds. If I can find an excuse to be near the house around lunch I am nearly filling two 16GB cards. The camera is running ~1200 photos on the current settings. I am afraid to set the timer for many more since I do not want to find out what happens if the battery dies while writing to the card.

    There are a lot of throw aways everyday. My windows are facing the sun in the morning and they are old double pane glass - lots of glare that cannot be eliminated with a polarizer. Of course, the glare is at its worst when there is good feeding action. Near midday I get very harsh contrast through the holly bush. Later in the day the filtered light is a ghastly green, might as well be bad florescent. Still I get a few everyday that are keepers and it is fun to watch the feeding and parental care patterns.

    We are having a short cold snap today and tomorrow. Hopefully the chicks will be okay in the morning it is going to get to the mid 30's tonight.

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    Just thought this was funny. The male is just arriving and you swear she is saying, "where the heck have you been all day! I have been sitting on these brats for the entire morning while you are out eating and drinking with your friends."
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    They are getting big enough to annoy mom from below.
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    Not great, but the best 'family portrait' so far.
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    I think they are brilliant well worth the effort kg keep it up.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

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    Glare from nearly direct sun on my window is killing a most shots from mid-morning. No way to add a shade outside without bothering the nest. Although I sure would like to have a combo shade and reflector to even out the light, but I am certain that my models would squawk! My wife was home for the day and changed cards and batteries so I have +3000 files to sort through. I am going to blow out my shutter on this adventure.

    Anyway, here are two from the first card. The first had very uneven glare/haze that I tried to clean up, but it was too good a pose to pass up.
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    Once in a while I get a decent pose and some great texture in the feathers like this shot.
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    The chicks have gotten quite a bit bigger and stronger. They were both standing up at times today.
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    The shots are definitely getting better kg. It's amaizing to think that such ugly chicks turn into such beautiful birds.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

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    Thanks Phill. This morning I was able to tape a cardboard box on the outside of the window to cut the glare. Hopefully it will stay stuck in place; it fell once so far. The birds don't really like me out there. So far this helped in the morning. Before I put it up I caught the mom on the far side of the nest in a decent pose.
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