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ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
Stopped by my only reliable painted bunting spot last weekend and saw a lady with a hugeass Canon setup in the area. Didn't ask what her gear was but the lens appeared to be around 3 feet long with the sunshade and the cap size appeared to be between 7 and 9 inches. I was slightly Jealous but would have been badly so had she been shooting Nikon gear I am familiar with. She said she was a pro which sort of goes without saying since most amateurs won't drop the approx 12-15K in gear she was using. Anyway, that's the J part.

As luck would have it a male Painted Bunting briefly appeared and I was able to get a few shots off before it disappeared as they typically do for me. Unfortunately my ISO was set too low to get my shutter speed up where it needs to be but at least it was on a branch instead of the usual bird feeder just out of the frame.

Here's the PB.

17955204298_71da28c461_b.jpgDSC_6794 (1) by Flcrutch, on Flickr

18143083705_91347eec16_b.jpgDSC_6793crop by Flcrutch, on Flickr

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  • David BDavid B Posts: 1,907 Captain
    Where can I go to see a PB? All these years, I have yet to see one. I am near Tampa.
    Increasing MMGW or climate change, one twist off at a time.
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Chuck,
    i believe you nailed #1...
    ya jest nevah know when ya thought ya had a dud, it turns into a keeper....
    good work as always....

    tim
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    David B wrote: »
    Where can I go to see a PB? All these years, I have yet to see one. I am near Tampa.

    The best luck would probably be coastal North Florida but they apparently cover the state pretty well during the migration. The first, and only, place I have ever seen a male is at Fort Clinch where they maintain a few feeder stations. There's also a station just down the coast from there at Little Talbot Island state park. A friend of a friend apparently has then come to her feeder pretty regularly in Jacksonville proper.

    I have seen exactly 1 female in my back yard West of Downtown Jax.
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    Chuck,
    i believe you nailed #1...
    ya jest nevah know when ya thought ya had a dud, it turns into a keeper....
    good work as always....

    tim

    You are being excessively kind Mac but thanks. It turned out OK for a 300mm non-stabilized lens at 1/250th though. If I was a better photog and paying attention I would have properly bumped up the ISO before I ever got there just in case.

    If I recall you once posted a really nice shot of a PB right here.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 12,078 AG
    Chuckc wrote: »
    The best luck would probably be coastal North Florida but they apparently cover the state pretty well during the migration. The first, and only, place I have ever seen a male is at Fort Clinch where they maintain a few feeder stations. There's also a station just down the coast from there at Little Talbot Island state park. A friend of a friend apparently has then come to her feeder pretty regularly in Jacksonville proper.

    I have seen exactly 1 female in my back yard West of Downtown Jax.

    We saw our 1 and only in the Panhandle area, close to St Marks or so. Beautiful birds.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. --- Lord Chesterfield
  • ChuckcChuckc Posts: 4,397 Captain
    The only PB we have ever seen in our yard. From earlier this year.

    18348893465_94e0bc9ec4_b.jpgDSC_5468crop by Flcrutch, on Flickr
  • nole76nole76 Posts: 804 Officer
    Growing up in Miami they used to be regular winter visitors to the feeder in the backyard. I haven't seen one for years; until this year when what I am pretty sure was a female started showing up at my feeder. I never did see a male.
  • Fly HookerFly Hooker Posts: 4,199 Captain
    I normally get them in Mims (Central Florida) in the late winter, early spring when the finches arrive too! I feed thistle, black sunflowers, and a corn scratch mix. They come every year!
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