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You've been mooned!

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Do you realize how many duck shots would be in this thread if they walked rather than swam away from you?

This is the typical raptor reaction.

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There is only one thing I can say... "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries!"

But, yeah. :) Great photos, guys! I didn't realize how often birds turn their backs on us.

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Arizona_Steve:

"Now go away... or I shall taunt you a second time"

Got mooned by a house finch drinking at the hot tub. BTW, how do I attach photos to a post (as I see some doing here)?

In the editor, scroll to the top and click the "Options" tab.  The "file attachment" controls are there.

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Steve -- Thanks for the correction... I really should get my coconut-carrying migrants right.

Lyceel -- My life is now complete with the knowledge that an unladen Barn Swallow flies at a speed of 24 mph.

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OK, I finally admit that I am a moonie.  This sub cult within the birding community is not well known and often remains in the closet when meeting other birders out in the field.  Lining up a shot is often difficult and has its obvious risks resulting in the endorphins that keep us coming back for more.  Even processing the shot is every bit as exciting as Buzz's first moon landing.  This shot is perfectly centered following Buzz's down 8, forward 15 alignment technique. 

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Just like in office politics, venting is a great spectator sport.  The patient moonie is rewarded, and would have been one for the ages.  An unknowing German tourist walked directly under this scene did it just a minute too soon. 

 

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So after studying this technique, I now add it to my birding experience.  You don't even have to admit what you are doing to your fellow birders, a true closeted experience.  This shot was taken with three other birders in my group.  None of them knew what happened until I fessed up. 

 

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I know some of you birders out there smile after you get a good shot, even if no one is around.  I smiled after this one...

 

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