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While taking photos today this dove was chased by another dove, jumped up through my patio doorway, scooted under my drapes and into my house! it was inches from my foot just looking up at me, it walked across my dinning room floor and stayed there for about 10 seconds, I very calmly and slowly stood up and started to head out the door to get my fishing net out of the garage so I could capture it, at this point it flew around the room, so I hurried to get the net, came back and gently scooped it up, walked out of the house, set the net down on the table. I very gently removed the netting and walked back into the house. It sat there stunned, I am very used to handling birds, it was calm in the net and was NOT tangled, I knew it was in perfect condition. it stood in the net for about 5 minutes just looking around, then started walking around on the table, after another 2-3 minutes the other dove flew at it and both doves flew away.

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what I was shooting when this happened...

the last photo is the culprit that was chasing around the 1st Dove, I have been calling him Bluto for the past 2 weeks.

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Great pictures!  Probably a male trying to get at a female.  Hard to tell with Doves.

 

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Very nice.  Can you share the lens and shutter information.  These don't look like they were taken by your phone camera.

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sony a57 70-210 100iso

1/[email protected] goldfinch

1/[email protected] dove in net

1/[email protected] dove on chair

1/[email protected] cardnal

my first attempt at photo focus stacking ever was this evening on a fly i twisted up a while back.

i did so many things wrong, no remote, tripod on carpet with out added weight ect. the camera moved all over LOL, live and learn.

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i built a bird feeder on a stand out of scrap wood, drilled a bunch of holes in it to hold the pine branches, lightly burned all the wood with a propane torch to give it a nice color and its positioned just out my patio door (3 feet), i use my wife's curtains as a blind LOL, i use clothespins to hold the curtains together so just the lens sticks out, i made a shade extension out of craft foam (use same for tying fly's) its shaped like a hollow cylinder and fits snug over the lens, neighbor has a little water feature with waterfall, his pond is 10 ft round and 5 ft deep, it attracts every critter in the hood, he has had a feeder and has been feeding them for over 15 years, so i know whats around, anyway...since i am home i figured i could coax them in with my feeder and its working. 

i picked up the camera body used for cheap, i had the lenses (minolta's) for years. it is a full frame sensor (23.7mm x 15.6mm)@16.1 megepixel

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Thanks for the camera and shooting information.  The macro of the fly came out great!  The fly is pretty good too.

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