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Sensor cleaning beyond a simple "blow job" is something that I have never tackled, in the past usually had any serious cleaning done by professionals, but I know that the day is coming when I should really be prepared to deal on my own with a nasty on the sensor that is more than simply a piece of dust that can easily be blown off with the Giottos Rocket Blower...... I know there are various options:"wet" cleaning vs some other kind of cleaning, etc., etc.....
 
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keyrex

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Another Red Damselfly from me. Absolutely nothing done in PP (except a crop)this is exactly how it came out the camera not sure what the purple haze is on the left, it maybe Algae but I thought it looked good and added to the picture.
Damsel fly.jpg

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r.harris1

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We've talked about where to find local birds and how to photograph them. Some birds, such as the Burrowing Owl, are local for the breeding season, and as I've mentioned before, out on the prairies near me in Denver, US. This is an intense time of year for many birds as they've migrated in from other parts of the planet, or if not, just because it is breeding season. We've had numerous photos in this thread indicating just how often a bird needs to leave the nest to collect food for their young, some hundreds of times per day to feed those hungry mouths. They need to build muscle and bulk to fledge and, if migratory, get ready to file hundreds or thousands of miles in the late summer or autumn to their winter grounds. So very intense indeed.

Obviously, this guy is having a rest, and I've not been out at the "active" time to watch them catch insects and small mammals but it highlights the fact that protein-eating birds can have some downtime during the day as you can get a ways on high energy, high calorie foods, as opposed to seed eaters, where it has to be fairly constant. That said, during the breeding season, the local small mammal population probably takes a good hit as it still takes a lot of high value food to get the offspring bulked up enough to move on. If you watch Barn Owls, they're out a LOT grabbing voles and other small mammals to bring to their young, who often eat the animal whole. It's quite the sight!

Sitting and sitting by Ray Harrison, on Flickr
 
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keyrex

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Another Damselfly, I must find a new subject!
damselfly.jpg

The male is red and black, the female is also red and black but she has yellow markings, making it easy to identify the sex of an individual Damselfly. During mating the male clasps the female by her neck while she bends her body around to his reproductive organs – the shape that this creates is called a mating wheel. (not pictured) The pair fly together over the water and eggs are laid within a suitable plant, just below the surface.
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Northern Man

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Another Damselfly, I must find a new subject!
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The male is red and black, the female is also red and black but she has yellow markings, making it easy to identify the sex of an individual Damselfly. During mating the male clasps the female by her neck while she bends her body around to his reproductive organs – the shape that this creates is called a mating wheel. (not pictured) The pair fly together over the water and eggs are laid within a suitable plant, just below the surface.
Comments appreciated.
Great photo and short educational seminar. Very informative.
 
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