BEAR RIVER MIGRATORY BIRD REFUGE
April 2005 - 63 photos

On April 2, 2005 I visited the Bear River Bird Refuge to get some bird photos and see how my big lens, the Canon EF 100-400mm zoom, would do with the 2x extender attached. Some of these photos were taken using the extender, the rest with the 100-400mm only. A few weeks later I visited the refuge two more times, taking about a thousand photos during the three visits. I selected 63 of these photos to use here, more than usual for one of my webpages.

Because of this camera's very high resolution, 8.2 mepapixels, I find that I can zoom in closer using digital cropping and enlarging on photos taken with the 100-400, than I get with the 2x extender added. The extender just doesn't provide good resolution and doesn't have auto focus either. I found that I can enlarge to 4x on the computer and still have better photos than with the 2x extender.

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Snowy Egrets

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The Bird Refuge, located at the northern tip of the Great Salt Lake, is a 74,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge. The historic refuge consist of marsh, open water, wet meadows and mudflats. It is reached from the I-15 interstate exit 366 or Forest Street in Brigham City. Take Forest Street west for 15 miles to get to old refuge headquarters. At the site is a fishing pier, pavilion, and restroom.

Visitors may drive or bicycle on a 12 mile auto tour route which starts and ends at the old headquarters site. Activities are confined to the auto tour route dike.

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Sunset on the Bear River

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The photos shown here were taken with a Canon EOS 20D, an 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera, with the Canon EF 100-400mm IS Zoom lens attached, (3x to 13x), with Electronic Image Stabilazation.  Some photos were taken with the Canon EF 2x extender added, boosting the range to 26x. The original photos were taken at 3993 x 2328. These photos are now set to 750 x 500 for faster loading. You are welcome to look at or download any of the photos. If you use them on any other webpage, please give credit and refer back to me.



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