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    Default American Redstart In The Beginnings Of Nest Building.

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    Just when most all other birds had finished nesting season, this ambitious female American Redstart was just beginning her's. No doubt a second brood, or a restart from a previous failed attempt. In any regards, it was a privilege to watch her weave materials together to form the foundation of the nest. For those that are curious, I also took the time to create a few short videos of the behaviour (here's where a tripod would have been useful, but still not too bad lol). Link to the best video found here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQQ5gBJ_vz4

    Canon 7DII + 500mm f/4 II + 1.4TC III, manual exposure, evaluative metering, 1/125s., f/5.6, ISO 3200, natural light, handheld, cropped to help the comp, NR to the BG.
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    Daniel:

    Nice early construction phase. Looks like a mix of materials! The branch frames the action nicely, BG soft enough, well exposed with good handling of the noise. I am curious how long it will take her to build the nest. Will you be able to revisit the site?

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    Nice image, story, video, and especially head angle :). Me-thinks that sshe will not be fledging any chicks this year, but good practice with the nest building.

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    Great biological insight Daniel, enjoyed that part and the story is equally as nice as the frame.

    TFS

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    Very nice of her to give this demonstration. Great story, image (of course) and video. TFS

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    Thanks guys.

    Randy, I was able to go back the next week and she was sitting on eggs in her completed nest. Next thread!

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