Spectacled Eider and BAA Back In Business

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This image was created with the tripod-mounted Canon 800 f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X II TC, and the EOS-1D MIV. ISO 400. Evaluative Metering at zero: 1/250 sec. at f/13. This image shows that depth-of-field with long effective focal lengths is tiny even when stopped down.

The sun does not set here in Barrow, AK for 57 days in the summer. On clear days we have been getting out into the field at 4am. Yesterday morning a group of us were able to approach a resting pair of endangered Spectacled Eiders. We spent more that 2 hours with them. In the image above, the drake stands above a resting drake Long-tailed Duck (formerly Oldsquaw).

To see my favorite King Eider environmental portrait, click here: http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/showthread.php?p=519680&posted=1#post519680

After stating that we were on our own and that the problem was with our computers Verizon sent a second technician to the home/office after I called them late on Monday. It turned out that the problem was at the Verizon switching station and could have been solved in 15 minutes last Tuesday had they not chosen to ignore what we were telling them. Instead they opted to keep us on the phone doing “testing” for nearly 13 hours over five days. Man, you gotta love that. If anyone knows the basics of suing Verizon in an instance like this, I would appreciate hearing from them.

In any case the, BAA Online Store is back in business. If you have placed an order that was to be sent via e-mail and did not receive it, please call or e-mail Jim. Thanks all for your patience :)

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4 comments to Spectacled Eider and BAA Back In Business

  • avatar Harvey Tabin

    Change to cable if you can. Much better than Verizon

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for the suggestion to switch to cable. Not sure if the cable company in our area offers internet. IAC, when we had cable, it was lousy–lousy picture quality and no service when it rained hard….

  • avatar Ed Okie

    Art, it’s well past time for you to move on to another service provider and quit beating a dead horse. I live outside Lake Wales and have gone through much the same with Verizon even with basic phone service. Comcast cable is by far your best option (Internet and Phone) if available at Indian Lakes; next option is Wild Blue satellite (available locally in LW). If LW Wireless is still in business and available in your area it is worth skipping. Comcast and Verizon are worlds apart, on two different planets when it comes to service.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Ed. It is good to hear from a local :) I will check on Comcast when I get back home. But when we had cable–not with which company–it was lousy–lousy picture quality and no service when it rained hard…. I will check out the other options. Our phone service is fine.

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