July 20th, 2016

If I've Said It Once, I've Said It a Thousand Times... And, the Nickerson Beach BAA IPT Gets Off With a Bang!

What’s Up?

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful group of five easy-going photographers, all willing and eager and wanting to learn. As you will learn below, our first afternoon proved to be quite exciting. Tuesday morning was excellent as we worked on Black Skimmer chicks of various ages and fledged Common Tern chicks. We arrived at the beach very early, so early in fact that when we were done after 3 1/2 hours of pretty good photography, there were still photographers arriving… NG for them.


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks a totally insane, absurd, completely ridiculous, unfathomable, silly, incomprehensible, what’s wrong with this guy?, makes-no-sense, 252 days in a row with a new educational blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. AND Please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the new BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

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This image was created on the first afternoon of the Nickerson Beach IPT by Elizabeth MacSwan (at risk of life and limb) with the hand held Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens (at 24mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/200 sec. at f/5.6. It was dark! AWB.

Fast moving thunderclouds
Image courtesy of and copyright 2016 Elizabeth MacSwan

If I’ve Said It Once, I’ve Said It a Thousand Times…

“If you opt to leave your 24-105mm lens in the car you will usually not get far before you are kicking yourself.”

The Nickerson Beach BAA IPT Gets Off With a Bang!

We had just gotten out to the beach when it became obvious that we were gonna get creamed by a big thunderstorm approaching rapidly from the west. Even though it had started to rain a bit, we tried to photograph some oystercatcher chicks. Within minutes however, we were rousted by one of the local beach police guys: “There is lightning in the area; everyone must get off the beach now!” As we headed north, I realized that we needed to get to shelter quickly so I led the group to the nearby beach club. Before we made it the wind was howling and it was pouring. We even enjoyed a bit of sleet. Everyone got soaked.

Once we got to safety, Bob DeCroce peeked around the end of the row of cabanas and noted that there was clearing to the west and that it was likely that the storm would pass us in short order. In the meantime, many in the group started to photograph this and that from under the sheltering roof of the row of cabanas. Elizabeth MacSwan, whose image is featured here, climbed up on a picnic table with her tripod-mounted 500 to photograph the gulls on the roof of the next row of little beach cabins. Will Shilling being quite a bit taller did the same simply by raising his tripod. Girl-Kerry Morris (no relation) photographed a neat looking wooden plaque that was painted like a US flag. And I photographed a tattered and wind-whipped stars and stripes at 1/30 second until it wrapped around the flagpole it hung from. Mike DeRosa, always thirsty for exposure lessons, did the same.

Within 15 minutes we were headed back to the beach where we had a good afternoon with skimmers in flight, some young Great Black-backed Gulls, and baby oystercatchers. We topped off our adventurous afternoon with a glorious sunset that was well photographed by the group with a variety of intermediate telephoto lenses with TCs.

It goes without saying, BTW, that my 24-105 was in the trunk of my car 🙁 Sometimes a guy never learns…


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Images and card copyright Arthur Morris/BEARS AS ART 🙂

2017 Bear Boat Coastal Brown Bear Cubs IPTs: July 18-24, 2017 from Kodiak, AK: 5 FULL & 2 Half DAYS: $6699. Happy campers only! Maximum 8/Openings 3.

Join us in spectacular Katmai National Park, AK for six days of photographing Coastal Brown Bears. Mid-July is prime time for making images of small, football-sized cubs. The cubs, and these dates, are so popular that we had to reserve them three years in advance to secure them. There are lots of bears each year in June, but the mothers only rarely risk bringing their tiny cubs out in the open for fear of predation by rival bears. In addition to making portraits of both adults and cubs, we hope to photograph frolicking and squabbling youngsters and tender nursing scenes. At this time of year the bears are either grazing in luxuriant grass or clamming. There will also be some two- and three-year old cubs to add to the fun. And we will get to photograph it all.

We live on our tour operator’s luxurious new boat. At 78 feet long its 24 foot beam makes it quite spacious as well. And the food is great. We will likely spend most of our time at famed Geographic Harbor as that is where the bears are generally concentrated in summer. On the odd chance that we do need to relocate to another location we can do so quickly and easily without having to venture into any potentially rough seas. We land via a 25 foot skiff that has lots of room for as much gear as you can carry.

Aside from the bears we should get to photograph Horned and Tufted Puffin and should get nice stuff on Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Harbor Seal, and Steller’s Sea Lion as well. A variety of tundra-nesting shorebirds including Western Sandpiper and both yellowlegs are also possible. Halibut fishing (license required/not included) is optional.

It is mandatory that you be in Kodiak no later than the late afternoon of July 17 to avoid missing the float planes to our boat on the morning of July 18. Again, with air travel in Alaska (or anywhere else for that matter) subject to possible delays, being on Kodiak on July 16 is a much better plan.

Barring any delays, we should get to photograph bears on our first afternoon and then again every day for the next five days after that, all weather permitting of course. On our last morning on the boat, July 24, those who would like to enjoy one last photo session will have the opportunity to do so. The group will return to Kodiak via float plane from late morning through midday. Most folks will then fly to Anchorage and to continue on red-eye flights to their home cities.

What’s included? 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS on the boat as above. All meals on the boat. National Park and guide fees. In-the-field photo tips, instruction, and guidance. An insight into the mind of two top professionals; we will constantly let you know what we are thinking, what we are doing, and why we are doing it. Small group image review, image sharing, and informal Photoshop instruction on the boat.

What’s not included: Your round trip airfare to and from Kodiak, AK (almost surely through Anchorage). Your lodging and meals on Kodiak. The cost of the round-trip float plane to the boat and then back to Kodiak as above. The cost of a round trip last year was $550. The suggested crew tip of $200.

Have you ever walked with the bears?

Is this an expensive trip? Yes, of course. But with 5 full and two half days, a wealth of great subjects, and the fact that you will be walking with the bears just yards away (or less….), it will be one of the great natural history experiences of your life. Most folks who take part in a Bear Boat IPT wind up coming back for more.

A $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit by check only made out to “BIRDS AS ART” is required to hold your spot. Please click here to read our cancellation policies. Then please print, read, and sign the necessary paperwork here and send it to us by mail to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.

Your deposit is due when you sign up. That leaves a balance of $4699. The next payment of $2699 will be due on September 15, 2016. The final payment of $2000 is due on February 15, 2017. We hope that you can join us for what will be a wondrously exciting trip.

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July 19th, 2016

I Guessed Wrong. The Result? Another 5DS R Vertical Cropped From a Horizontal Original

What’s Up?

On Monday morning I was joined by private clients Andrea Kipin Acera and her friend Kathy Sheeter, an incredibly talented scratchboard fine artist Cathy Sheeter (wwww.cathysheeter.com). We had some nice early color followed by a few clouds on the eastern horizon that soon gave way to wind against sun conditions. Bummer. So we went down to the surf and got lucky with some oystercatchers…

I met the IPT group at 3pm on Monday afternoon. Amazingly–on Sunday afternoon–Bob DeCroce of Cedar Knolls, NJ joined the IPT for three days. Turns out that he is a super nice guy.


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks a totally insane, absurd, completely ridiculous, unfathomable, silly, incomprehensible, what’s wrong with this guy?, makes-no-sense, 251 days in a row with a new educational blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. AND Please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the new BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.


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This image was created on Monday morning, July 18 at Nickerson Beach with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R.. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop as originally framed: 1/800 sec. at f/5.6 AWB.

AI Servo Expand/Shutter button AF as described below.

LensAlign/FocusTune micro-adjustment: +5.

American Oystercatcher fledgling in surf in early morning light

I Guessed Wrong

I knew that with the baby oystercatcher relatively small in the frame that I had to guess which way it would look. I thought that it would look to my left so I picked a sensor on the right side of the frame. Wrong guess! He looked to my right–his left, so I was left short-sided with the bird on the wrong side of the frame looking out… The solution was a crop to a vertical from the horizontal original. With a nice sharp RAW file I was left with a high quality optimized TIFF that checked in as a high quality 50+ MB 8-bit flattened file. You gotta love the crop-ability of 5DS R files.


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks a totally insane, absurd, completely ridiculous, unfathomable, silly, incomprehensible, what’s wrong with this guy?, makes-no-sense, 251 days in a row with a new educational blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. AND Please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the new BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

Please Remember to use our Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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July 18th, 2016

They're Only Starlings--But Not on a BIRDS AS ART IPT... Mint 400 DO II for Sale!

What’s Up?

Sunday was another day of rest for me, getting ready for two private clients early on Monday morning. I meet the small Nickerson IPT group (only four) at 3pm that afternoon. Right now I am rooting for Phil Mickelson to win his second British Open gold tournament.


The Streak

Today’s blog post marks a totally insane, absurd, completely ridiculous, unfathomable, silly, incomprehensible, what’s wrong with this guy?, makes-no-sense, 250 days in a row with a new educational blog post. And I still have dozens of new topics to cover; there should be no end in sight until my big South America trip next fall. As always-–and folks have been doing a really great job recently–-please remember to use our B&H links for your major gear purchases. For best results use one of our many product-specific links; after clicking on one of those you can continue shopping with all subsequent purchases invisibly tracked to BAA. Your doing so is always greatly appreciated. Please remember: web orders only. AND Please remember also that if you are shopping for items that we carry in the new BAA Online Store (as noted in red at the close of this post below) we would appreciate your business.

Selling Your Used Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advice, usually sells in no time flat. In the past few months, we have sold just about everything in sight. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the original 400mm IS DO lens have been dropping steadily. You can see all current listings by clicking here or by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the yellow-orange tab on the right side of the menu bar above.

Used Gear Sales Continue to be More Than Brisk!

  • Jonathan Ward sold his Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM lens in excellent condition for $2,000 CAD in early July.
  • Long ago multiple IPT veteran Charles McRae sold his Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS lens in good to very good condition in early July for a record low $4,199.
  • Walt Novinger sold his Canon 500mm f/4L IS USM lens in very good plus condition for $3,899 in early June.
  • Jeffrey Fredberg sold his EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM L series lens in like-new condition for the record-low BAA price of $749 in late June.
  • Jim Burns sold his Canon 200-400mm F/4L IS zoom lens with Internal 1.4X Extender in brand new condition for the insane BAA record-low price of $8499 in late June.
  • Many multiple IPT veteran Monte Brown sold his Canon EOS 5D Mark III (with the BG-E11 vertical battery grip) both in excellent condition for $1599 in early June.
  • Moody McCall sold his Canon 300mm F/2.8L IS II in excellent condition for $4199 in mid-June.
  • Long-ago IPT veteran Charles Sleicher sold his Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens in very good plus condition for $3400 in mid-June.
  • Top BAA Used Gear seller Jim Keener sold his Canon EOS 5D Mark III in absolute mint condition for $1599 in mid-June.
  • KW McCulloch sold his Canon EOS-1D X in excellent condition for $2459 in mid-June.
  • Many multiple IPT veteran Monte Brown sold his Canon EOS 5D Mark III (with the BG-E11 vertical battery grip) both in excellent condition for $1599 in early June.
  • Les Greenberg sold his Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens in mint condition for $4499 in early June.
  • Top BAA Used Gear seller Jim Keener sold his Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens (the old five) in very good plus condition for a BAA record low price of $3699 in mid-June.
  • National Geographic shooter Tim Laman sold his Canon EOS-1D C in good condition for $2100 in early June. The 1D C is a 1D X with 4K video.
  • Andres Leon sold his Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens in very good plus condition for the full asking price of $7899 in early June.
  • IPT veteran Billy Wingfield sold his Canon EOS-1DX in excellent plus condition for $2400 in early June.
  • Multiple IPT veteran Larry Master sold his near-mint Canon EOS-1DX for $2800 in early June.
  • Moody McCall sold his Canon 100-400L IS USA lens in excellent condition for $599 in early June.

Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO II USM Lens

Multiple IPT veteran Bill Lloyd is offering a used Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO II USM lens in mint condition for $5,999. The sale includes the LensCoat that has been on it from day one, the front lens covers, the rear lens cap, the lens trunk, the lens strap, and insured ground shipping by major courier to US addresses only is also included. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangement are made.

Please contact Bill via e-mail.

I own the 400 DO II and find a way to take it on most trips. I brought it to Scotland. I have it at Nickerson Beach. And it serves as my big gun in the Galapagos and the Southern Ocean (the Falklands and South Georgia are both coming up). It is a killer for flight especially with a 1.4X III TC. And really skilled folks have had amazing success hand holding it with the 2X III TC for flight and for action. This lens is in high demand; it is the first of its kind that I have had the pleasure to list. artie


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This image was created on the first morning of the 2016 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 286mm) and the a mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 stop: 1/1600 sec. at f/6.3.

Center AF point (Manual selection)/AI Servo/Rear Focus AF as framed was active at the moment of exposure (as is always best when hand holding). The selected and active AF point fell on the center and side of the bird’s upper breast below the neck and the base of the bill. Right on the same plane as the bird’s eye and face.. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Eurasian Starling fledgling on seawall

They’re Just Starlings–But Not on a BIRDS AS ART IPT…

When we got to the harbor I noticed a bunch of young starlings on the seawall behind the ticket booths. And I noticed right off the bat that the wind–soft from the south–would be perfect for creating portraits. After we paid for our full day boat trips our National Trust Membership stickers I grabbed a few slices of bread from the back of our van and invited everyone in the group to join me. Only a few did. I guess that they were thinking, “They’re just starlings; we came for puffins.”

Eager to photograph and eager to learn was participant Carlotta Grenier. She was equipped just as I was with the new 100-400 II and a 1DX Mark II. First we talked about working within 10-15 degrees of sun angle. Then we discussed exposure: “You want to be plus one or two thirds (while working in Manual mode) because the bird is a bit darker then the background. Don’t forget that when the sun it out the meter is pretty smart.”

Next we talked about perspective: “If you stand at full height you will likely have a somewhat boring blue water background. If you get down a bit, you can create a nice triangle background made up of the ocean and the distant shoreline–at this point I showed her today’s featured image on my rear LCD–If you get really low, you get a really blurred BKGR and you minimize the detail on the seawall.”

I checked out of few of her images on the back of the camera and noticed that her subjects were too centered. So I taught her how and why to select an off-centered AF point.

Finally I realized that Carlotta had been standing well back and asked her why. “I cannot focus any closer.” I knew immediately that she had the limit range switch set to 3 meters to infinity (correct for flight photography) rather than to Full. Once we set the switch correctly for close focusing work she stepped up and began to knock a few out of the park.

The Lessons

1-All birds are beautiful, even juvenile starlings.

2-Even the most common birds are great for practicing bird photography and for improving your skills.

3-Take advantage of every moment. Good advice for all bird photographers and a good guideline to follow when you are not photographing birds…

4-Being with an enthusiastic leader who truly loves birds can be a good advantage.


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Images and card design copyright: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Click on the card to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

2017 UK Puffins and Gannets IPT
Monday July 3 through Monday July 10, 2017: $5999: Limit 10 photographers — Openings: 6). Two great leaders: Arthur Morris and BPN co-owner, BPN Photography Gear Forum Moderator, and long-time BAA Webmaster Peter Kes.

Here are the plans: take a red eye from the east coast of the US on July 2 and arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland on the morning of Monday July 3 no later than 10am (or simply meet us then at the Edinburgh Airport–EDI, or later in the day at our cottages if you are driving your own vehicle either from the UK or from somewhere in Europe). Stay 7 nights in one of three gorgeous modern country cottages.

There are five days of planned puffin/seabird trips and one morning of gannet photography, all weather permitting of course. In three years we have yet to miss an entire day because of weather… In addition, we will enjoy several sessions of photographing nesting Black-legged Kittiwakes at eye level.


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Images and card design copyright: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Click on the card to enjoy a spectacular larger version.

The Details

We will get to photograph Atlantic Puffin, Common Murre, Razorbill, Shag, and Northern Gannet; Arctic, Sandwich, and Common Terns, the former with chicks of all sizes; Black-headed, Lesser-Black-backed, and Herring Gulls, many chasing puffins with fish; Black-legged Kittiwake with chicks. We will be staying in upscale country-side lodging that are beyond lovely with large living areas and lots of open space for the informal image sharing and Photoshop sessions. The shared rooms are decent-sized, each with a private bathroom. See the limited single supplement info below.

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. All 5 puffins boat lunches will need to be prepared by you in advance, taken with, and consumed at your leisure. I usually eat mine on the short boat trip from one island to the other. Also included is a restaurant lunch on the gannet boat day.

If you wish to fly home on the morning of Monday July 10 we will get you to the airport. Please, however, consider the following tentative plans: enjoy a second Gannet boat trip on the afternoon of Monday July 10 and book your hotel room in Dunbar. If all goes as planned, those who stay on for the two extra days will make a morning landing at Bass Rock, one of the world’s largest gannetries. We will get everyone to the airport on the morning of Wednesday July 12. (We may opt to stay in Edinburgh on the night of July 11.) Price and details should be finalized at least six months before the trip but you will need to be a bit patient. It would be ideal if I can get all the work done by the end of September so that folks can arrange their flights then.


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Images and card design copyright: Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART. Click on the card to enjoy a spectacular larger version. Scroll down to join us in the UK in 2016.

Deposit Info

If you are good to go sharing a room–couples of course are more than welcome–please send your non-refundable $2,000/person deposit check now to save a spot. Please be sure to check your schedule carefully before committing to the trip and see the travel insurance info below. Your balance will be due on March 29, 2017. Please make your check out to “Arthur Morris” and send it to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, 33855. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.

Please shoot me an e-mail if you are good to go or if you have any questions.

Single Supplement Deposit Info

Single supplement rooms are available on a limited basis. To ensure yours, please register early. The single supplement fee is $1575. If you would like your own room, please request it when making your deposit and include payment in full for the single supplement; your single supplement deposit check should be for $3,575. As we will need to commit to renting the extra space, single supplement deposits are non-refundable so please be sure that check your schedule carefully before committing to the trip and see the travel insurance info below.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance for big international trips is highly recommended as we never know what life has in store for us. I strongly recommend that you purchase quality insurance. Travel Insurance Services offers a variety of plans and options. Included with the Elite Option or available as an upgrade to the Basic & Plus Options you can also purchase Cancel for Any Reason Coverage that expands the list of reasons for your canceling to include things such as sudden work or family obligation and even a simple change of mind. My family and I use and depend on the great policies offered by TIS whenever we travel. You can learn more here: Travel Insurance Services. Do note that many plans require that you purchase your travel insurance within 14 days of our cashing your deposit check of running your credit card. Whenever purchasing travel insurance be sure to read the fine print careful even when dealing with reputable firms like TSI.

This trip has sold out far in advance every year so do not tarry. I hope that you can join me.

Please Remember to use our Affiliate Links and to Visit the New BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, and for everything else in the new store, we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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