Birds!

March 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

In my last post, I mentioned how much I was loving my new 400mm lens - it is fantastic for photographing birds! For those interested in the gear, it is Canon's EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. I was surprised how petite this lens was when I received it - it is lighter and less bulky than my 70-200mm f/2.8, and only slightly longer with the hood extended. Although it doesn't have the low light performance of an f/2.8 lens, it also doesn't have the price tag or the weight, so it's great for walking around with - and your arm doesn't feel like it will drop off after a short time!

I'm discovering all kinds of different bird species here at the coast, compared to the ones I saw regularly in Canberra. It's like discovering new friends :) Here are some I have been trialling the new lens on...

 

Bright eyeBright eyeThe intense purple eye of the bowerbird is enhanced in bright sunlight. The bowerbird's purple eye is so intense when the sun catches it!

 

Tomato thief!Tomato thief!A cheeky bowerbird steals a juicy snack. Now I know what she was looking at - my neighbour's juicy cherry tomatoes!!!

 

Escapee?Escapee?Not sure if this budgie is an escapee or a native. Not sure if this budgie is an escapee from someone's cage, or if there is a native population around…?

 

Eastern spinebillEastern spinebillYou can see the yellow pollen on its forehead. Eastern spine bills are a fascinating bird to watch… they try their best at times to imitate a hummingbird, hovering in place while sipping nectar from harder to reach flowers. You can see the yellow pollen gathered on it's forehead - the result of poking it's long beak into deeper flowers.

 

Red-browed finchRed-browed finchThis tiny finch munches on some seeds. The red-browed finch is a tiny bird - you can get an idea from the size of the seed behind it...

 

So I'm pretty happy with the performance of the new lens. Even if I don't get the shot, it just allows me to see a little bit closer into these little birdie's lives.

Do you have a favourite bird species you like to watch in your area? Leave a comment below to share :)

 

If you're an animal lover like me, please have a look through my best animal shots, and remember - all images on my website are available for sale as prints and other products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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