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Nov 25, 2018 11:58 |  #736

At Bette Davis Park, Glendale, CA.

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Greater yellowlegs:

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Snowy Egret:

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Nov 28, 2018 17:39 |  #737

A few waders from Bette Davis Park in Glendale, CA.

7D2 + 500/4 II + 1.4X III

White faced Ibis:

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Snowy Egret:

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Greater Yellowlegs:

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Black-necked Stilt:

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Nov 28, 2018 17:56 |  #738

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18758190 (external link)
At Bette Davis Park, Glendale, CA.

7D2 + 500/4 II + 1.4X III

Greater yellowlegs:

QUOTED IMAGE


Snowy Egret:

QUOTED IMAGE

Sam, glad to see you back in action... looks like you haven’t missed a beat, friend :)


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Nov 29, 2018 02:23 |  #739

MatthewK wrote in post #18760549 (external link)
Sam, glad to see you back in action... looks like you haven’t missed a beat, friend :)

Thank you kindly, sir!

Been really busy with life lately. My oldest just started college in SoCal, so I have been down there for a few weeks helping him get established. He has food allergies, so we leased an apartment close to campus and either my wife or I will spend some time down here to make sure the kid doesn't starve!

But the good thing is that I've been able to explore some new birding locations down here. And the weather is just fabulous!

How are things with you? I just noticed that you sold your 600/4 II in preparing for the III!!! Consider me totally jealous!


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Nov 29, 2018 05:18 |  #740

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18760540 (external link)
A few waders from Bette Davis Park in Glendale, CA.

I will have to check that place out. I haven't been there.




  
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Nov 29, 2018 05:45 |  #741

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18760756 (external link)
Thank you kindly, sir!

Been really busy with life lately. My oldest just started college in SoCal, so I have been down there for a few weeks helping him get established. He has food allergies, so we leased an apartment close to campus and either my wife or I will spend some time down here to make sure the kid doesn't starve!

But the good thing is that I've been able to explore some new birding locations down here. And the weather is just fabulous!

How are things with you? I just noticed that you sold your 600/4 II in preparing for the III!!! Consider me totally jealous!

Sounds like a good setup to me! More travel to new places means fresh insights and opportunities. The sunshine state photogs have it so good, right?

You've mentioned in the past that you and your son go out shooting together... same son that's started college?

Kids.. that's what's happened with me, we had our first this past summer, and to say the least my life isn't quite the same. I get out to shoot birds maybe 1/4 of the time that I used to, but that's OK because I've had a major upswing in the amount of candid/portrait photography :D

You were talking before about jumping up to the 600II... now's the time, prices are at a crazy all time low!


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Nov 29, 2018 12:02 |  #742

Sibil wrote in post #18760798 (external link)
I will have to check that place out. I haven't been there.

Hi Sibil, I found it to be a pretty nice place to spend a couple of hours. Here is a quick graphic of the place:

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4881/45193738995_b343de3449_h.jpg

The trees all over the grassy picnic area, especially in the SE corner had a lot of warblers.

You can cut across the grassy area and up a berm to get to the concrete banks of the LA River (coming from the land of the mighty Columbia, I am amused by how you Angelenos are so generous with the term "river" in describing this body of water! :D)

The rocky area I have marked has a lot of birds. There were hundreds of stilts as well as one white faced ibis. There are many cormorants as well and there was supposed to be a neotropic cormorant there but we only saw double-crested ones.

The reeds in the river towards the middle of the oval I marked had some scaly-breasted munias, which I have seen in India but saw for the first time here in North America. My understanding is that these are escapees or releases that have established a stable population here.

The place is small, so you should be able to cover most of it in a couple of hours. I was struck by how used to people the shorebirds were. I could get within about 30 feet of the stilts, which I could only dream of in NorCal or Oregon in the rare instance when I have seen one there.

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Nov 29, 2018 12:05 |  #743

MatthewK wrote in post #18760806 (external link)
Sounds like a good setup to me! More travel to new places means fresh insights and opportunities. The sunshine state photogs have it so good, right?

You've mentioned in the past that you and your son go out shooting together... same son that's started college?

Kids.. that's what's happened with me, we had our first this past summer, and to say the least my life isn't quite the same. I get out to shoot birds maybe 1/4 of the time that I used to, but that's OK because I've had a major upswing in the amount of candid/portrait photography :D

You were talking before about jumping up to the 600II... now's the time, prices are at a crazy all time low!

Yep, shooting at 400-500 ISO is nice! I can rarely go below 1600 ISO in Oregon!

My younger son is the birder. He's in 9th grade.

You're a new father, right? Definitely a life changing experience, but ask any parent and they'll agree that is worth every minute!

I've gone back and forth about the 600 II, but decided in the end that the 500 II is the right size and weight for me to handhold. I really don't like the constraint of hauling a tripod everywhere. Maybe the 600 III, if it is not any heavier than the 500 II, may be something to consider, like you are.


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Nov 29, 2018 14:28 |  #744

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18760972 (external link)
Hi Sibil, I found it to be a pretty nice place to spend a couple of hours. Here is a quick graphic of the place:

QUOTED IMAGE

The trees all over the grassy picnic area, especially in the SE corner had a lot of warblers.

You can cut across the grassy area and up a berm to get to the concrete banks of the LA River (coming from the land of the mighty Columbia, I am amused by how you Angelenos are so generous with the term "river" in describing this body of water! :D)

The rocky area I have marked has a lot of birds. There were hundreds of stilts as well as one white faced ibis. There are many cormorants as well and there was supposed to be a neotropic cormorant there but we only saw double-crested ones.

The reeds in the river towards the middle of the oval I marked had some scaly-breasted munias, which I have seen in India but saw for the first time here in North America. My understanding is that these are escapees or releases that have established a stable population here.

The place is small, so you should be able to cover most of it in a couple of hours. I was struck by how used to people the shorebirds were. I could get within about 30 feet of the stilts, which I could only dream of in NorCal or Oregon in the rare instance when I have seen one there.

Thanks for all the detailed info. That's great. I am not too far away from the place. So if the rain stops this weekend, and my wife doesn't come up with other plans, I will check it out.
Thanks again :-)




  
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Nov 30, 2018 04:19 |  #745

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18760974 (external link)
Yep, shooting at 400-500 ISO is nice! I can rarely go below 1600 ISO in Oregon!

My younger son is the birder. He's in 9th grade.

You're a new father, right? Definitely a life changing experience, but ask any parent and they'll agree that is worth every minute!

I've gone back and forth about the 600 II, but decided in the end that the 500 II is the right size and weight for me to handhold. I really don't like the constraint of hauling a tripod everywhere. Maybe the 600 III, if it is not any heavier than the 500 II, may be something to consider, like you are.

Brand new, still adjusting father, but man, it's quite special. Seeing this little girl discover the world (usually by trying to chew on everything) and being so happy is something beyond words. I'm super excited about being able to take her out exploring with me, showing her nature and the outdoors. That's cool you get to share that adventure with your boy!

We're similar in our disdain for tripods, and you're right on the money sticking with the 500II for handholding. The 600II is very doable, but nowhere near as comfortable as the 500II. I tell you what though, two of the major revelations for managing the weight and being comfortable for me while handholding: the right tripod foot and effective use of the strap. The last few weeks of using the 600II I swapped in the low profile Wimberly plate, and it was so comfortable: big, smooth, flat place to put your support hand. For the strap/sling: Peak Design Slide for it's quick adjustment capability. Carry cross shoulder, and cinch it up to help distribute weight to your shoulder/back/upper arms + creates a super-stable brace effect. Both of these things made dealing with the 600II a lot easier. I'm hoping to make a quick demo video once the III comes in :)


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Jan 04, 2019 12:17 |  #746

Spent a few hours at Malibu Lagoon SP in what was to be the final birding trip of 2018! Got 4 lifers and some nice photos. A few selected ones below... all with the 7D2 + 500/4 II + 1.4X III.

Hope you like them!

1. Western Snowy Plover - a near threatened species.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2bbo​S8C  (external link) Western Snowy Plover (external link) by S S (external link), on Flickr

2. Black bellied plover.

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3. Marbled godwit

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4. Willet

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Jan 08, 2019 11:56 |  #747

Very nice!


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Jan 08, 2019 12:36 |  #748

You've reminded me that I have been neglecting this thread, so here's a few more from Botswana. All with 1.4X III;



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Jan 18, 2019 17:11 |  #749

From the backyard this morning, love everything about this lens.

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A coupla bodies and a few lenses

  
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13 hours ago |  #750

With 2xTC, shot handheld from a boat...

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Glass, Glass and more Glass.. and some bodies...

  
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