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Oct 18, 2019 04:34 |  #796

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Got back from the trip last week and finally getting all the photos edited. It was a good trip. I took my 15 year old daughter and my goal was for her to have a great experience and possibly get some decent photos. I realized early on that she wasn't too excited about getting up before dawn, so I backed off on some of the hard core wildlife viewing. We still had some cool encounters although we saw only a few bears. The only grizzlies we saw were way up on a hill in Lamar Valley. Still, every day in Yellowstone is great, and a trip doesn't have to be perfect to still be awesome.

I've come to terms that I'm not much of a "tripod" type of photographer. For the trip, I bought a nice carbon fiber tripod and gimbal head. Before the trip, I decided to leave the gimbal and take a video head instead. It really didn't matter, because I only remember using the tripod once, while we were watching a sleeping black bear at a distance. At all other times, I handheld my gear (except using a smaller tripod while shooting inside the Old Faithful Inn with another lens).

I said I was going to give the lens a "workout" and I did. It returned the favor! By day 3, it had earned it's new nickname, "The Back Breaker". Still, I love the images it produces and am willing to put up with the pain of handholding it all day.

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Amazing shots! One better than the other. Must be heaven to shoot with 500mm there.


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Oct 21, 2019 04:32 |  #797

swltr wrote in post #18946339 (external link)
Amazing shots! One better than the other. Must be heaven to shoot with 500mm there.

Thanks. Yes, it's great to have such a nice lens while in Yellowstone. With or without the lens, every day in Yellowstone is heaven!


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Oct 21, 2019 14:45 as a reply to  @ post 18903553 |  #798

Nice set of images, I love the crow shot.




  
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Oct 24, 2019 04:44 |  #799

I'll own this lens one day! - Love popping in here from time to time, fantastic images everyone!


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Nov 01, 2019 18:41 |  #800

"Filling The Frame", Great Blue Heron

Very slight crop to straighten the horizon a little bit.

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Nov 15, 2019 03:47 as a reply to  @ sandwedge's post |  #801

Nice shoot of the Blue Herin




  
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Nov 16, 2019 20:11 |  #802

Looking like catfish for dinner tonight. 7D mark II and 500 f/4 II

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Nov 16, 2019 20:23 |  #803

Male snail kite spots some tasty escargot and does a quick stall and dive for lunch.

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Nov 16, 2019 20:27 |  #804

That's one small step for......never mind :)
Purple gallinule running across the lily pads

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Nov 16, 2019 20:45 |  #805

Talons of the male snail kite. Perfect for plucking snails out of their shells.
Also shows the banding as I believe these birds are endangered.

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Nov 17, 2019 17:05 |  #806

Nice set. I'd love to see those Gallinules someday!


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Nov 18, 2019 00:17 |  #807

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18961730 (external link)
Nice set. I'd love to see those Gallinules someday!


Thank you much. Joe Overstreet Landing just west of Kenansville, Florida on Lake Kissimmee.

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Nov 18, 2019 00:18 |  #808

Belted Kingfisher

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Jan 04, 2020 17:20 |  #809

Saw a pygmy owl on the Rubio Canyon Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains in SoCal.

According to eBird, this is the first sighting of pygmy owls on this trail.


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Jan 04, 2020 17:26 |  #810

Sam, that is a beautiful capture. The orange background provides really nice contrast.


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