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May 25, 2021 16:53 |  #856

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One more in the "not a bird" category that I came across today on my lunch and just had to share. This male carpenter bee hung around long enough for me to practice some up-close BIF (bee in flight  :p) shots with the more nimble 400L f/5.6 and a 36mm tube, before I swapped over to the decidedly more deliberate 500L on the same 7DII + tube setup.

Final shot here was at probably 7-10ft. 1/8000 on the shutter isn't enough to totally freeze his wings in flight! I do still enjoy the slight blur at the tips, with the wonderful blue-ish reflections, though.

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Jun 09, 2021 06:41 |  #857

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I love this shot!

Thanks! It was a fun challenge/departure from the feathered things I'm normally shooting with the 500L. I'll say, though, it sure felt absurd tracking this tiny thing just a few feet away with the big glass, rather than a macro setup :-).



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Jun 09, 2021 06:53 |  #858

Here's a couple more taken recently through the 500.

First, here's another type of warbler we got a good look at when at the Detroit River IWR (actually the same day as the Parula I previously posted). This time, it's a male Cape May Warbler. I would have prefered a slight rotation of his body toward me, to better show the green markings on his back, but I'm still happy with the result considering how high he was in the treetops.

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Second, a relatively scarce migrant to the Great Lakes region, a male Dickcissel. This shot was taken from the driver's seat of our F150, while cruising dirt roads in farmland near my house. This guy sang incessantly from the bushes and trees to claim his territory.

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Jul 08, 2021 14:15 |  #859

I would like to see more results @500mm-420mm with F/6.3 or F/7 if possible, i want birds results.


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Aug 24, 2021 00:49 |  #860

Love is in the air!

Elegant terns courtship on the LA River in Long Beach.


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Dec 04, 2021 11:23 |  #861

Looks like this thread needs revitalising! Received my used 500mm MKII yesterday, first tests shooting garden birds seem good even with the inferior 1.4x MKII.

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Dec 07, 2021 15:02 |  #862

Nice, looking good!


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