2009/04/27

Testing the new lens

After a rewarding morning, my afternoon bike ride turned out pretty good too. Getting the teleconverter made me feel like a child all over again, receiving new toy and wanting to play with it all the time.

Another beautiful day.

Lesser Yellowlegs in flight.

Two Canada Geese were spotted feeding and staying guard in Terra Nova Rural Park, and since the guard goose was standing still, I decided to play with the teleconverter again by holding the lens in one hand and the camera in another. It's hard work since both hands are slightly shaky, leading to some fuzzy photos. Can't wait until I have the adapter to join the two together. Nevertheless, I am quite pleased with the results.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

A Spotted Towhee was singing loudly on the treetop, so I took this photo with the TCON again. The details are good when the focus is spotted on and hands are not shaky.

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

I finally had the chance today to photograph and observe Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) today. Usually, they are either in fast flight or there are cars on the roadside preventing me from taking photos, but not today.

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallows are blue-black swallow with a tan belly and a deeply forked tail. They build cup-shaped mud nest under eaves, structures, and even the entrance of caves or mineshafts.

While heading home, I saw one Bald Eagle just beside its nest. Soon after, another adult inside the nest flew out and landed next to the other one. Then they were just looking at the golfers undernath them shouting and hitting golf balls.

Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Such magnificent birds. I wonder if they have eggs or offsprings at all inside the nest.
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4 comments:

Wanderin' Weeta said...

Wonderful photos! The teleconverter is a great addition.

Cicero Sings said...

You did well ... even with two shaky hands.

Have you checked out the eagle cam at Sydney? Here is a link to different web cams:

http://www.hancockwildlifechannel.org/index.php?topic=cam-sites

T and S said...

That teleconvertor is doing its job incredibly well. The shots of the Eagle and the Geese is worth every penny you paid for the TC

PSYL said...

Thanks, all. 6000 pennies are certainly worth it! Hope to get more good shots in the future.

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