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Waxwing

Observed: 8th December 2012 By: Jeff RothwellJeff Rothwell’s reputation in BirdsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in BirdsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in BirdsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in Birds
Waxwing
Waxwing
Waxwing
Waxwing
Waxwings
Waxwings
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Just got a new lens, and right outside my house there were over a hundred Waxwings in a tree. How lucky was I?

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jonnam318's picture

They are very beautiful

They are very beautiful birds, a truly Scandinavia beauties.

Simon Walker's picture

New Lens, Eh?

What did you go for, Jeff?

Jeff Rothwell's picture

New Lens

Hi Simon,

I got the Canon 100 - 400mm L to go with my 7D

Simon Walker's picture

Good Choice

I've used the same combination a lot. I found the temptation to leave the lens at full zoom was almost irresistible. It took me a while to realise that the lower focal lengths can be really useful.
I also have a Canon 500mm F4, which I use with a 5D MkIII. Great for low light, but the lens is very heavy. I ended up with tennis elbow by hand holding it.
But it doesn't matter WHAT you use if you don't see the birds; and I haven't seen a single waxwing this year (or last, come to think of it!) I envy you.

Regards

Simon

Jeff Rothwell's picture

Thanks

I am very pleased with my choice - the 500mm F4 would be awesome but best in a hide where you can rest it on something!
I love the waxwings - a sighting on 1/1/2011 which i took on an iphone started me off bird watching again after about 40 years break and persuaded me to take up photography too!

Regards

Jeff

Simon Walker's picture

500mm F4

It delivers great photographs - sometimes almost too sharp, almost! But it also has the advantage that you can use extenders - I use a 1.4x Canon MkII - and it will still autofocus without any problems. When I tried the extender with the 100-400mm autofocus died. I'm told you can tape up some of the contacts to get round this, but I don't know the details.

Regards

Simon