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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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I went to town to try a new lens today, tested it in store, and bought it (300/4 IS). It is presently pouring rain in this part of the country but I wanted to find a bird so I could play with the new toy. Spotting a female RWBB perched in a low bush by the side of the road next to a large pond, I pulled the car over, put on the blinkers, and began to take pictures. After about 15 minutes the female took flight and I noticed her rustling about in the lower reeds, so I backed the car up, peered about, and there it was, a baby blackbird waiting for mom's delights. This became more than a lens test so I hauled out 3 lenses in order to make the best of the situation. Here are a few of what I got with the 300/4 IS, 200/1.8 plus 1.4x, and the 70-200/2.8L. I used the zoom for the wide shots and the 200, 300, and 400 for other shots, checking to see how the 400 and 300 compared in sharpness. They were pretty equal.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:35 AM   #2
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2 of 7
Another shot of the female (using the 300 IS with 1.4x extender)

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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:36 AM   #3
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Baby waiting to be fed


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Feeding


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More feeding
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:40 AM   #6
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Here's a shot of the area, focus was on the rain hitting the water and not the reeds in the foreground. The baby's position is indicated with the circle. I was shooting from my car window


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Old Jun 18, 2005, 3:15 AM   #7
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 5:23 AM   #8
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Isn't it great to be at the right spot at the right time with the right gear??!!
Did a great job catching the feeding sequence norm. The 300,1.4 combo
shot looks really detailed and a winning combo.

Now, as for your lens addiction problem.....LOL. But then again, how many lenses
does one need, seems like just one more.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 9:25 AM   #9
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How lucky are you. What a great opportunity foundfor a rainy day.

Aren't new toys great. REally nice series of behaviour. These inspire me to try to do the same thing tomorrow. Guess I am off for a trip to the farm pond for fathers day.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 12:59 PM   #10
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Thanks guys, real nice words that I appreciate very much. Woodmeister, lenses are not an addiction. I am not addicted to purchasing lenses...I am not...not addicted...not addicted...I am not..., and I will have no problem waiting for at least another week before going out and getting another one.

Zoomn, I look forward to seeing your shots. I also spotted one rushing aboutin the brush near a lakeabout a week ago but didn't know whether or not to interfere or to touch it, so I left it on it's own for nature to take it's course. It had unquestionablyfallen from it's nest but I had no idea of theappropriate thingto do (definitely no expert on matters such as that). So I let it be. Hope the little one is okay, though. I'm sure that mom has a way to get the kids back on track.
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