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Old Oct 21, 2010, 6:33 AM   #1
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My first trip to Healsville Sanctuary with the 70-300mm yielded pretty disappointing results. The weather was pretty ordinary, very overcast, & the lens just wasn’t up to the task. It was particularly slow to focus & would hunt endlessly. It was on this day that I decided I required a faster lens for such weather & low light conditions.

This was the only shot that I was happy with from the visit. It was taken after the Birds of Prey exhibition. The Osprey is the last of the BoP to come out during the show as the Keeper informed us that it has a tendency to not return to its cage for some time after the show. After the show I stayed in the arena photographing the Osprey perched high upon a wooden structure eating a fish. A few minutes after everyone had left, the Osprey flew down to the Keeper, still wish fish all over its beak. The Keeper then called us over to have a closer look at this beautiful bird. It was an amazing experience!

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Old Oct 21, 2010, 2:40 PM   #2
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very nice portrait. the feather detail is great.
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 4:16 PM   #3
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Nice one! Wonderful birds, I'm hoping to catch one or two on my ride south.
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 7:10 PM   #4
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Hi Adam

Thanks for posting and my those are really magnificent birds.



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