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I have a Sigma 180 f/3.5 Macro and recently acquired the Nikon 28-300VR. I put'em both on the table to compare the close focusing and difference in focal lengths between 180 and 300mm on my D300.
I thought I was losing my mind. the image through the view finder is vastly different than I...
It's definitely a juvie Spotted Sandpiper. Juvie because buffy edges on the primaries. Spotted has yellowish green legs, Red Knot generally gray, and Red Knot is more heavy bodied and doesn't have that brown barred coloration on the tertials and scapulars, they are more gray.
When I had mine I was quite happy with it, ESPECIALLY after I turned the VR off. Might be fine at real low shutter speeds but I found my hand holding ability was enough, particularly at 1/250 or better and found that the VR seemed to have an adverse effect at times.
Oh yeah this lens is rockin'!!! Just picked it up a month ago from the cafe and can't put it down!
It's listed as 18" close focus but it's more like at least 12" as far as I can see and it's absolutely amazing!
Haven't been able to get out and bird regularly, with moving into new place and work. Fortunately at work, I can walk right outside the door for some easy target practice now and then!
Eurasian Collared Dove
OK, so it's really only 2 different birds. I will always stop to pop a few when i see these guys around. fun to watch and even more fun to try and capture!
I cropped it this way for a powerpoint slide for my wife.
LOL No John, still the same ol' 300 f/4 with 1.4 Tc. The hawks i cropped a little as that's the only clear sight into the nest, so trimmed out the branches. To be fair I wasn't more than 30-40 feet away though on tripod with a beamer.
Was here and there today, shooting from the hip. Light wasn't really in my favor but I tried to make the best of it.
juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Great Blue Heron with a LARGE Greater Siren
Great Blue Heron swallowing said Siren
Red-shouldered Hawk feeding chicks
This is actually a Loggerhead Shrike, much wider black band across the eye than Northern. Northern Shrike would be an VERY good rare bird for Miss., not sure there's ever been one seen there, they are typically true to their namesake all year round.
Came across a Blue-headed Vireo today. No sooner did i run to my car to get my tripod and flash and come back to find he nabbed a Polyphemus Moth for an early lunch. He was very accommodating for a trio of us enjoying the meal right along with him.
A little on the...
Generally speaking, local hawks (i.e., Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, Cooper's) will tend to nest not too far from good feeding. For the most part they can be rather secretive but on occassion you might find one in the oddest of places. When you see red-shouldered or Red-tailed perched patiently...
Had a close encounter with many Brown Pelicans the other day, of all ages. They were quite docile so i took advantage of having the 300 and 1.4 tc on a tripod so I let'er rip.
OK, so the last two aren't pelicans but.....