Look what I found in suburban Northern Virginia

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Burke Lake is a tiny kidney shaped "lake" in the middle of suburban Northern Virginia just five or six miles from the beltway. I was trying the Sigma 120-300. At first I didn't realize what it was. When I got to it in post processing, lo and behold, a bald eagle!. Woo hoo! I need those 1.4 and 2.0 teleconverters.

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Yes, while you were off line. I was so disappointed with the Bigma for BIF. I still need work on this. Later in the day I shot some little league and didn't have a problem with the lens. Half or more of the bird ones had camera movement but I was shooting 1/500th and using the electronic trigger, but still was getting fuzzy shots.

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Rich,
Nice Shots!! Nothing like a good ole' PP surprise!

I just listed my Sigma 2.0 TC that I used when I had the 120-300. Take a look in For Sale if interested..Is Brand new! and works wonderfully!!
 
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Good for you Rich!! I am very interested in your progress with this lens!! An eagle near the beltway!! That is very cool! I will be in Woodbridge next weekend (hopefully). I understand there is a quarry or something nearby with eagle sightings.
 
In the early evening yesterday I was sitting out on my balcony relaxing after coming home from work. I saw something flying waaay up above, and something about the flight pattern and the movements caught my attention: I looked more closely: sure looked like a raptor to me! I then ran in the house and grabbed a camera, slapped the 70-300mm VR on it (closest at hand) and ran back out to try and capture the bird. I saw now there actually were two of them and it was still hard to determine what they were, but I could swear that they were bald eagles. When I was watching the first time, I thought I'd seen a flash of white. I haven't put the card into the computer yet to take a look but when I do I hope I'll be able to see if indeed that's what they were. If so, that is highly unusual! I"m right off Arlington Blvd (Rte 50), not even a half-mile from the Beltway. We are on a little lake, but it's nothing like Burke Lake or any of the others around here where an eagle might expect some good fishing.

ETA: OK, I just uploaded the CF cards into the computer and had a look. Definitely not bald eagles! Looks like some kind of hawk..... So much for that!
 
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