So I splurged on this: AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm - I ordered through Amazon after getting frustrated with B&H, and Amazon having the same prices and free shipping with prime. I picked my package up at a UPS pick-up location and like a kid on their birthday, I opened up that box and attached this lens to my Nikon D5100-- and it made for a hilarious sight. I guess the next thing I will one day do is upgrade our camera body.
Anyway, I was very very eager to go out for a test run, so after work yesterday I did a driving tour of Green-Wood Cemetery to my favorite spots to see what I could capture. I did not bring binoculars, because the lens kind of did that and also my sole purpose was just to photo and play. The results are in- enjoy:
|The lucky bust to have a hawk perch upon his head, Peter Brunjes.|
|And of course another predatory adaptation- a hooked beak to help you rip and tear, for feeding on your prey.|
|In walking back to my car, I caught this view and had to grab it. If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush-- I wonder how much a bird on the head is worth...|
|One tool that I invested in and found useful was if I were to carry this gigundo lens around, I found a nice strap to support and carry it with. I got this cross-body strap on Amazon that makes toting a bit easier.|
After the Sylvan water I was off to the Dell and Crescent waters, hoping to find an egret (and it was a mistake to hope for that, because there was no egret to be found).
|Sniffing out some potential snacks and giving us a nice view of those incisor rodent teeth.|
|Then, a spotted sandpiper flew in and stole my attention for a second...|
|After standing at the tree for 7 minutes he then brought his paws back to the ground. But continued the stare. This is very much a cropped image, FYI. I just needed to get a full frame of cute.|
|Then he decided I was okay, and went and walked through the grass near his safe haven tree.|
|He looks like a kitten, I can't stand it! I know raccoons are not people's favorite animals, but I really do adore them.|
|I needed to get back to my car so as to not get locked into the cemetery, and this guy did the right thing. I am big and scary so he retreated to his tree.|
|But he did so with an ounce of curiosity for my benefit.|