Bird Call

Great Blue Heron prepares to lift off

Rose Creek was calling. It is an urban stream that flows into Mission Bay, and one of my favorite locations to photograph birds.

This morning, I had an itch to grab my camera and head on over. The sky was clearing of smoke, the sun was out, and opportunity was waiting. Sure enough, I discovered this Great Blue Heron posing in the grass along the creek bed. As soon as I flipped the cap off the lens, this magnificent bird performed an amazing fly by. Click images to enlarge.

The last photo was clipped because I was distracted by a Snowy Egret, diving Double-crested cormorants, wading Mallards and screeching gulls. It was a bird lover’s delight.

Remember, always follow the call of the wild — and don’t forget to bring your camera!

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5 thoughts on “Bird Call

    1. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens. On my APS-C crop sensor Canon T7i, it provides a focal range from 88-400mm.

      At a cost of $155(US), it can arguably be compared with the more expensive Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens priced at $2199(US).

      When I began Project Osprey this Spring, I debated on whether to buy the more expensive lens, but with images like the one you see below, I simply could not justify the cost.

      To capture these handheld photos, the camera is zoomed to 250mm, or 400mm equivalent. There are instances where I could use the longer reach so the 100-400mm lens would provide a crop ratio of 150-600mm.

      I’m still debating because one of the Osprey nests is a bit too far for the shorter lens. However, in the Canon forums, the consensus is that the 100-400mm lens, while a great piece of glass, may not be $2000 better than the 55-250mm lens depending, of course, on your specific needs.

      In general, wildlife photographers and those who earn their living as a professional should probably spend the extra money.



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