Thank you all, very much, for your comments (and votes) on Lunch 44 - The African Pied Wagtail - and a very special Thank You to our Steve (Sparrowhawk) for his User Award. Glad you liked the images - and yes, I overdid it again with non-lunch images, but hey-ho, no one's perfect !!
The subject of a 700mm focal length came up a couple of times. There is also a 'crop factor' of x 1.3 for the sensor of the camera, which takes the virtual focal length to 910mm. But remember these are very small birds visiting our Lunch table and the camera is only 15 - 20 feet away. I like to give wildlife a bit of 'space' and find they are more comfortable if you don't come within their 'circle of comfort'. I have the telescopic lens fitted to my sports body, mounted on a tripod, at all times - and when the small birds have finished their early morning feed, grab the mounting foot of the lens, picking everything up in one hand and walk out onto the balcony, to try my luck at photographing the Black Kites that glide around the skies. I am getting better at this, but have found that the Nairobi sky is full of pollution (you should see the muck coming out of exhausts here..!) and have to wait until these giant birds get really close - by which time they are travelling quite a lot faster...
Certain epzers have been baying for blood...! The Lioness had been feeding on a Buffalo carcus and both Hyena and Vultures had been impatiently waiting, creeping ever closer. Periodically, the Lioness would issue a deep, almost pre-historic growl, that would cause the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. Sometimes, just a couple of steps in the direction of her adversaries was sufficient to scare them away - and other times, a full run, in an attempt to catch and kill these predators, who compete for the same food-chain as herself.
If anyone would like to volunteer for gardening duties, that mound of earth could do with removing and would improve the image no end !!
Happy Friday everyone - no upload from me tomorrow, it's game park day
|Camera:||Canon EOS-1D Mark IV |
|Lens:||EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||29 Nov 2011 - 11:36 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.2|
|Uploaded:||17 Jan 2014 - 3:15 AM|
|Tags:||Bird, Black Backed Vulture, Buffalo, Carcus, Flying, Kenya, Lioness, Lunch, Run, Vulture, Wildlife / nature|
|VS Mode Rating||
99 (25% won)