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My First Use of a Long Lens: January 2021

With all of the photographs that I take daily, I took the plunge and rented a professional class mirrorless camera and long lens (the type that sports and wildlife photographers use) for a week.

On this day, I returned to the waters under the Burlington Skyway knowing that there would be many birds.

At first, I thought that the weight of the set-up would be a problem but it really wasn’t.

Here are some of the photos:

Canada Geese
Rock Pigeons
Long-tailed Ducks (female)
Long-tailed Ducks (female)
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Long-tailed Ducks
White-winged Scoter (female)
Herring Gull
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Long-tailed Duck (female) and Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Long-tailed Ducks (male)
Long-tailed Ducks and White-winged Scoter (female)
White-winged Scoter (female)
Common Goldeneye (juvenile)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Herring Gull
White-winged Scoters
Long-tailed Ducks (male)
Common Goldeneye (female) and White-winged Scoter (female)
Trumpeter Swan
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Ducks
Canada Goose
Herring Gull

The camera easily finds and tracks flying birds:

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Long-tailed Ducks (male)
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Ducks (male)
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Ducks (male)

Imagine my horror on arriving at home to discover the my “Lightroom” photo processing system would not allow me to import my 400 photos.

After 2 hours of looking at every You Tube video on the subject, I finally realized that I needed to update the Lightroom programme which I did. Phew!!

NATURE POETRY

Throughout the afternoon I watched them there,
Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky,
Whirling fantastic in the misty air,
Contending fierce for space supremacy.        – Claude McKay (1889–1948)

Miles Hearn