Here’s to more bird nerd activity! I picked up my first telephoto lens today, a Canon EF70-300mm. I tried to get out to Fern Ridge Wildlife Refuge to take some shots, but the entire damn place is shut down in the fall. I can’t explain it, but it probably has something to do with bird breeding season. But they let hunters out there to blast the ducks 3 days a week, why can’t I get out there with my Canon?
Funny anecdote: Somebody got a ticket last year for walking around at Fern Ridge out of season and they said they’d go to jail rather than pay the fine in a letter to the Register-Guard.
Luckily, the West Eugene Wetlands was a quick second option. Unfortunately, it was pretty dark when I got started on my bird safari, so I didn’t get much use out of the new lens. But you can see the image stabilization is pretty cool. I’ve got shots of flying geese — easily 200 yards away and in flight. Plus a couple dark bird shots. I’m sure I’ll have some better ones soon, when I have more time to set up good shots and better light. But the jury is stil out on whether the telephoto lens was worth it.