Breaking in a New Lens for Wildlife Photography

On Friday, I purchased a new lens that is typcially used for wildlife and bird photography, and today, I experimented and tested it by photographing some of my neighbors, not the people, but a few of the birds, squirrels and ducks on the lake behind the house. Early this morning, when I looked behind the house on the lake, I saw several Mallard Ducks across the cove. I grabbed the camera, new lens and tripod and went to my dock and fired off a few shots, two of which are below. The ducks were at least 150 yards away.  Two of the images follow. Mallards do not live on our lake. So this small group was probably migrating south and stopped to look for food. They were not there long and eventually flew away.

Below are a few images of birds I photographed in the trees behind the house today. They include an American Goldfinch, Morning Dove and Female Cardinal.

Finally, the last image is of one of the squirrels that lives in the trees behind our house sitting on a branch eating a seed from the tree. Click (twice) on the squirrel’s face to see it up close and in detail. The new lens is, as they say, “tack sharp.”

Bottom line, I am very pleased with the performance of the new lens (Nikon 600mm f/4 VRII) and am looking forward to using it to photograph more of my “neighbors” and other wildlife in the area, as well as in other places to include some of Florida’s state parks in the next couple of weeks.

About Stephen L Tabone

Retired Executive Consultant and Nature Photographer
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6 Responses to Breaking in a New Lens for Wildlife Photography

  1. Evelyn says:

    The clarity and color of those ducks and birds is unbelievable–

  2. Betty says:

    What a great investment that lens is…these are wonderful!

  3. Donnie says:

    I love the female cardinal pic! These are great. i love Nikon lenses! Glad I own one 😀 not NEARLY as nice as yours, though. Maybe one day, I’ll be worthy (and saved up) enough. Can’t wait to see more.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Clarity and color is unreal! Never knew that a squirrel had such long claws … and those feet! Magnificent photos!

  5. Mac says:

    The previous comments have said all there is to say…. Extraordinary clarity and intriguing colors. It’s what’s behind the lens that counts much more than the lens itself.. Perfect perception.

  6. Ann Cameron says:

    Always a pleasure to enjoy your visits with nature! You have wonderful equipment but as the last commenter said, it’s your “view” that makes the picture! Keep ’em coming. I know you enjoyed your time with JulieAnn! Family is great!

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