Sunday, February 15, 2009
Downy Woodpecker and the Clarity of Canon "L" Lenses
Mon@rch asked me what lens I used to capture the willet image a few posts back. I used a Canon telephoto 400 mm 5.6L, which is a freaking awesome lens. I wish I had it to take the shot above. My telephoto now is an eight year old tele zoom 70-300 from Sigma, and it just isn't cutting it. I look at my images from Sanibel and I just drool for that 400 5.6! If you haven't tried this lens, check out Roger Cicala and Lensrentals.com. You'll love it. As far as super telephotos go, it is great bang for the buck. Here's a direct link to the lens. (sorry Mon@rch, you'll have to rent a Canon body to use it!)
I've tried fairly hard to lure birds to our backyard this winter, and have been fairly successful. In fact, at my old place, we had so many creatures that my suet was stolen every time I put it out. When I wired the suet cage shut, the next morning, the entire suet cage was gone. At our new house, I've been more lucky, and we readily have a downy woodpecker visit the feeder, which I have located just off the porch.
Down to 12 days to go on baby watch. We're almost ready, I think. We can't wait to meet this new person that is growing inside Megan.