Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dark-eyed Junco

If you're my friend at Facebook or follow me at Twitter, you may have caught my announcement that I purchased some serious Canon "glass". That's photographers' speak for a new lens. I came into photography as a nature lover, and I continue to be a nature photographer despite the realization that the hobby can also lead to some serious money shooting things other than nature. One of my little side projects has been to sell images at, mostly of food and our travels to Maine, as a little side business.

This venture helped finance a new nature tool, the Canon 100-400 lens. If you're a Canon shooter and like nature, you know this lens. If you don't care about techno gear, just know that this new tool will help me get even closer, crisp shots of wildlife as Megan, Weston and I go on our weekend adventures. I put it to good use this weekend shooting out our windows at dark-eyed juncos and gray squirrels.



  1. Nice - looks like a great lens for you, Tom.

  2. The shot you got of that junco would be a great advertisement for that lens. Beautiful!

  3. Outstanding image, Tom. I've tried taking photos of dark-eyed juncos, and they are not an easy to shoot subject. Great lens and great photographer!

  4. Beautiful Tom! So glad you purchased this lens since your readers will benefit from all the wonderful photos you will share with us! I see juncos all the time, but have never really seen one so clearly.

  5. Excellent, crisp and sharp photo of the Junco Tom!

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year 2010!

    Birding in Maine

  6. What a sharp image

  7. Andi- Thanks, it's been fun, I'm looking forward to using it more and more.

    Thanks Jackie!

    Steve- Thanks you. Have you ever gotten the "you must have a really good camera" response after showing anyone your images?

    Thanks Tricia- I have seed on a table right outside our family room, so this shot is right through the sliding glass door, taken from about six feet away.

    John- Thanks very much. And we'll be spending our Christmas in the Oxford Hills of Maine, we can't wait to get there.

  8. Come on Tom, how about some fun tidbits about the junco being one of the few altitudinal migrants! I busted that one out at a party on sunday - with juncos flitting about in the snow.

    Nerd alert.