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Are you watching me?

I’ve hired a long lens (the Canon 100-400mm) ready for the Goodwood Racing Revival this weekend. In the past I’ve managed to get some good shots of planes and cars with my 70-200 plus extender but it’s still a bit on the short side for such events and I wanted to try out the alternatives before I consider buying anything. The lens arrived yesterday but my first real opportunity to try it out was this afternoon. I only had limited time so rather than seeking out any cars or planes to practise on I decided to use a rather smaller target – the sparrows in our front garden! It took a while before they were brave enough to come to the feeder with me in full view but eventually they settled down and I caught this female House Sparrow queuing up for the feeder on one of the branches. I like her inquisitive expression, as if to say, “Are you watching me?!” For a first encounter I enjoyed using the lens and I’m beginning to get a feel for its peculiar push/pull zoom. The real test will be tomorrow as I try to capture vintage cars and aircraft at high speed – at least they’ll be a bit bigger (and hopefully easier to focus on) than this young lady!
Ryana I confess, yes I'm watching you, for you are so cute and beautiful. ;)
Ryana · 2010-09-16: 13:53
GKorts I love sparrows and this one is really cute
GKorts · 2010-09-16: 13:57
josy63 Excellent photo Helen : I like it
And this young lady has a glance an impertinent bit...?
josy63 · 2010-09-16: 13:58
Lynda What a charming portrait
Lynda · 2010-09-16: 14:43
Contesina Beautiful!
Contesina · 2010-09-16: 15:57
davids Nice shot - beautifully sharp. I have a Nikon-equivalent lens (80-400mm) and it's fantastic - remarkably sharp for such a long telephoto. I'm sure you'll have great fun with it.
davids · 2010-09-16: 16:05
borogovoi super s w e e t .......!!
borogovoi · 2010-09-16: 16:09
MoMac Very nice you are so good at catching animals and now birds' sweet expressions. Well done.
MoMac · 2010-09-16: 16:42
SunflowerGirl How cute! Very nice close up.
SunflowerGirl · 2010-09-16: 17:40
elizzi lovely wee sparrow..good luck with the speedy things!!
elizzi · 2010-09-16: 18:48
Riyaz Fantastic! added this to My Favs!
Riyaz · 2010-09-16: 20:39
imdanchan he really seems to be checking you out. what a capture.
imdanchan · 2010-09-16: 20:42
tracyseeger Great capture! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your results with this lens, and hearing what you think of it :)
tracyseeger · 2010-09-16: 21:19
maharba Bravo...I'm impressed with the details.
maharba · 2010-09-16: 22:05
SheriJ Wonderful capture!! I think you will truly enjoy the lens. I have the canon 400mm fixed and just love it!!
SheriJ · 2010-09-16: 23:24
lookagain Wow!!! If this shot's any example of what's in store, you're going to do very well!!!
lookagain · 2010-09-17: 08:30
ArtBee I can see great shots coming our way in the near future! Very nice! Sparrows are so interesting!
ArtBee · 2010-09-17: 08:42
????? Very cute, great capture! :)
????? · 2010-09-17: 08:57
catdad Looks like the lens works well ! Nice capture !! cd
catdad · 2010-09-17: 09:12
????? Great! have fun
????? · 2010-09-17: 12:24
yellodog Excellent shot. Looks like it's a fine lens too.
yellodog · 2010-09-17: 12:48
Melusine Looks like a great lense!
Excellent shot of this cute bird :)
Melusine · 2010-09-17: 15:16
atk5339 Aranyos!
atk5339 · 2010-09-17: 15:44
wildduck Sooooo cute!
wildduck · 2010-09-18: 05:35
????? great shot and lovely detail in the feathers!!
????? · 2010-09-18: 12:52
huiching Aw... So adorable!
huiching · 2010-09-18: 23:45
Eiram excellent picture -he looks so curious:))
Eiram · 2010-09-19: 04:41
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